News | Topic: LGBT

Chest Binding Helps Smooth the Way For Transgender Teens, But There May Be Risks

People who use binders report symptoms like back and chest pain, overheating and shortness of breath. Read the article here.

Christian U Flip-Flops On Gay Relationships

Azusa Pacific University, an evangelical Christian institution that last fall notably removed its ban on same-sex relationships only to reverse course a few weeks later, has once again flip-flopped to allow gay relationships on the California campus. Read the article here.

In Their Own Words: Parents Of Kids Who Think They Are Trans Speak Out

When a child says he is transgender, we are expected nowadays to accept and celebrate this announcement.

But there are many parents who are not celebrating. They are suffering in silence. They know their children were not born in the wrong bodies and that hormones and surgeries are not the answers to their discomfort and confusion.

Their stories are heartbreaking. Here they are, in their own words.

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Nearly 2% Of High School Youth Identify As Trans – And More Than 1/3 Of Them Have Attempted Suicide

New findings published in the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report reveal nearly 2 percent of high schoolers in America identify as transgender, and approximately 35 percent have attempted to end their life sometime in the last 12 months. Read the article here.

‘Boy Or Girl?’ Parents Raising ‘Theybies’ Let Kids Decide

Parents in the U.S. are increasingly raising children outside traditional gender norms — allowing boys and girls to play with the same toys and wear the same clothes — though experts say this is happening mostly in progressive, well-to-do enclaves. Read the article here.

LGBTQ Teens Feel Unsafe And Unwelcome, Despite Growing Support For Rights

They still report depression and anxiety at high levels as they say their schools and families aren’t willing or able to meet their needs. Read the article here.

More U.S. Teens Are Rejecting ‘Boy’ Or ‘Girl’ Gender Identities, A Study Finds

More teenagers are identifying themselves with nontraditional gender labels such as transgender or gender-fluid, according to a new study. Read the article here.

Get Ready, Youth Group Leaders: Teens Twice As Likely To Identify As Atheist Or LGBT

Barna findings on Generation Z pose new challenges for the church. Read the article here.

Gay Teens Have More Than Double The Risk Of Suicide As Heterosexuals In America, Study Reveals

Suicidal thoughts and attempts are vastly more common among gay, lesbian, bisexual and queer teens in the US. Read the article here.

MTV Scraps Gender-Specific Categories For Movie & TV Awards

Films will now compete in the same categories as TV series too, as MTV shakes up its ceremony, saying its audience ‘doesn’t see male-female dividing lines.’

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Boy Beauty

Makeup brands make history by hiring male ambassadors.

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Linda’s Story: Sexuality Transformed

From my earliest memory I wanted to be a boy instead of a girl. Somehow I just knew that if I had male genitalia, my life would be complete. As a child, I prayed repeatedly for God to make me into a boy and became obsessed with my pursuit. However, I never told my family. Though I was a tomboy growing up, no one ever knew the depth of my struggles. It was my little secret that I kept for decades. Read the full article here and check out the video!

Tinder Now Has 40 Gender Options

“A lot of the time, dating apps make some pretty unfair assumptions about exactly who you’re looking for, and sometimes even who you are. While some dating apps are set up to match men with men or women with women and different combinations of that, a lot of dating apps aren’t set up for the reality of who’s using them.” Read the full article here.

LGBT Acceptance Is On The Rise Among Global Parents

Global parents’ views of the LGBT community are loosening up — and entertainment has a powerful influence upon their attitudes, according to a new study.

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LGBT Teens: Shunned, Alone, And On The Streets

LGBT teens are almost three times as likely to experience mental health conditions like depression or anxiety and are more likely to use drugs and alcohol as a means to self-medicate.

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Kids Media Companies Become Inclusive of LGBT Characters

The Cassandra Report reports that “today’s youth want to see the real world reflected in entertainment, and that includes LGBT characters, particularly as Gen Z demonstrates an open-minded attitude.”

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Transgenderism: A Biblical Truth and Mercy Response: Part 1

Harvest USA helps us think through an understanding of transgender issues.

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Oregon Court Allows a Person to Choose Neither Gender

An Oregon court ruling officially allowed a formerly transgender person to choose neither sex this week. Read the article here.

Transgender Confusion Goes Beyond Elementary School Bathrooms

Researcher Mark Yarhouse on why mixing politics and gender identity has only left us more confused.

Read the article from Christianity Today here.

Obama Administration To Issue Guidance On Transgender Access To School Bathrooms

The Obama administration will issue guidance on Friday directing public schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms matching their gender identity.

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