A group that has not made as much progress as others is called transgendered people. Who they are and their experiences are a lesson for us all.
Several years ago I was contacted by a couple in Southern Minnesota and heard a family story the still bothers me. When a doctor came out of the delivery room, he told the father his healthy baby had an issue about gender, it had organs of both.
Eventually, the medical staff decided the baby was a girl, and, with permission of the parents, a doctor removed male characteristics.
As a teenager, she decided she was a lesbian and began her life as such. A few years into that, she became convinced she actually is a man. The medical recommendation, parents’ acceptance and the surgery that followed had made his life unresolved misery.
In the years since, doctorsm mostly have stopped making decisions about gender indeterminate babies. Children usually figure it out.
In a society trained to think in the myth of gender absolutes, ambiguity causes so much loathing people are murdered because of it. Everyday there are individuals who must announce their gender is different than the one they previously presented themselves to be. Religion exacerbates this problem by reinforcing absolute gender.
I wish some Christian denomination would have been at the forefront of accepting transgendered people. Instead, it was a secular group, Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, who first rolled out the welcome mat.