Here’s What LITERALLY No One Is Saying About Transgenders but Everyone Should Be

A doctor weighs in on the whole debate and has some pretty interesting points…

How would you respond if I said the following:

“If you know someone who is anorexic, please just accept them as someone who identifies as being fat. Since they don’t like being identified as skinny, regardless of how they appear to you, you should call them fat. Please do not try and get them help, even if they are harming themselves. You simply need to love them and support them. Please also advocate for them to be allowed to continue with behaviors that further their belief that they are fat and need to lose weight. Stop judging them and saying they are mentally ill. Just accept them as being someone who is fat who believes they need to lose weight, and help them in any way possible accomplish their goal.”

You would say I should have my mental health certifications and licenses revoked, right? As you should!

And, yet, society is making these very comments about gender dysphoria. This is the message being sent: 

“If you know someone who is transgender, please just accept them as someone who identifies as the opposite gender from which they were born. Since they do not like being identified as the birth gender, regardless of how they appear to you, you should call them the opposite gender. Please do not try and get them help, even if they are harming themselves. You simply need to love and support them. Please also advocate for them to be allowed to continue with behaviors that further their views of themselves as the opposite gender. Stop judging them and saying they are mentally ill. Just accept them as being someone who is one gender but believes they should be the other gender, and help them any way possible accomplish their goal.”

Friends, gender dysphoria is a real, serious, dangerous mental illness. It leads to anxiety, depression, self-hatred, self-mutiliation and suicide. If you really care about these individuals, you would not encourage them in their endeavor to become something they will never become. You will be compassionate and caring, and you will encourage them to get the help they need.

Much like other forms of mental illness, there is no guarantee their thoughts and feelings will change, but there is hope and help available. If you or a loved one is struggling with this, please seek the help of a licensed mental health professional who recognizes this as the mental illness that it is.

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Laurel Shaler
Dr. Laurel Shaler is a Licensed Social Worker and National Certified Counselor employed by Liberty University as a professor and department chair in the Department of Counselor Education and Family Studies. She is a former psychotherapist with the Department of Veterans Affairs, where she specialized in the treatment of trauma and anger. Dr. Shaler loves the Lord and seeks to help people at the intersection of faith, culture, and emotional well-being. You can learn more at her website www.drlaurelshaler.com or find her on Facebook or Twitter @DrLaurelShaler.

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