Here is the story. 34 years ago in Hawaii Tracy Lagondino was born. Ms. Lagondino grew into a prominent gay-rights activist. She decided, however, that she identified more with manhood than womanhood. Since God had made a mistake with Tracy's gender (my tongue is placed firmly in cheek); Ms. Lagondino underwent a sex change to correct the mistake. Her breasts were surgically removed. Regular injections of testosterone were received. Gender status from female to male was legally changed. Ms. Lagondino/Thomas Beatie was "legally" a man whose female reproductive organs were left intact.
Here is the problem. Ms. Lagondino/Thomas Beatie is "married" to Nancy Roberts. This couple wanted a child, but Nancy was unable to conceive because of her past hysterectomy. In steps Ms. Lagondino/Thomas Beatie. This person stopped her twice-weekly hormone injections, allowed her periods to return, and tried for a baby. Here is her comment:
Sterilisation is not a requirement for sex reassignment, so I decided to have chest reconstruction and testosterone therapy but kept my reproductive rights.
Ms. Lagondino/Thomas Beatie continues:
Wanting to have a biological child is neither a male nor female desire but a human desire.
Nevertheless, both articles which I have linked in this post used only masculine pronouns when referring to Ms. Lagondino, and all the people interviewed for the stories did likewise. The reporters were more considerate of Ms. Lagondino's feelings that many others. She was quoted in the TimesOnline article as saying:
Healthcare professionals have refused to call me by a male pronoun or recognise Nancy as my wife. Receptionists have laughed at us. Friends and family have been unsupportive; most of Nancy’s family doesn’t even know I’m transgender.
The cat is out of that bag now.
Ms. Lagondino is pregnant with a baby girl who is due in July. About her manly appearance, apart from the pregnant tummy, Ms. Lagondino stated:
How does it feel to be a pregnant man? Incredible. Despite the fact that my belly is growing with a new life inside me, I am stable and confident being the man that I am. To Nancy, I am her husband carrying our child - I am so lucky to have such a loving, supportive wife. I will be my daughter's father, and Nancy will be her mother.
Here is the real problem: gender confusion; complete, total, utter, unfathomable gender confusion. It is amazing that gender, the most basic aspect of humanity, has become such a confusing issue. Yet news stories abound with phrases such as: "transgender", "unisex", "gender transition", "gender expression", "gender dysphoria", "gender fluidity", "sex reassignment", and more. This confusion is directly related to a cultural consensus which states that the differences between male and female are strictly aesthetic. Therefore, if you change the plumbing you've changed your gender.
This story and others like it are disturbing, but they are the reality of our day. It is sad and amazing that we must think about these issues. But we must think about them so that we may be ready to respond Biblically and in a Christ honoring manner. Al Mohler devoted yesterday's radio show to this topic - Accounting for the Gender Confusion of Our Day. As usual, the show is well worth your 38 minutes. I have previously posted two articles on this subject. You will find them here and here.