Trans and transformation

Feb 15, 2020 by

from Christian Concern:

This week, Christian Concern chief executive Andrea Williams hosted a fringe event at the Church of England’s General Synod on transgenderism and transformation, and how the Church can bring hope and healing to those who are suffering gender confusion.

Testimony of transgender regret

Christian Concern supporter Pete Benjamin shared his testimony of transgender regret, how events in his childhood had led him into gender confusion, including being introduced to drag queens at the age of 10. Various traumas in his life led him down the path of alcohol, anxiety and depression, deepening his gender confusion.

He shared how easy it was for him to acquire drugs and get surgery to ‘become a woman’ and warned that receiving affirmation in his gender-confused state only led him deeper into depression, anxiety, alcohol and loneliness.

The two psychiatrists that saw him in the two years before his surgery – both of whom he only saw once – failed to look into his mental health issues and referred him onto a private waiting list to rush him into an operation. But the body he was given “didn’t change me one bit,” he conceded.

However, despite the scars that Pete now bears, he admitted that he now feels more like himself than ever before. Since finding faith and being supported by his local church, Pete has left behind his transgender past, finding freedom from alcoholism, anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts. Through the prayer that the church offered, and the welcome that Pete found there, he has finally been able to embrace his true identity in Christ Jesus, as Pete.

Experienced psychotherapist James Caspian also shared his testimony. Having worked with patients who identified as transgender, James shared how he was becoming increasingly concerned about the frequency he was hearing stories of those like Pete, who were rushed into surgery and later regretted their decision to become ‘transgender’. There, he saw an opportunity to do more research into the matter, given that no statistics had ever been released on how many people ‘de-transition’. This remains true to this day.

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