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How to Find Counseling Support for Teen With Sexual Identity Issues

Our teen daughter struggles with her sexuality and wants to dress like a boy. We want to help her respect God’s design for sexuality while also keeping our relationship with her strong — but we always end up arguing with her. How can we find a professional therapist who can help us sort it out?

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Grandparents Threatened to Either Support Transgender Grandchild or Be Cut Off

Our grandson is being supported by his parents (our daughter and son-in-law) to “transition” to a girl. They say that if we don’t call him by his new female name, they’ll cut us out of their lives. We don’t know where this is coming from or what to do. How do we show them love without abandoning our Christian values?

Teenager Identifies As Transgender

Why can’t my parents and the rest of my family get over the fact that I’m transgender? Why don’t they accept me as I am? As a senior in high school I think I’m old enough to make up my own mind. Ever since I was a little kid I’ve known that I’m different from other guys (and I’m not talking about same-sex attractions right now – that’s a different issue). It’s obvious to me that I was made to be a woman. I am a woman on the inside. Now that I’m approaching adulthood, I’ve made up my mind to take some steps toward becoming the person God created me to be. When I talk to my mom and dad about this, they come completely unglued. You’d think the world was coming to an end. But all I want is to be myself. Can you help me?

Same-Sex Attractions and Sexual Identity

Does it mean I’m gay if I’m attracted to someone of the same sex? There have been times when I’ve experienced strong emotional connections with individuals of my own gender. On occasion I’ve even felt myself physically drawn to them. I’m confused and don’t know what to think of this. Can you help me?

Parents Responding to Teen Who Wants to Be the Opposite Sex

What should we say to our teenage daughter when she tells us that she wants to be a guy? She’s always been sort of tomboyish, but it was never really an issue until she reached puberty. Since then she’s been saying that she doesn’t feel like a girl on the inside. She claims to be male in soul, mind, and spirit, and she wants to take steps – physical and medical – to bring her body into conformity with that vision of herself. Needless to say, her father and I are pretty alarmed about this. I’m almost certain that she’s getting these ideas from the surrounding culture, but she becomes very angry when I make such suggestions. What can we do about this?

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