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We are dedicated to helping individuals, families, and congregations with questions and concerns related to gender identity and gender dysphoria (i.e, transgenderism) who wish to live in harmony with the doctrines and principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ.


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Spouses

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How does the North Star mission statement apply to issues related to gender identity?

The North Star mission emphasizes moving from solitude to community to ministry as individuals mature in their growth and understanding of their particular life journey. Starting with solitude, an individual draws close to God and studies gospel truths, seeking individual revelation regarding how to address the challenges of being transgendered.

After finding some major life answers, the individual can then move towards the community, seeking out good friends that will support the person in living his or her values. Individual conversion and conviction are very helpful to knowing who to pick as friends and supports in the community, and that is why it is placed first here.

After a person is personally strengthened, and has nurtured self and others through affiliating with positive friends who support similar beliefs, then he or she is able to engage in ministry. This ministry is where someone reaches out to others, attempting to draw them upward and help them on their way. When we are strengthened, we are to strengthen our brethren.

These processes take a long time, even years. There is no rush to find all of the answers. It is important to be patient with yourself and others as individual answers are revealed, your friends and family grows along with you, and you and your support system are then able to reach out and help others. This is a life journey. Few if any have the answers to their gender dysphoria within a few years of seriously examining the issue. This takes time, study, thought, struggle, prayer, discussion, failure, hope, and the passage of lots of time to reach the point of ministry. Believe that it can get better as you work step by step to understand what the Lord expects of you in this experience.

What is gender dysphoria (GD), or transgenderism?

The term “transgender” refers to someone who feels as if they do not belong in the gender they were born with. The more technical name for this experience is “gender dysphoria,” meaning someone who feels dysphoria (unease or dissatisfaction) regarding one’s gender. This experience varies widely for individuals. A transgender person usually feels as if they are “gender-incongruent” from their earliest memories, although this is not true for every case. A transgender person may feel intensely distressed most of the time, or the feelings might wax and wane. The person may have behaviors normally associated with the opposite sex, such as a female who is a tomboy, or a male who is more feminine, while others may not seem gender-incongruent at all on the outside. But regardless of how a person “seems” on the outside, the experience of gender dysphoria is extremely distressing.

Are gender dysphoria and homosexuality the same thing?

No, they are different issues. Although some people may experience both gender dysphoria and homosexual attraction, they are not the same thing. Gender dysphoria/transgenderism are the feelings of non-identification with one’s birth sex. Those who experience gender dysphoria may identity as hetersoxual, homosexual, bisexual or other sexual identities.  

Do transgender people choose to feel that way?

No. One’s sense of gender is not something that is chosen. Our sense of gender begins to take shape in early childhood. Although science does not support that one’s sense of gender is purely biological, it also does not support that there is “choice” in the matter. Gender is influenced by biological, social, and psychological factors that typically develop in an unconscious way.

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Welcome to our resources for Latter-day Saint individuals and families who have struggled with issues related to gender identity.

We greet you warmly and hope that the information and support found here will be helpful. As a community, we are dedicated to creating a safe place for learning and growth within the Latter-day Saint context. We invite your feedback as we learn together about how to understand and help ourselves and others who experience gender dysphoria (GD). Take a few minutes and look around our site!

Given the lack of clear resources provided by the Church, we understand that the resources we’re providing are part of a broader conversation that is much needed, and we welcome your thoughts and feedback on what you read here as we work together to mutually enlighten and support one another.


Essential Links & Resources


Church Resources


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    Church Resources and GA Statements

    The Lord’s prophets teach that gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose.

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    Additional Resources Page

    We have a list of additional outside resources, including website, articles, books, and more.

North Star Resources


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    North Star Email Groups

    North Star sponsors email-facilitated support groups, including a general forum and a forum just for spouses of those who experience gender dysphoria.

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    Voices of Hope Project

    As an extension of the book, this site is a growing repository of video and written essays by Latter-day Saints who experience same-sex attraction and gender dysphoria who desire to more openly share their journeys of faith and hope.


Gospel Essentials



Understanding Gender Dysphoria: Navigating Transgender Issues in a Changing Culture

ugdIn the book Understanding Gender Dysphoria: Navigating Transgender Issues in a Changing Culture, Mark Yarhouse, an expert in sexual identity and therapy, offers “a Christian perspective on transgender issues that eschews simplistic answers and appreciates the psychological and theological complexity.” The book “engages the latest research while remaining pastorally sensitive to the experiences of each person.”

Understanding Gender Dysphoria is the latest and most thorough text addressing gender dysphoria and transgenderism. It achieves a masterful balance between Christian humility and compassion, clinical sensitivity, and both understanding and accessible articulation of the latest scientific research. This book is a “must” starting place for any individual, family member, Church leader, or mental health professional seeking to understand a faith-based approach to concerns related to gender identity.

The following address by Christian psychologist and researcher Mark Yarhouse was given on February 5, 2015. This address and the following Q&A provide an excellent and accessible overview of both the research and individual experiences related to gender dysphoria, as well as meaningful ideas on how religious communities can approach these issues from an authentic place of Christian humility and compassion.





From the Northern Lights Blog

Voices of Hope Project
Nick Gregory

Nick Gregory…

by Voices of Hope Project
December 2, 2014

Gender dysphoria is a complex reality for Nick Gregory, the oldest of eight children and a student of mechanical engineering at BYU. While his journey has been confusing…

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