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.

Are you new to these issues?

If this is your first time exploring our resources for gender identity, gender dysphoria, or transgenderism, please visit our Transgender 101 page to read comprehensive articles covering a wide range of subtopics.


Explore gender identity resources just for you!

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.

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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 issues related to gender identity or the experience of gender dysphoria.

After finding some major life answers, the individual can then move towards the community, building a positive and uplifting support network of family, friends, Church leaders, and perhaps even professionals who 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 always first.

After a person is personally strengthened, and has nurtured self and others through the development of a healthy and faith-affirming support system, 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. When we turn to Christ to experience healing, we then reach out to become a healing presence in the lives of others and in the world around us.

These processes take a long time, even years, and isn’t perfectly linear. 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.


Essential Links & Resources


Church & Other 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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    Journeys of Faith Project

    The Journeys of Faith Project is a growing repository of personal essays by Latter-day Saint individuals and families wrestling with issues related to gender identity who are striving to find congruence and peace within the context of faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ.


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 established expert in sexual identity and therapy, now 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.





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LDS & Other Blogs: Gender Identity

Since about the beginning of 2015 I thought I'd been coping well with my gender dysphoria. I'd make phone calls or dp some jouraling or do something productive to cope when I felt any temptations to change gender. But then about 3 or 4 weeks ago I started [...]
  Sun, Apr 26, 2015
  GID & Not Giving In • One Person’s Happy Existance
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“What can we do?” asked the mother of a 7-year-old boy. She looked up and caught my eye. “What should we do… just last week a woman at the park said something. I couldn't believe she had the nerve, but she did. I'm worried about him; I'm afraid that kids [...]
  Fri, Apr 03, 2015
  Limning the Psyche
This is probably the most annoying step, because it just consists of jumping through hoops. Finding an endocrinologist, making those appointments, blood work, informed consent vs. therapist referral... It gets to be a lot, especially with your dysphoria (and impatience to be rid of it) building up. But this part [...]
  Sun, Mar 29, 2015
  A Purple Picket Fence
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“I don't think you chose to experience gender dysphoria,” I offered slowly, looking at Jeremy who had been looking away ever since he explained how long he had felt different from other boys he knew. He hadn't held eye contact once since he began talking about the time his mother [...]
  Fri, Mar 13, 2015
  Limning the Psyche
Dear reader,Being transgender there are several questions concerning gender that I constantly find myself wrestling with. I don't feel like I'm male, but at the same time I was born into a male body and am perfectly aware that just because I feel female doesn't mean that I am female, [...]
  Sun, Mar 08, 2015
  Musings from a Transgender Mormon
Dear Readers,So I've had my blog up for a little while now and I've had some great conversations with some of you. But inevitably the concept of being transgender is easily misunderstood, and I completely understand because it's not an easy topic to wrap your head around. Here are a [...]
  Tue, Mar 03, 2015
  Musings from a Transgender Mormon
It's not my job to receive revelation for everyone else. I'm only responsible for my own revelations and my own well being, and being that I experience gender dysphoria, I'm responsible for my own gender identity. I think that it's great to see people turning to God for [...]
  Sat, Feb 28, 2015
  GID & Not Giving In • One Person’s Happy Existance
This was written on December 11, 2014, but looks like it never got posted. It may be redundant. I'm not editing it though. I need to move on to my newest post :) It never ends. No matter how far you go, the dysphoria doesn't stop. 15 [...]
  Sat, Feb 28, 2015
  GID & Not Giving In • One Person’s Happy Existance
Dear readers,I apologize for not posting this in a timely manner. I've been rather under the weather with a cold this past week, and I've been pretty depressed. So everything fell a little behind. Since I've been depressed lately I decided it might be an apt topic to discuss in [...]
  Wed, Feb 25, 2015
  Musings from a Transgender Mormon
The AV staff at Calvin College have been working on a better quality video of the talk I gave titled Understanding Gender Dysphoria: Navigating Transgender Issues in a Changing Culture. Here is the video. It is about an hour with some Q&A from the audience: Several transgender and gender variant people [...]
  Wed, Feb 11, 2015
  Limning the Psyche

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