“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”
- Genesis 1:27
Step 1: Watch the Video
This video covers the topic of gender identity from the perspectives of biology, social sciences, testimonials, unintended victims, and the Christian response.
Source Video Outline
Biographies of Featured Speakers
Fr. Paul Scalia
Step 2: Review Important Principles
“We are created by God in love, for love, and for eternity. Our identity is a created son or daughter of God.”
- Mary Hasson
Step 3: Practice the Role-Play
Scenario #1: Class President Confusion
Scenario #2: Drama in Drama Class
Scenario #3: Sent to the Principal’s Office
“To love means I want what is good for the other... The more we know the truth about God, reality, and the human person the more we know the good for the other.”
-Rev. Paul Scalia
Allow about two hours (one hour for video, one hour for role playing). One parent presents the video program to three or four teen friends with youth in the front of the room and their parents in the back of the room. After presenting the video, move to another room and act out the role playing scenarios. Give each teen a chance to read the “You” part of each script. Parents take the roles in the scripts opposite of “You.” The role playing was a primary motivation for developing the T2 : Tough Topics programs. Youth in the parish wanted not only to learn about a tough topic but also to get practice articulating the principles underlying the Christian response to the topic.
13+ years old, defer to parent’s judgement. A segment of the video program contains strong and explicit material unsuitable for pre-teens.
Prerequisite: Some sex ed covered by parents.
See other age appropriate recommendations in Raising Children of Light.