The lies of the trans militants must be resisted and exposed:
It was not all that long ago when hardly anyone was talking about homosexuality. Then it seemed that everyone was. And more recently, transgenderism was also not being talked about by most folks, but then – seemingly overnight – it was a topic that we could not escape discussing.
As but one indication of this, my first article on the trans revolution appeared back on April 5, 2008. This is now my 230th piece on the topic. Such is the power of very small and very vocal activist groups who are hellbent on completely changing everything – society, culture, politics, law, morality, history, biology and reality – into their own revolutionary image.
As always in such wars – including the war of ideas – there is the need to be armed with proper ammunition in order to fight back. Facts and truth are a major part of our arsenal. We must have the courage to resist by sharing truth and resisting the lies. Therefore I want to do two things here: present you with a list of recommended books on this topic, and highlight three of them.
Let me start with these three very important books, all published by secular publishing houses (I offer the details of them in the reading list below). The author certainly cannot be accused of being part of the religious right, with avid atheists such as Richard Dawkins, Douglas Murray and Ayaan Hirsi Ali praising their books.
The first book to be aware of is The End of Gender by Dr Debra Soh. In this very significant book Soh – who has a PhD in neuroscience and sexuality – examines nine myths being pushed by the trans activists, such as:
-biological sex is a spectrum
-gender is a social construct
-there are more than two genders
-gender-neutral parenting works
As to the first one she says this:
Biological sex is either male or female. Contrary to what is commonly believed, sex is defined not by chromosomes or our genitals or hormonal profiles, but by gametes, which are mature reproductive cells. There are only 2 types of gametes: small ones called sperm that are produced by males, and large ones called eggs that are produced by females. There are no intermediate types of gametes between egg and sperm cells. Sex is therefore binary. It is not a spectrum.
I have mentioned Dr Soh before, eg.,: https://billmuehlenberg.com/2018/08/02/the-trans-assault-on-everything/
The second must read volume is Trans: When Ideology Meets Reality by Helen Joyce. The emphasis of her important volume is to look at all the anguish, trauma and hurt people have gone through as they ran with trans ideology and bought the transition line. Says Joyce:
What finally pushed me to write this book, however, was meeting some of gender-identity ideology’s most poignant victims. They are detransitioners: people who took hormonal and sometimes surgical steps toward transition, only to realise that they had made a catastrophic mistake. At the inaugural meeting of the Detransition Advocacy Network, a British self-help group, in Manchester in late 2019, I met some in person. When I heard their stories, I knew I had to amplify them.
I have quoted before from this key volume, eg: https://billmuehlenberg.com/2021/10/15/the-trans-war-on-children/
Finally, let me mention Irreversible Damage by Abigail Shrier. This book primarily examines how teenage girls are being impacted by the trans agenda. The author looks in great detail at the tragic horror stories of so many of these young girls, and says this in her closing chapter:
The fanatics – both transgender and, just as often, not – exploit an honest struggle that besets this tiny few to bully and harass any who might point out the sudden craze captivating our despairing young. Many trans adults I talked to apologised for the trans activists that claim to speak in their name. It’s important to remember that activists are the most extreme members of any group.
All the institutions we’ve built to keep young people from making irreparable mistakes have failed them. The universities, the schools, the doctors, the therapists, and even the churches have been won over by a dogged ideology that claims to speak for a more important class of victim.
Girls who’ve been sold the promise of metamorphosis hold in their hands a bill of goods. But they retain one last redeemable asset: the parents who have never stopped worrying and still hope for a call. As far as I can tell, this card never expires.
I discussed her book here: https://billmuehlenberg.com/2021/03/17/maniac-radicals-rule-and-normal-people-are-imprisoned/
What to read on the trans revolution
There are of course a number of other books to be aware of on this subject. Here is a brief list of some of the best books out there, divided into two sections: those by Christian authors and non-Christian authors. These are also very good titles that you need to add to your arsenal.
Consider three more of these books. Although now a few years old, Ryan Anderson’s volume is still a first-rate discussion of the issues. See my review of his very useful book here: https://billmuehlenberg.com/2018/02/21/review-harry-became-sally-ryan-anderson/
And the volume edited by Lisa Nolland features a number of experts dealing with various aspects of the issue. See my review here: https://billmuehlenberg.com/2018/05/08/a-review-of-the-new-normal-by-lisa-severine-nolland-et-al/
You will note that I offer six volumes by Walt Heyer. He is a crucial voice in this debate because he has been there and done that: he has transitioned, and then detransistioned. See my review of his 2018 volume here: https://billmuehlenberg.com/2019/02/10/a-review-of-trans-life-survivors-by-walt-heyer/
Here then are twenty key books on transgenderism:
Anderson, Ryan, When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment. Encounter Books, 2018.
Branch, J. Alan, Affirming God’s Image. Lexham Press, 2019.
Heyer, Walt, Gender, Lies and Suicide. Make Waves, 2013.
Heyer, Walt, Paper Genders. Make Waves, 2011.
Heyer, Walt, Perfected with Love. Xulon Press, 2009.
Heyer, Walt, Trading My Sorrows. Xulon Press, 2006.
Heyer, Walt, Trans Life Survivors. 2018.
Heyer, Walt, A Transgender’s Faith. CreateSpace, 2015.
James, Sharon, Gender Ideology. Christian Focus, 2019.
McGuire, Ashley, Sex Scandal: The Drive to Abolish Male and Female. Regnery Publishing, 2017.
Nolland, Lisa Severine, et. al., The New Normal. Wilberforce Publications, 2018.
Roberts, Vaughan, Transgender. The Good Book Company, 2016.
Sprinkle, Preston, Embodied: Transgender Identities, the Church, and What the Bible Has to Say. David C. Cook, 2021.
Strachan, Owen and Gavin Peacock, What Does the Bible Teach About Transgenderism? Christian Focus, 2020.
Walker, Andrew, God and the Transgender Debate. The Good Book Company, 2017.
Yarhouse, Mark, Understanding Gender Dysphoria. IVP, 2015.
Barrett, Ruth, ed., Female Erasure: What You Need To Know About Gender Politics’ War on Women, the Female Sex and Human Rights. Tidal Time Publishing, 2016.
Blade, Linda and Barbara Kay, Unsporting: How Trans Activism and Science Denial are Destroying Sport. Rebel News, 2021.
Joyce, Helen, Trans: When Ideology Meets Reality. Oneworld, 2021.
Moore, Michele and Heather Brunskell-Evans, eds., Transgender Children and Young People, 2nd Edition. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018.
Shrier, Abigail, Irreversible Damage: Teenage Girls and the Transgender Craze. Swift, 2020.
Soh, Debra, The End of Gender: Debunking the Myths about Sex and Identity in Our Society. Threshold Editions, 2020.