What to read on transgenderism:
Many of us in the culture war trenches from long ago warned where we were heading with the radical sexual revolution. We tried to sound the alarm about the war on marriage and family, and how things like granting special rights to homosexuals would open a Pandora’s Box that would lead to even more mischief and mayhem.
Well, the trans revolution is certainly a case in point – the logical and bitter fruit of where all this has been leading to. The idea that we can permanently mutilate and maim healthy children who have gender confusion because adult activists are telling them they can deny biology, reality and truth, was simply unthinkable just a few short decades ago. Now it is mainstream – and being pushed with a passion by all sorts of activists and militants.
As always with the radicals, they have almost full control of the mainstream media, the publishing houses, popular culture, the social media, and so on, so they have a near monopoly on what we hear and see and read about these matters.
But thankfully there are individuals, organisations, websites, articles and books that are daring to resist the militants as they seek to help save people – women and children especially. They are offering real help and hope for those struggling in these areas, and to counter the lies and misinformation of the militants.
Here then are 30 key books you need to be aware of. Some of these books feature moving stories of those who have transitioned and then detransitioned. One important figure here is Walt Heyer. He has an incredible story to tell, and he also has a mountain of research and evidence that he presents on the dangers of the trans madness (see especially his 2020 volume). See more on him here: https://billmuehlenberg.com/2017/04/28/rebutting-transgender-myths-walt-heyer/
Some of the books I list here I have already done full-length reviews of, eg.:
Some of the other books I hope to review soon. As to this list, the first 20 books are by Christian authors, while the last 10 are by secular writers. All are greatly concerned about this diabolical social experiment which is destroying the lives of so many, all in the name of radical and unscientific gender ideology.
Anderson, Ryan, When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment. Encounter Books, 2018.
Branch, J. Alan, Affirming God’s Image. Lexham Press, 2019.
Griffo, Luke, The Beauty of the Binary: Male and Female He Created Them. Founders Press, 2023.
Grossman, Miriam, Lost in Trans Nation: A Child Psychiatrist’s Guide Out of the Madness. Skyhorse, 2023.
Heyer, Walt, Articles of Impeachment against Sex Change Surgery. 2020.
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.
Walsh, Matt, What is a Woman? DW Books, 2022.
Yarhouse, Mark, Understanding Gender Dysphoria. IVP, 2015.
A. Josie and Dina S., eds. Parents with Inconvenient Truths about Trans: Tales from the Home Front in the Fight to Save Our Kids. Pitchstone Publishing, 2023.
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.
Brewer, Erin with Maria Keffler, Transing Our Children. Independently published, 2021.
Joyce, Helen, Trans: When Ideology Meets Reality. Oneworld, 2021.
London, Oli, Gender Madness: One Man’s Devastating Struggle with Woke Ideology and His Battle to Protect Children. Skyhorse, 2023.
Moore, Michele and Heather Brunskell-Evans, eds., Transgender Children and Young People, 2nd ed. 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.
Stock, Kathleen, Material Girls: Why Reality Matters for Feminism. Fleet, 2021.
If you were to ask me to reduce this list down a bit to my most recommended volumes, that would be difficult, but I can try. I have already mentioned that Heyer is a must read. Also, go with Anderson, Grossman, and Walsh. As for non-Christian authors, read especially Joyce, Shrier and Soh.
Let me conclude with just a few quotes to hopefully further spur you on in these matters, and perhaps encourage you to get some of these vitally important books.
“What’s at stake in the transgender moment is the human person. If trans activists succeed in their political agenda, our nation’s children will be indoctrinated in a harmful ideology, and some will live by its lies about their own bodies, at great cost to themselves physically, psychologically, and socially. Lives will be ruined, but pointing out the damage will be forbidden. Dissent from the transgender worldview will be punished in schools, workplaces, and medical clinics. Trying to live in accordance with the truth will be made harder. This doesn’t have to happen. Everyone can play a role in bearing witness to the truth and ministering compassionately to people in pain. For anyone who takes part in this important work, Dr. McHugh offers some advice: ‘Gird your loins if you would confront this matter. Hell hath no fury like a vested interest masquerading as a moral principle.” Anderson, pp. 212-213
“Transgenderism in many ways is the last phase of the sexual revolution initiated in the 1960s: All sexual boundaries and gender parameters are now abandoned to usher in an era of unrestrained sexual anarchy. Modern transgenderism must be seen as a fundamental dismantling of sexual ethics.” Branch, p. 128
“Inescapable reality is about to crash down on our culture. Over the ensuing decades, the church will be met with a tidal wave of devastated lives with a brand of ruin hence unprecedented. Even as we seek to valiantly fight the battle against transgenderism, the church must simultaneously prepare to be the bearer of good news, the herald of healing, to those seeking some kind of restoration from the destruction sin has wrought upon them. Even now, many ‘de-transitioners’ are revealing the horrors of their stories, and it is the distinct role of the church to point these lost and searching souls to the one sure and certain hope of restoration and regeneration in Christ. If we are to be effective ministers of the gospel, we must not be caught by surprise when those who are coming out of transgenderism feel the pain of this great deception. The culture that led them down this path will surely not have the answers, so how will we, as Christians, meet the avalanche of brokenness set to come our way?” Griffo, p. 127
“Sex is not assigned at birth; it’s established at conception. Brains always match the bodies to which they are attached; we are not Legos or Mr. Potato Heads that might be improperly assembled. Sex is binary. Sex is permanent. Males cannot become females and females cannot become males. Doctors, therapists, and others who lead young people to believe otherwise are guilty of malfeasance. They must be stopped and held responsible for the damage inflicted on children and families.” Grossman, xxix
“The basic message of creation is this: each person’s biologically-determined sex is a gift of God’s creation. We should accept it and live with it. One friend of mine, Sam Allberry, summed it up in these two tweets:
Our culture says: Your psychology is your sexual identity – let your body be conformed to it.
The Bible says: Your body is your sexual identity – let your mind be conformed to it.
A proper understanding of creation has to be the first building block if we are to understand the Christ perspective on transgender.” Roberts, pp. 43-44
“We cannot therefore endorse any form of androgynous Christianity, nor any form of ‘transgender Christianity.’ The Father and the Son alike love humanity. They put their word behind the sexes. The teaching of Genesis 1-2 and Matthew 19 (which affirms the former) shows us that Scripture honors and nowhere downplays the sexual ‘binary.’ The sexes are made to face one another; God makes us all with what we call complementary reciprocity. God made men and women to live together. Marriage represents the endpoint of this plan, but even if called to singleness, we still must engage women as women, and men as men. We do not treat either Christians or non-Christians as if they have no sex. They do. This matters…” Strachan and Peacock, pp. 55-56
“To misunderstand, blur, or reject the Creator’s categories for humanity doesn’t just put us in rebellion against the Creator and creation — it puts us at odds with how each of us was made. Since God made a ‘very good’ world, with no flaws, and since that world included humans created as men and humans created as women, to strive to become different than or even the opposite of how God made us can never result in happiness, flourishing, and joy, whatever it promises.” Walker, pp. 54-55
“The ultimate act of self-definition is to declare by feeling and fiat that you are male even though every cell in your body is coded ‘female.’ That, and being trans, is a very quick way to become the Left’s coolest, latest victim class. Confused young people uncertain about their bodies (something we used to just call puberty) can now say they are transgender. Once proclaimed, they immediately feel the warm, affirming embrace of innumerable anonymous online personalities eager to aid them in their transition, coupled with the satisfaction of knowing that, unlike all those spiteful, privileged people, they really are oppressed.” Walsh, pp. 12-13
“My intention is not to be unkind to trans people, but to prevent greater unkindness. As gender self-identification is written into laws around the world, the collateral damage is mounting. Males who raped and murdered women are gaining transfers to women’s prisons. Women have lost their jobs for saying that male and female are objective, socially significant categories. I think it is deeply unkind to force female athletes to compete against males, and a scandal to sterilise children. These things are happening partly because of an admirable, but poorly thought-out, sense of compassion for trans people. This compassion is, not coincidentally, mostly demanded of women, who are socialised to put their own needs last and punished more severely than men when they refuse to comply.” Joyce, pp. 8-9
“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.” Shrier, p. 220