Resources: Gender Ideology


Dr. Michael Laidlaw, Dr. Laidlaw on the real dangers of puberty and hormone blockers on young people (Free Speech Advocate, September 12, 2019)

Dr. Michael Laidlaw, Testimony of Dr. Michael Laidlaw: The medical and ethical consequences of HR5, the Equality Act (Kelsey Coalition, April 2, 2019)

Podcast: Theresa Farnan and Cameron Fradd, “101: Responding to Transgenderism, with Dr. Theresa Farnan”  (Among The Lilies, May 16, 2019)

Ashley McGuire, “Gender Identity: Why All the Confusion?” (PragerU, October 2017)

Dr. Quentin Van Meter, MD, FCP, The Terrible Fraud of ‘Transgender Medicine’, at Teens4Truth Conference, Ft. Worth, TX (November  18, 2017)

Expert Panel: Elaine (mother of child with gender dysphoria), Dr. Michael Laidlaw, MD, Dr. Marian Rutigliano, MD, and Walt Heyer (formerly identified and lived as transgender),  The Medical Harms of Hormonal and Surgical Interventions for Gender Dysphoric Children (Heritage Foundation, March 28, 2019)

Heritage Foundation, The Inequality of the Equality Act: Concerns from the Left (2019)

Susan Selner-Wright, PhD, Responding to Gender Confusion (2018)

Theresa Farnan, Mary Hasson, and Frank Moncher, St. Raymond of Penafort Gender Ideology Conference (2018)

Ana Samuel, Sex, Gender, and Identity, CanaVox (2018)

Theresa Farnan, PhD, What is Gender Ideology? (2017)

Fr. Mike Schmitz, Bruce Jenner & the Transgender Question (2015)

Jason Evert, Transgender series, Catholic News Agency (2015)

Church Publications and Documents

Congregation for Catholic Education, “Male and Female He Created Them” (2019)

Pope Francis, Amoris Laetitia, (particularly note section 56) (2016)

Pope Francis, Laudato Si, (particularly note section 155) (2015)

Pope Benedict XVI, Christmas Greetings to the Roman Curia (2012)

Pontifical Council For Justice And Peace, Compendium of Social Doctrine (Chapter Five: The Family, The Vital Cell of Society)

Encyclical of Ukrainian Synod of Bishops Concerning the Danger of Gender Ideology

USCCB: Gender Ideology Teaching Resources

USCCB, Created Male and Female: An Open Letter from Religious Leaders

Parent Guides

Responding to the Transgender Issue: Parent Resource Guide (Minnesota Family Council, October 1, 2019)

  • The Parent Resource Guide is the product of a unique collaboration between organizations with very
    diverse political opinions and goals, who share one concern in common: The negative consequences that
    result when society regards bodily sex as irrelevant. United, the five supporting organizations believe that
    public schools should never feel pressured to force boys and girls to sacrifice their bodily privacy, promote
    unscientific theories about human biology, or celebrate ideas that place young children on a path to
    chemical sterilization or cosmetic “gender confirmation” surgery. The supporting organizations sincerely
    hope that the Parent Resource Guide will encourage parents and others across the political spectrum to
    speak up on behalf of all children, because every child deserves a safe educational experience and the
    opportunity to experience healthy adulthood.


Fr. Roger J.  Landry, Pope Francis on the ‘Gay Mentality’ That Has ‘Influenced the Church’ (National Catholic Register, December 12, 2018)

Law and Policy

Robert Bridge, Doctors & drugs FOR LIFE: Big Pharma’s profit on the transgender craze (RT, September 27, 2019)

Jane Robbins, Gender Clinic Doctor: Plenty of Kids I’m Giving Trans Drugs Have Already Been Prostitutes (The Federalist, August 26, 2019)

Nancy Pearcey, How The Equality Act Would Devastate Parents’ Ability To Get Trans Children Help (The Federalist, May 31, 2019)

Ryan Anderson, PhD, Misguided Proposal From Christian Leaders and LGBT Activists is Anything but ‘Fairness For All’ (The Daily Signal, December 14, 2018)

Ben Shapiro, The Real-World Consequences of Submitting to the Transgender Zeitgeist (National Review, November 27, 2018)

Cathy Ruse, School Board Says Boys and Girls Have Different Brains — Except in the Bathroom (The Stream, November 7, 2018)

Mary Rice Hasson, JD, The Trans-Industrial Complex (Humanum, October 2018)

Libby Emmons, The Transhumanism Revolution: Oppression Disguised as Liberation (Quillette, July 11, 2018)

Ryan Anderson, PhD, The Trump Administration and America’s Transgender Moment (National Review, February 24, 2018)

Ryan Anderson, PhD, How to Think About Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) Policies and Religious Freedom (Heritage Foundation, 2017)

Erika Bachiochi, JD, Rendering the Sexed Body Legally Invisible: How Transgender Law Hurts Women (Public Discourse, 2016)

Amicus Curiae Brief  filed in the United States Supreme Court on behalf of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in the case Gloucester County School Board v G.G. (2016)

  • See pages 6-9 of the brief for a summary of the Catholic position on sexual differences; see additional pages that set out the beliefs of other religious traditions—Catholic, Evangelical, Jewish, Islamic and Sikh—that all celebrate human identity as male or female as divinely created and immutable.

Medical/Psychological Resources

Paul Sullins, “Born That Way” No More: The New Science of Sexual Orientation (Public Discourse, September 30, 2019)

Robert Bridge, Doctors & drugs FOR LIFE: Big Pharma’s profit on the transgender craze (RT, September 27, 2019)

William J. Malone, MD, endocrinologist, No Child is Born in the Wrong Body… and other thoughts on the concept of gender identity (Quillette, September 24, 2019)

Deborah Cohen, Hannah Barnes, Gender dysphoria in children: puberty blockers study draws further criticism (The British Medical Journal, September 20, 2019)

Celeste McGovern, FDA: Thousands of Deaths Associated With Drugs Given to ‘Trans’ Children (National Catholic Register, September 18, 2019)

Mark Regnerus, Does “Conversion Therapy” Hurt People Who Identify as Transgender? The New JAMA Psychiatry Study Cannot Tell Us (Public Discourse, September 18, 2019)

Dr. Michael Laidlaw, The Gender Identity Phantom (Pediatric and Adolescent Gender Dysphoria Working Group, September 13, 2019)

Dianna Kenny, PhD, Is Gender Dysphoria Socially Contagious? (Pediatric and Adolescent Gender Dysphoria Working Group, September 13, 2019)

Tyler O’Neil, Medical Expert: Doctors Are Actually Giving Trans Kids a Disease, and It’s Child Abuse (PJ Media, August 25, 2019)

Jane Robbins, Gender Doctor: Plenty of Kids I’m Giving Trans Drugs Have Already Been Prostitutes (The Federalist, August 26, 2019)

Frank J. Moncher, PhD, More Hope for the Trans-confused (and Their Healthcare Providers) (Culture of Life Foundation, August 20, 2019)

Michael Biggs, The Tavistock’s Experiment with Puberty Blockers (University of Oxford, July 29, 2019)

William J. Malone, MD, Gender Dysphoria Overview (July 19, 2019)

Dr. Michael Laidlaw, Testimony of Dr. Michael Laidlaw: The medical and ethical consequences of HR5, the Equality Act (Kelsey Coalition, April 2, 2019)

Michael K. Laidlaw, Letter to the Editor: “Endocrine Treatment of Gender-Dysphoric/Gender-Incongruent Persons: An Endocrine Society Clinical Practice Guideline” (The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, Volume 104, Issue 3, March 2019, Pages 686–687)

Rikke Kildevæld Simonsen, Long-Term Follow-Up of Individuals Undergoing Sex-Reassignment Surgery: Somatic Morbidity and Cause of Death (Sexual Medicine, Volume 4, Issue 1, 2016,  Pages e60-e68,  ISSN 2050-1161)

Talal Alzahrani, Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors and Myocardial Infarction in the Transgender Population (Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. April 2019; Volume 12; Issue 4)

Guido Giovanardi, Buying Time or Arresting Development? The Dilemma of Administering Hormone Blockers in Trans Children and Adolescents (Porto Biomedical Journal Volume 2, Issue 5, September–October 2017, Pages 153-156)

Dr. Quentin Van Meter, MD, FCP, The Terrible Fraud of ‘Transgender Medicine’, at Teens4Truth Conference, Ft. Worth, TX (November  18, 2017)

Madeleine Kearns, Meet the Bold Sexologist Questioning Transgender Orthodoxy (National Review Online, May 17, 2019)

Madeleine Kearns, The ‘Trans’ Child as Experimental Guinea Pig (National Review Online, April 4, 2019)

Expert Panel: Elaine (mother of child with gender dysphoria), Dr. Michael Laidlaw, MD, Dr. Marian Rutigliano, MD, and Walt Heyer (formerly identified and lived as transgender),  The Medical Harms of Hormonal and Surgical Interventions for Gender Dysphoric Children (Heritage Foundation, March 28, 2019)

Ryan Anderson, PhD, Sex Reassignment Doesn’t Work. Here’s the Evidence. (Heritage Foundation, March 2018)

  • A great summary article on the medical implications of sex reassignment procedures.

Wheelock, Sex differences in functional connectivity during fetal brain development (Elsevier, Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, Volume 36, April 2019, 100632)

Jonathan Kay, An Interview With Lisa Littman Who Coined the Term ‘Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria’ (Quillette, March 19, 2019)

Brandon Showalter, Doctors speak out: Lupron and the ‘diabolical’ push to sterilize, gender-transition confused kids (Christian Post, December 29, 2018)

Jane Robbins, Why Puberty Blockers are a Clear Danger to Children’s Health (The Federalist, December 14, 2018)

Pediatric and Adolescent Gender Dysphoria Working Group: An International Discussion Space for Clinicians and Researchers (2018)

Michael K. Laidlaw, MD, The gender identity phantom (MercatorNet, November 2018)

James Contor, PhD, American Academy of Pediatrics policy and trans- kids: Fact-checking (Sexology Today!, October 2018) [Dr. James Cantor, a secular psychologist, raises serious criticisms of the recent statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics (2018), which recommends that parents and physicians affirm a child’s desires to be a different sex.  Scientific research does not support the AAP’s position. Note: Dr. Cantor’s analysis is based on science; his views on sexual morality, expressed elsewhere, do not conform to Catholic moral teachings and CWF does not endorse those positions.]

Michelle Cretella, MD, I’m a Pediatrician. Here’s what you should know about a new study on transgender suicide. (Daily Signal, September 2018)

Michael K. Laidlaw, MD, Gender Dysphoria and Children: An Endocrinologist’s Evaluation of I am Jazz (Public Discourse, April 2018)

Ryan Anderson, PhD, Sex Change: Physically Impossible, Psychosocially Unhelpful, and Philosophically Misguided (Public Discourse, March 2018)

Jane Robbins and Erin Tuttle, What’s Wrong with the New NIH Study on Transgender Kids? (Public Discourse, 2018)

Susan Bradley, MD, How trans activists are unethically influencing autistic children to change genders (National Post, January 2017)

J. Michael Bailey, PhD and Ray Blanchard, PhD, Suicide or Transition: The Only Options for Gender Dysphoric Kids? (4thWaveNow, 2017)

Rick Fitzgibbons, MD, Parent’s Responses to Catholic Daughters with Gender Dysphoria (Child Healing: Uncovering and Addressing Conflicts, 2017)

Michelle A. Cretella, MD, I’m a Pediatrician. How Transgender Ideology Has Infiltrated My Field and Produced Large-Scale Child Abuse. (Daily Signal, 2017)

Michelle A. Cretella, MD, If you don’t like the message, you can always shoot the messenger (, 2017)

Michelle A. Cretella, MD, Gender Ideology Harms Children (American College of Pediatricians, 2017)

Paul W. Hruz, Lawrence S. Mayer, Paul R. McHugh, Growing Pains: Problems with Puberty Suppression in Treating Gender Dysphoria (The New Atlantis, 2017)

Laura A. Haynes, PhD, The American Psychological Association Says Born-That-Way-And-Can’t-Change Is Not True of Sexual Orientation And Gender Identity (National Task Force for Therapy Equality, 2016)

American College of Pediatricians, Psychotherapy for Unwanted Homosexual Attraction Among Youth (American College of Pediatricians, January 2016)

Michelle A. Cretella, MD, Gender Dysphoria in Children and Suppression of Debate (Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, 2016)

Lawrence S. Mayer and Paul R. McHugh, Findings from the Biological, Psychological, and Social Sciences: Report on Gender and Sexuality (The New Atlantis, 2016)

Richard P. Fitzgibbons, Transsexual attractions and sexual reassignment surgery: Risks and potential risks (Linacre Quarterly, 2015)

Andrew Sodergren, Restoring the Broken Image: Healing Homosexuality (Humanum, 2012)

Richard Fitzgibbons, MD, Same-Sex Attractions in Youth and their Right to Informed Consent (National Catholic Bioethics Center and the Knights of Columbus, 2011)

General Articles

Jane Robbins, Against the “Feminine Essence” (Public Discourse, October 23, 2019)

Madeleine Jacob, Experts warn against medical gender ‘transitions’ as dad fights to save 7-year-old from one (LifeSite, October 18, 2019)

Laura Haynes, Are Religious Californians Really Harming the Mental Health of People Who Identify as LGBTQ? (Public Discourse, September 16, 2019)

Jane Robbins, The politicization of gender dysphoria (The Christian Post, August 8, 2019)

Jane Robbins, The Cracks in the Edifice of Transgender Totalitarianism (The Public Discourse, July 13, 2019)

David Henderson, Fr. James Martin, Daniel Mattson and Robert George Debate the Stability of “Gay” Identity (Humanum, September 26, 2018)

Jane Robbins, Tax-Funded Researcher Studying Trans Children is Married to Trans Woman; Both Profit from Child Mutilation (The Federalist, September 27, 2018)

David Henderson, The Foundations of the Human Person: Fr. James Martin, Robert P. George, and Daniel Mattson on the Terms of Gay Identity (Public Discourse, September 26, 2018)

Fr. Robert Fath, Diocese of Fairbanks, AK, On An Authentic Catholic Anthropology

Nancy Pearcey, How the Transgender Narrative Perpetuates Stereotypes (Christianity Today, February 20, 2018) [A Christian perspective on transgender issues and healing]

Ryan Anderson, PhD, The Philosophical Contradictions of the Transgender Worldview (The Public Discourse, February 1, 2018)

J. Michael Bailey, Ph.D and Ray Blanchard, Ph.D, Gender Dysphoria is Not One Thing (4thWaveNow, December 7, 2017) [This source does not conform to Catholic teaching in all respects, however, we include them here because they offer informative analysis.]

J. Michael Bailey, Ph.D and Ray Blanchard, Ph.D, Suicide or Transition: The Only Options for Gender Dysphoric Kids? (4thWaveNow, September 8, 2017) [This source does not conform to Catholic teaching in all respects, however, we include them here because they offer informative analysis.]

Andrew T. Walker and Denny Burk, National Geographic‘s “Gender Revolution”: Bad Argument and Biased Ideology, (The Public Discourse, 2017)

Anna Carter, The Church Didn’t Forget You (Eden Invitation, 2017)

Dr. Janet E. Smith, Homosexuality (new) (St. Paul Street Evangelization, 2017)

Gerard Mundy, Hiding from the Sun: Gender Ideology’s Attack on Truth (The Public Discourse, July 17, 2017)

Bioethics Observatory – Institute of Life Science, Queer Theory: An Anthropological Revolution (Catholic University of Valencia, 2017)

Joan Desmond, Does Science Support Bans on ‘Conversion Therapy’ for Gender-Identity Issues? (National Catholic Register, 2017)

Walt Heyer, The Danish Girl: People Aren’t Born Transgender, But Playing Dress-Up Can Spark Psychological Problems (Public Discourse, January 5, 2016)

Robert R. Reilly, Pope Francis v. Gender Ideology (Catholic World Report, August 13, 2016)

Pia De Solenni, Why Does Gender Matter? (Our Sunday Visitor, 2016)

Mary Hasson, Reality Check: Gender Diversity is Driven By a Top-Down Ideological Movement (, 2016)

Mary Hasson and Theresa Farnan, Choosing Gender Ignores the Truth of the Human Person (Our Sunday Visitor, 2016)

Scholarly Articles

Sr. Mary Prudence Allen, Gender Reality (Solidarity: The Journal of Catholic Social Thought and Secular Ethics, 2014)

Margaret McCarthy, Gender Ideology and the Humanum (Humanum, 2016)

Opinion and Testimonials

Anonymous, 7 Things I’ve Learned Since My Child Identified As Transgender (The Federalist, September 18, 2019)

Jay Keck, My daughter thinks she’s transgender. Her public school undermined my efforts to help her., (USA Today, August 12, 2019)

Bill, A Father’s Anguished Plea for Help (Kelsey Coalition, April 8, 2019)

John Burd, The Testimony of John Burd, [On seeking healing therapy for same-sex attraction], (The American Conservative, July 4, 2019)

Anonymous, Genderflux: How one young woman fell down the rapid-onset rabbit hole (4thWaveNow, May 16, 2019)

Anonymous, Feminist, Pro-Gay Mother Of Trans Child Critiques Bans On ‘Conversion Therapy’ (The Federalist, April 16, 2019)

Katherine Cave, The Medical Scandal that the Mainstream Media Ignores (Public Discourse, April 8, 2019)

Elaine, My Daughter Went Transgender. I Was Powerless to Stop Doctors from Harming Her. (The Daily Signal, March 31, 2019)

Jamie Shupe, I Was America’s First ‘Non-Binary’ Person. It Was All a Sham. (The Daily Signal, March 10, 2019)

Brandon Showalter, Mother of girl who thinks she’s a boy speaks out, unpacks lies therapist told her (Christian Post, March 4, 2019)

Five Anonymous Moms, In Their Own Words: Parents of Kids Who Think They Are Trans Speak Out (Public Discourse, February 26, 2019)

Bruce Bawer, A Transgender Hero Breaks Ranks (PJ Media, February 13, 2019)

Brandon Showalter, Feminist activists expose abuse, horrors of girls harmed by transgender medicalization (Christian Post, January 30, 2019)

Jennifer Kabbany, Mothers in shock as daughters come home from college with mustaches, breasts removed (The College Fix, January 10, 2019)

Abigial Shrier, When Your Daughter Defies Biology (Wall Street Journal, January 6, 2019)

When the State Came For My Niece (Cross Politic, December 2018)

Kim Zember, Overcoming a Lifestyle of Homosexuality (EWTN Catholic Radio, December 2017)

Rene Jax, A Candid Forum on Gender Identity (2017)

Bridget Ryder, Symposium speaker shares personal journey with gender dysphoria (The Catholic Spirit, December 12, 2017)

Chad Felix Greene, Transgender Suicides: What to Do About Them (Public Discourse, July 27, 2017)

Margot Cleveland, Trans Activists Don’t Want Compassion. They Want Science Denial And Heresy (The Federalist, 2017)

Jean C. Lloyd, The Girl in the Tuxedo: Two Variations on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (Public Discourse, 2015)

Doug Mainwaring, It’s Possible: Gays and Lesbians Can Have Happy Marriages (Public Discourse, 2016)

Walt Heyer, Research Claiming Sex Change Benefits is Based on Junk Science (The Federalist, 2017)

Renee Gardner, 10 Ways the Transgender Push Mirrors the Lobotomy Craze (The Federalist, 2017)

Free Speech/Censorship

Alaska Watchman, No Religious Exemption for AK Teachers Who breach Gender-Identity Policy (Alaska Watchman, October 4, 2019)

Madeline Fry, Twitter claims it wants to prevent ‘hateful conduct.’ But will its ban on Meghan Murphy help? (Washington Examiner, February 14, 2019)

Heritage Foundation, The Inequality of the Equality Act: Concerns from the Left (Event, January 28, 2019)

Brandon Showalter, Feminist journalist banned from Twitter for writing ‘men aren’t women’ speaks out (Christian Post, November 29, 2018)

Related Books

Trent Horn, Leila Miller, Made This Way: How to Prepare Kids to Face Today’s Tough Moral Issues (Catholic Answers Press, 2018)

Father Michael Schmitz, Made For Love: Same-Sex Attractions and the Catholic Church (Ignatius Press, 2017)

Ryan Anderson, PhD, When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment (Encounter Books, 2018)

Daniel Mattson, Why I Don’t Call Myself Gay (Ignatius Press, 2017)

John Corvino, Ryan Anderson, PhD, and Sherif Girgis, Debating Religious Liberty and Discrimination (Oxford University Press, 2017)

Gabrielle Kuby, The Global Sexual Revolution: Destruction of Freedom in the Name of Freedom (Angelico Press, 2015)


Secular Trans-Critical Resource Sites

Note: The resources below do not conform to Catholic teaching in all respects, especially regarding same-sex orientation, contraception, and abortion. However, we include them here because they offer informative analysis and experience-based critiques by parents and mental health professionals of the negative consequences of the now prevalent “trans-affirming” therapies for children and adolescents.

Gender Critical Support Board – An online forum for a secular group of trans-critical parents whose children have identified as transgender. Though not always compatible with Catholic teaching, it is valuable for parents facing similar issues.

BBC Documentary – Transgender Kids: Who Knows Best? (January 2017)

4thWaveNow – A community of parents & friends skeptical of the ‘transgender child/teen trend.

  • Topics include social pressures that push teens, especially girls, to transition; manipulative use of suicide statistics; ethical questions surrounding medical transition in children and teens.

Fair Play for Women – A national group of women concerned about the effects of transgender issues on women’s rights, particularly in sports and women’s shelters or prisons:

Kelsey Coalition – A national group of parents whose transgender-identifying children have been harmed by physicians, therapists, and clinics throughout the US.

Parents of ROGD Kids – A group of parents whose children have suddenly—seemingly out of the blue—decided they identify strongly with the opposite sex and are at various stages in transitioning.

Transgender Trend – A group of parents based mainly in the UK, who are concerned about the current trend to diagnose ‘gender non-conforming’ children as transgender.

See From Adult Males to Teenage Girls – The Movement From Etiology to Ideology (Transgender Trend, 2017)

Trans-critical Professionals –  A community of professionals thinking critically about the youth transgender movement.

Rebecca Reilly-Cooper, ‘Gender is not a binary, it’s a spectrum’: Some Problems (More Radical With Age Blog, 2016)