Resources: Gender Ideology


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

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


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

Law and Policy

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

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

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)

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)

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

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

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)


Catholic Women’s Forum Gender Project

Eden Invitation

Courage / EnCourage

Truth and Love

National Catholic Bioethics Center

American College of Pediatricians

Institute for the Psychological Sciences at Divine Mercy University

Marital Healing

Pastoral Solutions Institute

Alliance Defending Freedom

Becket Law: Religious Liberty for All 

Secular Trans-Critical Resource Sites

Note: The resources below do not conform to Catholic teaching in all respects, especially regarding same-sex orientation. 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.

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)