Resources: Gender Ideology


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

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

Law and Policy

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

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

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 (2017)

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

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

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)

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

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

Ryan Anderson, PhD, When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment (Encounter Books, publication expected Spring 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.

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)