I know that many of us are facing increased questions - and sometimes pressure - regarding the transgender movement.
I believe you will find this interview with Ryan Anderson to be helpful:
In particular, I really appreciated the interviewer beginning with this statement:
One of the things I admire most about you is your ability to absorb the nastiest, most personal, least fair-minded abuse from critics and yet still engage with people in total good-faith, all the time.
Along these lines, I am grateful for how Ryan Anderson emphasized the importance of love:
We should be tolerant—indeed, loving—toward those who struggle with their gender identity…
Also, here’s a nice chart summarizing some of the tensions within the claims made by the transgender movement (I believe Justin Taylor put this together from Ryan’s remarks):
You may also find this Q&A to be something worth studying to be prepared for a conversation:
JVL: If you were counseling someone about how to talk about this subject with their friends, what’s the 30-second version of the case they should make for a sensible, compassionate approach?
RTA: 30 seconds? Okay . . . The best biology, psychology, and philosophy all support an understanding of sex as a bodily reality, and of gender as a social manifestation of bodily sex. Biology isn’t bigotry. Every human society has been organized around a recognition that men and women are fundamentally different, and modern science shows that the differences begin with our DNA and development in the womb. It is true that men and women differ among themselves, and that some people have difficulty identifying with their bodily sex. But this doesn’t mean that sex is either fluid or subjective, as transgender ideology maintains.
Many psychologists and psychiatrists think of gender dysphoria as similar to other dysphorias, or forms of discomfort with one’s body, such as anorexia. These feelings can lead to mistaken and harmful beliefs. The most helpful therapies do not try to remake the body to conform with thoughts and feelings—which is impossible—but rather to help people find healthy ways to manage this tension and move toward accepting the reality of their bodily selves. This therapeutic approach rests on a sound understanding of physical and mental health, and of medicine as a practice aimed at restoring healthy functioning, not simply satisfying the desires of patients.
I’m curious to hear your reflections on this interview with Ryan Anderson. I felt it was helpful for me to understand some of the latest thinking from activists as well as some kind but candid responses to their claims.