Public commentator, author, and founding editor of online journal Public Discourse, Ryan T. Anderson is currently on his way from New Jersey for a second Australian tour.
Ryan’s tour comes just after the publication of his latest book When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment, released in February this year.
It seeks to critique the political movement of transgenderism, as well as look closely at the experiences of those who suffer from gender dysphoria. It considers the questions: “Can a boy be ‘trapped’ in a girl’s body? Can modern medicine ‘reassign’ sex? Is our sex ‘assigned’ to us in the first place? What is the most loving response to a person experiencing a conflicted sense of gender? What should our law say on matters of ‘gender identity’?”
The book quickly climbed to the #No. 1 spot on two of Amazon’s book lists—on LGBTIQ cultural history and natural law.
With predictable monotony, activists were quick to denounce his book “anti-trans”. One review on LGBTIQ activist website ‘ThinkProgress’ called it ‘junk science’, ‘distorted research,’ and accused Ryan of reinforcing ‘patriarchal views’.
Ryan, a Princeton-educated senior research fellow, has used for his main source the work of Drs Paul McHugh and Lawrence Mayer.
“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,” says Anderson.
Arriving in Melbourne on Friday 13 April, Ryan will give talks in Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide and Brisbane. Over 1700 people are expected to attend, with 450 registered so far in Sydney, 360 in Melbourne and 400 in Brisbane.
Ryan is no stranger to the firing line. His first book, What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense (2012) earned him several journalistic ‘hit jobs’. One memorable interview on MSNBC’s The ED Show showed Ryan getting his mic cut as he was defending Indiana’s religious liberty laws. When a profile of Ryan was linked to his alma mater’s Facebook page, The Friends of Baltimore, it was removed with apologies that his presence caused “division” and “confusion”.
Ryan last came to Australia in September, 2015, just months after the landmark Obegerfell vs Hodges decision to pass same-sex marriage across all 52 states of the US.
It is timely that Ryan returns to Australia to discuss the latest development to march through the institutions—transgenderism.
However, he believes that with transgenderism, social activists have gone a step too far.
“Some people think that [the title of my book, The Transgender Moment] is a typo, that it should be ‘movement,’ not ‘moment.’ But I chose ‘moment’ intentionally,” he said.
“It’s a moment that will eventually pass. So, while transgender ideology may appear to be establishing a firm place in our culture, there are signs of defensiveness among its advocates. Activists have to keep patching and shoring up their own beliefs, policing the faithful, coercing heretics, and punishing apostates, because transgender dogmas are so contrary to basic, self-evident truths,” he said.
However, there is still work to be done.
“The transgender moment may turn out to be fleeting, but that doesn’t mean we should expect it to fade away on its own. We need to insist on telling the truth, and on saving lives from being irreparably damaged.”
Ryan T Anderson will be touring Australia from Friday 13-Monday 23 April. Tour dates listed below. For more information, or to book, visit here.
Melbourne Friday 13 April,
Sydney, Monday 16 April
Canberra, Thursday 19 April
SA State Conference, Sunday 21 April
Brisbane, Monday 23 April