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Andrew Sullivan vs. transgender people

Andrew Sullivan is a conservative gay cultural critic and anti-transgender activist. Sullivan says Catholic upbringing and values inform this conservatism. Sullivan’s gender critical views include:

  • Criticizing legal protections based on gender identity
  • Criticizing affirmative care for gender diverse youth
  • Promoting the ex-transgender movement
  • Stating that trans youth should wait until 16 for health services
  • Citing anti-trans research like Lisa Littman’s “rapid onset gender dysphoria


In 1986, Sullivan took a role at The New Republic, rising to editor in 1991 before leaving in 1996.

Sullivan wrote for The New York Times Magazine from 1998 until getting fired in 2002. During that time Sullivan started a blog called The Dish that ran until 2015. From 2016 to 2020 Sullivan wrote for New York magazine, then moved to Substack.

Anti-trans activism

Sullivan frequently appears in the media to attack trans people, especially gender diverse children.

Sullivan has collaborated with anti-trans activists, including Katie Herzog, Megyn Kelly, Bill Maher, Konstantin Kisin, and Francis Foster.


Schindler, Paul (February 1, 2018). The Trouble With Andrew Sullivan. Gay City News

Marr, Rhuaridh (December 30, 2020). Gay conservative Andrew Sullivan complains about lesbians ‘becoming men’ in anti-trans column. Sullivan’s complaints about lesbian women not tending to him while sick led to confusion on Twitter. Metro Weekly

Finke, Leigh (April 28, 2021). From Andrew Sullivan to Terry Schilling: Framing Transition as Evil. The Advocate

Belonsky, Andrew (October 12, 2007). Andrew Sullivan Supports Barney Frank. Queerty

Selected anti-trans writing by Sullivan

Sullivan, Andrew (June 2, 2014). Engaging The T. The Dish

Sullivan, Andrew (February 1, 2019). The Nature of Sex. Intelligencer

Sullivan, Andrew (September 20, 2019). When the Ideologues Come for the KidsIntelligencer

Sullivan, Andrew (November 1, 2019). The Hard Questions About Young People and Gender TransitionsIntelligencer

Sullivan, Andrew (April 9, 2021). A Truce Proposal in the Trans WarsSubstack

Sullivan, Andrew (April 8, 2022). Who Is Looking Out For Gay Kids? Substack


Megyn Kelly (October 10, 2022). The Lies of “Gender Affirming Care” Grow More Extreme, with Andrew Sullivan. The Megyn Kelly Show

(June 29, 2022) Andrew Sullivan: “Leave Kids the F*ck Alone!” TRIGGERnometry


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