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Nick Gillespie vs. transgender people

Nick Gillespie is an American libertarian author, right-wing pundit, and anti-transgender activist. Gillespie’s podcast frequently promotes other figures from the anti-transgender fringe, including Jesse Singal, Michael Shermer, Michael Shellenberger, Steven Pinker, Abigail Shrier, Scott Barry Kaufman, Debra Soh, Katie Herzog, and Meghan Daum.


Nicholas John “Nick” Gillespie was born August 7, 1963 in Brooklyn, New York and grew up in Middletown, New Jersey. Gillespie was raised Catholic and graduated from Mater Dei High School. Gillespie earned a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University in 1985, a master’s degree from Temple University in 1990, and a doctorate from State University of New York at Buffalo in 1996. Gillespie married author and academic Katharine Marie Walke Gillespie (born 1960). They have two children, Jack and Nick. The Gillespies have since divorced. In 2023 Gillespie became engaged to Sarah Rose Siskind.

Gillespie has been associated with Reason magazine. Gillespie edited the 2004 book Choice: The Best of Reason and co-authored the 2011 book The Declaration of Independents.

Anti-trans promotion

With the exception of conservative trans libertarian Deirdre McCloskey, Gillespie has never platformed any trans journalists, scientists, lawyers, politicians, or activists who could address anti-trans guests’ statements or Gillespie’s own misconceptions.


Gillespie, Nick (May 24, 2023) Jesse Singal: How To Stay Honest While Doing Journalism

Gillespie, Nick (March 29, 2023). Deirdre McCloskey: ‘What We Want Is a Nonslave Society’

Gillespie, Nick (August 17, 2022). Michael Shermer: ‘Women Are Not Just Tits and Ass. There’s More to It Than That, a Lot More.’

Gillespie, Nick (July 29, 2022). John Cleese: Wokeism Is the Enemy of Comedy—and Creativity

Gillespie, Nick (January 12, 2022). Michael Shellenberger: How Progressives Ruined American Cities

Gillespie, Nick (October 13, 2021). Steven Pinker: Rationality Has Made Us Richer, Kinder, and More Free

Gillespie, Nick (July 7, 2021). Abigail Shrier: Trans Activists, Cancel Culture, and the Future of Free Expression

Gillespie, Nick (April 14, 2021). Jesse Singal: Why We Keep Falling for Psychological Quick Fixes

Gillespie, Nick (September 30, 2020). Scott Barry Kaufman on Narcissists and Libertarians

Gillespie, Nick (August 19, 2020). Debra Soh: The End of Gender

Gillespie, Nick (June 17, 2020). Katie Herzog and Jesse Singal on Left-Wing Cancel Culture

Gillespie, Nick (October 30, 2019). Meghan Daum Is Done with ‘Cancel Culture.’ But Is America?

Gillespie, Nick (February 20, 2019). Let’s Talk About Sex Differences with Christina Hoff Sommers and Debra Soh: Podcast


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