Abigail Brett Krauser Shrier (born June 21, 1978) is an American author who is a key figure in the “gender critical” movement of anti-transgender activists, focusing on:
- disease models of gender identity
- “rapid onset gender dysphoria” (ROGD)
- “social contagion” theory
- the ex-trans movement: “desistance” and “detransition”
- other political controversies
Shrier is author of the 2020 book Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters and has testified against the Equality Act before Congress in 2021.
Shrier grew up in College Park, Maryland. Her parents are Sherrie L. Krauser, a judge of the Circuit Court of Maryland, and Peter B. Krauser, a judge of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals and former chairman of the Maryland Democratic Party.
Shrier attended Sheridan School and Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School. She graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Columbia University in 2000. She then earned a Bachelor of Philosophy degree from Oxford in 2002. She earned a law degree from Yale University in 2005, where she was a Coker Fellow and Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Law & Policy Review. She clerked for Judith W. Rogers and served as a summer law clerk to Chief Justice Aharon Barak of the Supreme Court of Israel. She was admitted to the New York Bar in 2006 and the California Bar in 2007. She was an associate attorney at Irell & Manella from 2006 to 2008 before becoming a full-time writer in 2009. Her California license became inactive in 2009.
She is a registered Republican. She married wealth manager Zachary Loren Shrier in 2007.
Shrier A (March 15, 2021) Equality Act testimony
- (PDF) https://www.judiciary.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/Shrier%20EQUALITY%20ACT%20TESTIMONY%20-%20%203-15-21.pdf
- (video) https://youtu.be/iK7eOudkkZg?t=4486
Irell & Manell (~2008). Abigail Shrier. http://www.irell.com/professionals-240.html [archive]
Ferguson CJ (January 19, 2021) A Review of “Irreversible Damage” by Abigail Shrier. Psychology Today https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/checkpoints/202101/review-irreversible-damage-abigail-shrier
Staff report (June 10, 2007). Achievement and Reasonable Pride. PrawfsBlawg https://prawfsblawg.blogs.com/prawfsblawg/2007/06/achievement_and.html
Resources by Shrier
Abigail Shrier (abigailshrier.com)
Resources supportive of Shrier
- Preferred Pronouns or Prison
- Why Girls Become Boys
The Rubin Report
Resources critical of Shrier
GLAAD Accountability Project (glaad.org)
Irreversible Damage to the Trans Community: A Critical Review of Abigail Shrier’s Irreversible Damage (Part One)
Cass Eris (youtube.com/casseris)