Ryan T. Anderson

Ryan T. Anderson
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Born 1981/1982 (age 38–39)

Ryan T. Anderson (born 1981 or 1982) is an American political philosopher who is best known for his opposition to LGBT rights.[1] He is currently the William E. Simon Senior Research Fellow at The Heritage Foundation.[2] He is also the founder and editor-in-chief of Public Discourse, the Witherspoon Institute's online journal.[3]

Early life and education

Anderson was born in Baltimore.[4] He grew up with three older brothers and one younger brother.[1] Anderson graduated from the Friends School of Baltimore before completing his Bachelor of Arts in music from Princeton University.[5] He then attended the University of Notre Dame where he received a doctorate in economic policy.[1][6]


Anderson co-wrote the 2012 book What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense with Sherif Girgis and mentor Robert P. George.[1][7] In it, they claim that the purpose of marriage is procreation and thus same-sex marriages should not be possible. Justice Samuel Alito referenced the book in his dissenting opinion in United States v. Windsor.[1][8] In 2017, Anderson co-authored Debating Religious Liberty and Discrimination with Girgis and John Corvino. The book received positive reviews for its constructive, back-and-forth discussion on religious freedom and anti-discrimination law.[9][10]

In 2018, Anderson released his anti-transgender book When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment.[11][12] The book, which was heavily influenced by the works of Paul R. McHugh, came under scrutiny after it topped the Amazon bestsellers list in the Gay & Lesbian Civil Rights History category.[13]


  1. ^ a b c d e Barnes, Robert (April 15, 2015). "The right finds a fresh voice on same-sex marriage". Washington Post. Retrieved June 16, 2020.
  2. ^ Fitzsimons, Tim (January 29, 2019). "Conservative group hosts anti-transgender panel of feminists 'from the left'". NBC News. Retrieved June 17, 2020.
  3. ^ "Masthead". Public Discourse. Retrieved June 18, 2020.
  4. ^ "Ryan T. Anderson". Catholic Answers. Retrieved June 17, 2020.
  5. ^ Percelay, Rachel (June 17, 2015). "Meet Ryan Anderson, The Anti-LGBT 'Scholar' Peddling Junk Science To National Media". Media Matters for America. Retrieved June 17, 2020.
  6. ^ Linker, Damon (April 21, 2015). "The shunning of Ryan T. Anderson: When support for gay marriage gets ugly". The Week. Retrieved June 17, 2020.
  7. ^ Worsnip, Alex (January 30, 2013). "Arguing against gay marriage". Prospect. Retrieved June 17, 2020.
  8. ^ United States v. Windsor, 570 (U.S. 2013).
  9. ^ Picciotti-Bayer, Andrea (July 18, 2017). "Religious Liberty vs. Anti-Discrimination: Toward a 'Political Settlement'". National Review. Retrieved June 18, 2020.
  10. ^ Vischer, Robert K. "Agreeing on How to Disagree". Commonweal (September 20, 2017). Retrieved June 18, 2020.
  11. ^ Greenesmith, Heron (June 17, 2020). "Non-Affirming Therapists Endanger Trans Youth". Teen Vogue. Retrieved June 22, 2020.
  12. ^ Lu, Rachel (July 29, 2018). "The Assault on Reality". National Review. Retrieved June 17, 2020.
  13. ^ Eunjung Cha, Ariana (February 2, 2018). "Ryan Anderson's book on transgender people is creating an uproar". Washington Post. Retrieved June 17, 2020.

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