BreakPoint: “When Harry Became Sally”

A Sound, Compassionate Response to the Transgender Movement

What was once unthinkable has become unquestionable. And so, every Christian must know how to engage this transgender moment.

Imagine this scenario: Your 17-year-old daughter tells you she’s trapped in the wrong body, is really a boy, and wants hormone therapy to begin the process of transitioning. As her parent, you love your daughter, but you disagree. You want to look at other options to help her.

She decides to take you to court. Even though she’s a minor under your care, the judge decides your beliefs are a danger to your daughter, and takes her from your custody.

Well, imagine this scenario no more. That’s exactly what happened in Ohio recently.

And we shouldn’t be surprised. As Ryan Anderson, a Senior Research Fellow in American Principles and Public Policy at The Heritage Foundation warns, Americans can expect more cases just like this one.

Anderson’s in-depth research of the transgender movement and sexual ideology is now available in his new book, “When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment.” And I don’t say this lightly, this book is one every single Christian needs to read and understand.

This is a movement with considerable momentum—in popular culture, education, and even public policy. It’s an evolving movement. Here’s what I mean: as Anderson points out, gender ideology used to be based on the idea that our sex (in other words our physical natures, including reproductive organs and hormones) was biological, but our gender was socially constructed.

Activists challenged traditional gender roles as being oppressive and too generalized. But today the movement claims that sex is not biological, but assigned at birth. As if the doctor makes a random decision to identify a child as male or female. That’s how, the popular theory goes, boys can be trapped in girl’s bodies, and vice versa.

This is, of course, a scientifically indefensible position, and assumes that deep in some part of one’s brain (though we’re not sure where), our true gender identity is located. The theory is advancing, not on its merits, but on political power and name-calling: that only bigots insist on biological realities.

What Anderson does so well in “When Harry Became Sally” is to articulate how transgender ideology is hopelessly tied up in contradictions. He’ll help you spot those contradictions and articulate them with clarity and kindness to others.

But even so, many Christians still wonder why they should care about this one. Maybe they are still wearied over the same-sex marriage battle, or like many of us, maybe this is one of those issue that hits a little too close to home.

Well, I think there are at least two reasons we should care. First, Christians have always proclaimed that our bodies matter. This is no trivial point of Christian theology. Scripture tells us that God made us in His image, male and female. That Jesus became flesh and dwelt among us, and that He was physically resurrected from the dead. We cannot go along with any ideology that denies God’s created order.

And the second reason we should care is, well, the children. Ideas have consequences, and bad ideas have victims. Transgender ideology is disproportionately aiming at children, teaching them that they are not the inherently valuable image bearers God created them to be. If we love our neighbors, especially the kids, we cannot remain silent on this one.

We will send you a copy of “When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment” as a thank you for your gift today. Visit to get your copy.  It will equip you to defend the truth of God’s plan for human sexuality and identity—and help those impacted by the transgender movement.

And if you come to our website, you’ll find other articles and teaching resources on this issue also.



“When Harry Became Sally”: A Sound, Compassionate Response to the Transgender Movement

As John has emphasized, our bodies matter, and so do our children. Stand for the truth of God’s design for human sexuality and identity. To understand and help those involved in the transgender movement, read Ryan Anderson’s “When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment.”


Q&A: Why the Transgender Movement Can’t Sustain Itself
  • Ryan T. Anderson | February 12, 2018
The Philosophical Contradictions of the Transgender Worldview
  • Ryan T. Anderson | Public Discourse | February 1, 2018
When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment
  • Ryan T. Anderson | Encounter Books | February 2018

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  • Mourning Mom

    This happened to us in California 6 years ago! We were forced to give up custody of our only daughter when she was a junior in high school. She was advised by a therapist that we were abusing her because we could not support a transgender lifestyle. In California therapists cannot speak or council against a gay/transgender choice, unbeknownst to us. Very Long story short, our daughter wound up in Portland, Oregon, the epicenter of the transgender movement, where the state paid for her surgery…right after her 18th birthday. She is there to this day, and Oregon continues to fund her medications & lifestyle. We still love her as our daughter, have limited contact but are trying to build bridges while praying every day that she will find the err of the path she has taken and come to Christ. I am mortified that our story is being repeated throughout the country! As my dear grandfather used to lament, “The world is going to Hell in a handbasket.”

  • Sounds like a good read – thanks!

  • Phuong Schuetz

    Yes, we should care and teach young people what God says about sexuality. I lead a small group of 7th graders at church and am surprised at how many of them think you can follow Jesus and define your own sexuality. There is a disconnect between biblical truth and cultural beliefs. Young people either don’t know God’s Word and/or do not believe it to be the authority for morality. We have to be diligent about guiding them towards His source of truth.

  • Jnutter819

    There’s a difference between real trans people and liberal crusaders. See Blaire White or maybe Theryn Meyer. They can explain pretty well. It’s been a while since I last had someone to explain this to, but I vaguely remember having evidence about brain scans and some other things that support binary trans people being real. However non-binary “I’m an alien 6-year-old” has no evidence.

  • DW

    If true about the dad, clearly he was and / or: an unbeliever, extremely immature in the faith, poorly taught, or deliberately ignorant.

    Certainly not how to deal with a child with a serious disorder and likely in mental distress.

  • Sheri Johnson

    It is so sad that the nurturing, caring, protectiveness of parents is being discarded. Children’s rights are being elevated above Parental rights – those who have experience in life and desire the best for their children.