Allan Stratton

Allan Stratton

Allan Stratton is the internationally award-winning author of Chanda’s Secrets and The Dogs.

If You Care About Trans Rights, Don’t Let Predators Pick Their Pronouns

If You Care About Trans Rights, Don’t Let Predators Pick Their Pronouns

Some men are re-identifying as men immediately upon release from women’s prisons.

Allan Stratton
Allan Stratton
13 min read
Transgender
History Lessons from the Toronto Mob Targeting a 19th-Century Gay Icon

History Lessons from the Toronto Mob Targeting a 19th-Century Gay Icon

In 1793, Alexander Wood emigrated from Scotland to Upper Canada at the age of 21. Within seven years, he had become one of the most successful merchants in York (which eventually would grow into Toronto), a lieutenant in its militia, and a magistrate. He would eventually serve as an acting

Allan Stratton
Allan Stratton
15 min read
Art and Culture
The Progressive Case for Renouncing Gender Extremism: Last of a Three-Part Series

The Progressive Case for Renouncing Gender Extremism: Last of a Three-Part Series

In the first two parts of this essay series, I argued that “gender supremacists” (my preferred term) have created an artificial reality in which words such as “man” and “woman” are defined in a way that ordinary people neither recognize nor agree with. In Canada, the UK, the United States,

Allan Stratton
Allan Stratton
18 min read
Gender Critical Feminists
Rescuing the Radicalized Discourse on Sex and Gender: Part Two of a Three-Part Series

Rescuing the Radicalized Discourse on Sex and Gender: Part Two of a Three-Part Series

Our choice of words affects the way we think. That’s why we spend so much time fighting over which terms to use, whether it’s “undocumented immigrants” versus “illegal aliens,” “foetuses” versus “unborn babies,” or “militants” versus “terrorists.” In recent years, the question of word choice has figured prominently

Allan Stratton
Allan Stratton
17 min read
Activism
The 'Gender Supremacist' Threat to the Progressive Alliance: Part One of a Three-Part Series

The 'Gender Supremacist' Threat to the Progressive Alliance: Part One of a Three-Part Series

There have always been conflicts within the LGBT+ community. But the recent capture of Western political and cultural institutions by a faction of radicalized transgender activists presents a more existential type of crisis. The backlash against this clique’s overreach, which we are already beginning to observe, won’t be

Allan Stratton
Allan Stratton
22 min read
Activism
We Can Revisit (And Even Replace) the Classic Books We Teach Children—Without Cancelling Them

We Can Revisit (And Even Replace) the Classic Books We Teach Children—Without Cancelling Them

Earlier this month, Dr. Seuss Enterprises announced it would stop publishing six Dr. Seuss titles because they included several drawings with racial stereotypes. As the press release put it, “These books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong. Ceasing sales of these books is only part of our

Allan Stratton
Allan Stratton
15 min read
Books
What We Owe to 'The Boys in the Band'—and Other Classics of Gay Film

What We Owe to 'The Boys in the Band'—and Other Classics of Gay Film

Ryan’s Murphy’s new Netflix production of The Boys in the Band is a time capsule of gay life in New York City, 1968. A group of friends, all but one closeted, get together for a birthday party that makes Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf look like a

Allan Stratton
Allan Stratton
14 min read
Art
Don’t Listen to the Outrage. ‘Cuties’ Is a Great Film

Don’t Listen to the Outrage. ‘Cuties’ Is a Great Film

If you’d asked me a month ago what could possibly break through a news cycle dominated by the biggest global pandemic in a century, the most severe economic downturn since the Great Depression, and the worst civil unrest in the United States since the Civil Rights Era, a diverse,

Allan Stratton
Allan Stratton
12 min read
Canada