An evangelical Christian publisher who was forced to cancel a book that had become controversial with transgender troops has been forced to retract the book, citing a misunderstanding about the nature of the book and the military.
Christian publisher Armand Christian Publishing has published a book about transgender troops titled Transgenders: The Hidden Lives of the Next Generation.
It has also published a memoir about her own transgender journey, which was published in 2017.
The book was slated to be released next year.
But last week, a transgender woman named Brittany White filed a complaint with the Army Public Affairs Office, alleging that the book is an anti-gay book, which it is not.
White was a military chaplain at the time, and her complaint states that the author of the memoir is a trans woman who was not herself a member of the military when she wrote it.
In a statement, White said that she is “deeply concerned” about the book’s content and that it “promotes hatred and bigotry against transgender people.”
The Army Public Relations Office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The decision to pull the book came after White and other trans advocates raised concerns that the memoir was likely to incite violence against transgender soldiers and would be harmful to the military’s efforts to train transgender soldiers.
“I was deeply concerned that a book written by a trans person would have a deleterious effect on a military recruiting process,” White told Newsweek.
“It’s really hard for me to see how that would work out well for the military.”
The book that was pulled has not been reissued, and White said she will pursue a lawsuit against the Army.