The LGBT lobby is, today, stronger than ever. Originally, decades ago, it was just about tolerance and acceptance; the message was to allow consenting adults to do what they wanted behind closed doors. Then, slowly, more and more has been demanded. Now, Americans must enthusiastically support everything LGBT, from gay marriage to transgender rights. But one notable doctor is sounding an alarm, and the LGBT crowd does not like it.
Dr. Paul R. McHugh is a Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University. Previously, he was the psychiatrist-in-chief at Johns Hopkins, which spearheaded sex change operations from 1975 through 2001.
But in 1979, McHugh decided to put a stop to the operations. The reason? Because he was concerned about the scientific data concerning transgender people. Jon Meyer headed up the university hospital’s Sexual Behaviors Consultation Unit, and did a study of people who had undergone sex change operations.
Meyer found that while the operations were “subjectively satisfying” for their patients, there was “no objective advantage in terms of social rehabilitation”. “With these facts in hand, I concluded that Hopkins was fundamentally cooperating with a mental illness,” McHugh said of his decision to stop performing the operations.
Now, decades later, McHugh still believes that transgender Americans are suffering from a mental illness, but now, that illness is being enabled. “The idea that one’s sex is fluid and a matter open to choice runs unquestioned through our culture and is reflected everywhere in the media, the theater, the classroom, and in many medical clinics,” McHugh wrote in an article for the Witherspoon Institute. “It has taken on cult-like features: its own special lingo, internet chat rooms providing slick answers to new recruits, and clubs for easy access to dresses and styles supporting the sex change. It is doing much damage to families, adolescents, and children and should be confronted as an opinion without biological foundation wherever it emerges.”
He also decried the fact that the medical community has fallen victim to the scam.
“I am ever trying to be the boy among the bystanders who points to what’s real,” McHugh continued. “I do so not only because truth matters, but also because overlooked amid the hoopla — enhanced now by Bruce Jenner’s celebrity and Annie Leibovitz’s photography — stand many victims. Think, for example, of the parents whom no one — not doctors, schools, nor even churches — will help to rescue their children from these strange notions of being transgendered and the problematic lives these notions herald.”
Liberals, of course, have been quick to deem McHugh transphobic. But he insists that’s not the case, and that he merely is “anxious they get the help they need.”
Do you agree with McHugh?