Right-Wing Think Tank Claims Study Shows No Scientific Basis for Believing LGBT People or Treating Transgender Children With Appropriate Medical Care
The New Atlantis, a so-called Journal of Technology and Society, released the results of a new, anti-LGBT â€œstudyâ€ today.Â The study, which is over 140 pages and analyzed data from over 200 peer-reviewed studies, is said to show that there is no evidence that people are born gay, or that transgender kids are more successful in life when treated with compassionate and inclusive care.
Among their “findings“:
- The understanding of sexual orientation as an innate, biologically fixed property of human beings â€” the idea that people are â€œborn that wayâ€ â€” is not supported by scientific evidence.
- Compared to heterosexuals, non-heterosexuals are about two to three times as likely to have experienced childhood sexual abuse.
- The hypothesis that gender identity is an innate, fixed property of human beings that is independent of biological sex â€” that a person might be â€œa man trapped in a womanâ€™s bodyâ€ or â€œa woman trapped in a manâ€™s bodyâ€ â€” is not supported by scientific evidence.
- Compared to the general population, adults who have undergone sex-reassignment surgery continue to have a higher risk of experiencing poor mental health outcomes. One study found that, compared to controls, sex-reassigned individuals were about 5 times more likely to attempt suicide and about 19 times more likely to die by suicide.
- Children are a special case when addressing transgender issues. Only a minority of children who experience cross-gender identification will continue to do so into adolescence or adulthood.
To be fair, most modern scholars do agree that we donâ€™t know nearly enough about sexual orientation or gender to determine what its root causes are. (And the “trapped in someone else’s body” hasn’t been a pro-trans argument for decades now.) However, the anti-LGBT right has turned this study into a battle cry for a renewed push against rights for transngender children, a return to fighting marriage equality, and â€“Â this seems to be one of their most important goals â€“Â a reason as to why they need not treat LGBT people with care and respect.Â
To fully understand where this study came from and whatâ€™s really going on, letâ€™s take a look at its authors and whoâ€™s funding it.
The Ethics and Public Policy Center has been at the center of anti-LGBT activism for years. Theyâ€™ve spoken out in favor of the Defense of Marriage ActÂ (DOMA),Â in favor of keeping Donâ€™t Ask, Donâ€™t Tell,Â and in favor of using religion as a weapon to discriminate.
In their own words, the EPCC describes itself as anÂ “institute dedicated to applying the Judeo-Christian moral tradition to critical issues of public policy. From the Cold War to the war on terrorism, from disputes over the role of religion in public life to battles over the nature of the family, EPPC and its scholars have consistently sought to defend and promote our nationâ€™s founding principlesâ€”respect for the inherent dignity of the human person, individual freedom and responsibility, justice, the rule of law, and limited government.”
On their â€œAboutâ€ page, The New Atlantis says,
We also seek to stir things up â€” to challenge the general public and policymakers who know too little about science, and to push scientists who often fail to think seriously or deeply about the ethical and social implications of their work.
Paul McHugh (photo), one of the authors of the study, has dedicated his life to anti-LGBT scholarship. His work has been debunked time and time again. McHugh has a distinguished track record of anti-LGBT bigotry and harm. He fully believes homosexuality is a choice and has compared hormone therapy for transgender children to “liposuction on an anorexic child.” Simply, there is no possible way anyone can argue that his “scholarship” is unbiased and objective.
Lawrence Mayer focuses on interpretationÂ of experimental and observational data and is the primary author of the study, which analyzed existing research – and reinterpreted it to fit the outcomes they desired. By incorporating many different studies, they had the freedom to pick and choose which pieces of data to use and how to spin them. Mayer also believes that McHugh is “one of the leading psychiatrists in the world.”
In the preface to the study, Mayer writes, without any irony:Â
As citizens, scholars, and clinicians concerned with the problems facing LGBT people, we should not be dogmatically committed to any particular views about the nature of sexuality or gender identity; rather, we should be guided first and foremost by the needs of struggling patients, and we should seek with open minds for ways to help them lead meaningful, dignified lives.
Perhaps he should listen to actual LGBT people, get to know us, learn from us, and realize just how harmful his own â€œscienceâ€ can be.
Unlike almost any other nonpartisan real scientific study, this new “study” comes complete with a slick, well-produced video from The New Atlantis, further suggesting far right wing monied interests are behind it:
Image: Screenshot via YouTubeÂ
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Trump Is ‘Untethered to Reality’ and His Thanksgiving Rant Proves It: CNN’s Berman
CNN host John Berman on Friday lit into President Donald Trump for going on an unhinged Thanksgiving rant about the 2020 election in which he once again falsely claimed that he won.
Berman in particular zeroed in on Trump’s seething anger at Reuters White House correspondent Jeff Mason, who asked the president on Thursday if he’d concede that he lost the election.
“He was yelling at Jeff Mason, who is the most mild-mannered reporter in America, who was asking one of the most obvious questions in America, which is, ‘Will you concede the race that you lost?’” Berman said. “I think it gave a window into where the president is this morning and how untethered to reality he may be.”
Guest Ron Brownstein shared Berman’s assessment and talked about the harm it’s doing to the United States.
“[He’s] doing real damage,” Brownstein said. “You’ve seen the polling: Three-quarters of Republicans now believe the election was stolen. We’ve never seen anything like this, an effort by a president to systemically undermine the results of the election.”
Watch the video below.
Trump Serves Up Paranoid Election Conspiracy Rant for Thanksgiving: ‘Flick of a Switch Can Change Course of History’
President Donald Trump on Thanksgiving broke weeks of refusing to answer questions from reporters, and focusing his anger on Georgia called its Republican Secretary of State “an enemy of the people” while brewing up an insane new conspiracy theory.
After praising GOP Senators in two run-off elections fighting to keep their seats, Trump said he told Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, “you have a fraudulent system.”
“You have a system where the flick of a switch or the putting in of a new chip can change the course of history.”
He also falsely claimed voting rights advocate and former Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams had illegally “harvested” 850,000 ballots. In reality, Abrams says 750,000 Georgia voters have requested absentee ballots.
Watch (poor quality video):
JUST IN: President Trump calls GOP Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger the "enemy of the people" as he makes repeated false claims about the 2020 election. pic.twitter.com/1gjvZ4lMq3
— The Hill (@thehill) November 26, 2020
‘No I Can’t Say That’: Trump Says He Will Not Concede – but Will Exit White House if Electoral College Makes ‘Mistake’
President Donald Trump used the occasion of Thanksgiving, weeks after Election Day, to declare he will not concede.
Speaking to reporters after calling troops overseas – at 1:16 AM their time, several hours later than scheduled – the President was asked if he will finally concede.
“No I can’t say that at all,” Trump replied, the first time he’s taken questions from reporters in weeks.
BREAKING: Pres Trump says “its going to be a very hard thing to concede because we know there was massive fraud…” In his first Q and A with reporters in weeks, he is insisting he won.
— Kelly O’Donnell (@KellyO) November 26, 2020
President-elect Joe Biden has 306 Electoral College votes, against Trump’s 232.
He also said the Electoral College members will have made a “mistake” if they do not declare him the winner of the 2020 presidential election, as Bloomberg’s Jennifer Jacobs reports.
Asked if the Electoral College votes for Biden if he will concede, Trump tells press pool in 1st post-election Q&A: “It’s going to be a very hard to thing to concede.”
“If they do, they’ve made a mistake” he says of the Electoral College.
Election was 23 days ago. pic.twitter.com/2xkTdNThQ2
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) November 26, 2020
But he also said he would leave the White House if Biden is the official winner. (Trump frequently denies making remarks he has made.)
“Certainly I will. And you know that,” Trump tells press pool when asked if he’ll exit the White House on Inauguration Day on Jan. 20 in peaceful transition. pic.twitter.com/9ydBsF2j8p
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) November 26, 2020
Trump, however, is not planning on believing the results.
“I don’t know what is going to happen. I know one thing, Joe Biden did not get 80 million votes,” he added.
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