by Avery Foley on November 29, 2016
What happens when scientific findings clash with popular opinions? Academic bullying. At least that’s what happened to scientists whose comprehensive study of scientific literature contradicted the beliefs of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC).
Scientific Review Contradicts Popular Opinion
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine researchers reviewed hundreds of scientific papers on homosexuality and transgenderism. They determined that many popular views on LGBT issues, such as the idea that “gender identity is an innate, fixed property of human beings that is independent of biological sex,” are not supported by science.
They also found studies have consistently shown transgender individuals are at higher risk for
- suicide attempts
- substance abuse
- and other health and mental health problems.The HRC blasted this study, calling it a “biased review” and the researchers “anti-trans.” They cite 700 Johns Hopkins members who call the study “a misguided, misinformed attack on LGBT communities.” Together with the HRC, they are urging Johns Hopkins to publicly state that the study does not reflect the views of the university.Editors of the magazine that published the study call this threat “lies and bullying.” They say it is a “blatant effort to intimidate . . . by insisting that the entire university must answer collectively for everything written by its faculty” and a “disturbing strategy designed to make impossible respectful disagreement in the academy on controversial matters” (emphasis added). They add, “Intimidation tactics of this sort undermine the atmosphere of free and open inquiry that universities are meant to foster.”
- If Johns Hopkins doesn’t follow this demand, the HRC threatens to “substantially” lower their ranking on the HRC’s Healthcare Equality Index. This index “is the national LGBTQ benchmarking tool that evaluates healthcare facilities’ policies and practices.”
- Academic Bullying and Intimidation