Amazon takes a Stand for equality Tells the GOP no more Junk science Books

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Amazon said in a letter to Republican Senators that it will no longer sell books that incorrectly identify sexual and gender diversity as a mental illness. Amazon did this after being questioned as to why they delisted “When Harry Became Sally” the former best-selling book by Ryan T. Anderson.

The letter was in response to Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Mike Braun (R-Ind.), and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), who had sought an explanation from the e-commerce giant on its decision to remove the book “When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment” from its storefront last month.

Amazon will not sell any books on its platform that portray transgender, other gender identities, and sexual orientations as mental illnesses, the company explained In a letter to three Republican senators who had sought an explanation from the e-commerce giant about its decision to delist a book written by a conservative author, as conservative politicians attempt to challenge the Biden administration’s efforts to expand protections for LGBTQ+ people.

In a letter to the senators, Amazon said that the company has “chosen not to sell books that frame LGBTQ+ identity as a mental illness,” the Wall Street Journal first reported.

The sudden delisting of this junk science book caught a plethora of conservatives off guard. “When Harry Became Sally” is the go-to junk ‘science’ book that the GOP uses to validate their crusade against transgender people.

Anderson told The National Catholic Register on Monday morning that he was alerted to the situation as “people trying to buy it told me it was gone.”

Junk Science.

None of the reviews for author Ryan T. Anderson’s book, When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment, actually come from transgender people, nor from doctors who care for transgender patients, nor from anyone who advocates for transgender people. The same is true of the content inside the book, which is largely based on junk science, according to Think Progress.

Anderson, a William E. Simon Senior Research Fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation has become one of the most prominent voices in the contemporary anti-LGBTQ movement. Those eager to oppose the fight for transgender equality had been anticipating the arrival of When Harry Became Sally, hoping it will serve as a valuable compendium for convincing people to reject the legitimacy of transgender identities.

Anderson doesn’t shy away from that motive.

“In this book, I argue that Dr. McHugh got it right,” Anderson wrote in his introduction, referring to Dr. Paul McHugh and McHugh’s theory that being transgender is a mental illness.

Who is Dr. Paul McHugh?

Dr. Paul McHugh is a disgraced Academic who published non peer reviewed ‘opinion pieces” based on meta studies that he conducted. He is a part of the American College of Pediatrics which is designated as a conservative hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds) is a fringe anti-LGBTQ hate group that masquerades as the premier U.S. association of pediatricians to push anti-LGBTQ junk science, primarily via far-right conservative media. As an example, Andre Van Mol, co-chair of ACPeds’ Committee on Adolescent Sexuality recently wrote equating “Transgenderism to a state sponsored religion ”

To give a brief history, Paul R. McHugh M.D. is a psychiatrist from one of the world’s most prestigious medical schools, John Hopkins University (JHU). Before coming to JHU he was a graduate from Harvard Medical School. These days he’s seen in the media parading himself as an expert in the field of sexuality and gender where he writes ‘opinion pieces’ on anti-trans studies. But his studies, specifically on gender & sexuality, are not peer-reviewed and go completely against the whole of the scientific consensus. The term “opinion-pieces” is not a slur, McHugh has often referred to his work as opinion-pieces. To be clear, despite McHugh’s impressive credentials he has little to no clinical or research experience with transgender children nor adults. The only work he has ever published on this topic are meta-studies. These meta-studies (opinion-pieces) are mostly conjectured material that are not factual. McHugh supports his conclusions by pulling from other research studies which have later been found to be misrepresented.

Dr Paul McHugh wrote “I Will Not Be Silenced” after 600 LGBT health experts signed a letter stating that he “does not represent prevailing expert consensus opinion about sexual orientation or gender identity-related research or clinical care.”

In fact, every reputable medical organization in the United States signed a statement pushing back against the pseudoscience that Dr. McHugh pedals when the Trump administration attempted to curtail transgender care on the basis of religious freedom.

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Kelli, Busey is managing editor at Planet Transgender