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This page is part of Categorically wrong? A Bailey-Blanchard-Lawrence clearinghouse.
J. Michael Bailey was Chair of the Psychology Department at Northwestern University until 2004. He stepped down in the wake of an investigation into charges of ethics violations surrounding his 2003 book The Man Who Would Be Queen: The Science of Gender-Bending and Transsexualism. Many see this as the most defamatory book written about gender variance since Janice Raymond wrote The Transsexual Empire in 1979.
"Evolutionarily, homosexuality is a big mistake."
Bailey told the Chronicle of Higher Education in 2003 that he is "very pro gay," while acknowledging that "the research I do isn't."
Bailey's "science" is based on his belief that homosexuality is an evolutionary mistake and a developmental error. Bailey is an advocate of evolutionary psychology and believes in a mixture of science and ideology called eugenics, based on a simplistic assumption that all evolution is in service of procreation. Bailey has applied this notion to sexual and gender variance and has suggested that eliminating gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender children is "morally acceptable" because it's a parent's right. He also cites the argument that these children will have "hard lives," (page 82) an argument used by other eugenicists like Peter Singer who advocate aborting or killing disabled children at birth to avoid a "hard life."
Below are links to Bailey's writings, as well as his professional and ideological connections to the neo-eugenics movement.
Bailey on homosexual eugenics
Bailey on gender variance
LINK: The Man Who Would Be Queen (by J. Michael Bailey) [online version removed February 2006]
Selected quotations from The Man Who Would Be Queen (compiled by Professor Lynn Conway)
Controversial ideas (by J. Michael Bailey, Ph.D.)
Bailey on bisexuality
LINK: New York Times Promotes Bisexual Stereotypes in "Straight, Gay or Lying?" GLAAD, 7 July 2005
LINK: The Problems with “Straight, Gay or Lying?” [PDF]
LINK: New York Times Suggests Bisexuals Are "Lying": Paper fails to disclose study author's controversial history. FAIR, 8 July 2005
Bailey's responses to criticisms
LINK: Book controversy question and answer (by J. Michael Bailey)
LINK: Academic McCarthyism (by J. Michael Bailey)
Bailey overviews and reports
Bailey's lectures and interviews
LINK: Psychology lecture lacks sensitivity to sexual orientation (by Joan Roughgarden, Ph.D.)
Report on a Bailey lecture at Emory University (by Saralyn Chesnut, Ph.D.)
LINK: J. Michael Bailey's Public Lecture at UCLA (by Lynn Conway)
LINK: Bailey on KOOP-FM, Austin (transcribed by Donna Rose)