Monday, in a hyperbolic fit at The Federalist, Mary Rice Hasson writes: “Threatening Violence, Trans Activists Expel Un-PC Research At Medical Conference.” Hasson is with the Ethics and Public Policy Center. While EPPC has some Jewish connections it is essentially a conservative Catholic organization led by Ed Whelan. Robert P. George is on the board; George Weigel is a “distinguished senior fellow.” Chances are good that Hasson doesn’t believe that transgender people exist. It is a virtual certainty that Hasson did not attend the conference that she is criticizing.
It didn’t take long for the inaugural scientific conference of the U.S. Professional Association for Transgender Health (USPATH) to descend into an ugly display of intolerance and identity politics, with gender-confused kids as ideological pawns.
When the dust finally settled, trans bullies and their medical allies had colluded to kick a dissenting expert (Kenneth Zucker) off the program, justified their censorship by indirectly blaming President Trump (the “direct threat” to trans people from the “new political climate”), and declared victory.
Hasson’s is a painfully verbose piece and I am not inclined to go through it paragraph by paragraph. I prefer a discussion of the broader points.
Kenneth Zucker is a well-respected Canadian psychologist and sexologist. He is not a crackpot. However, about 35 years ago Zucker embraced what we would call reparative therapy for transgender people. The intent was to conform gender to biological sex. That was the prevailing view of treatment at the APA until only a few years ago.
Zucker was invited to participate in the February 4 conference of the U.S. Professional Association for Transgender Health. The transgender community was already alarmed over the Trump presidency. Given that Trump has since reversed the Obama era guidance on trans public school children their fears were well founded. Anxiety and a change in format prompted USPATH leadership to seek a unified approach to the care of people with gender dysphoria. As a result, Zucker was dis-invited.
Dan Karasic, MD was the chair of the USPATH conference. He has posted a very informative piece on Facebook. Dr. Karasic is on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at University of California, San Francisco.
I have sent out some emails regarding events at this conference. I will update this post if I learn anything different or important.