Erin Brewer - dishonest anti-trans crackpot
Erin Brewer, transphobic crackpot, has been discovered by Jennifer Roback Morse | via YouTube

An email from hate group leader, Jennifer Roback Morse (Ruth Institute) is titled: Once gay, always gay? No way! Morse only makes that claim in defense of the teachings of the Catholic Church.

Ruth Institute already has one crackpot on the payroll. That would be Father Paul Sullins. Sullins, who is profoundly dishonest, has promoted misinformation about a study; has claimed that gay men are pedophiles (based on an unpublished “study”) and has asserted that gay people are terrible parents.

Sullins is perhaps best known for publishing junk science (to vanity journals) that is at odds with real scientific rigor.

Morse’s email reads — in part:

Sex Orientation Change Efforts (SOCE) get a lot of flack from the Sexual Revolutionaries, who refuse to acknowledge that therapy helps people. Our Research Analyst, Fr. Paul Sullins, knows all the ins and outs of SOCE and the inane regulations against it. Watch this interview to learn how SOCE works and why these efforts need to be protected, not penalized.

Sexual Orientation Change Efforts “get a lot of flack” from reputable scientists and their professional organizations. They are not “Sexual Revolutionaries” which is what Morse calls people who believe that evidence-based science is more credible than than faith-based dogma.

Neither Sullins nor Morse can produce a peer-reviewed study in support of conversion therapy that is published to a respectable, peer-reviewed academic journal. Conversion therapy has no scientific support. It is pseudoscience.

“There is enough BS … to fertilize the Gobi Desert.”

I promised you an anti-trans crackpot:

Morse’s email continues:

Another person who knows all about this is Erin Brewer, who, from a young age, wanted to become a boy. Then a caring therapist helped her heal from her child abuse rather than simply affirming her in what would be a life-altering decision, from which she knows she would have found no peace.

Ms. Brewer is attempting to turn her story into an income. A video with Jennifer Roback Morse is titled A Warning from a Former-Trans Child. Brewer is lying. She was never transgender. The text accompanying the video reads:

Erin Brewer developed a trans identity in first grade. She did everything she could to be a boy. Her teacher sent her to the school psychologist for assessment because her behavior was concerning. Thankfully the school psychologist did not affirm her, instead she came up with a plan for her mother and teacher to help Erin manage her difficult feelings. It took years for Erin’s trans identity to resolve but she is thankful that she got the help she needed to address the underlying cause of her trans identity rather than being told she was born in the wrong body and inherently flawed.

There is enough BS in the above to fertilize the Gobi Desert. First of all, there is no such thing as a “trans identity.” At worst Brewer had some discomfort with her gender identity and it resolved which is the case most of the time.

Brewer’s claims are not applicable to transgender kids. Transition occurs when a child is in extreme distress from a persistent condition. Persistence is a function of severity. Furthermore, gender dysphoria resolves when children are not acutely affected which was most likely the case with Brewer.

No child has ever been told: “You were born in the wrong body and inherently flawed.” Therapists allow children to explore their gender identity. Communication is from patient to therapist. Therapists tend to be questioners rather than people who make declarative statements.

Erin Brewer — who seems to be in her fifties — grew up in Salt Lake City. According to the narrative:

“Erin Brewer is in no position to challenge gender-affirming care which is the basis for the clinical practice standards of the American Academy of Pediatrics.”

Erin shares her deeply personal story to help others understand the damage that is being done to our children by the transgender movement.

Erin Brewer is in no position to challenge gender-affirming care which is the basis for the clinical practice standards of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Brewer is the cofounder of an anti-trans organization which seems to exist to sell the two founders’ books (it is not a federally tax-exempt organization):

As you can see, the second author, Maria Keffler, promotes the notion that transgender medicine is a conspiracy. In addition to selling the two books, they sell t-shirts. Brewer probably made the video with Morse to promote her book.

Ms. Keffler is a former teacher from Arlington, Virginia. Keffler claims that trans kids get preferential treatment.

Of course they also ask for donations. They kinda forgot to mention that donations are not tax-deductible.

“Most of the time it is nearly impossible to support religious doctrine with real science.”

What is typical of people like Erin Brewer is that they never put themselves in positions where someone might challenge their pronouncements. Whether Brewer is seeking attention or an income or both is irrelevant. She is not promoting the best interests of children.

Parents should preference medical science over alternatives. Alternative medicine is often premised on conspiracy theories. The theme is often that doctors and drug companies are misinforming the public in order to make more money.

How many phony cancer cures have been sold on the basis that the medical establishment is hiding the real information?

Personally, I am a big believer in second opinions. Moreover, I ask my doctors questions which are not always easy to answer.

Nothing says that parents should not do research. They should. At the same time they should filter out the unsubstantiated nonsense. There is a very easy way to separate real science from junk science.

Real science is published to respected academic journals employing robust peer review. Everything else is just noise; usually noise from an agenda. Junk science.

It seems that both of Jennifer Roback Morse’s promotions in the aforementioned email are people who produce junk science. There is a reason for that. Most of the time it is nearly impossible to support religious doctrine with real science.

By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.