Why The Trans Community Hates Dr. Paul McHugh

From TransGriot:  http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2010/09/why-trans-community-hates-dr-paul.html

By Monica Roberts

Reposted with Author’s permission

“The post-surgical subjects struck me as caricatures of women. They wore high heels, copious makeup, and flamboyant clothing; they spoke about how they found themselves able to give vent to their natural inclinations for peace, domesticity, and gentleness—but their large hands, prominent Adam’s apples, and thick facial features were incongruous (and would become more so as they aged)….” Dr. Paul McHugh 2004 Surgical Sex.

If you’ve noticed the spike in anti-trans rhetoric coming from the Catholic Church that has resulted in an increase in transphobia and hate violence crimes directed at transpeople in Latin America and other heavily Catholic spots on the planet, you have this man to thank for it.

You also have this man to thank for the ‘transsexuality is a choice’ meme that we have had to constantly fight as well.

But there is one group that he zealously defends. Catholic priests facing sex abuse charges.

Dr. Paul McHugh is another one of our longtime enemies of the trans community who first got the attention of our community in 1979. As then chair of the Johns Hopkins Psychiatry Department from 1975-2001 he shut down the Gender Program based on that infamous 1977 John Meyer study he ordered that claimed there was no real benefit to these services.

As a longtime critic of trans issues, McHugh has ties to neoconservative Catholic groups, was a member of the GW Bush Administration’s President’s Council on Bioethics, and is frequently quoted by anti-transgender groups such as NARTH and the Concerned Women for America.

McHugh claims responsibility for helping get J. Michael Bailey’s anti-trans character assassination waste of trees The Man Who Would Be Queen published through the National Academy of Sciences.

He was tapped as the Vatican Advisor on trans issues and set the table for the current ‘hate on transpeople’ attitudes now prevalent in the Vatican since 2003 and now spreading like a cancer through the Roman Catholic Church.

Paul McHugh is also a supporter and proponent of Ray Blanchard’s dubious autogynephelia theory that he created in 1989.

The “transgender” activists (now often allied with gay liberation movements) still argue that their members are entitled to whatever surgery they want, and they still claim that their sexual dysphoria represents a true conception of their sexual identity. They have made some protests against the diagnosis of autogynephilia as a mechanism to generate demands for sex-change operations, but they have offered little evidence to refute the diagnosis. Psychiatrists are taking better sexual histories from those requesting sex-change surgery and are discovering more examples of this strange male exhibitionist proclivity

McHugh not only leads the attacks on transpeople with a fanatical zeal, he did so against the late Dr. George Tiller to the point that in 2007 he was ordered by Kansas Attorney General Paul Morrison to cease and desist. The anti-Tiller public statements by him and others in the conservative movement led to Tiller’s death.

McHugh has the blood of our brothers and sisters around the world on his hands as well, and is deserving of the antipathy heaped upon him in our community.

12 Responses to “Why The Trans Community Hates Dr. Paul McHugh”

  1. Angela Says:

    If us “caricitures of women” can lead happy and productive lives as a result of some fairly simple medical treatment what might the rest of us get up to?
    Give up on abusive and exploitative marriages? Make more choices about our bodies careers and life goals perhaps.

  2. Marlene Says:

    I wonder if this moronic twit was looking at our transsisters from the 60s and beyond who were *forced* by sexist quacks like him to dress that way in order to get SRS!!

    If there’s any justice in the universe, Karma will reincarnate this bastard into the life of a trans person of color in Latin America…

  3. Joann Prinzivalli Says:

    And don’t forget that Janice Raymond was an ex-nun. The Roman Catholic octopus has its tentacles inveigeled in many places, doing harm.

  4. Angela Says:

    Was it Janice Raymond who was a nun or her PHd supervisor? I think she worked for a Jesuit College.

    • Suzan Says:

      Janice Raymond was a nun. Mary Daly a Catholic theologian before become a peddler of mystic pseudo-feminism.

      Unicorns and goddesses are as much of a waste of time as patriarchal sky daddies.

    • Suzan Says:

      The thing about focusing on Raymond, nasty as she is. She hasn’t had the power to do harm the way the men have. She is like the working class racist klansman in comparison to the billionaire Armani wearing Koch brothers.

  5. Angela Says:

    There’s a fair bit of creative and artistic mileage in all of it, the unicorns, godesses and the patriarchal sky daddy, depending on what needs to be said. I think the unicorns are fun though in comparison to the other two who seem either dull or dangerous.
    Anyhow, there’s no need to actually worship unicorns… why would any self-respecting unicorn want that?
    Sorry, off-topic I know.

    • Suzan Says:

      I got involved with the Women’s Building in LA during the 1970s. I wanted to learn how to create a career as an artist. Instead people talked about affirmations and all sorts of New Age crap.

      When they talked about women entering “male dominated careers” they seemed to have two tracks: Law school and academe or construction and auto repair.

      Rather than invent paths a lot of energy was wasted on the wishing for success.

      There were some neat people in the Wicca, but some stone crazy ones too. And while getting high, dancing naked on beaches during the full moon, getting stoned and feasting beats the hell out of church based religions it is still a waste of time and energy and requires belief in silly superstitions.

  6. Andrea B Says:

    More information is needed on Mac Hugh.

    An article is coming up.

    Anyone want to host a PDF?

    • Suzan Says:

      More articles are desirable. I’ve been passing out olive branches and making alliances to fight the powerful because we share common enemies even if we are all different in so many ways.

      All I ask is that people used “alleged” or source any material that could otherwise damage this blog or cause me to face a law suit. And if it is really controversial and not sourced adequately I retain the right not to publish it or to edit it.

    • Suzan Says:

      Consider Wikipedia…


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