Editors of the New Atlantis, a scholarly journal “devoted to science and technology issues and their relation to social and political affairs”, defend two authors against an attack of gay accusations.A review of research studies and scientific literature on homosexuality summarized by Dr. Lawrence S. Mayer and Dr. Paul R. McHugh, entitled “Sexuality and Gender: Findings from the Biological, Psychological, and Social Sciences,” has come under vehement condemnation by the pro-homosexual advocacy group, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC).The Human Rights Campaign is “the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer” (LGBTQ) gay activist organization and political lobbying group in the United States, claiming 1.5 million members and a budget of $49 million annually.
“The Human Rights Campaign repeatedly distorts our recent New Atlantis report,” the editors wrote in the brief introduction. “Most of the HRC document is an exercise in distortion.”Explaining their report further, the New Atlantis editors state, “Here are the facts: Teenagers experiencing gender dysphoria sometimes undergo surgical procedures to alter their secondary sex characteristics. Pre-teen children experiencing gender dysphoria are sometimes given puberty-blocking hormones. And younger children are sometimes provided with psychotherapeutic ‘gender-affirmative’ interventions meant to encourage and support them in their cross-gender identification; medical reports and accounts in the popular press describe the use of such interventions for children five years old and younger.”The New Atlantis editors reminded HRC that the report merely “discusses the well-established scientific literature showing higher rates of mental health problems in LGBT subpopulations compared to the general population” to the HRC accusation that the New Atlantis report “suggests that … LGBTQ people have inherent psychological difficulties,” To the HRC accusation that the New Atlantis report “suggests that … [sexual orientation] can be changed,” the editors noted, “The report discusses scientific literature about the fluidity of sexual orientation. It is an incontrovertible fact that, for some people, patterns of sexual desire, attraction, and behavior do change.”After all these accusations the New Atlantis editors concluded, “The public will see this assault for what it is: an obvious threat to academic freedom, and intentionally so.”
“This blatant effort to intimidate is a disturbing strategy designed to make impossible respectful disagreement in the academy on controversial matters. Intimidation tactics of this sort undermine the atmosphere of free and open inquiry that universities are meant to foster”. – the New Atlantis editors stated.