In their rush to provide a warm, inclusive and diverse environment for all, save—of course—Christians and conservatives, university officials might want to ask themselves whether they are becoming what Pope Francis called “gender ideologues” and engaging in their own stereotyping.
Not far from our office in Bethesda, Maryland, in College Park, “The University of Maryland has been named to Campus Price’s 2016 ‘Best of the Best’ Top 30 list of LGBTQ-friendly colleges and universities” for promoting “diversity, inclusion and safety for LGBTQ students.”
Further away, in Richmond, Virginia’s state capital, Virginia Commonwealth University is celebrating “forty years of LGBTQ activism.” Well-meaning as these efforts are, one has to ask whether they are not just trading one set of stereotypes for another.
Two psychiatrists from Johns Hopkins undertook a fairly comprehensive study of academic literature on how the LGBTQ become who they are and found that:
- “The hypothesis that gender identity is an innate, fixed property of human beings that is independent of biological sex — that a person might be ‘a man trapped in a woman’s body’ or ‘a woman trapped in a man’s body’ — is not supported by scientific evidence.
- “According to a recent estimate, about 0.6% of U.S. adults identify as a gender that does not correspond to their biological sex.
- “Studies comparing the brain structures of transgender and non-transgender individuals have demonstrated weak correlations between brain structure and cross-gender identification. These correlations do not provide any evidence for a neurobiological basis for cross-gender identification.”
Ironically, their findings are remarkably similar to those that veteran reporter Peter LaBarbera arrived at in his recent special report for Accuracy In Media.
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