J. Michael Bailey facts

This page is set up to inform potential research subjects about the kinds of "science" conducted by J. Michael Bailey and his research group.

Bailey’s book, The Man Who Would Be Queen, has been widely condemned as pseudoscientific and based on eugenics. Bailey researches homosexuality as if it's a disease, and looks for a cause as if it is a genetic mutation (a "gay gene") or a pathogen/environmental factor that people can catch (a "gay germ").

Below are examples of his "scientific" findings:

"Evolutionarily, homosexuality is a big mistake."

Bailey JM (2003). KOOP radio interview.
http://www.donnarose.com/JMBInterview.html (transcription)

Homosexuality may represent "a developmental error."

Bailey JM (1999). Homosexuality and mental illness. Archives of General Psychiatry. 1999 Oct;56(10):883-4.

"Prostitution is the single most common occupation that homosexual transsexuals in our study admitted to."

Bailey JM (2003). The Man Who Would Be Queen: The Science of Gender-Bending and Transsexualism. Joseph Henry Press. p. 184

"To focus on this question, we have to assume that whatever means parents will use to do this are, in themselves, morally acceptable. So, if you have any problem at all with abortion, assume that pregnant women can guarantee a heterosexual child by, say, taking a pill, or avoiding certain foods, or even by reading their children certain bedtime stories. What would make avoiding gay children wrong?"

Bailey JM (2003). The Man Who Would Be Queen: The Science of Gender-Bending and Transsexualism. Joseph Henry Press. p. 114

Further reading

For more on Bailey's ties to the eugenics movement, please consult the following book:

American Eugenics: Race, Queer Anatomy, and the Science of Nationalism
Nancy Ordover, University of Minnesota Press, 2003.


Be sure to visit the following websites for detailed coverage:

Investigation by Lynn Conway

Also see the Bailey-Blanchard-Lawrence Clearinghouse on this site for more on this scandal.