Michael McClure and transgender people

Michael John “Mike” McClure (born 1987) is an American web developer and “autogynephilia” activist under the pen name Mark Taylor Saotome-Westlake.


McClure grew up in California and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a music degree in 2007, then held a variety of software development roles and did guest and substitute teaching in the San Francisco Bay area. McClure worked at General Assembly, Apple, Fitbit, and Foxconn, and he did contract work at several firms.

McClure is part of the “rationalist” movement associated with sites like Slate Star Codex and enjoys crossdressing/cosplay. At various times, McClure has taken some medical transition steps including feminizing hormone use.

The Man Who Would Be Queen

In 2o04, he was a single-purpose reviewer of J. Michael Bailey’s transphobic book The Man Who Would Be Queen on Amazon.

Michael McClure

4.0 out of 5 stars

Captivating study of homosexuality and transsexuality

February 26, 2004

This book has caused quite a stir as the reviews below suggest. The subject matter is controversial, and the author’s approach–first-hand accounts and summaries of the literature–will not appeal to everyone. Despite a reliance on secondary sources, Bailey breaks new ground in this unusually lucid review of the causes of male homosexuality and transsexuality. Most arresting is his claim that there are two types of transsexuality, one related to homosexuality, the other totally different and caused by male identification with the female form. He concludes that both types of transsexuals are rooted in biology.
The book should be of interest to therapists who treat transsexuals, as well as preoperative and postoperative transsexuals seeking more information. There is also a helpful “how-to” section on the transition process from male to “female,” including surgery, hormones, etc.

McClure (2004)

Beginning in 2016, McClure began a personal blog titled “The Scintillating But Ultimately Untrue Thought,” frequently discussing transition-related topics and promoting “autogynephilia.”


McClure, Michael (February 26, 2004). Captivating study of homosexuality and transsexuality. Amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R3M1GAQHN0ZPJ5/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B004WKRP84


The Scintillating But Ultimately Untrue Thought  (unremediatedgender.space) as M. Taylor Saotome-Westlake

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