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Jonathan Haidt vs. transgender people

Jonathan Haidt is an American psychologist and anti-transgender activist.

In 2015 Haidt co-founded Heterodox Academy to promote “intellectual diversity” and challenge “enforced orthodoxies” in academia. These are buzzwords for people who want academic freedom without academic responsibility or accountability. The organization and its conference are popular among anti-transgender activists.


Jonathan David Haidt was born October 19, 1963 in New York City and grew up in Scarsdale, New York.

Haidt earned a bachelor’s degree from Yale University in 1985, then attended University of Pennsylvania, earning a master’s degree in 1988 and a doctorate in 1992. Following postdoctoral work and time working in India, Haidt took an appointment at University of Virginia in 1995. While there, Haidt published several works on positive psychology and moral psychology.

Haidt and spouse Jayne K. Riew (born 1971) have two children, Max and Francesca.

Anti-transgender activism

Haidt and Greg Lukianoff are key figures in promoting Alice Dreger’s cover-up of J. Michael Bailey’s fabricated “Danny Ryan” case report that got him tenure.


Lukianoff, Greg; Haidt, Jonathan (2019). The Coddling of the American Mind How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure. Penguin, ISBN 9780735224919

Staff (2017). Obituary for Elaine K. Haidt.


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