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Mark Henderson vs. transgender people

Mark Henderson (born 1974) is a British journalist and communications executive. Henderson was a science correspondent at The Times of London when he recommended the anti-transgender 2003 book The Man Who Would Be Queen by J. Michael Bailey.


Henderson graduated from Oxford in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in modern history. He worked as a science correspondent for The Times from 2000 to 2006, then as a science editor from 2006 to 2011. In 2012, Henderson became Director of Communications for the Wellcome Trust.

He has also published books:

  • 50 Genetics Ideas You Really Need to Know (2009)
  • The Geek Manifesto (2012)

Bailey book review (2003)

Henderson recommends a number of hereditarian titles in the same article, including:

  • Matt Ridley’s Nature via Nurture 
  • Simon Baron-Cohen’s The Essential Difference
  • Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything
  • Peter Atkins’ Galileo’s Finger
  • James Watson’s: DNA: The Secret of Life
  • Brenda Maddox’s Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA
  • Maurice Wilkins’ The Third Man of the Double Helix
  • Robert Mash’s How to Keep Dinosaurs
  • J. Michael Bailey’s The Man Who Would Be Queen

Much language in Henderson’s Bailey review below echoes Steven Pinker‘s review in The Guardian.

Who’s got the brains in this relationship?

The Man Who Would Be Queen (Joseph Henry, £17.95; offer £14.36) by J. Michael Bailey, looks at the psychology and physiology of male transsexualism and homosexuality. Compassionate without attempting to be politically correct, Bailey examines the science behind sexual orientation and identity, using original and rigorous research. It will interest anyone with curiosity about the variety of human sexuality. 


Henderson, Mark (06 December 2003). Who’s got the brains in this relationship? The Times of London. [archive]

Press release (17 November 2011). Mark Henderson appointed Head of Communications at the Wellcome Trust.


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