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National Academies Press vs. transgender people

The National Academies Press (NAP) was created to publish the reports issued by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM). It publishes nearly 200 books a year on a wide range of topics in the sciences. 

In 2003, its trade imprint Joseph Henry Press published one of the most salacious and defamatory books on transgender people ever written: The Man Who Would Be Queen by J. Michael Bailey.

The incident was a turning point in transgender history.


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  • Code of Conduct (2018 PDF)