Ann Merchant vs. transgender people

Ann Merchant (born circa 1957) is an American marketing executive who was involved in creating promotional material for the transphobic 2003 book The Man Who Would Be Queen by J. Michael Bailey. Merchant has never commented publicly on her involvement.

Ann Merchant in 2012.
Ann Merchant in 2012. Source: YouTube

At that time, Merchant was Marketing Director at Joseph Henry Press and National Academies Press. Merchant’s computer signature was found in the code for the promotional material entitled “Praise” included in the press kit prepared by Joseph Henry Press publicist Robin Pinnel.


The Man Who Would Be Queen
by J. Michael Bailey

“…recommended reading for anyone interested in the study of gender identity and sexual orientation. … Bailey has produced a thoughtful book that cites recent scientific studies on homosexuality and transsexuality. It is written, however, in a style that makes it easily accessible to any reader.”

– Out Magazine, [Duncan Osborne] March 2003

“All of Bailey’s musings are interesting and provocative, and his evidence is often powerful… Bailey has written a book worth reading. …it will have its readers, both pro and con, thinking and talking…”

– Frontiers, March 14, 2003

“…fascinating revelations… In a personable and straightforward manner, [Bailey] describes his research techniques and reproduces the questionnaires given to his subjects. … Despite its provocative title, a scientific yet superbly compassionate exposition.”

– Kirkus Reviews, January 2003

“Absolutely splendid”

– Simon LeVay, Ph.D., author of Queer Science

“This is a wonderful book on an important subject.”

– Anne Lawrence, M.D., Ph.D., sexual medicine and transgender medicine practitioner

“With a mixture science, humanity, and fine writing, J. Michael Bailey illuminates the mysteries of sexual orientation and identity in the best book yet written on the subject. The Man Who Would Be Queen may upset the guardians of political correctness on both the left and the right, but it will be welcomed by intellectually curious people of all sexes and sexual orientations. A truly fascinating book.”

– Steven Pinker, Peter de Florez Professor, MIT, and author of How the Mind Works and The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature

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More Praise for
The Man Who Would Be Queen
by J. Michael Bailey

“Bailey is one of a rare breed of writers who manages to combine first-rate science with deep psychological understanding, resulting in great breadth of vision. He takes us on an unforgettable journey into the minds and lives of feminine men. Bailey skillfully interweaves vivid case studies with cutting-edge scientific findings, placing both in a deep historical context from the sexual playground of ancient Greece to the dilemmas of gender in the modern world. Refreshingly candid, remarkably free of ideology, this book is destined to become a modern classic in the field. But readers should be prepared to have some cherished assumptions about human nature shattered.”

– David M. Buss, author of The Evolution of Desire: Strategies of Human Mating and Evolutionary Psychology: The New Science of the Mind

“The feminine man maintains an outsider status that can be heartbreaking and confusing, or it can be liberating, depending on one’s ever-shifting point of view. … I applaud Bailey for attempting to disclose information on a subject that many people find discomfiting; that is, the place that resides between ‘male’ and ‘female.’ Perhaps science can lead to understanding.”

– John Epperson (Lypsinka)

The Man Who Would Be Queen
The Science of Gender-Bending and Transsexualism
by J. Michael Bailey
Published by Joseph Henry Press
ISBN 0-309-08418-0; 256 pages, 6 x 9, hardcover, $24.95


Ann G. Merchant earned her Bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University. She worked in fulfillment at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce before joining the National Academies Press in 1990. In 2004 she was named Director of Outreach & Marketing for The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM). In 2009, she was named Deputy Executive Director of NASEM’s Office of Communications.


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