Joseph Henry Press cites
Duncan Osborne is a New York based reporter who writes extensively on GLBT
issues, especially AIDS. In March 2003, he wrote a positive review of J. Michael
Man Who Would Be Queen for Out
Magazine. In it, Mr. Osborne notes that Bailey "focuses exclusively
on men, and he covers a broad spectrumgay men, male-to-female transsexuals,
and men who identify as neither gay nor transgender but engage in behaviors
that are typically associated with those who do."
Bailey's publisher Joseph Henry Press
has been using an excerpt of this review in its publicity
The positive reviews written before all this came out seem to break into two
1. Those aware of the book's underlying ideology: Bailey's academic collaborators
and people involved in a conservative think tank called The Human Biodiversity
2. Those unaware: Non-transsexuals (mostly gay men) who found the first two
parts compelling and did not pick up on the lurid undertone of the third section
Below is the
Out Magazine review as it appears on the Joseph Henry Press site:
"...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."
Magazine, March 2003
I was able to reach Mr. Osborne, who sent the following reply on 20 August
"I was hired by Out to write the review because I have written a number
of stories, including one for Out,
on gender identity disorder as well as reparative therapy. The quote you
cited above is nearly the entire review. It was roughly one hundred words
long and I was required to make a recommendation for or against the book with
little opportunity to explore it in any depth. I chose to recommend it because
I believed, and I still believe, that it is a good primer on the topics of
sexuality, sexual orientation and gender identity.
"My only contact with Michael Bailey, if it may be called that, was
a failed effort to interview him in 1997 for a story on gender identity disorder
that I wrote for a gay paper here in New York City. He never returned my phone
"Hope this is helpful."
When I asked him if I could quote from the letter above, Mr. Osborne agreed
under the following conditions:
"I expect that you will use everything I wrote and it is particularly
important that you note that I would still recommend the book. I would not
want to read a quote that makes it seem as if I'm backing away from my original
Thanks to Mr. Osborne for his assistance in our investigation.
In the wake of the 2008 announcement naming Ken Zucker and Ray Blanchard to the DSM-V group involved in "gender identity disorder," Mr. Osborne wrote a piece about the early response:
Flap Flares Over Gender Diagnosis
In interviews with the gay press dating back to 1997, Zucker distanced himself from the practitioners of reparative therapy and he has won praise from some gay psychologists and psychiatrists.
He believes, but cannot prove that his therapy with young children can prevent their being transsexual as adults.
To read about Zucker's reparative therapy of gender-variant children, see
Drop the Barbies
But For Today I Am A Boy
Two Families Grapple with Sons' Gender Preferences