BALTIMORE (ChurchMilitant.com) - Johns Hopkins Medicine is distancing itself from its scholars after threats from LGBT activists. The university is responding to a report published by two of its doctors who concluded that no scientific evidence exists to prove anyone is born gay.
Dr. Lawrence Mayer, Scholar in Residence at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, along with Dr. Paul R. McHugh, "arguably the most important American psychiatrist of the last half-century," according to the New Atlantis, recently published a report titled "Sexuality and Gender" in which they reviewed 11 in-depth publications on the LGBT community.
Dean of the Medical Faculty Doctor Paul Rothman issued a letter in response to the report stating, "When individuals associated with Johns Hopkins exercise the right of expression, they do not speak on behalf of the institution."
Rothman's response came only one day after activist group Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the largest gay lobbyist in the nation, threatened John Hopkins. In an October 6 article, HRC warned, "If Hopkins' leadership ignores their community's call to correct the record — clarifying that McHugh and Mayer's opinions do not represent it, and that its healthcare services provided reflect the scientific consensus on LGBTQ health and well-being — its Healthcare Equality Index score will be reduced substantially."
The following morning the dean of Johns Hopkins issued his message reaffirming the school's support for the gay community. "Johns Hopkins Medicine highly values and is fully committed to supporting LGBT individuals. We have developed practices and policies consistent with this commitment," read the statement.
Church Militant reached out to Johns Hopkins for comment. Communications Director Kim Hoppe responded, simply saying, "Our institutional leaders frequently send letters to our employee community."
Among other findings, the report by Dr. Mayer and Dr. McHugh also frustrates the narrative that non-heterosexual activity is purely biological. The report states that based on the 11 independent studies, "biological factors cannot provide a complete explanation" of homosexual behavior.
The report also discovered that research reveals "lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals had a 2.47 times higher lifetime risk than heterosexuals for suicide attempts." The report called for further research about the psychological origins of LGBT behavior.