(Article by Penny Starr republished from Breitbart.com)
Josephson, a psychiatrist and professor who led the child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Louisville School, lost his job after speaking at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC, in 2017 about treating children and teens for gender dysphoria.
“I found my university turning against me for asking that question,” Josephson said. “And some of my colleagues turned against me.”
“Within weeks my university demoted me despite numerous evaluations from administrators praising my skills and what I had done in my career and my professionalism,” Josephson said. “For the next year I endured a hostile environment and then finally I was effectively fired all for simply asking a question — why is this happening?”
As Josephson spoke, a woman with a megaphone tried to drown him out by shouting repeatedly, “Go home homophobe.”
“Tolerance is very popular these days especially among people who don’t show much of it,” Josephson said.
During his remarks, Josephson said gender dysphoria is real and damaging.
“Many of these children have serious distress, anxiety, depression, and they asked me what’s the best way to treat them,” Josephson said. “As a physician who cares about their patients my answer was straightforward.”
“The best treatment is always based on the understanding of what is causing the child’s distress,” Josephson said. “What does the confusion stem from?”
“Is it a physical problem or is it an emotional problem?” Josephson said. “As a behavioral scientist I could not bring myself to say this is just something that happens.”
“We do not approach any other medical condition that way, and we didn’t need to approach this one that way,” Josephson said. “We need to understand a condition before we plan treatment for it.”
“But I soon found out that ‘why’ is not a question a doctor can asked these days at least when it comes to gender dysphoria,” Josephson said.