- A Second Woman Files
- Research Misconduct Complaints
- Against Bailey:
- July 14, 2003
- On July 14, 2003, a second trans woman filed a complaint
of research misconduct against Bailey. Anjelica
Kieltyka went along with her when she submitted her complaint
to the Vice President for Research at Northwestern University.
Her letter was signed "anonymous" to protect her identity
- and that open letter is posted openly below. This woman has
since contributed her story to the "TS
Successes" pages, where she is known by the name "Victoria".
- Born in 1971, Victoria emigrated to the U.S. from South America
in 1990. She underwent gender transition here, under the guidance
of Anjelica Kieltyka as her mentor. With Anjelica's help, she
successfully accomplished her social transition - transitioning
"on-the-job" in the Hotel industry. Anjelica then took
Victoria to J. Michael Bailey for interviews to obtain her SRS
letter, and during that process she became one of Bailey's research
subjects. She also give lectures in what she later realized were
Bailey's "sex-freak shows" for his Northwestern University
psychology classes. When Bailey realized that Victoria did not
fit the Zuckerian profile of a "homosexual transsexual"
(she was not a sex worker, not promiscuous, etc.), even though
she was very beautiful and was attracted to men, he did not include
reports on her case among the research subjects in his book.
- Following her transition, Victoria went on to build a career
in real estate. She is now happily married and is the step-mother
of a young son. For more about her wonderful story, see "Victoria's
- July 14, 2003
- C. Bradley Moore, Vice President for Research
Office of the Vice President for Research
Rebecca Crown Center, Room 2-223
633 Clark Street
Evanston, Illinois 60208-1108
- Dear Dr. Moore:
- I wish to file a formal complaint regarding the research
misconduct of Professor J. Michael Bailey. It has come to my
attention that I have been a participant in a research study
conducted by Dr. Bailey without my knowledge and without my approval.
Dr. Bailey's book, The Man Who Would Be Queen - The Science of
Gender-bending and Transsexualualism, contains numerous observations
and reports of interviews with Hispanic Transexual women. I am
one of the Hispanic women that Anjelica Kieltyka, aka. "Cher",
brought to meet with Dr. Bailey for my SRS letter. Dr. Bailey
writes : "My own recent research has focused on the homosexual
type......most of the homosexual transsexuals I have met, I met
through Cher", who is the other type of transsexual(p. 177).
Dr. Bailey interviewed me in 1998; Ms. Kieltyka was present for
most of the interview.
- At the time I was unaware that I or Anjelica or any of the
other Hispanic Transexual women were subjects of a research study,
and I did not receive, nor was I asked to sign, an informed consent
document. My letter of complaint is in part, support of Ms. Kieltyka's
complaint against Dr. Bailey's conduct and misuse of the SRS
interviews as research.
- At no time were any of us aware of our status with Dr. Bailey
as research subjects, nor were any of us asked to provide written
informed consent. My sole purpose of meeting with Dr. Bailey
was to obtain the most important Ph'D level (SRS)letter for my
surgery. Anjelica Kieltyka's sole purpose for being there was
as my friend, mentor and advocate.
In appreciation for his help in obtaining the SRS approval, I
agreed to participate in a lecture program for Dr. Bailey's Human
Sexuality class. along with Anjelica. I thought I was representing
myself as a healthy, well adjusted and proud Hispanic heterosexual
Transexual woman. Not until I read Dr. Bailey's book did I realize
that my experience as "guest lecturer" in front of
his undergraduate class was nothing but a "Freak show",
displaying me as research subject/"exhibit B" - "Homosexual"
Transexual, which I am not. Anjelica Kieltyka was misrepresented
as research subject/"exhibit A", "A" for
"Autogynophilic", which she is not. What she is, what
I am, are two proud transexual women, one Lesbian and the other
Heterosexual. To have Dr. Bailey display us as examples of his
recent research and have his students see us in that context
is unconscionable, and for Anjelica and I, more then humiliating.
We were unwittingly exploited by participating in Bailey's "Freak
Show" as examples "A" and "B" of the
science of "Gender-bending". The damage to our lives
and the lives of all the other Hispanic Transexual women who
were unwitting research subjects and "guest lecturers"
is irretrievable. Dr. Bailey misinformed us about the "value"
of our participation in educating his students. His personal
misconduct in using "friendship" and taking advantage
of our indebitness to him for the SRS letters is inexcusable.
If I knew then, what I know now about Dr. Bailey's dishonest
and deceptive tactics, I would never have done the lecture. The
dubious nature of those lectures, as well as the serious consequences
of Anjelica and I doing those lectures was revealed to me on
p. 206 of his book : "My undergraduate students at Northwestern...are
especially hesitant to support surgery...once they learn about
autogynephilia" and "The idea of men...having vaginas
is incomprehensible to them...When I press them, they say something
like the following: 'But they don't have the wrong body. They
are mentally ill." Let me assure you Dr. Moore, I am not
mentally ill. For Dr. Bailey to allow his students to come to
that conclusion; based on his teaching of his research, (using
me and Anjelica and the other Hispanic Transexual women inappropriately
and without our permission as research subjects )is irresponsible
- I did not realize until recently that your office has an
interest in the protection of human subjects. I was unaware at
the time of my protections, and I want the damage to my character
and identity repaired. Dr. Bailey's deceit and exploitation of
me and the other Transexual women must not go unpunished. His
irreverent use and casual disregard for the feelings and concerns
of his research subjects is misconduct of the most serious nature.
He must be seriously reprimanded.
- Because of the grave import and consequences his exploitation
of my life might have on other transexual women, I ask that there
be a formal investigation into Dr. Bailey's conduct in the research
reported in his book. If, as I expect, he is found to be in violation
of University and federal policies, I expect the University to
- cc. Henry Bienen, President
Lawrence B. Dumas, Provost
- This page is part of Lynn Conway's
report into the publication of
J. Michael Bailey's book on transsexualism
by the National Academies"