Richard Green threatens to sue WPATH over the recent change of name:
by Lynn Conway
During recent months, the old guard in HBIGDA mounted an attack on the new leadership of WPATH regarding the recent change in the associationís name. This reached a climax on February 6, 2008 when Richard Green threatened WPATH with a lawsuit if they didnít stop the balloting to confirm the change of name (see below).
As with past threats of lawsuits (such as those against transpeople by Zucker et al at CAMH), many saw Green's actions as intimidation and worse, and it seems unlikely he'll get his way by making such threats.
Meantime, WPATH's e-mail server is alive with messages about this issue - including a message Femke Olyslager forwarded to members from me, regarding how Dr. Benjamin might have reacted to these events:
From: Christine Burns
To: 'Lynn Conway'
Sent: Friday, February 08, 2008 3:55 PM
Tongue firmly in cheek, I can only reflect that the clear message in Richard Greenís broodingly menacing choice of words is that (to use his own turn of phrase) he is ďtroubledĒ.
Itís a rather poor reflection on the state of the gender profession when a former leading light, who is definitely past his use-by date, thinks itís appropriate to START a debate by issuing legal proceedings.
WPATH evidently has an online forum for discussion and, in an age when email is ubiquitous, it is utterly disingenuous for Green to claim that professionals might be disenfranchised through not being online. Poor loves. They could always go to the library if they canít afford the line rental.
If clinicians are nowadays not online then you can only conclude that theyíve chosen to live in seclusion from active debate. Being a professional and not being online is the modern day equivalent of living in a cave or boarding up your letterbox.
So whatís wrong with Green opening a debate in the normal way? Why the pre-emptive strike, with the clearly spelt-out message that financial harm will be incurred if his action is ignored? In other circumstances this would be characterised as making a demand with menaces. Itís a threat, in spite of his crude attempt to make such an accusation deniable.
There can be only one conclusion. Green knows that in a debate his view WOULD be ignored, or would certainly not prevail. And bullies become bullies through the rationalisation that force is the only strategy they have. Thatís why, ultimately, we have to pity them.
WPATH membership should stick to their guns. They should confirm the change of name. Then, if Green has any integrity at all, he should resign or be removed forthwith.
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