Amazon has recently made the decision to remove books from its catalog that frame transgender people and other LGBTQ identities as mental illness, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.
The move came after four Republicans, Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioRubio and a bipartisan group of senators push for DST to be permanent The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by the National Shooting Sports Foundation – With 50 days in charge, Democrats hail the American Rescue Plan as a great Senate Republican Party victory facing retirement brain drain MORE (Fla.), Mike leeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeMike Lee says the ‘For the People’ voting bill is ‘like the devil himself wrote it in hell’ Black Caucus backs Biden’s election to head the Department’s Civil Rights Division Justice Biden Allegedly Turns to Top FTC Antitrust Scholar MORE (Utah), Mike braunMichael Braun Senate pays tribute to film ‘Hoosiers’ Senate prepares for ‘horrible’ and ‘stupid’ session ahead of COVID-19 relief vote Murthy vows to focus on mental health effects of pandemic if is confirmed as a general surgeon MORE (Ind.) And Josh hawleyJoshua (Josh) David Hawley ‘Canceling the culture’ is just freedom of speech that holds others accountable. The White House seeks a solution to the border fever. The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by the National Shooting Sports Foundation – CDC news about the meetings is a step towards normality MORE (Mo.) – sent a letter on February 24 to the CEO Jeff bezosJeffrey (Jeff) Preston Bezos Pentagon awards $ 0 million in contracts to Musk’s SpaceX philanthropist MacKenzie Scott remarries after Jeff Bezos divorce Marianne Williamson: Refusal to raise minimum wage is part of ‘rigged economy ‘ PLUS questioning why “When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment” was no longer available on Amazon platforms, including Kindle and Audible.
“As for your specific question about When Harry Became Sally, we have chosen not to sell books that frame LGBTQ + identity as a mental illness,” Amazon said in the letter to senators, obtained by the outlet.
Amazon’s vice president of public policy, Brian Huseman, wrote in the letter that the company had changed its content guidelines for books since 2018, but did not elaborate on how.
Amazon said it gives its customers “access to a variety of viewpoints, including books that some customers may find objectionable.”
“That said, we reserve the right not to sell certain content,” wrote Huseman. “All retailers make decisions about the selection they choose to offer, just like we do.”
It’s unclear how many books Amazon has or will remove under the new standard. The Hill has contacted the company for comment.
When Harry Became Sally, published in 2019, was written by conservative academic Ryan T. Anderson and discusses various topics, including gender identity.
“This book exposes the contrast between the media’s lighthearted depiction of gender fluidity and the often sad reality of living with gender dysphoria,” according to her online description. “It gives a voice to people who tried to ‘transition’ by changing their bodies and didn’t find themselves in a better situation. Especially troubling are the stories told by adults who were encouraged to transition as children, but later regretted having undergone such drastic procedures. “
Anderson responded to the news on Twitter, saying that Amazon “seems to have never read my books, but relied on successful pieces.”
“As I noted earlier: ‘Please quote the passage that I’ call mentally ill, ‘” Anderson wrote. “You can’t quote that passage because it doesn’t exist.”
Amazon seems to have never read my book, but it was based on successful pieces. As I noted earlier: “Please quote the passage where ‘I call you mentally ill.’ This passage cannot be cited because it does not exist. “Https://t.co/aN06WrLmxz
– Ryan T. Anderson (@RyanTAnd) March 12, 2021
Anderson and Roger Kimball, the publisher of Encounter Books that launched the title, said in a statement to the WSJ that “everyone agrees that gender dysphoria is a serious condition that causes great suffering.”
“There is a debate, however, that Amazon is trying to shut down, about the best way to treat patients experiencing gender dysphoria,” they added, calling their book “an important contribution” to that conversation.
“Amazon is using its enormous power to distort the market for ideas and mislead its own customers in the process,” Anderson and Kimball said in the joint statement.
Conservatives had framed the removal of the book as censorship, criticizing the Amazon for continuing to sell other controversial or problematic books such as “Mein Kampf” or the “Communist Manifesto.”
So@Amazonwill no longer sell “When Harry Became Sally”
But can you still buy “Mein Kampf” by Adolf Hitler? https://t.co/bkuG8wKjYR
– Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) February 26, 2021
A few weeks ago, Amazon quietly banned @ryantandthe book, When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment. Amazon claims it banned this book for violating its new policy against “hate speech.” But that is obviously false.
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“When Harry became Sally It sparked significant discussion in the national media and among legislators in 2018, and remains one of the most rigorously researched and most compassionately argued books on this topic, “Senators wrote to Amazon last month.” By removing this book from its markets and services, Amazon has blatantly exercised its huge market share to silence an important voice simply for the crime of violating waking groupthink. “
Amazon denied that the removal of the book was not part of a broader campaign against the material and conservative voices.
“We offer clients across the political spectrum a wide variety of content that includes disparate opinions,” the company responded.
Senators did not respond to requests for comment from The Wall Street Journal.