J. Michael Bailey

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John Michael Bailey (born July 2, 1957 in Lubbock, Texas) is an American psychologist and professor at Northwestern University. He is best known among scientists for his work on the etiology of sexual orientation, from which he concluded that homosexuality is substantially inherited.[1][2][3]

He also wrote The Man Who Would Be Queen, which has elicited reactions ranging from strong criticism to a nomination for an award, later retracted[4], from the Lambda Literary Foundation, an organization that promotes gay literature.


  1. Bailey JM, Pillard RC, Neale MC, Agyei Y. (1993 ). Heritable factors influence sexual orientation in women. Archives of General Psychiatry, 50, 217–223.
  2. Bailey JM, Pillard, RC. (1995). Genetics of human sexual orientation. Annual Review of Sex Research, 6, 126-150.
  3. Bailey JM, Dunne MP, Martin NG. (2000). Genetic and environmental influences on sexual orientation and its correlates in an Australian twin sample Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 78, 524–536.
  4. Letter to New York Times, Sept 20, 2007. Press Room. Lambda Literary Foundation.

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