New Brunswick, N.J. (April 16, 2019) – Rutgers Scholar Catherine Lugg is available to comment on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to decline to hear arguments against King v. Murphy, a challenge against New Jersey’s ban on gay and transgender conversion therapy for minors.
Lugg is a Rutgers University–New Brunswick professor of education in the Department of Educational Theory, Policy, and Administration at the Graduate School of Education. She is recognized for her pioneering research surrounding LGBTQ issues and the politics of education.
Lugg said, “Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court stood with science and against bigotry by refusing to hear the special pleadings of adherents to a crack-pot theory—that LGBTQ people need to be "cured" of our very identities.”
“This is particularly good news for LGBTQ children who attend public schools. Clearly, they should remain free of efforts to change who they are. The science is very clear on this point: Gender and sexual identities are ‘hard wired’ by the time a child begins attending kindergarten. Only bigotry and relentless adult pressure keeps children from being who they are meant to be. There is no more a ‘cure’ for being gay and/or transgender then there is for having blue eyes. You can mask your identities (and eye color), but they cannot be changed,” she continued.