Allan Josephson, professor of pediatrics, child and adolescent psychiatry, and psychology at the University of Louisville, says he was discriminated against and demoted for his “conservative” views on transgender youth, according to a federal lawsuit filed by the Alliance Defending Freedom. The alliance is a considered an anti-LGBTQ hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, Insider Louisville reported. The university declined comment on pending litigation.
Josephson, former chief of Louisville’s Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychology, has publicly criticized “transgender ideology,” argued against kids using bathrooms based on gender identity, and said that after “empathetically listening to their child, parents should use their collective wisdom in guiding their child to align with his or her biological sex,” according to the suit. Louisville staff members allegedly found out about the remarks and brought them to the attention of his division. In 2017, Josephson was removed as chief but retained his professorship, allegedly because his views did not align with the official Louisville curriculum. Josephson maintains that there is no curriculum on gender dysphoria. In 2018, he says he was told that his contract would not be renewed and that the division was going in a “different direction.”