In a viral social media controversy, two OBGYNs, Michele Quinn and Jennifer Lincoln, have faced criticism for publicly asserting that Dylan Mulvaney, a transgender woman, is indeed a woman. The controversy erupted when Ahmad Malik posted photos of Mulvaney on Twitter, asking, “Is this person a woman?” Quinn, responding to the tweet, stated, “Gynecologist here. The answer is yes. And you’re a bigot. Not a good look for a physician.” Lincoln, another OBGYN, echoed this sentiment, saying, “OBGYN here and the answer is yes. Move on and stop spreading hate.”
Gynecologist here. The answer is yes. And you’re a bigot. Not a good look for a physician https://t.co/YV74OBgDn8
— Michele Quinn, MD, FACOG (@drquinngyn) June 4, 2023
Both Quinn and Lincoln, whose Twitter profiles indicate their preferred pronouns as “she/her,” have been at the center of the storm as their statements triggered a wave of reactions on social media. The controversy escalated further when Bud Light, the company for which Mulvaney had previously created content, publicly supported the OBGYNs’ claims. In a press release, Anheuser-Busch, Bud Light’s parent company, announced a $200,000 donation to the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce in support of its Communities of Color Initiative.
OBGYN here and the answer is yes.
Move on and stop spreading hate. https://t.co/DVvK8KTg2h
— Dr. Jennifer Lincoln | OBGYN (@DrJenLincoln) June 4, 2023
While some segments of the population have expressed support for Bud Light’s stance, a significant number have criticized Quinn and Lincoln, labeling their assertions as radical and scientifically inaccurate. Social media users highlighted the biological distinctions between male and female anatomy, challenging the OBGYNs’ statements. One Twitter user remarked, “That’s a person born a boy with male parts and Y chromosome. Man confirmed,” reflecting the sentiments of those who found fault with the OBGYNs’ claims.
Critics emphasized the potential dangers of medical professionals spreading misinformation, especially concerning basic biology. The controversy has ignited a broader conversation about the importance of healthcare professionals accurately recognizing and understanding the differences between male and female anatomy. Concerns have been raised about the impact of such assertions on the ability of OBGYNs to diagnose and treat their patients effectively.