This isn't just about academic freedom. It's about the reputation of the institution. It's about the moral obligation to do no harm. And if all of those things are meaningless to Johns Hopkins administration, it's also about liability.
Charlotte Allen's article in the Weekly Standard, "The Transgender Triumph," which reads like a "Greatest Hits" album of the scientifically ignorant and hateful anti-trans rabble, leads with the return of Professor J. Michael Bailey to the scene of the crimes that originally led to his fall from grace. It's a surprisingly tone-deaf way to stage-manage your Second Coming.
Second-wave feminism included many lesbians who didn't know many trans women, because few were out and active in those circles in the '70s, and found it very easy to weave into their philosophy the absurd idea that trans women are "the avant-garde of the patriarchy's invasion of women's spaces."
The world has changed for the better for the LGBT community so much these past few years; however, that I'm hopeful Pope Francis will do much better than appoint the next Paul McHugh as an adviser to torture our community.