1. Sexual orientation: Tory MP calls for ban on ‘gay cure therapies’

Sexual orientation: Tory MP calls for ban on ‘gay cure therapies’

A Tory MP has called for a ban on so-called "gay cure therapies" that purport to be able to change someone's sexual orientation.

By: | Published: November 4, 2015 11:47 AM

A Tory MP has called for a ban on so-called “gay cure therapies” that purport to be able to change someone’s sexual orientation.

Pointing out that these therapies are still available on the NHS, Conservative Mike Free said the psychotherapy industry was thus far not regulated by statue and that the Government needed to “go further” to ensure that “quack” therapies were rooted out, the Independent reported.

“It remains possible for people within the UK to be referred by an NHS professional to a psychotherapist for a so-called ‘gay cure,” he said during a debate on the subject in Parliament’s Westminster Hall, adding “being gay is not a disaster, being gay is not an illness. To suggest otherwise is not only demeaning, it is medically wrong.”

Freer, who is himself gay, said bogus supposed “therapies” offered by some practitioners include exorcism, riding a bike, prayer, electric shock and nausea pain-aversion treatments. He claimed one Austrian doctor had offered experimental testicular transplants.

Research published by LGBT charity Stonewall in July found that one in ten health and social care workers had witnessed a colleague declare a belief in a “gay cure.”

  1. Bryan Christopher
    Nov 4, 2015 at 9:33 pm
    I spent well over a decade desperately involved in "conversion therapy" and immersed in a fundamentalist Christian world. I was a true believer. At 31, I had a girlfriend...but there I was, taking the elevator to the top of the Empire State Building and once I made it to the top, I planned on jumping. I just didn‘t see a way out. My truth was abominable to the Church and shameful to my family should they ever find out. I‘m exhibit A as to what this type of "therapy" does to one‘s mind and spirit. I hope lawmakers and religious leaders soon understand this practice is leaving scars on the souls of humanity and must be stopped before another kid jumps or steps in front of a moving train. Bryan Christopher (Author, "Hiding from Myself: A Memoir")
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    1. Bryan Christopher
      Nov 4, 2015 at 9:33 pm
      I spent well over a decade desperately involved in "conversion therapy" and immersed in a fundamentalist Christian world. I was a true believer. At 31, I had a girlfriend...but there I was, taking the elevator to the top of the Empire State Building and once I made it to the top, I planned on jumping. I just didn‘t see a way out. My truth was abominable to the Church and shameful to my family should they ever find out. I‘m exhibit A as to what this type of "therapy" does to one‘s mind and spirit. I hope lawmakers and religious leaders soon understand this practice is leaving scars on the souls of humanity and must be stopped before another kid jumps or steps in front of a moving train. Bryan Christopher (Author, "Hiding from Myself: A Memoir")
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