100 protest ‘gay cure’ conference

protestors April 27th, 2009

A crowd of 100 gathered on Saturday (25 April 2009) to protest the ‘cure gays’ conference taking place in London.

The conference, organised by the Anglican Mainstream Organisation, promised to have “a special focus on how religious professionals and friends/relatives can respond biblically and pastorally to those struggling with unwanted SSA (same-sex attraction)”.

Conference delegates included religious leaders and therapists, and those “concerned about the plethora of sexual issues confronting us in today’s society,” according to organisers.

Amongst those protesting the conference was openly gay singer Jimmy Sommerville, who called the aims of the conference “just as bad as racism”.

Also protesting were members of a number of political parties. “Being lesbian or gay is not a disease,” said Lesley Hedges, spokesperson for the Green Party’s LGBTIQ group.

“This kind of mistaken ‘treatment’ is not just a waste of time and resources, it can be extremely harmful,” added Hedges. “It is based on the fundamentally unsound idea that there is something wrong with variant sexualities.

“Anglican Mainstream Organisation: we will not go back into the closet! We are now more able to live openly and comfortably in our neighbourhoods and feel accepted where we work, study and relax. You will not drive us back into the closet through your so-called treatment.”

“The fact that no reputable and ethical therapist would try to change someone’s sexuality speaks volumes about what sort of ‘treatment’ is being advocated by the Anglican Mainstream Organisation. There is a real danger that people referred for such treatment will have an increase in the self-hatred they feel.”

In March 2009 it was revealed that one in six UK therapists were still offering to ‘cure’ homosexuality.

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