Protest against the 'gay cure' conference, 25/04/2009, 13.00 - 15.00, London

Very, very short notice (I only found out about it this morning via this link a mate posted on Facebook.)

From the organiser's press release:

"The protest is taking place outside the Emmanuel Centre, 9-23 Marsham Street, London SW1P 3DW on 25 April 2009 between 13:00 - 15:00

Rates of Mental Health problems in the LGBT community (particularly in young gay males) are much higher than in the wider community

All major medical associations in the US and the UK have been clearly stating for at least two decades that homosexuality is not a disease and that it can therefore not be cured.

A few weeks ago, the Wellcome Trust published the results of research showing that a significant minority of psychiatrists and therapists are still attempting to help LGB clients become heterosexual despite a total lack of evidence that such treatment is beneficial or even safe. Whilst the ex-gay movement is alarming large in the US, it is shocking to see that this hatred has spread to the UK."

A link to the Google map.

I'll be there. :)

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Comment by Dave P on April 27, 2009 at 1:35am
This is what we were protesting against, taken from Virtueonline.org.

[quote]
He (Dr Joseph Nicolosi) made the following observations:

* 50% of teenagers will change without therapy.
* Gay couples don't last. A study of 165 of the best gay relationships, done by objective scientists, has found that maintaining monogamy does not last for more than five years. It will ruin the relationship. They accept going out on each other. Why? It is about the search for maleness. It is a narcissistic fantasy.

Nicolosi outlined four Gay Myths:
* 10% of the population is homosexual. The figure is 1.5%- 2%.
* You're born gay. Not true. No one is born gay.
* Once gay, always gay. A lie. People can change. "My therapy practice with seven male therapists and a woman therapist is living evidence that people can change.
* Homosexuality is normal in every way. Believing 1+2+3+4 = Total acceptance.

* Informed disapproval does not mean "homophobia". Homophobia is an irrational fear of homosexuals. If you have a fear, then you need help. Most people do not fear homosexuals.

* Gay vs. Homosexual. There is no such thing as a homosexual. Homosexuality is a gender identity disorder. Tolerance is not the same thing as approval. We should not approve of a behavior God does not approve.[/quote]



That's bad enough but this little sentence betrays their real agenda:

"If you believe you are born gay, you are forced to be tolerant. But if you bring in choices, it changes everything."
Comment by Kingsley on April 26, 2009 at 9:39pm
There's no way I can get to London on the 'morrow but if I could I would join the protest.
I saw the American promoting this interviewed on More4 news the other night. Unfortunately, but consistent with general standards in British journalism, the science supporting homosexuality as natural was completely ignored. (For non-Brits More4 News is one of our very few intellectual/high-brow news programs).
Comment by Gecko, Seth...brother of Richie! on April 26, 2009 at 9:24pm
This type of pseudo science, can be just as dangerous as religion in the short term. The two coming together as they do on gay issues, and creationism should be fought at every turn.
Comment by Dave P on April 25, 2009 at 4:56pm
It was a good little demo. I had to leave at three o'clock but wish I could have hung around a bit longer.

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