Increased calls for the UK government to ban Gay Cure Therapy under the law from Human Rights Groups, Civil Rights groups, Professional Bodies Religious groups and LGBT activists.


Last month, BuzzFeed ran an interview with a British gay man who was sent to NHS psychiatrists in the 1970s as a teenager to be “cured” of his homosexuality.

Jeremy Gavins recalled how shock treatment – which saw him strapped to a chair while electrical currents ran through his body – destroyed his life.

Unfortunately, his experience is one many gay men had to endure as the hands of professionals for more than 30 years.

But now, following Jeremy’s story is getting widespread attention over 40 years later, the Royal College of Psychiatrists has issued a statement apologising for the barbaric treatment of LGB people by way of a “cure”.

Anti-aversion therapy activist Peter Tatchell has described the statement as “a milestone apology.”

“There are no words that can repair the damage done to anyone who has ever been deemed ‘mentally unwell’ simply for loving a person of the same sex,” said Professor Wendy Burn, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

“For those who were then ‘treated’ using non-evidence based procedures by mental health professionals up until as late as the 1970s, the trauma of such experiences can never be erased.

“It is important to acknowledge that this was once standard procedure within mental health services, and indeed reflected a wider societal attitude of fear and hatred towards homosexuals.

“It is also vital to emphasise that times have changed. Studies that once purported to have a ‘cure’ to homosexuality, or indeed to classify it as an illness in the first place, have now all been disproven and debunked.

With the historic apology announcement, it was then later announced by Ofcom the UK media regulator, that they had a record-breaking amount of complaints regarding an early morning show featuring a Gay Cure therapist Dr Michael Davidson on GMB (Good Morning Britain)

On September 5, the ITV daytime show aired a discussion between host Piers Morgan, Liverpool Echo journalist Josh Parry and gay cure ‘therapist’ Dr Michael Davidson.

On the show, Dr Davidson explained that he has a thriving business attempting to ‘cure’ desperate gay people, saying: “in the last year I’m seeing up to 14 a week, many of them are in therapy for up to two years.”.

LGBT groups condemned the segment for irresponsibly giving a platform to gay ‘cure’ therapy, which has been disavowed by every psychiatric and medical body in the country and is banned on the NHS.

the episode attracted a total of 1121 complaints to broadcast regulator Ofcom, breaking records for the most complaints this year.

Ofcom recorded a total of 672 complaints about the episode based on ‘Sexual orientation discrimination/offence’, while a further 449 complaints were attracted on the grounds of ‘Due impartiality/bias’.

The Good Morning Britain segment was widely condemned by LGBT activists.

Stonewall UK Chief Exec Ruth Hunt wrote: “I’m increasingly thinking that @stonewalluk needs an early morning crew just to respond and counteract early morning ITV sanctioned hate”.

On The Stonewall UK website it states:

No one should be told their identity is something that can be cured.

Yet many lesbian, gay, bi and trans people are being poorly treated by health and social care services, including by staff who believe that sexual orientation or gender identity is something that can be ‘cured’.

In their own ‘Unhealthy Attitudes’ Report it states:

10 per cent of health and care staff have witnessed colleagues expressing the belief that lesbian, gay and bi people can be ‘cured’ of their sexual orientation.

A 2009 survey of over 1,300 accredited mental health professionals found that more than 200 had offered some form of conversion therapy, with 35% of patients referred to them for treatment by GPs and 40% treated inside an NHS practice.

Activists from the Lesbian and Gay Christian movement holding a vigil outside the General Synod – which has now voted in favour of a motion calling on the Government to ban so-called ‘gay cure therapy’ PA Wire/PA Images

The Church of England has even called for a complete ban, during a private member’s motion (PMM), the General Synod overwhelmingly backed a motion calling for the practice to be outlawed.

“The “therapies” can involve a variety of techniques including nausea aversion therapy and even electric shock treatment”

“Those who carry out the ‘treatment’ are not usually medically qualified, and most professionals consider the therapies harmful a spokesperson said”.“Given that many practitioners are non-medically trained religious leaders, it is imperative that the Church of England is unequivocal in its condemnation of such harmful practices,” it said in a statement.

Leading figures in the Church of England are backing the motion, including the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu and the Bishop of Liverpool, Paul Bayes, who said: “As the world listens to us, the world nears to hear us say that LGBT orientation and identity is not a crime… it is not a sickness, And LGBT orientation and identity is not a sin.

He added: “We must distinguish between an ascetic and a therapeutic approach.”

The UK should be leading the world in the fight to ban gay conversion therapy, he said.

The motion was signed by the Royal College of GPs as well as the UK Council for Psychotherapy, and the Church of England has now officially endorsed it.”

Conservative MP Mike Freer, who is gay and regularly speaks out on gay rights, led a debate in Westminster Hall in 2015 calling for the practice to be banned in the UK, but no further action has been taken by the Government.

35,000 people signed a petition calling on the Government to ban the practice this May, but 100,000 signatures are usually required before a petition is considered for debate in the main chamber but was closed early because of an early called general election.

New Petition Here

The Department of Health claims it “already taken the necessary steps to prevent the practice of gay conversion therapy in the UK”

since that announcement its apparent that the UK Government has not gone far enough.

since that announcement its apparent that the UK Government has not gone far enough.

with a growing amount of authorities calling for the complete ban on the issue, when will the UK Government who so proudly stood up champion their move on equal marriage and equality laws in the last Parliament see common sense on this barbaric torture and outrightly ban the practice.