Dr. Melvyn Iscove, 72, a long-time Toronto psychiatrist who believes homosexuality is a “sexual disorder” that can be overcome, has been found guilty by Ontario’s medical regulator of sexually abusing two of his male patients.
He engaged in mutual masturbation and oral sex with two male patients on different occasions during therapy sessions, and once had anal intercourse with one of them in his office, in order to “cure” them, according to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario’s discipline committee.
“Neither complainant described any emotional or romantic aspects of the sexual activity with Dr. Iscove, and both said that at some point they thought that the sexual activity was part of the therapy and an attempt to cure them of homosexuality by engaging in the acts, rather than fantasizing about them,” the five-member discipline panel concluded.
The Government has indicated that it is now considering banning gay cure therapies outright.
Pink News quotes a government spokesman:
“This Government is absolutely clear that being LGBT is not an illness to be cured, and the practice of conversion therapy is wrong.
“In 2017, we conducted a national survey of LGBT people in the UK, which included questions about whether respondents have been offered or undertaken conversion therapy.
“This will help us investigate what additional steps we could take to end this practice.
“We are currently analysing the responses to the survey, and will be publishing a response later this year.”
MPs could of course support the Private Members Bill and force the government’s hand.
The Belfast Telegraph reports that an east Belfast church has denied suggestions it is hosting an event next week aimed at “curing” gay people. It says it just wants to help them remain celibate and Christian.
Willowfield Parish Church on My Lady’s Road is to host an Evangelical Alliance-led event on March 8 entitled Is Your Church Biblically Inclusive?
It’s claimed the course is designed for those who are, or want to be, a committed Christian but identify as homosexual.
An advertisement for the course states: “The Living Out Course is designed to help church leaders to understand how they can help those who experience same-sex attraction to stay faithful to biblical teaching and flourish at the same time.”
Rector David McClay said the course was not a “gay therapy course” and that he and his family had been subjected to abusive phone calls and social media posts about the event.
Living Out is co-ordinated by three Christian leaders who experience same sex attraction. They are Sam Allberry, Sean Doherty and Ed Shaw.
The UK government has said it is keeping its stance on gay ‘cure’ therapy “under review”, according to Pink News.
Conversion therapy is already illegal in several countries, two Canadian provinces and nine US states – but the UK government has previously rejected calls to take a harder line on the issue.
The NHS has signed up to a Memorandum of Understanding that bans it from referring anyone to conversion therapy services, but unregulated gay ‘cure’ therapists remain free to operate in the UK.
The Government has repeatedly refused to ban gay conversion therapies. However, health minister Jackie Doyle-Price said the government does not hold any statistics on the issue. “The evidence base is clear that conversion therapy is not only ineffective, but is potentially harmful to participants. That is why officials have worked with the main registration and accreditation bodies for psychotherapy and counselling practitioners, including the UK Council for Psychotherapy, to develop a Memorandum of Understanding to help put a stop to this bogus treatment.”
Stop faffing about and get on with it, before one of your own children is harmed by these nutters.
The South China Morning Post alleges that
For more than ten years gay people in Ecuador have been forced to undergo “conversion therapy” in secret clinics where they are raped and beaten, even though homosexuality is legal.
…“Corrective therapy, in mostly private and clandestine alcohol and drug addiction clinics, continues in Ecuador,” said Cayetana Salao, of Taller de Comunicacion Mujer, a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights group. “It’s a reality.”
“Patients” underwent beatings, solitary confinement, being chained to a bed for days, force-feeding of medicine and being made to wear make-up and high heels, and were even repeatedly raped by the staff.
“A morbid creativity for torture exists,” said Ane Barragan, coordinator at Causana Foundation, which has been campaigning to stop conversion therapy for more than a decade.
The Vue Cinema in London cancelled a private screening for the Christian group Core Issues Trust of the film “Voices of the Silenced” which promotes the use of gay cure therapies to change peoples’ sexuality.
The documentary tells the stories of 15 people “emerging out of homosexual lifestyles” and aims to “preserve and promote teachings on sexual ethics”.
Core Issues Trust promotes “change-oriented processes” for “relationally and sexually damaged and wounded adults who seek wholeness”. Mike Davidson, who leads Core Issues Trust, said the film was not about a “gay cure” but “the rights of individuals to access help and support for unwanted homosexual feelings”.
MP Ben Bradshaw has had another try at persuading Parliament to outlaw gay cure conversion therapies.
The BBC notes that
The Church of England has been calling for the highly controversial practice to be outlawed, after its ruling body voted for a ban last year.
Ministers condemned the “therapy” but have refused to meet Church campaigners to discuss the issue.
Now, Tory MP and church commissioner Caroline Spelman has vowed to set up a meeting with the minister in charge.
Caroline Spelman said the government had made it clear to campaigners in a letter that it was “strongly against” the practice but did not want to legislate against it because “existing voluntary registers provide safeguards for the public”.
There are many who disagree with that, and are convinced it is time to make such “gay cure therapies” a crime.