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.
Labour MP Hugh Gaffney has been disciplined and will be sent on equality training after admitting to “deeply offensive” slurs towards gay people and the Chinese community in a Burns supper speech. He recited a self-penned poem in which he joked that Robert Burns, Scotland’s national poet, was not “bent”.
Labour is now under pressure to go further, by suspending Mr Gaffney, the MP for Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshil, from the party.
Just yesterday we were reading the latest findings of Kick It Out who campaign to clean up behaviour and attitudes in football. The Guardian notes:
Football’s equality campaign Kick It Out has received a marked increase in reports of racist, homophobic and other discriminatory incidents this season compared with the equivalent midway point last year.
In total 282 incidences of abuse were reported in professional and grassroots football and on social media, 59% up on the 177 incidents recorded by the organisation at the 2016-17 midpoint.
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”.
Nursing Times | r
The human papilloma virus spreads through genital or oral contact and can cause a number of cancers.
NHS England and Public Health England have at last announced they will roll out a vaccination programme for gay men and men who have sex with men (MSMs) through sexual health/GUM clinics and HIV clinics in England from April 2018. The vaccine is already available to gay men and MSMs in Scotland and Wales.
Patients will be offered this additional protection when they attend for their routine sexual health check-up.
Public Health England said that the earlier “vaccination pilot was a success”, and that “a phased nationwide rollout to protect men who have sex with men from some cancers caused by HPV as well as genital warts, will now go ahead”.
On my wedding night, a Protestant minister blessed our marriage in the eyes of God, and I danced with my father under a tent overlooking a moonlit bay. I didn’t think I was at risk of losing that dream anymore. I didn’t think that my identity, the very core of who I was, meant I had to give up a wedding or a family or be at risk for something much more sinister. But this poll brought me back to reality. Our equality, and the world’s sense of our humanity, is not set in stone. It is not assured. I am right to be afraid,
writes Colleen Curry in the Washington Post, on the subject of last week’s shock poll that support for gay rights in the USA is diminishing.
Ethan Stables | Greater Manchester Police | r
Neo-Nazi Ethan Stables has been convicted of planning a terror attack at a gay pride event after posting violent homophobic rants online.
Police were tipped off by a member of a far-right Facebook group who saw the unemployed 20-year-old post a message saying he was “going to war” and planned to “slaughter every single one of the gay bastards”.
Leeds Crown Court was shown footage of Stables saying “gays look nicer on fire” and burning a rainbow flag before his arrest on 23 June.
Stables was expelled from his school when he put another pupil in a headlock.