Living Out denies support for gay cure therapy: ‘Homosexuality is not an illness’ Harry Farley JUNIOR STAFF WRITER 29 March 2016Email Print More Sharing Services Share A support group for same-sex attracted Christians has hit back at claims it supports gay cure.Sean Doherty, one of the leaders of Living Out, denied the accusations made by gay MP Mike Freer who labelled the charity “gay cure therapy rebranded”.TwitterSean Doherty, a leader of Living Out, topped the General Synod election poll in the London diocese. He also teaches at the theological college, St Mellitus.”Homosexuality is not an illness,” Doherty wrote on the group’s website. He said the language of a cure was damaging and could make vulnerable people “ashamed of who they are at a very deep and fundamental level”.
Campaign group AllOut is urging the public to take action against a phoney ‘gay cure’ group
A petition calling for a ban on phony ‘gay cures’ will be delivered to governments across the world, beginning in France tomorrow and then the UK. So far, over 26, 000 people have pledged their support for the Time to end ‘gay cures’ campaign. The aim is to get 50, 000 names on the online petition.
The group is hoping for enough public pressure to cause a ‘domino effect’, whereby the ten countries that the campaign is focusing on will denounce the treatments and make them illegal. There are fears that the practice leads to self-harm and may even drive some to commit suicide.
AllOut, which promotes LGBT equality internationally, are concentrating in particular on the activity of extremist Christian group Desert Stream. The organisation is conducting a world tour with their ‘healing’ programme. According to AllOut, each ‘gay cure’ session costs up to $1,200.
Desert Stream is holding Living Waters training programmes, claiming to teach people how to ‘cure’ homosexuality. The programme is currently happening in France, and will then be offered in other countries including the UK, Finland and Lithuania. The petition will be delivered to all the countries where the sessions are currently planned to take place.
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