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TV doctor Christian Jessen to try to ‘cure himself of being gay’ in new Channel 4 show

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  1. Eκηβόλος 23 Jan, 4:50pm

    Cure him ..he is a psychopath …
    The therapy is…accept your nature!

    1. Dave North 23 Jan, 5:06pm

      I think he is doing to discredit it once and for all….

    2. Ekivolos, your English isn’t the best, I think. You were speaking “tongue in cheek”, I presume, but some people have voted your comment down because you didn’t make that clear. You are right, however. We are not psychopaths, we are not to be cured, we are simply to be accepted.

      1. Eκηβόλος 23 Jan, 7:52pm

        Eddy ,You have right .I was very laconic and not clear. Thanks.

        1. Don’t worry. I have the same challenge when I dare to say something on the websites of countries whose language I don’t speak!

  2. Robert in S. Kensington 23 Jan, 5:13pm

    Wouldn’t this be rather self-defeating though? It would have been a lot more interesting if he’d subject himself to some of the ex-gay charlatans pushing this voodoo.

  3. This series promises to be interesting but as a scientific experiment it won’t hold up. I could easily be claimed that Gay cure therapies will only work on those who have a genuine desire to change. This is clearly not Jessen’s objective. However, I do hope he successful in exposing some of the bigoted quacks who engage in this dangerous practice.

    1. BlokeToys 23 Jan, 5:50pm

      I think many of these practices don’t actually claim that it only works on those wanting to change. Plenty of them rely on nonsense psychobabble and religious bullsh*t that the gullible are willing to pay for.

      Either way, I think when people see the potential damage caused by these practices, and the mental delusions of many of those involved in the process, minds will undoubtedly change and there could be a real move to outlawing this barbaric mental torture in the UK once and for all.

  4. BlokeToys 23 Jan, 5:47pm

    I think this is a great idea all ’round.
    He’s perfect for this in my opinion, because he’s not “obviously” gay, he’s a very masculine man, he’s a medical professional and he’s a very level-headed type of guy. I can’t think of anyone better for this.

    Of course, he’s attempting to prove a point, and I hope he succeeds. It’s about time this voodoo preaching bullsh*t was exposed for what it is, and the damage of it is explained for all those imbeciles out there who still don’t get it (I’m talking mainly of our Conservative politicians and their fanatical Christian US counterparts).

    Good luck Christian, I will definitely be watching and wishing you all the best in this endeavor.

  5. I look forward to this. I expect that this gorgeously hunky and divine doctor is going to expose the idiocy of the “therapies”.

  6. GulliverUK 23 Jan, 6:57pm

    If that show isn’t done correctly it could well be damaging to the LGBT community – and I hope he’s aware of that. Even suggesting there is a possibility of cure is exceptionally dangerous, knowing full well that some who were promised cures by religious groups ended up taking their own life once they eventually realised that cures are a fantasy, made up by the religious right.

    If it’s a documentary showing how absurd it is to believe that you can change someone’s sexuality by attaching their genitals to the mains, or speaking in tongues and chanting, then fine.

    1. Its Channel 4 mind. There won’t be many watching — unless your getting to see his cock!

    2. BlokeToys 24 Jan, 1:28am

      All of the available evidence shows that these methods are damaging mentally and do not work. I would find it miraculous if he experienced any altered state of mind other than the risk of mere brainwashing – which would more likely render him impotent than alter his sexual desires.

      We don’t have anything to worry about with this, the nonsense has been debunked over and over and over again. He’s not going to find himself miraculously straight, or even questioning.

  7. floridahank 23 Jan, 9:00pm

    This sounds like it’s doomed from the beginning. His initial problem is that he’s focusing on his homosexality, which by secular methods cannot be helped.
    If he is a homosexual, he most obviously doesn’t want to change and I think he’s just playing a game for publicity.
    I don’t know what his spiritual background is but that’s where one has to focus to be serious to make any major change in one’s life –whether it be addicted to a hundred kinds of indulgent behavior that much of mankind turns to.
    The Bible lists the hurtful works of the flesh which are numerous: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings — plus too many more to list here.
    The only way a person can truly change is by taking on the power offered by Jesus Christ, which means focusing on Him and not one’s own personal problem. which can easily take many years.

    1. Commander Thor 23 Jan, 9:05pm

      Cold is God’s way of telling us to burn more catholics.

      1. de Villiers 24 Jan, 1:13am

        A shocking comment – given what happened to Jews in Europe. Does that mean all French gay people are to be burned or that it is acceptable to joke about killing French gay people for being Catholic?

        1. Not a Blackadder fan I take it? ;)

        2. Rudehamster 30 Jan, 12:21am

          Methinks you’ve jumped out of your pram a wee bit darlin’. Nobody suggested burning the French. Washing a few might be a good idea, but never burning them.

          Oh, and I just wanted to know if you’ve heard of a thing called humour? It was very popular in France before the Revolution, perhaps it may still exist.

      2. Rudehamster 30 Jan, 12:17am

        *passes the matches*
        hehehehe

    2. GulliverUK 23 Jan, 9:18pm

      Yep. I think I’ll pass on supernatural fantasy belief systems – they are actually the ones who have poisoned society against blacks, women, gays, and a whole host of fun and pleasureful activities, to replace them by a penchant for relentless whinging, deny other people equal rights, hate-mongering, violence against others, foul-mouthed rants and the putrid stench of hypocrisy. But thanks for sharing :)

      ps. Most Christians are fine, and strong supporters of equality. Above ^ I’m talking more about the nutters from the religious right, particularly right-wing Catholics and Evangelicals, who make everybody else’s live a misery. I’m actually strongly in favor of people being left alone to follow their religion, just so long as they don’t bother others, and aren’t hate-mongers. Christ followers are supposed to follow the teachings of Jesus, and I don’t remember the Bible stories of his life implying he was a hate-monger.

      1. floridahank 24 Jan, 7:27pm

        Hey Gulli…your comment, ” Christ followers are supposed to follow the teachings of Jesus, and I don’t remember the Bible stories of his life implying he was a hate-monger” No He wasn’t a hate monger, but you’re leaving out His Gospel, ” repent of your sins so you do not face judgment.” God doesn’t want anybody to tormented in hell, but human nature hates God and always creates their own god that lets them do as they please, make their own rules, and that’s why you see the world in complete turmoil. There are many false religions, but there’s only one
        True belief system — that’s having a personal relationship with the Lord Christ Jesus and everything else is false with no salvation possible.
        So if you’re not with God, you’re against God — it’s your decision and your coming judgment so don’t complain about any problems the world is facing — that’s what they’ve chosen.

        1. Crozzy2211 24 Jan, 7:48pm

          “and always creates their own god that lets them do as they please, make their own rules, and that’s why you see the world in complete turmoil.”

          Sounds like you’re describing your own religion there.

        2. Jock S. Trap 25 Jan, 11:38am

          “… There are many false religions, but there’s only one
          True belief system… ”

          yep all religions say that too. You can only hope your in the right one.

          Me, I’d rather live life to the full than question and belief in a rotten ‘belief’ system. It creates nothing positive, only hatred.

        3. Rudehamster 30 Jan, 12:15am

          Totally stark raving bonkers.
          It’s a crying shame that the Roman’s did nail more of you nutters up. They had a good system, a pity it fell out of favour.
          Mind you, there are a helluva number of big wooden crosses in the Vatican that seem to be looking for a purpose.

        4. Human nature hates god? But god is supposed to have created humanity – why on earth would he do something so self-defeating? Traditional Christian theology says that humans turned away from god because they have god-given free will, not because it is inherant in their being to turn away from him, so what you’re spouting here isn’t even traditional Christianity, just some weird sadomasochistic fantasty whereby you are able to blame human nature for sin rather than the actions of individuals.

          See, what you’re relying on here is that no-one is actually going to read and analyse your insane ramblings, which does rather beg the question – why are you posting them at all? You certainly aren’t going to convert anyone with this shoddy reasoning, kiddo.

    3. Lion in Winter 24 Jan, 12:11am

      Hank, why don’t you pray to remove Florida’s invading pythons? Or are you already? If so, IT’S NOT WORKING.

      Must be nice to be so bolstered by myth…

    4. Dave North 24 Jan, 10:24am

      Bla Bla hogwash deity, Jesus Saves, etc etc fart burp.

      Just drop it brainwashed goon.

    5. Yesh U R 24 Jan, 11:32am

      OH Hank, or to give you your full title, Hamus Shankus, doest thou not knowest that the one true God of all Jupiter the thunderbolt thower hast made his displeasure known? For beholdest, didst he not send lightning to strike at the false god Cheesus of the Andes, not only once but severally? Didst Jove the King of the Gods also sendeth a bolt of his lightning into the trumpet of the Moroni that sits upon the Temple of the followers of the Moron, thereby smiting his head? Knoweth you not that these are signs and wonders? Hail Jupiter the King of the Gods and the hurler of lightning against the false idols. You see Hank anyone can play the wingnut just like you like to do on this site. Come out of the closet love, you must be suffocating in that confined space you call your mind.

    6. Daniel Howard 24 Jan, 12:52pm

      Yeah you go on talking to your mystical zombie Jewish messiah… :-P

    7. BUD CLARK 30 Jan, 8:23pm

      Florida.

      Meh.

      Home of :

      The Johns Committee (Google for details)

      Anita Bryant (no details needed)

      Marianna Boys’ School (corpses just now being adentified)

      Chattahoochee State Mental Hospital, home of electro-shock anti-gay “cure” therapy, which I narrowly escaped at the age of 16 in 1961.

      And, sadly, my home state, which I escaped at 17 and never went back.

  8. GulliverUK 23 Jan, 9:19pm

    There is a cure, and Davey Wavey has it !!! :)

    http://www.breaktheillusion.com/ask-your-doctor-about-gay-away/
    See his video here; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZfJgN5eicg

    1. Thanks Gulliver, reallly cute video.

  9. I guess I have a problem with the entire concept of this show and any possible legitimization of these ‘cures’. What would be next, ‘Cure me, I’m black’.

  10. program about turning heterosexual man gay would be a lot more interesting, it could test the ‘few pints of lager’ therapy

    1. BlokeToys 24 Jan, 1:29am

      I would LOVE to see this! lol
      Contact Channel 4 and ask them to plan a second version with a hunky straight man doing the opposite! ;)

    2. Ha ha! Good one.

  11. Colin (Queenstown/London) 24 Jan, 9:50am

    ego ego ego

    1. BlokeToys 24 Jan, 1:20pm

      Yeah, because he’s EVERYWHERE, always seeking attention and so obviously self-involved in everything he does… /sarcasm

      Do you even know who this man is? Have you ever actually seen him on a show other than his own? He’s a relatively quiet and introspective man, seemingly timid in many respects. I don’t think he’s ever “come out” in a media frenzy as plenty of others have.

      If you think that’s “ego”, then I think your understanding of the definition of the word needs revising.

      He’s appearing in a TV program, you know, as TV personalities kind of do from time to time. And it suits his profession outside of TV too.

  12. GulliverUK 24 Jan, 1:24pm

    I’ve written to my MP today to ask him to support EDM 219 GAY-TO-STRAIGHT CONVERSION THERAPY IN THE UK
    http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2013-14/219#219A1

    We need to end this, once and for all.

  13. DON;T DO IT……Imagine if t happened…lol…. his boyfriend would be devastated…and so would i,

    1. Lucky that the chances of it working are exactly zero, then :p

  14. DrDinsmoor 25 Jan, 10:00am

    As if his presence on the exploitative programme EB isn’t enough, here’s another reason to despise this man (who mistakenly believes he doesn’t have a gay vibe).

    Raving narcissist.

  15. With cognitive aversion therapy he’s putting himself in grave danger. It’s kind of stupid, like Hannity wanting to be waterboarded. Also, he needs to interview ex-ex-gays as well as those claiming to be cured.

  16. Struggling to see the point. It is a foregone conclusion that he won’t be ‘cured’ and the proponents of conversion therapy will likely just claim that he went in with a biasedliberalagenda, focussed on spell-casting and torture instead of ‘proven’ methods, did not offer himself fully to Jesus, etc. At best it might raise public awareness of how even in this country, gay people are targeted by fundamentalists who offer themselves as the unqualified cure.

    1. which proven methods? Don’t you think Exodus would use those proven methods instead of shutting down and releasing a statement that it doesn’t work and that none of their people were really cured?

  17. John-UK 25 Jan, 10:33pm

    THis going to backfire! Very very damaging to the Gay community-even just PLANTING the thought in people’s minds that being gay IS something that can be cured.

    It should be abandoned before it even starts. They are opening a can of worms-and won’t be able to put the lid back on.

  18. I wonder if this will be done with secret filming or recreating the techniques these vile snake-oil salesmen employ? Of course, the religious nutjobs will never accept the outcome as, presumably, the good doctor doesn’t really WANT to be ‘cured’. And don’t these ‘curers’ believe that if you really want to be ‘cured’, their god will ‘cure’ you ….?

  19. GingerlyColors 27 Jan, 8:11pm

    Dr. Jessen, you are a beautiful guy, accept yourself for what you are, you may be able to cure cancer but you cannot ‘cure’ being gay. Most of us are happy with the way you are and I do not see why you should give up your happiness in order to conform with the far too many bigots that still blight our society.

  20. VelCarrots 30 Jan, 2:03am

    Seriously?o.O? its not a decease of something that needs to be cured of what. It’s in you, you are born with it.

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