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Watch: BBC journalist kicked out of ‘gay cure’ conference in London

Joseph McCormick April 30, 2015

A BBC News documentary has taken a look inside a religious ‘gay cure’ therapy conference which took place earlier this month in London.

The BBC’s Benjamin Zand attempted to attend the conference, ‘Transformation Potential’ which took place in the Emmanuel Centre.

Despite managing to film some of the conference, during which preachers claim that sexuality can be cured, Zand is then asked to leave.

Catching up with a number of advocates for ‘gay cure’ therapy, and opponents of it, Zand asks why there is still a battle over whether or not sexuality can be ‘converted’.

Yesterday the Prime Minister David Cameron pledged to end the practice of ‘gay cure’ therapy, if the Tories are elected to government in May, but was attacked by the Core Issues Trust, who said Jews and Christians would be persecuted in the UK, if the plans were to go ahead. 

Journalist and broadcaster Cristo Foufas wrote for PinkNews on attending one of the lectures at the conference.

Staff of the NHS in England were in January instructed not to facilitate access to the practice.

Despite the NHS not offering gay conversion therapy directly, some patients seeking to change their sexuality had been connected by NHS staff to organisations which do provide it.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder back in 1990, and gay “cure” therapies have been widely condemned by health bodies across the world.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg recently spoke out about gay cure therapy, telling PinkNews in a Q&A that it was “dangerous nonsense”.

Labour leader Ed Miliband also said his party was opposed to the use of gay cure therapy.

Some states in the US have legislated to ban the practice for minors. It is currently banned in California, New Jersey and Washington D.C.

The documentary is available to view below

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