So-called "gay conversion therapy" may be condemned by experts but it is still permitted in the UK. So what happened when gay podcast host James Barr signed up for simulated "treatment"? I'm sitting in a room in Northern Ireland opposite a man who says he offers "talking therapy" to people who don't want to be gay. And I cannot help feeling worried - despite all the evidence I've read to the contrary, a tiny part of me believes that he may actually convince me that I can choose to stop being gay. The man in front of me is Mike Davidson, he's originally from New Zealand and he's invited me into his home, about 30 minutes outside Belfast. It's in a very quiet close of small houses tucked away off a side road, the type of place where everyone knows your business.
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Jump to navigation Skip navigation. The struggle of LGBT lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people for equal rights has moved to center stage. LGBT people are battling for their civil rights in Congress, in courtrooms and in the streets. Well-known figures are discussing their sexual orientation in public. Gay and lesbian people are featured in movies and on television - not as novelty characters, but as full participants in society. Despite these advances into the American mainstream, however, LGBT people continue to face real discrimination in all areas of life.
Brodsky said he determined his patient had OCD associated with homosexuality. This patient was straight, according to Brodsky, but he had intrusive thoughts that were not based on any hard reality in his behavior. Brodsky said a previous therapist had misdiagnosed his patient as gay, and at the patient's request, sent him off to reparative therapy , a controversial method that has not been proven to be effective and can be harmful.
They don't want to be labeled gay. My boyfriend makes faces or groans when I talk about gay marriage and equal rights. He admits he has no problem with gay people but is so accustomed to living up to the standards that men can only be manly that he automatically makes expressions even though he doesn't mean to.