April 24, 2009

Christians invite gay ‘cure’ therapist to UK

by David Masters

An American psychologist who claims he can ‘cure’ homosexuality has been criticised by the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCP).

Dr Joseph Nicolosi, who says he has helped many people to become heterosexual, has been invited to speak this weekend at a two day conference in London organised by Christian group Anglican Mainstream.

Nicolosi says he has helped ‘increase the heterosexual potential’ of two out of every three male clients in the past 25 years.

The RCP has questioned Nicolosi’s claims, saying that there is no evidence that a change in sexual orientation is possible, and that treatment with this aim can be damaging.

A spokesperson for the RCP said: “There is no sound scientific evidence that sexual orientation can be changed.

“Furthermore, so-called treatments of homosexuality create a setting in which prejudice and discrimination can flourish.”

Gay rights groups, meanwhile, have accused Nicolosi of homophobia.

A spokesperson for the Lesbian and Gay Foundation said: “It is worrying to hear of this conference aimed at promoting such a deplorable and dangerous approach to therapy, and giving a platform to homophobic ideas.”

Over 100 gay rights activists have pledged to protest outside the Anglican Mainstream conference on Saturday.

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