“LGBT people aren’t ill. Being gay, lesbian, bi or trans is not something that should be ‘cured’ or changed.”
Voices of the Silenced (pictured above), a film made by Northern Ireland group Core Issues Trust (CIT), advocates that people with homosexual feelings are being made to feel it is mandatory to identify as gay. It will be screened tomorrow night for the first time on the island of Ireland in Ballynahinch Baptist Church.
Director of the CIT, Mike Davidson says he wants to screen the film across Northern Ireland.
He denies the film advocates a ‘gay cure’, but is about “the rights of individuals to access help and support for unwanted homosexual feelings”.
“The film is saying some people can choose not to live out their homosexuality and can deal with their feelings to the point that they can have a viable relationship with the opposite sex,” he says.
“We are saying that they are not victims, they don’t have to live out those feelings. They can find ways of living that are consistent with their values.”
Having had counselling for homosexuality 63 year-old Davidson has been married to wife Lynore for 38 years.
“When I got married at 23 my wife was aware of my feelings, and she knew I had had sexual relationships with men,” he says.
The, which features other people who claim to have been converted from homosexuality, has been criticised by leading LGBT rights groups and health organisations.
“LGBT people aren’t ill. Being gay, lesbian, bi or trans is not something that should be ‘cured’ or changed,” a spokesperson for the campaign group, Stonewall, told the BBC.
“This unethical and degrading practice has been condemned by all major UK health organisations.”
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