“I hope that in future they won’t fold under pressure from LGBT activists who want to suppress the voices of those who want to move away from same-sex attraction and behaviour.”
Vue Cinemas, which operates almost 90 venues across the UK and Ireland, has settled in full a legal claim brought by the makers of Voices of the Voiceless, a film about people who have gone through therapy to leave behind “homosexual behaviours”.
Mike Davidson of the ex-gay organisation Core Issues Trust, who produced the documentary, said he was “delighted” by the outcome.
“Vue Cinemas has recognised that it was wrong to block us from showing the film,” he said. “I hope that in future they won’t fold under pressure from LGBT activists who want to suppress the voices of those who want to move away from same-sex attraction and behaviour.”
Over 600 people signed a protest petition against before Davidson was due to debut Voices of the Voiceless at the Vue Cinemas screen in Piccadilly last February. Management cancelled his booking one day before the event.
The documentary, which compares the treatment of Christian gay ‘cure’ therapists with the plight of Jewish slaves in Roman times, challenges the “myth… that people are born gay”.
The film eventually got its premiere in Ballynahinch Baptist Church in Northern Ireland in March of this year, after the Director of the Queens Film Theatre in Belfast also turned it down.
Davidson denies the film advocates a ‘gay cure’, but is about “the rights of individuals to access help and support for unwanted homosexual feelings”.
Commenting on the settlement, Andrea Williams from the Christina Legal Centre, which has been supporting Davidson, said: “People like Mike need to be heard loudly and clearly in the current debate on sexuality and gender.
“Their experiences simply don’t fit in with current LGBT ideology and narratives, which claim that it’s impossible for someone’s sexual attraction to change.
“LGBT activists shouldn’t be allowed to define or deny other people’s life experiences or squeeze them out of the public debate.”
A bill to ban conversion therapy in Ireland, proposed by Senator Fintan Warfield, passed second stage in the Seanad in May.
The bill aims to make the practice of performing conversion therapies illegal in Ireland and would carry fines for individuals providing the service and prison sentences in extreme organisational cases.
Michael Davidson said that he would seek legal advice if an attempt was made to ban conversion therapies here.
The amount Vue Cinemas paid out in the settlement with Core Issues Trust has not been named.
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