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Debating the freedom to choose not to remain gay

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Issued on behalf of Core Issues Trust
Press Release
For Immediate Release
12 June 2014

Debating the freedom to choose not to remain gay
Friday 13.06.2014  Emmanuel  Conference Centre, Marsham Street, London SW1P 3DW & Saturday 14.06.2014 at Ballynahinch Baptist Church, Northern Ireland BT24 8BL

National conferences to highlight the loss of freedom for UK citizens to seek professional help to change unwanted homosexual feelings are taking place in London on Friday, 13th and in Northern Ireland on Saturday 14th June, 2014.
The organisers of the “Debunking The Myths” conferences say they are campaigning for the freedom of ex-gay and post-gay people to change when their same-sex feelings are unwanted.
The events follow publication of results from a ComRes survey which show that nearly two out of three British adults support the right of an individual to access “talking therapy” to help reduce or lose same-sex attraction – five times the number who would refuse to allow that freedom.
The pollsters asked people to "imagine a scenario in which a married man with a wife and children would like a therapist who offers 'talking therapy' to try to help him reduce his sexual attraction towards other men, in order to hold his family together”.
The poll finding of substantial public support for the therapy contrasts with the announcement by the Health Minister, Norman Lamb, that he has instructed NHS England to block the health service providing such therapy. It is also a sharp response to the ban on the therapy by professional bodies such as the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy.
Leading international experts will speak at the conferences in support of ‘talking therapy’ for people who wish to change from a homosexual lifestyle. They include Dr Christopher Rosik, President-elect of the US National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH), Professor Robert Gagnon, of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and Anne Paulk, CEO of Restored Hope Network.
  • The London conference is from 1030-1700 at Emmanuel Conference Centre, Marsham Street, Westminster SW1P 3DW
  • The Northern Ireland conference is from 1030-1700 at Ballynahinch Baptist Church County Down BT24 8BL


Core Issues Trust (CIT), a non-profit Christian ministry supporting men and women with unwanted homosexual feelings, is organising the conferences in association with Anglican Mainstream and Christian Concern.

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