Next Tuesday there is an event taking place in Belfast to discuss, in a manner of words, the best way to 'cure' Gay people of their 'illness'. In our present day society, I can think of little more offensive and abhorrent than such a thing. Fortunately, a protest has been organised to register the disgust of people of a similar mind to me. Unfortunately, it will probably lack the numbers required to make the organisers think twice about what they are doing.
Those unaware of exactly what Reparative Therapy is should take the time to read Patrick Strudwick's excellent work in uncovering what happens when a vulnerable gay man encounters a therapist who tries to 'pray away the Gay'. Perhaps the most awful thing the Therapist in the article does is to try and convince her 'patient' that he must have suffered abuse as a child. All of this is done with the express aim of trying to make a gay man, straight and it's all done under the auspices of Christian kindness.
One of the stated aims of the group is to provide parents with the tools to help their children avoid homosexuality. Just think about what that means: they don't want any more children to grow up gay. They want, effectively, to rid the world of gay people. They may be going about it in a slighter softer way than others have tried before (I'm trying my best to avoid Godwin's Law) but the objective is the same.
How, given the above, is a group like this allowed to continue to spread their word relatively unchallenged, save for a few low profile (but important) protests and people like Strudwick doing their best to expose the problem? As noble as the effort has been so far, it needs heavyweight support and that must come from our political leaders. So far, they have been allowed to avoid the issue but this cannot go on. They need to be forced to take a position.
If you are interested in finding out more about the protest, there is a Facebook page with all the details.