Two-day anti-gay “Sex and the City”
conference to be held April 24 and 25 – ‘secret location’ revealed
LONDON, April 17, 2009 – American therapists who claim they can “cure gays” are heading to London for a “Sex and the City: Redeeming Sex Today – A Judaeo-Christian Conference for All” next weekend.
Heading the list of speakers is Dr. Joseph Nicolosi, Ph.D, a licensed psychologist and founder of the Thomas Aquinas Psychological Clinic in Encino, California.
The conference, on April 24 and 25, is being staged weeks after a report of research by Professor Michael King of University College Hospital, was published that showed 17 per cent of the more than 1,400 psychotherapists surveyed were offering to help “cure” gays and lesbians of their homosexuality.
This report caused considerable alarm from within the profession, with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) horrified.
“Homosexuality is not an illness and therefore is not curable” said Tom Warnecke, vice chair of UKCP.
Organisers of the “Sex and the City” conference are remaining tight-lipped as to the venue – on the Website of co-sponsors Anglican Mainstream, it just says “Friday and Saturday, 24th and 25th April, 2009, 9.30 am - 5.30 pm. Central London venue”.
But UK Gay News can reveal that the conference will be staged at the Emmanuel Centre in Marsham Street.
“We are not publicizing this because we have no desire to have the conference ruined by unhappy gay activists etc,” conference co-ordinator Lisa Nolland said in an email to a reader who passed it on to UK Gay News.
Dr. Nicolosi is the author of several books, including Reparative Therapy of Male Homosexuality and Healing Homosexuality: Case Studies.
He is executive director and research coordinator of the National Association of Research and therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH), a scientific non-profit organisation “designed to educate the general public on the questions surrounding the causes and treatment of same-sex attraction”.
Also speaking are Jeffrey Satinover, M.D., Ph.D and Arthur Goldberg. J.D.
Announcing the conference on their Website, Anglican Mainstream, describes it as “ideal for clergy, rabbis, psychologists, therapists, educators and others concerned about the plethora of sexual issues confronting us in today’s society, including mentoring the sexually broken, the sexualization of culture, pornography, the Bible and sex, and marriage, the family and sex. There will be a special focus on how religious professionals and friends/relatives can respond biblically and pastorally to those struggling with unwanted SSA (same-sex attraction).”
Anglican Mainstream is an evangelical site registered to ‘ex-gay’ Rev. Peter Ould, curate at Christ Church in Ware.
In June 2007, Anglican Mainstream, together with other groups, brought Dr Nicolosi to London for a conference entitled ‘Time for Truth: Is Gay Real?’ More than 100 attended.
When his report on therapy being undertaken with gays was published last month, Professor King said: “It ought to stop.
“Heaven knows what they do. We didn’t attempt to ask them because there is no evidence that anything works. We didn’t expect it to be happening at this rate and we are really rather concerned. It is distressing and harmful and there is absolutely no evidence it works,” told The Independent.
And commenting on Professor King’s research findings, Dominic Davies, the director at Pink Therapies, said: “As the failure of sexual abstinence programmes for teenagers in the USA has shown, it is difficult to prevent the expression of natural sexual responses – and it’s impossible to make someone heterosexual if they are not.
“The data presented by Professor King clearly demonstrates a training need for therapists to update their knowledge in this area,” Mr. Davies added.
“Most therapy training programmes pay scant attention to sexual diversity – if it’s covered at all. This is perhaps how we’ve got into this situation with therapists thinking they can cure homosexual feelings.”
Experts “Gravely Concerned” About Research Results Into Curing Gays. The United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and Pink Therapy are both deeply concerned about the results of research by Professor Michael King of University College Hospital, which was published today. (UK Gay News, March 26, 2009)
One in Six Psychiatrists Has Tried to 'Turn Gays Straight'. By Jeremy Laurance, Health Editor. Psychotherapists are offering to help "cure" gays and lesbians of their homosexuality without any evidence that such treatment is beneficial or safe. One in six said they had tried to turn gays straight, or reduce their gay or lesbian feelings, even though the mainstream medical view is that this is impossible. (The Independent, March 26, 2009)