London ‘gay cure’ convention cancelled after thousands protest
Over 30,000 people called for visas to be denied to the ‘gay cure’ preachers invited to speak at the summit
14 APRIL 2015 | BY JOE MORGAN
A ‘gay cure’ convention scheduled to take place in London later this month is now cancelled.
Thousands protested over the Holy Sexuality Conference that was scheduled from 21-25 April, with three of the biggest ‘ex-gay’ advocates invited to come and preach dangerous ‘therapies’.
Mike Carducci, Wayne Blakely and Danielle Harrison of the Coming Out Ministries were invited to speak by the Seventh Day Adventist Church, a conservative Christian organization.
Gay people had been specifically invited in order for them to ‘overcome their sexual habits’.
But now, after a GSN report and a Change.org petition that attracted over 33,000 signatures, the Church has cancelled the event.
The organizers said in a statement that they now realise the conference ‘had the potential to divide’.
‘The Adventist Church recognizes that the individuals invited to speak at the Holy Sexuality Conference have compelling life stories to share but equally appreciate that there are those who take a different point of view,’ they said.
‘We are disappointed that in a society that values freedom of speech and divergence of opinion that there are those whose wish it is to silence individuals who hold a different point of view to their own.’
When GSN spoke to one of the organizers last week, they said they believe these ex-gay advocates are capable of ‘miracles’.
The World Health Organization considers ‘gay cure’ therapy to be damaging to a person’s physical and mental wellbeing and says it should not be attempted by anyone.
And Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said: ‘If anything needs curing, it is the outdated belief that being gay is wrong or something to be ashamed of. Sexuality is not an illness but an inherent part of who you are.’