Television shows like Dr Christian Jessen's 'Cure Me, I'm Gay' are important, but they're a reminder the gay community must keep fighting
I’ve just read that Dr Christian Jessen, who presents Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies, is going to put himself through a string of controversial therapies that supposedly ‘cure’ homosexuality.
Apparently, the tests could possibly include hypnosis, exorcism and even electroshock therapy.
It’s all part of a new documentary series Cure Me, I’m Gay, which explores the reasons why some people search for a way to erase their homosexuality while talking to those who claim it has worked.
And I can’t even begin to explain how much this upsets me.
Don’t get me wrong, I believe that Dr Christian‘s mission is commendable. He isn’t out to prove that there’s any credibility behind the therapies – in fact, it’s quite the opposite.
Dr Christian‘s aim is to eradicate the notion that changing a person’s orientation is a possibility.
But I speak as someone who’s been fortunate. For the most part, my coming out story was relatively smooth and trouble-free.
I admit I live in a bit of a bubble – after all, I’m Now’s Gay Beauty Best Friend. I’ve also been happily married to my husband for six years and we’re planning on starting a family.
That’s why it’s such a huge wake-up call of hurt whenever I’m reminded by shows like this that although, as a community, gays and lesbians have come a long way, we still have plenty more obstacles to overcome.
I can’t wait for the day homophobia’s a thing of the past.
Plus, I’d rather watch The Great British Bake Off!
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