So-called "conversion therapy" for gay men can ruin lives, says Patrick Strudwick, who went undercover to investigate the practice
When Derren Brown revealed yesterday that years ago he "flirted" with an evangelical group that attempted to "cure" his homosexuality, one thought reverberated through me: he's dodged a bullet.
For several months I went undercover and infiltrated these dubious organisations. I put myself through so-called "conversion therapy" with a British psychiatrist and a psychotherapist. Through counselling they tried to find the childhood "wounds" that made me gay and "heal" them. They suggested I take up rugby and have non-sexual contact such as massages with men. At a conference I saw a young gay man being "treated" in front of a live audience.
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