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Gay vs. pray

Despite the recent sad events of three months ago where many American teenage students took their own lives rather than be outed as gay, it seems there still exist people who are convinced that homosexuality is a 'mental illness' which can be cured by faith alone. And no, these people don't just live in America's famous Bible belt area.

One Patrick Strudwick, a famous gay journalist in the UK attempted to expose one such 'gay healer' by the name of Lesley Pilkington from Hertfordshire, whom he visited to understand what was involved in the process of being cured of his homosexuality, the Pinknews reveals. The answer? Biblework and prayer.

'Mr Strudwick, who won several awards for his expose, was also told by Ms Pilkington that he must have been sexually abused as a child by a member of his family. After visiting her for counselling in Chorleywood, Hertfordshire, he reported her to the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). The therapist is to appear before a professional conduct panel this week and and may lose her accreditation with the BACP.

Next up: 'curing' non-Caucasian people of their skin tone with a good wash.

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