Gay man says conversion therapy 'didn't feel right'

Weekend Life 15/07/2018
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British Prime Minister Theresa May has announced that the controversial so-called gay-conversion therapy will be banned in the United Kingdom.

However, our Health Minister David Clark isn’t considering such a ban in New Zealand.

Former Exclusive Brethren member and journalist, Craig Hoyle was sent to gay conversion therapy in Sydney when he was only 18 years old, after coming out at church in Invercargill.

Mr Hoyle told RadioLIVE's Carly Flynn their main goal was to help him change his sexuality, but he believes it’s not an ethical way.

He explains the treatment went on for about a month, until he decided to stop taking the medication that he had a year’s supply of.

It didn’t feel right.

Mr Hoyle speaks about the emotional toll it has taken on his life, and how his mother now avoids him believing she failed him as a parent.

Professor Peter Lineman, a religion expert from Massey University listened to the interview on RadioLIVE's Weekend Life and spoke with Carly Flynn and Mr Hoyle to discuss his thoughts on the matter.

Listen to the interview with Craig Hoyle and Peter Lineham above.

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