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13 April 2012
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) today welcomed the intervention by Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, to stop a campaign appearing on buses throughout the capital promoting the idea that a person's sexuality can be 'cured'.
The slogans carried on the advertisements by the Core Issues Trust were due to say "Not gay! Post-gay, ex-gay and proud. Get over it!" and according to reports in the Guardian would have cost in the region of £10,000.
The advertising campaign by Core Issues Trust has been criticised by Stonewall, Chris Bryant MP, LGBTory, and Mayoral candidates Boris Johnson, Ken Livingstone and Brian Paddick as well as receiving fierce criticism from hundreds of individuals on Twitter.
David Pink, Chief Executive said:
"We are shocked that despite their continued claims to be a tolerant organisation, Core Issues Trust seem to think it's better to spend money on a bus advertising campaign that reinforces the type of messages that lead to homophobic attitudes in the community.
"As the leading professional psychotherapy organisation, we are absolutely committed to our members providing a safe space for individuals to explore their sexuality. We utterly condemn professionals who practice 'reparative therapy' as sexuality is not a symptom which needs treating or correcting."
UKCP does not consider homosexuality or bisexuality, or transsexual and transgendered states to be pathologies, mental disorders or indicative of developmental arrest. These are not symptoms to be treated by psychotherapists, in the sense of attempting to change or remove them."