More than 100 protesters gathered in Westminster on Saturday, outside a conference discussing a 'gay cure'. It was organised by the conservative group Anglican Mainstream in conjunction with CARE.
Why the protest?
The protesters want to ensure that homosexuality is not seen as a mental illness and to stop discrimination. The group was particularly offended by one of the speakers: Joseph Nicolosi from the National Association for the Research and Therapy of Homosexuality. Nicolosi is an advocate of reparative therapy, which claims to help people overcome unwanted homosexual feelings.
How did Anglican Mainstream respond?
Nicolosi told the BBC there was a 'great deal of evidence' to show those undergoing his therapy 'are not harmed and that the therapy does work.' He said he only treated people who did not want to be homosexual.
How did the media cover it?
The Daily Telegraph and BBC News website wrote about doctors condemning Nicolosi's views. The protests were written about in the gay media, including pinknews.co.uk and gaynz.com.