Core Issues Trust
In June 2011, the Core Issues trust organized a one-day event in a church in Belfast entitled "Interrogating the Pejoratives: Considering Therapeutic Approaches and Contexts for those Conflicted in Sexual Identity". Some of the topics on the agenda were "How parents can help their children avoid homosexuality" and "A Christian and psychological perspective on overcoming obstacles to freedom from homosexuality". Gay rights groups protested against the Church of Ireland that the event being held in one of the country's churches.
In April, 2012, the group received disparaging media coverage following a public campaign, which included advertisements on London buses claiming that therapy could change sexual orientation, and with the message Not gay! Ex-gay, post-gay and proud. Get over it!. Although the campaign was passed by the Committee of Advertising Practice, it was subsequently banned by London Mayor Boris Johnson. In January 2014, the Core Issues Trust sued Boris Johnson to the High Court for unlawfully using his position as the Chairman of Transport for London to ban the ad. It was concluded that the board of Transport of London, and not Boris Johnson, took the decision to ban the ad, thus discrediting the accusations of Core Issues Trust.
In 2018, the Core Issues trust released the documentary Voices of the Silenced which follows 15 gay and lesbian persons going through their conversion therapy.
In 2019, the Core Issues Trust produced and promoted the film Once Gay: Matthew and Friends about the X Factor Malta contestant Matthew Grech who announced his renunciation to homosexuality on television. The film was released as the second reading of the Prohibition of Conversion Therapies Bill 2018 was being passed in the upper house of the Irish Senate. Mike Davidson argued that individuals have the right to «leave unwanted homosexual practices» if they really want to. The film sparked an outrage in the LGTB community worldwide. Afterwards, Matthew Grech admitted in an interview that he was still very much gay.
Core Issues Trust offers support to those seeking to change homosexual behaviour and feelings. The Trust considers human sexuality in both men and women to be fluid; the brain malleable; and that sexual identity, feelings and patterning may change. Core Issues Trust believes that homosexuality is not a native human behavior, but rather a relational or sexual damage that cause deviancy, but may be cured for those who desire to walk in obedience to the Gospel of Christ. The group refutes the use of the term "gay conversion" and rather refers to a "standard psycho-therapeutic practice".
The group's leader, Dr. Mike Davidson (who received his doctorate in education rather than medicine), defines himself as ex-gay. He was removed from the register of the British Psychodrama Association in 2014.
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