Gay Conversion Therapy Part 1: “I convinced myself I could ignore it.” 

While Sydney WorldPride is taking place this month, NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet has conceded that he will back a ban on gay conversion therapies in the state. 

Conversion therapies have already been banned in Victoria, the ACT and Queensland, with proposed legislation also underway in Western Australia. 

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On today’s The Briefing, we speak to Kim Kemmis, a man who trained to be a Christian minister before going through gay conversion therapy. 

Kemmis grew up in an Anglican church in the 70s, where he was told homosexuality is sinful. 

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I am bisexual, so I convinced myself that the homosexual part of me wasn’t really important, and I could ignore it,”

Kemmis said,

In the late 1990s, Kemmis was involved in an ex-gay ministry. He said these ministries try to “help” them become heterosexual because their religion teaches them that same-sex attraction is wrong.  

Fundamentally, you might think it’s about your religion, but it’s not a faith issue, it’s a health issue. This is damaging people psychologically. I hear both stories about people who have done self-harm…When I came out of it, I was not in good shape.”  

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