On Saturday 6th April at 9.30am, The Rainbow Project, an organisation promoting the health and wellbeing of lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender people, and their families, in Northern Ireland, will hold a protest against conversion therapy at Windsor Baptist Church, 140 Malone Avenue, Belfast.
Windsor Baptist Church is hosting the True Freedom Trust, an anti-LGBT organisation, for a one day conference ‘for Christians who experience same-sex temptations, along with their friends, family, church leaders and youth workers.’
Ahead of the protest on Saturday morning, John O’Doherty, Director of The Rainbow Project said:
‘Conversion therapy, reparative therapy and all other so-called sexual orientation change efforts are rightly condemned by reputable mental health, counselling and psychotherapy bodies around the world as unethical and harmful to the people who are subjected to these practices.
‘These practices are rooted in homophobia, transphobia, prejudice and stereotyping and are targeted at the most vulnerable members of our community. LGBT+ people, including LGBT+ people of faith, are not broken. We are not sick and we do not need to be ‘fixed’ by these quacks and charlatans.
‘The Rainbow Project will always stand against conversion therapy in whatever guise it presents itself and wherever it is being promoted and we call on LGBT+ people, our friends and allies to join us on Saturday morning in demanding an end to these practices which leave nothing but pain and despair in their wake.’