Gay ‘conversion therapy’ film pulled from cinema
Documentary was due to be shown at Regent Street venue – but has been scrapped after councillor alerted officials
09 February, 2018 — By Tom Foot
Councillor David Boothroyd read about the screening on the Pink News website and alerted officials
A DOCUMENTARY film showing 15 people “emerging out of homosexual lifestyle” due to therapy or religion has been pulled from a West End cinema following complaints.
The film, Voices of the Silenced: Experts, Evidences and Ideologies, is produced Core Issues Trust organisation which promotes “conversion therapy” for lesbians and gay men.
The film was due to be shown tomorrow (Saturday) at the Vue cinema in Regent Street but has been scrapped after Councillor David Boothroyd read about it on the Pink News website and alerted officials.
Under Westminster Council licensing policy, a cinema wishing to show an unlicensed film in public must show it to the council censors 28 days before. The council said its officers visited Vue and that the cinema had agreed to “cancel the viewing”.
A spokeswoman for the cinema said: “While it is not our intention to censor content, in some instances, where we feel an activity is in direct contradiction to Vue’s values, a decision will be made to refrain from allowing a private event to go ahead.”
The Core Issues Trust said the film was not about “gay cure” but “the rights of individuals to access help and support for unwanted homosexual feelings”.
According to its website, the Trust seeks to educate clinicians about their “intervention with clients who present with unwanted same-sex attractions and behaviour”.