'Christian group used exorcism to cure my sexuality'

Moves to outlaw conversion therapy are a step forward for gay rights, says psychologist

“I woke up as gay as when I went to sleep, which meant that every day I was failing in the eyes of my church.”

Paul Martin

Paul Martin is speaking of his time in the 1980s with an evangelical Christian group called Exodus International, when he witnessed pseudo-CBT and spiritual healing programs, prayer therapy with counsellors claiming to channel the Holy Spirit and even exorcisms to “cure” him of his sexuality.

“There was a sense of being defective, disordered and sinful, and no matter what I did I couldn’t change that,” he tells Australian Doctor.