My 'gay therapy' experience in Bloem: iLIVE
I attended Creare Training Centre Bloemfontein from 2007-2009 part time.
In 2008 when I came out to friends and family I was confronted by the leadership of Creare Training Centre.
In a meeting with Peter And Clifton Jones I was told that I am in fact not gay, but possessed by a gay demonic spirit and that I could be cured by what is called “deliverance therapy” i.e. Exorcism.
I laughed at the Idea and was then told that if I carry on being gay I will not live long as this will result in alcohol and drug abuse which will lead to promiscuity and illness resulting in early death.
I thanked the leadership for their concern but expressed that I don’t agree with their view and was asked to officially inform them of my intent to leave the training centre.
I was also told that after my departure my absence was questioned by friends and other students at the centre but according to many the subject was taboo.
I was hurt and appalled by their behaviour but moved on. Today I am 21 years old and a business manager for Hyundai Motoring South Africa with a healthy social life and a family that supports every life decision I make.
I am today a happier person because I know this is how I was made and meant to be. There is no cure for homosexuality because it is not a disease. I only fear that many families and individuals could be hurt by the training centre trying to cure people who are not sick.
This is tragic and I just hope others in the homosexual community have the strength to stand up against this kind of discrimination and help our gay brothers and sisters to accept who they are and live healthy and happy lives.