UK Lawmaker Slammed for Comparing Gay 'Conversion Therapy' to Sex Change Operation
Roger Helmer, of East Midlands, UK, tweeted on Sunday: "Why is it OK for a surgeon to perform a sex-change operation, but not OK for a psychiatrist to try to 'turn' a consenting homosexual?"
A Conservative Party spokesman said: "We do not condone this sort of language."
Stonewall spokesman Jonathan Finney said: "It's disappointing that an elected representative seems to be supporting so-called gay therapy treatments, which are entirely discredited.
"What lesbian and gay people need is equal treatment by society, not misguided treatment by a minority of health professionals."
Helmer tried to clarify his remarks, saying he was trying to defend the rights of gays:
"I am always surprised by the instant indignation of a strident minority...I am making a comparison between a lifestyle choice of a homosexual who would prefer not to be a homosexual and a lifestyle choice of a woman who would prefer to be a man. All I am saying is that homosexuals have a right, if they want to do so, to seek professional counselling and advice - I have not suggested homosexuality is something that needs to be cured."