1. HL says

    I can’t even bring myself to watch the video. I lived through that experience. Maybe in a hundred years or so the world will stop torturing gay people.

  2. John J. Smid says

    The quote above, and the reference to my reaffirming ExGay ministry is false. Any statements that may have reflected this perspective would have only been made prior to 2008 when I was still involved in ExGay ministry.

    I do not know why, or how that may have been reported. In the documentary, they came to me and asked me to do a “mock” intake to the program I used to be part of.

    I haven’t seen the documentary so I don’t know how they have used this recording. The mock intake was followed by a secondary interview while they were here, with me speaking of the falsehoods in the process and the harms done by wrongly applying addiction recovery techniques to people who were not addicts. We spent quite a bit of time going over the inappropriately applied techniques

  3. John J. Smid says

    I’m also not a Doctor! It’s so strange that this has been reported. The producers came to me for an interview and asked me to do a mock interview like I used to do at LiA. Then they said they wanted me to review the intake and debunk the things we used to do.

    We talked about the way we misapplied addiction recovery techniques for people who are not addicts and how this produced harm.

    In our program, we didn’t allow secular music and would have never said “Adele makes you gay”.

    Somewhere along the line this documentary and the promotion has gone way off track.

  4. dazzer says

    @ John J. Smid, if the programme makers and Channel 4 have seriously misrepresented you, you can approach an official organisation in the UK called Ofcom, which can compel Channel 4 to make an on-air apology to you or they can even fine them and force a public apology.

    You can contact them via‎

    Alternatively, you could mention to Channel 4 that it is remarkably easy to prove libel in English courts and substantial damages are regularly awarded.

    However I’d wait to see the programme first, if I were you. Channel 4 is one of the more reputable broadcasters in the UK and Dr Christian Jessen would suffer severe professional reputation troubles if he – an openly gay man – was totally misrepresenting another openly gay man.

  5. dazzer says

    John J Smid, having watched your section of the show, I can reassure you that you are not misrepresented.

    You are presented in the way you describe above – except you did make the Adele crack. Other than that, you come across as an intelligent, witty and silver foxxy.

    The show also refers to you as a therapist and not a doctor. And it tells about your history in gay therapies that reflect positively on you.

    I’d definitely suggest you watch it.

    I hope this reassures you. And, once again, Sir, you are definitely in the major silver fox club.

  6. EchtKultig says

    The problem is, at this point in the western world, this programme just seems like sensationalistic trolling. Because ex-gay “therapy” is about as pseudo-scientific as ghost hunting shows. What next? “Voodoo – Can it raise the dead? Next week on Channel 4!”

  7. Bernie says

    Maybe someone can explain this……I was not aware of Adele until my sister told me and I was gay before I heard of Adele……kind of blows this asinine and ludicrous theory………

  8. Freddie says

    Just to clarify, having watched the programme:
    Smid is mentioned in the show as having renounced his beliefs in ex-gays and is said to be living with a “male partner.”
    He only says what he says as a representation of a typical reparative therapy view, a view he NO LONGER holds.
    It’s not Channel 4 that’s misrepresented him, but the media reporting, which have only looked at what he said, and not on the fact that he was saying what he WOULD have said before he renounced ex-gay nonsense.

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