Re: "Gay cure" therapies still used in UK
Yes why are these people seeking therapy anyway? Is it really on account of being gay or the pressure put on them by their families dissaproval?
The PC answer is societal pressure, and indeed if you cared to trace back the roots of gay insecurity, that's where you would arrive at. But the formulation of you question suggests a clear dichotomy between the self and the society, which is simply not the case. Even if you could expunge society's existing anti-homosexual sentiments with a magic wand, the many many years that a gay person has been imbibing these sentiments and learning to "hate" himself will not go away. Many gay people probably struggle with an inferiority complex with regard to their sexuality, even those who are out. I know I do.
A single flow'r he sent me, since we met./All tenderly his messenger he chose;
Deep-hearted, pure, with scented dew still wet - One perfect rose.
I knew the language of the floweret;/'My fragile leaves,' it said, 'his heart enclose.'
Love long has taken for his amulet/One perfect rose.
Why is it no one ever sent me yet/One perfect limousine, do you suppose?
Ah no, it's always just my luck to get/One perfect rose.