‘Gay cure’ film screening at Vue Piccadilly Circus cinema sparks row

A film screening by a group advocating “gay cure” therapy at a central London cinema has been cancelled after a backlash.

The Core Issues Trust, an evangelical Christian organisation, was due to screen a controversial film at Vue Piccadilly Circus cinema on Thursday evening.

The organisation had hired a space there for the screening of ‘Voices of the Silenced: Experts, Evidences and Ideologies’, a documentary which sets out to challenge the “modern myth” of people being born gay.

Promotional material on the film’s website says: “The ‘born gay’ idea is now dead, but its ghost, like that of an ancient slave master, still persuades most people in the Western world today to assume it as a given, and to use it as a driver of mental health and social policies.”

But Vue has now announced the event is to be cancelled after it was met with criticism, saying it was “in direct contradiction to Vue’s values”.

The cinema chain said in a statement: “Vue review all private screening bookings once content and full details have been received in full.

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“While it is not our intention to censor content, in some instances where we feel an activity is in direct contradiction to Vue’s values a decision will be made to refrain from allowing a private event to go ahead. In this instance we have declined to host a screening and event advocating and promoting for gay ‘cure’ therapies.”

The screening sparked outrage when it was first reported.

Humanists UK Director of Public Affairs and Policy Richy Thompson told the Pink News website: “Young people struggling with their sexuality deserve support to live confident, authentic lives without being made to feel shame due to outdated religious views about sin and sexuality.”

A spokesman for LGBTQ rights campaign group Stonewall told the BBC: “It’s disappointing that Vue Piccadilly would consider screening a documentary about so-called ‘conversion therapy’.

“LGBT people aren’t ill. Being gay, lesbian, bi or trans is not something that should be ‘cured’ or changed.

“This unethical and degrading practice has been condemned by all major UK health organisations. It’s shocking that Vue Piccadilly initially viewed this as a suitable film to screen.”

The Evening Standard has contacted The Core Issues Trust for comment.

The organisation’s chief executive, Mike Davidson, told Pink News: “It’s concerning that only one side of an argument is allowed to be heard in modern-day Britain.”

Source : https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/gay-cure-film-screening-at-vue-piccadilly-circus-cinema-sparks-row-a3760846.html