I first came across a condition called Body Integrity Identity Disorder (BIID) when I read something about a man who had an accident and hit his head and became unconscious, and when he came round in hospital he fell out of bed because he tried to throw away his leg, not realising that it was attached to his body.

This is a rare condition that affects some people, not just survivors of accidents. They refuse to believe that an arm or a leg is part of their body and want to have it amputated, or they want to become blind or deaf. They may refer to themselves as “transabled”, which means they are transitioning to disabled, a condition similar to transgender which also involves destructive treatments and physical mutilation.

People who are transabled do not consider themselves to be mentally ill. They believe that they are suffering from discrimination because they have difficulty finding a doctor who is prepared to amputate the unwanted body part. The doctors won’t cooperate, they have sworn an oath to “do no harm” and refuse to amputate healthy limbs or deprive people of their sensory functions.

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This is one of the most bizarre and unusual examples of the battle of rights that goes on in many other situations, where one person asserts their right to a product or service and somebody else asserts their right to decline it. A more common example is homosexual activists demanding that someone should bake a cake in support of gay marriage, or otherwise submit to a coercive process that involves giving their approval to something that they find illogical.

The reason why we exist in this world is that two people, male and female, combined their complementary halves of a reproductive system to create a whole system, capable of creating new life. This is why we celebrate marriage because the union of male and female gives us hope for the future.

The combination of male and male, or female and female, might be fun for the people who are inclined that way, but for society, it’s as meaningless as a car with two engines and no wheels. Wedding invitations are sent out to friends and relatives who feel obliged to accept because it’s about “equality” and if they turn it down they will be called “homophobes” and “bigots”. They are expected to celebrate a union that offers no prospects of a new generation, not because one or both members of the happy couple are infertile, but because they are not male and female.

The homosexual activists have reached the top of the pinnacle in the assertion of their rights. They can get anything they want, with the support of the Equality Commission, and will drag through the courts anyone who stands in their way. The case of Ashers Bakery is still not resolved, and they are still arguing about their right not to bake something that must have become the world’s most expensive currently non-existent cake.

At the bottom of the pile, in the struggle for civil rights, are the ex-gays and their therapists. There is no proof that homosexuals are “born gay”. There is no such thing as a gay gene, and there are some who say that same-sex attraction develops during puberty as a consequence of childhood sexual abuse. There is also no proof that heterosexuals are “born straight” and it could equally be argued that straight is caused by lack of childhood sexual abuse.

Whatever the arguments for the causes of gay and straight, there are definitely people who used to be gay and now they are straight, and some of them have spoken about their journey from gay to straight in a film called “Voices of the Silenced”, so named because of the threats and intimidation made against them. There have been attempts to silence the film, and the Vue Cinema in Piccadilly cancelled the London premier viewing at short notice after protests from Pink News. There was a demonstration outside the cinema from supporters who had been personally invited to see the film, and the press was there and they gave us some good publicity, and after the demo we went off and saw the film at another venue.

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Queens University in Belfast also cancelled a viewing of the film, but a scheduled viewing in a church went ahead in spite of a demonstration outside from people who had not seen the film themselves but wanted to prevent other people from seeing it.

The ex-gays, in their struggle for civil rights, are as badly off as the people who are transabled, although in much better health and with a much more legitimate cause. They are kept down because they are the kryptonite of the homosexual activists and they undermine the “born gay” myth on which the whole ideology depends.Also at the bottom of the pile are their therapists who have been thrown out of their professional associations, unable to advertise and can’t get insurance, but continue to help people in a clandestine world with the support of charity and goodwill. I have got to know some of these people and they have to put up with a lot of abuse.For example, in public discussions, they are alleged to be practitioners of electric shock therapy that was abandoned decades ago in the 1950s. In reality, their most popular method is talking therapy where they help their clients to come to their own conclusions about what might have happened in the past that has messed them up, and this becomes the turning point where they find their way to recovery.

Their stories are told in Voices of the Silenced (Part 1), available on DVD from the Core Issues Trust or on streamed video.

Mike Gascoigne
Secretary, Support 4 the Family in UKIP

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