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Adele’s music turns people gay says former therapist

Adele’s music turns people gay says former therapist

LAST UPDATED // Thursday, 20 March 2014 11:01 Written by // Cec Busby

Out gay doctor and TV personality Christian Jessen has made some startling discoveries since he began filming his Channel 4 documentary show Cure me I’m Gay, which aims to shine a light on aversion therapies.

During his travels, Jessen discovered a retired Texan therapist, John Smid, who confessed he used to urge his patients to throw away any music that was popular with the gay community if they wanted to be straight.

Smid re-enacted a therapy session with Jessen from the ‘Love in Action’ program to illustrate how he would attempt to cure his gay teenage patients. During the session he throws away Jessen’s Adele CD, saying the ‘Skyfall’ singer is very popular within the gay community. “You have to listen to Christian music,” he says.

Smid who is himself gay, no longer practices the therapy and resigned from the program when he discovered teenagers were being treated against their will. He now lives with his male partner in Texas.

Speaking of his discoveries, Jessen said: ‘I am astounded that in this day and age people still think that being gay is a curable condition. It’s a load of utter rubbish.’


Cec Busby

Cec Busby

Cec Busby is the news editor of SX and

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