Spanish man sues doctor who claimed he could cure him of being gay
A routine doctor’s visit took a turn towards strangeville when the patient, a young Spanish man who was seeking treatment for anxiety left the doctor’s surgery with a battery of tests and the advice that being gay was a mental illness and he could be cured with treatment.
The patient, David Camara is now suing the doctor for saying he could “cure” his homosexuality.
Camara, claims he visited the doctor complaining of anxiety and vomiting. But the GP at the Jaen Medical Centre told Camara his illnesses were an underlying symptom of his gayness and ordered Camara to undergo a series of tests as “gay couples are prone to all sorts of illnesses”.
Camara told the Spanish newspaper El Diario ‘The doctor told me ‘I had to understand I was unnatural’,’ She then allegedly said he was too manly to be gay. “She told me ‘Haven’t you realised that you are too masculine to get it into your head that you are gay?’.”
Camara says when the doctor concluded homosexuality was a mental illness that could be cured he told her she was being unprofessional, at which point he alleges she suggested he see another doctor.
Camara is now suing the doctor and the medical centre.
The doctor has denied she made the comments and said the test she ordered were suitable for Camara’s symptoms.
The FELGTB, Spain’s main LGBT organisation, has offered Camara legal support to pursue his claims.