Sky News:– One of the most prominent “gay conversion therapists” in the US has divorced his wife and wants to start dating men.
David Matheson, from Utah, was the creator of widely maligned and discredited courses that claimed to be capable of changing the sexuality of those who studied them.
Now he has acknowledged that his work was hurtful to people, and blamed his previous views on the “shame-based, homophobic-based system” of the Mormon church in which he was raised.
In a Facebook post published after LGBTQ charity Truth Wins Out revealed that he had quit the practice, Mr Matheson said had realised he “had to make substantial changes in my life”.
He wrote: “I enjoyed a happy and fulfilling marriage with my wife for many years. Overall, it was a beautiful relationship and being straight became a core part of my identity.
“But I also experienced attractions to men. Much of the time these were in the background. But sometimes they were very intense and led to pain and struggle in my marriage.”
Mr Matheson said his desire to be in “an intimate relationship with a man” had become a “non-negotiable need” towards the end of his marriage, but admitted that he still found “too much homophobia in myself”.