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While it’s good that she’s no longer free to practise, this particular case sounds a bit like entrapment. If he went to her and specifically asked to be converted, can she really be blamed for doing as he asked?
If he’d simply said “I’m havin trouble accepting my homosexuality,” and she’d raised the idea of conversion herself, it would have been a stronger case.
Of course, what she should have done is say, “Ain’t no way, lady, you’re a homo and ain’t no changing that so stop complaining and enjoy yourself,” but of course had to be a Christianist nut.
This is exposure, not entrapment. Strudwick got Pilkington to reveal her methods, procedures, and the outcome of previous cases. He didn’t persuade her to do for the first time it over her initial objections.
None of the theories about homosexuality are scientific, because they have an underlying unexamined assumption, that heterosexuality is innate in all individuals, and that homosexuality is some sort of add-on or variant. That’s why heterosexuals occasionally ask a gay couple which one is the husband and which one is the wife, and it’s why ex-gay therapists attempt destroy a person’s homosexuality with the intent of revealing the heterosexuality they presume lies beneath it. In fact, this unexamined assumption explains why ex-gay therapists exist at all.
You can’t turn gays into straights unless you could also turn a control group of straights into gays. (Please, let’s not try.) No investigation into human sexuality can assume that heterosexuality is at the base. It has to look at heterosexuality as only one variation of human sexuality.
There are a couple of errors in this article.
Firstly, while Pilkington has been struck off as a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), she has not lost her ‘license’. She never had one. Counsellors and psychotherapists in England do not require a license for private practice. The BACP is the largest professional organisation for psychotherapists and counsellors in the UK but it is self-regulating and independent. Neither the BACP nor the government can stop Lesley Pilkington from continuing to trade and she is only forced to ‘take down her shingle’ to the extent that she can no longer claim to be a member of the BACP.
“So what?” you might ask. The point is that she can continue to practice if she chooses to, although the media around the case appears to have discredited her so it is unlikely so many people will seek her out. On the other hand, the coverage might also mean that people do seek her out because it is getting harder to find practitioners who claim they can ‘cure’ people. I have had quite a lot of people contact me hoping I might work in this way, which of course I don’t. But my guess is there are still a lot of people who believe in the myth of being able to change sexual orientation.
In the article she is referred to as a ‘doctor’. I am not aware of Pilkington’s qualifications but also have not been able to find any reference to indicate that she has a medical degree, a doctorate or a PhD of any kind, although of course it may be possible. But on the basis that her academic qualifications appear to not have been reported, it would be inappropriate to suggest she is a ‘doctor’.
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