The gay man who became straight…

THE News Letter has tracked down a man who claims he used to be gay, but – with the help of Iris Robinson’s favourite psychologist – became straight. The man in question was the victim of sexual abuse when he was younger, and didn’t have a “concrete relationship” with his father, which he seems to believe contributed to his homosexuality. He adds: “I have found there are a whole range of factors that in some way stop a man becoming masculine. If they aren’t dealt with by puberty these needs are suddenly eroticised. Straight people often say ‘gay people must be born that way’ because they can’t understand it. But when I probe them more closely such people have always had healthy relationships with a significant male role model as they grew up.” It’s an interesting, somewhat tragic, story – but is it really possible to generalise for all gay men? I’m sure there are plenty of gay people who grew up in stable families, had healthy relationships with their fathers, are happy and secure in their sexuality and were never abused – aren’t there?