The Courier-Mail

Fury over bid to ‘cure’ gays

- STEPHANIE BEN­NETT RHIAN DEUTROM

SHE’S one of the most con­tro­ver­sial Bach­e­lorettes, but Bris­bane’s Nina Rolle­ston says she can’t un­der­stand why peo­ple think she’s a bitch.

Rolle­ston (pic­tured) has made it to the fi­nal five on top-rat­ing re­al­ity dat­ing show The Bach­e­lor. But not ev­ery­one is pleased with Rolle­ston still be­ing in con­tention, with one Bach­e­lorette call­ing her “two-faced” and another pub­licly fat­sham­ing her.

So­cial media sites have also taken aim at Rolle­ston over her public scraps with other con­tes­tants.

Rolle­ston, back home in Queens­land this week, said she was sur­prised at the con­tro­versy she’d caused.

She said it was a shock to see what the other con­tes­tants were say­ing about her.

“It was weird, be­cause you don’t know it’s hap­pen­ing,” she said. “It was a shock to see the things (they were) say­ing. ”

As for the man in ques­tion, Bach­e­lor Sam Wood, Rolle­ston ad­mits she fell for the hunky 35-year-old.

“There’s a tug of war you have with your­self (in the house),” she said.

“You have a mo­ment where you think ‘this is it’, but then you see how well he is get­ting along with the oth­ers.” “PRAY away the gay” ser­vices are op­er­at­ing in Queens­land with sev­eral Chris­tian or­gan­i­sa­tions promis­ing to cure “un­wanted same-sex at­trac­tion”.

De­spite be­ing con­demned by lobby groups and health ex­perts, con­ver­sion ther­apy is avail­able at two busi­nesses in Bris­bane and Toowoomba.

Lib­erty Inc is an in­de­pen­dent or­gan­i­sa­tion of­fer­ing 12week cour­ses, fort­nightly sup­port groups, coun­selling and book­lets to men and women “strug­gling with un­wanted same-sex at­trac­tion”.

Wind­sor man Jo­hann De Joodt, 49, un­der­went 20 years of con­ver­sion ther­apy, in­clud­ing a course called “Liv­ing and Lov­ing”, de­liv­ered by Lib­erty Inc and said he was sick­ened that Aus­tralian law still al­lowed these or­gan­i­sa­tions to op­er­ate.

“I had peo­ple com­mand­ing de­mons out of me and yelling for the spirit of ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity to leave me for good,” Mr De Joodt said. “It was so harm­ful be­cause I lost all of my self-es­teem and self-worth.”

When con­tacted by The Courier-Mail, a Lib­erty Inc spokes­woman said: “We don’t talk to the media.”

Another Toowoom­babased or­gan­i­sa­tion called Tri­umphant Min­istries claims to re­store those who have the “ho­mo­sex­ual spirit”.

The min­istry’s founder and self-pro­claimed “ex-ho­mo­sex- ual” Kath­leen Mal­li­gan spe­cialises in heal­ing peo­ple with “sex­ual bro­ken­ness”.

“I write to give knowl­edge of the dark­ness linked to same­sex at­trac­tion,” Ms Mal­li­gan wrote on her web­site.

Ms Mal­li­gan did not re­spond to The Courier-Mail’s re­quest for com­ment.

Par­ents and Friends of Les­bians and Gays (PFLAG) na­tional spokes­woman Shel­ley Ar­gent at­tacked the dis­turb­ing prac­tice as “ex­tremely dan­ger­ous”.

“Your sex­u­al­ity is not a choice and it can­not be cured,” Ms Ar­gent said.

Mr De Joodt is pe­ti­tion­ing the Queens­land Gov­ern­ment to abol­ish the prac­tice of con­ver­sion ther­apy in the state.

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