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This gay man was banned from speaking to his mom or sisters for three years to ‘cure’ his sexuality

This gay man was banned from speaking to his mom or sisters for three years to ‘cure’ his sexuality

Mathew Shurka was banned from speaking to his female family members for three years

A gay man was told to cut off his entire female half of his family if he wanted to ‘cure’ his sexuality.

Mathew Shurka, a 27-year-old from New York, was told by ‘gay cure’ counselors he was picking ‘feminine behavior’ from women.

So from the ages of 16 to 21, he was forced to speak to counselors at the wishes of his father in order to try and ‘become’ straight.

‘It was extremely difficult to come home from school and not talk to them. The word uncomfortable doesn’t even describe it,’ he said, according to Press Association.

‘The therapists tried to teach me that there was no such thing as homosexuality and that it was a psychological condition that’s routed from some sort of childhood trauma.

‘My mom didn’t agree with the therapy at all. She felt like she was losing me.’

Eventually, he began to cut himself free from the abuse and accept himself for who he is – coming out at the age of 23.

Shurka is an ambassador to the #BornPerfect campaign with the National Center for Lesbian Rights, a charity fighting to end conversion therapy in the US by 2019. So far, it has been banned for minors in California, New Jersey, Illinois and Oregon.

‘Gay cure’ therapy is considered to be extremely harmful, both mentally and physically, by the World Health Organization and other mainstream health groups. They have advised it should not be attempted by anyone. Other treatments used have ranged from prayer therapy to electric shock torture, rape and starvation.