The partner of a doctor who killed himself after being told to seek treatment for his homosexuality has welcomed a Parliamentary debate to ban “gay cures”.
Mike Freer, Conservative MP for Finchley and Golders Green, secured Tuesday’s debate in Westminster Hall.
MPs discussed whether to ban the controversial therapy, which sees homosexuality as a problem to be corrected with treatment.
Matt Ogston was the partner of Dr Nazim Mahmood, who died after jumping from the top floor appartment they shared in Fawley Street, West Hampstead, last July.
Mr Ogston said: “The idea of gay therapy is ridiculous. How can you cure someone of the way they’re born?”
“It’s so important that it’s banned, but more importantly, that the message is put out there to all communities that this is just the way some people are [born].”
Mr Ogston said: “It comes down to a lack of understanding. It’s not just about religion or culture.
“It would have been our 14 year anniversary today (Tuesday) so I’m not doing great at the moment.
“I miss him every day, and I hope that what happened to him never happens to anyone else, so I welcome the debate and hope it leads to a law being passed.”
Matt set up the Naz and Matt Foundation in memory of his soulmate and fiancé, Naz, who passed away two days after being confronted about his sexuality by his religious parents. It was the first time that they knew their son was gay, in a relationship with Matt for 13 years and that they were planning to get married.