Gay Aversion Therapy
Pete Price is a radio presenter on Merseyside who is openly gay – and proud of it – despite the fact that he was made to undertake what would now be considered a barbaric form of aversion therapy in his teens in an attempt to cure him of his homosexuality.
When he was 12 in 1959 Pete discovered he was gay. A few years later he told his mother he was gay and she pressured him to seek treatment. He ended up in a psychiatric hospital where he underwent a traumatic form of aversion therapy.
Pete agreed to have the treatment because he wanted to be straight, all his friends were getting married and having children and he wanted to be 'normal' like them. He also did it for his mum as she just wanted him to be happy. Pete believes he's been permanently damaged by the treatment he received.