Clive seeks medical help for being gay

On his mum's advice, Clive seeks medical help and is given unusual advice by a sympathetic psychologist.

Duration 01:40


When I told my mum I was that I was gay, she said, would I go to see the doctor, the GP? So I said, OK. So I went, and he looked a bit sort of uncomfortable, and he said, 'Well, what do you me to do?' I said, 'I've no idea'. He said, 'Well, I think I should arrange for you to see a psychiatrist.' I said, 'OK'. So I went to see this psychiatrist, and this psychiatrist said, 'Well, what do you want me to do?', and I said, 'Well, I don't know'. And he said, 'Well, you can have therapy if you like.' And I'd seen – I think I must have been about 18 or 19, I'd seen on World in Action on telly, a programme about aversion therapy involving electric shocks and sexy pictures and so on. And I said, 'Do you mean that?' and he said, 'Yes', and I said, 'No way!' And he said, 'Well, do you want to see a psychologist?' and I said, 'Well, what does that involve?' And he said, 'Talking'. So I said, 'OK, I'll do that'.

So, I went to see this psychologist over a period of maybe a few months or something. And eventually, this psychologist said, 'I want you to buy some pornography' [laughs]. So, I said, 'OK' and he said, 'Let me know what res-, what effect it has on you'. So, I didn't know where to buy pornography apart from WH Smiths, I think I'd seen Playboy or something like that. So I went to WH Smiths and I got this pornography. And so I went back and he said, 'What effect did it have on you?' And I said, 'Well, not much'. So he said, 'Well, I think you're gay. I think you should go away and be happy!' [laughs]. So, that was the end of that and I told my mum, and she wasn't impressed!