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Deliverance: An 'ex-gay' journey
by Iain Clacher
After two suicide attempts and with another stewing in his mind, Steven Brett was saved when his mother committed him to a psychiatric hospital four years ago.
Under the guidance and 'counselling' of three Pentecostal churches and the Brisbane chapter of 'ex-gay' ministry Exodus International, Steven had spent a decade begging God to deliver him from the 'demon of homosexuality' inside.
Lured by hope he could 'overcome his sexual brokenness' and 'live how God intended', he submitted to three exorcisms and countless programs he now describes as "destructive and abusive brainwashing".
"It was the worst thing that ever happened to me. It was the most bludgeoning, destroying, soul-sapping experience of my life," Steven says as he flicks through the pages of a photo album from the time.
The slim, youthful, 33 year old public servant says he was raised by working class parents who didn't subscribe to any religiou