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Torture chamber

Radio City presenter Peter Price grew up in the Forties when being a homosexual was not only a crime but also seen as a mental illness. And the “cure” was like something out of the Dark Ages…

I was born in Wrexham in Wales in 1946 but raised in West Kirby on Merseyside after my mother put me up for adoption.

My sexuality began to dawn on me when I was 12 years old. I began to feel different from other people, I fancied guys and not girls. I fought it — even going so far as attempting suicide at the age of 14, by taking orange-flavoured children’s aspirin. All that did was give me a very bad headache. I wanted to be like everyone else. I wanted to be normal, whatever normal was or what we were taught it was; I wanted to be married with kids. Being gay back then, after all, was a criminal offence.

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On the cover, exclusive interview with The Walking Dead star Daniel Newman Plus: Declan McKenna talks pop & politics; First Dates’ Fred Sirieix gets Active; previewing the BBC’s major new gay drama; one British man tortured for being gay; cruising through the years; and Attitude joins the great PrEP debate.
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