On 28 January 2020 the First Minister of Northern Ireland Arlene Foster issued libel proceedings against me over a tweet I published in December 2019 which the High Court has held as defamatory.
I gave evidence to the court about my mental health and personal circumstances over the last year but was ordered to pay libel damages and full indemnity legal costs incurred by her, which are substantial. I am considering an appeal and I am seeking to raise funds to help me to fight what is a most unfair situation.
As a practising doctor and humanist with a public profile, I have fought hard to ensure LGBTQ+ rights are recognised and upheld around the world and I am proud to have been involved in many prominent campaigns bringing positive change to marriage equality, blood donation rules, women's abortion rights, and recognising and reducing HIV stigma.
I made a documentary 'Cure Me I'm Gay' which explored conversion therapies, exposing them as ineffective and in many cases harmful. Unfortunately these sham therapies are still being pushed by many religious groups. I will continue to campaign against them.
I am an advocate for HIV education and testing and am proud to be a National HIV Testing Week Ambassador. I am, perhaps, better known for my television work offering medical help and guidance to your front rooms.
Any monies raised surplus to the costs will be donated to relevant charities.
The last year or so has been very difficult for me as I have struggled with some serious mental health problems and knowing I have your support is hugely encouraging and affirming. I'm very grateful.
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