Two new films are coming out in 2018, Boy Erased and The Miseducation of Cameron Post, which both deal with the controversial subject of gay conversion therapy in teenagers. These films, which star a range of famous actors, may spark a much needed conversation on conversion therapy, and the dangers that come along with it.
But what is conversion therapy, and where did it come from?
Conversion therapy, also known as “reparative therapy”, is in its most basic definition the process of attempting to change a person’s sexual orientation from gay or bisexual to straight.
When someone says the phrase conversion therapy, it’s easy to imagine imagine the classic image of a priest or other quasi-religious figure performing some kind of alternative exorcism on young scared gay kid in some rural conservative town in America in the 1950s.
However, the truth is conversion therapy comes in many different…
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