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A Warning of the Dangers of Conversion Therapy

Based on the celebrated autobiographical novel “Boy Erased” by Garrard Conley, the eponymous film tells of a young man’s courageous fight against homophobia and his struggle to live his life as he chooses.

It took almost a decade for Garrard Conley to come to terms with his fears and begin writing about surviving conversion therapy. Like many people who have had similarly traumatic experiences, Conley was trapped in a mixture of guilt, shame and remorse due to events he had no control over. With the help of the new social media platforms, Conley began to read countless reports from other survivors. And at that moment, he knew that it was not just an option to share his story with others – it was a necessity. Conley began to take control of his fears and channelled this energy into writing his book “Boy Erased. A Memoir”. When the book was published in May 2016, the LGBTQ movement responded immediately. So Garrard was able to do something no one had ever done before: he was able to give a face, a name and a voice to the cruel consequences of conversion therapy and thus help other LGBTQ teens and adults struggling with the same problems and experiences.

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