While conversion therapy has been discredited by all reputable mental health organizations for decades, and in fact has been deemed unethical and potentially harmful (see links below), it is still practiced — largely under the auspices of religion. This year, two films will explore the trauma of conversion “therapy.”
The Hollywood Reporter says:
“Boy Erased tells the story of Garrard (Hedges), a teenage boy who is outed as gay by his religious parents (Kidman and Crowe) in a small town. Garrard is pressured to attend a gay conversion therapy program and if he chooses to not participate, he will risk losing relationships with his family and friends. While attending the program, he is faced with conflict presented by the head therapist (Edgerton). The film — expected to be an awards hopeful — is based on the memoir by Garrard Conley.
“Boy Erased is not the only film about gay conversion therapy to come out this year. The Miseducation of Cameron Post, which stars Chloe Grace Moretz in the titular role, also tells the story of a teenager forced to attend a program after getting caught with a girl. The trailer for the film was released July 10.”
Want to learn more?
- ‘Boy Erased’ Trailer: Lucas Hedges Struggles With Sexuality, Is Pressured Into Conversion Therapy
- Boy Erased: first trailer for Oscar-tipped gay conversion drama revealed
- ‘Boy Erased’ trailer previews film about so-called gay conversion therapy
See both trailers, below.
For more information on conversion therapy and mental health:
- Report of the APA Task Force on Appropriate Therapeutic Responses to Sexual Orientation
- Resolution on Appropriate Affirmative Responses to Sexual Orientation Distress and Change Efforts
- Position Statement on Therapies Focused on Attempts to Change Sexual Orientation (Reparative or Conversion Therapies)
- Position Statement on Issues Related to Homosexuality