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Boy Erased author Garrard Conley on surviving 'gay conversion therapy'
BBC News ^ | 20th June 2018 | Lauren Turner

Posted on 06/20/2018 3:27:17 PM PDT by Ennis85

It's not unusual for a writer to dedicate a book to their parents - but for Garrard Conley to have dedicated Boy Erased to his mother and father and thanked them in the acknowledgements is more surprising, given that it is all about what they put him through.

They are the ones who told him he had to go through "gay conversion therapy" or leave the family forever.

Conley had been outed to his parents by his rapist after being assaulted in college. But, to his Baptist preacher father and his mother, the crime was in him being gay.

They lived in Arkansas, in Bible belt southern US, where it was taught that yoga is wrong and Harry Potter is evil. Conley, both terrified of (and conflicted by) his sexuality, felt at the time there was only one solution - to go through with the controversial practice.

"I had believed there were actual demons possessing me," Conley tells BBC News. "I had lived 18 years of my life in this almost cultish environment. It was cult-lite."

The programme he was sent to was "a full-on cult", he says, but he found the strength to break out of it and the path his family expected him to take.

He went on to study queer theory and is now living with his husband in New York, having written of his experiences in Boy Erased.

Now a film is being made of that memoir by actor and director Joel Edgerton, with Lucas Hedges starring as Conley. Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman will play his parents, with Troye Sivan starring as another victim of conversion therapy.

"I waited 10 years before I wrote a word of the book," Conley explains. "I was so worried about looking stupid -

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: conversiontherapy; gay; homosexual; lgtb; movie
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1 posted on 06/20/2018 3:27:17 PM PDT by Ennis85
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I was so worried about looking stupid

Worry no more.

2 posted on 06/20/2018 3:34:02 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (President Trump divides Americans . . . from anti-Americans.)
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Nicole Kidman’s career must have taken a dive to work for this trash.


3 posted on 06/20/2018 3:34:06 PM PDT by akalinin
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Kinda concerned for Russell Crowe myself these days. Check out the gut on him in recent videos.


4 posted on 06/20/2018 3:36:01 PM PDT by Ennis85
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the crime was in him being gay.

It's a crime in God's eyes. It's a deadly sin, just like adultery.

We live in a world that is pro-evil and anti-Christ.

5 posted on 06/20/2018 3:42:32 PM PDT by backwoods-engineer (Enjoy the decline of the American empire.)
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He was sexually assaulted by a homosexual and bbc pink just glosses over that.

#MeToo


6 posted on 06/20/2018 3:45:41 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Spygate's clock began in 2015 - what did President Obama know and when did he know it)
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Most homosexuals were sexually molested as children.

They seek to normalize their behavior to achieve easier access to MOLEST YOUR CHILDREN!

>http://www.patheos.com/blogs/warrenthrockmorton/2009/06/05/a-major-study-of-child-abuse-and-homosexuality-revisited/<

On page 37, the other relevant result relates to men.

The 13th research question addressed, of homosexual men who have been molested, what percentage were molested before self-identification as homosexual men, and what percentage were molested after self-identification as homosexual? Of homosexual men who were molested, 68% were molested before self-identification as homosexual, and 32% were molested after self-identification as homosexual.

7 posted on 06/20/2018 3:49:09 PM PDT by G Larry (There is no great virtue in bargaining with the Devil)
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To: a fool in paradise

Homosexuals raping or killing folks seldom gets the air time that people even merely dissing homosexuals sometimes seems to get.


8 posted on 06/20/2018 3:51:39 PM PDT by Rurudyne (Standup Philosopher)
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“..He went on to study queer theory ....”

Pffttt!!!


9 posted on 06/20/2018 3:56:10 PM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Rurudyne

Destined for sure to be required reading in all public schools.


10 posted on 06/20/2018 3:58:19 PM PDT by rovenstinez
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To: Ennis85
I'M SO LIBERAL I REFUSE TO POOP SO THAT I DO MY PART TO SAVE THE EARTH!


11 posted on 06/20/2018 4:00:07 PM PDT by Hostage (Article V)
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Maybe the best approach would have been to forget the therapy but just tell the kid that, while they still love him, his lifestyle is wrong and destructive of society, and they will not make it easy for him to spread his pervision to younger family members.


12 posted on 06/20/2018 4:00:26 PM PDT by Socon-Econ
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Harry Potter is not evil. It’s boring tripe.

CC


13 posted on 06/20/2018 4:04:14 PM PDT by Celtic Conservative (Do you know what really burns my ass? A flame about 3 feet high.)
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To: Anti-Bubba182

What theories do queers have and which have they proven false (rejecting their own premise)?


14 posted on 06/20/2018 4:12:12 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Spygate's clock began in 2015 - what did President Obama know and when did he know it)
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To: Ennis85

They lived in Arkansas, in Bible belt southern US, where it was taught that yoga is wrong and Harry Potter is evil. Conley, both terrified of (and conflicted by) his sexuality, felt at the time there was only one solution - to go through with the controversial practice.

yeah, so evil they had a Harry Potter convention.

There’s An Epic Harry Potter Convention Coming To Arkansas You Don’t Want To Miss
The wizarding world of Harry Potter is arriving in Arkansas this month. The first annual DiaCON Alley of the Ozarks will be happening at the Fayetteville Town Center on March 17th, 2018. Wands at the ready as we “Slytherin” to take a peek.

https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/arkansas/hp-con-ar/


15 posted on 06/20/2018 4:17:52 PM PDT by Sertorius (A hayseed with no Greek and dam^ proud of it)
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Sandusky smiles......


16 posted on 06/20/2018 4:46:03 PM PDT by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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To: Socon-Econ

Only if you don’t care if your child burns in hell for all eternity


17 posted on 06/20/2018 5:06:40 PM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: Ennis85

https://rosariabutterfield.com/


18 posted on 06/20/2018 5:40:46 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: Ennis85
They lived in Arkansas, in Bible belt southern US, where it was taught that yoga is wrong and Harry Potter is evil.

Stereotype much?

Guess this allows me to say the author is a lime-sucking haridan who cannot get a man to even look her way, and has never been to the American South but read an article once about Huckleberry Finn. That's makes her the expert on all things Southern in her circle of British Eurotrash.

How'd I do?(at stereotyping)
19 posted on 06/20/2018 6:02:58 PM PDT by RedMonqey (" Those who turn their arms in for plowshares will be doing thSome Fe plowing for those who didn’t.)
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They lived in Arkansas, in Bible belt southern US, where it was taught that yoga is wrong and Harry Potter is evil.

Odd. Here in Georgia, we teach that Harry Potter is wrong, and yoga is evil.
20 posted on 06/21/2018 3:00:47 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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