Conversion Therapy

Conversion Therapy Film "The Miseducation of Cameron Post" Won The Grand Jury Prize At Sundance

We are happy to share more news concerning The Miseductaion of Cameron Post.

We talked to you late last week about how the premiere of this film about the effects of conversion therapy on minors was a big hit.

In addition, we shared that the cast and crew, including lead actress Chloë Grace Moretz who has two gay brothers, were committed to being as factual and realistic about the negative effects on LGBTQ youth.

Now, we’re thrilled to announce that the film has won the grand jury prize at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

After winning the prize, Moretz got to the stand, as you can see in the video below, and said:

“We want to dedicate this award to the LGBTQ survivors of sexual conversion therapy,” Moretz said in her acceptance speech Saturday night. “We want this movie to shine a light (on the fact) that it is only illegal in nine states out of the 50 to practice sexual conversion therapy.”

Now, everyone's wondering if The Miseducation of Cameron Post will take the same path that Moonlight and Call Me By Your Name took.

Both films were celebrated at the Sundance Film Festival before gaining enough buzz to warrant wider releases, than they would have had, and eventually getting award season buzz.

Hopefully, The Miseducation of Cameron Post will do that same. Surely, this film has an important message and topic concerning the negative effects of conversion therapy camps on LGBTQ youth, and the cast and crew really want to share that message as much as possible.

More than 75,000 Youth Will Go Through Conversion Therapy Before Turning 18

After hearing about the big success that the indie film The Miseducation of Cameron Post starring Chloë Grace Moretz did at Sundance, we may wonder what the statistics are concerning Conversation Therapy today. Sadly, it seems the influence is still pretty high.

Thankfully for that film, the creative team was adamant about having advisors who had gone through similar programs there so that they can stay as accurate as possible, but the numbers concerning conversion therapy are scarier than fiction.

According to the Williams Institute at UCLA, about 20,000 LGBTQ teenagers between the ages of 13 and 17 will be subject to some sort of conversion therapy treatment from licensed healthcare professionals before they become 18. Even worse, an additional 57,000 will go through therapy by unlicensed religious personnel.

The stats don’t stop there however, The report also says that 700,000 adults have gone through treatment like this and 350,000 were teens at the time of it happening.

That said, there is some upside to it all. As of this January (2018), nine states, the US capital (Washington D.C.), and 32 cities have banned conversion therapy for minors.

This is because most research has found conversion therapy to be harmful to youth. It can cause depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts.

“The overwhelming scientific evidence demonstrates that conversion therapy, especially when it is practiced on young people, is neither medically nor ethically appropriate and can cause substantial harm,” said Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett in 2015.

As good as it is to hear that so many areas have banned the practice, there are still many more that are practicing both in the open and in secret. There’s still more fighting to do.

h/t: NewNowNext

Anti-LGBTQ Group Sues City Of Tampa For Banning Gay Conversion Therapy

An anti-LGBTQ legal group is suing the city of Tampa for banning gay conversion therapy for minors.

Back in March, Tampa’s City Council voted unanimously to ban “any counseling, practice or treatment performed with the goal of changing an individual’s sexual orientation or gender, including, but not limited to, efforts to change behaviors, gender identity or gender expression, or to eliminate or reduce sexual or romantic attractions or feelings towards individuals of the same gender or sex.”

Any licensed therapist who violates this ban is susceptible to paying up to $5,000 in fines.

Keep in mind that this policy only prohibits licensed therapists from the practice but does not touch laypeople or members of religious groups.

Despite that, the legal group Liberty Counsel, who notably defended Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, say the city of Tampa is wrong to have passed the ban.

“The Tampa law is a gross intrusion into the fundamental rights of counselors and minors, and represents government intrusion into the sacrosanct relationship between a counselor and the client,” Liberty Counsel president Mat Staver. “The City of Tampa has no authority to prohibit a form of counseling simply because it does not like the religious beliefs of a particular client.”

But, the decision was not made simply based on religious beliefs but on the concern for the children’s well-being.

During the public hearings to decide on whether to pass the ban, the council members saw many examples of children going through physical and mental abuse due to their parents not accepting their sexual orientation or gender identity.

We’ll keep you updated as the court case continues.

A Brazilian Judge Ruled In Favor of Gay Conversion Therapy

Photo by Peter Hershey on Unsplash

A Brazilian federal judge approved gay conversion therapy.

Recently, Waldemar de Carvalho overruled a 1999 decision that forbade psychologists from offering gay conversion therapy. At the time, the practice had been widely discredited and proven to be harmful.

De Carvalho ruled this way to support Rozangela Justino who was an evangelical Christian psychologist. Justino had lost her license back in 2016 after offering conversion therapy and then took the situation to court.

In a 2009 interview, Justino said that homosexuality was a disease and said, “I feel directed by God to help people who are homosexual.”

However, Rogério Giannini, the president of the Federal Council of Psychology which helped to ban conversion therapy in the first place, told the Guardian that, “There is no way to cure what is not a disease. It is not a serious, academic debate, it is a debate connected to religious or conservative positions.”

As you would imagine, this decision has sparked outraged among many people in the country. Some include politicians, celebrities, and of course everyday people as well.

“This decision is a big regression to the progressive conquests that the LBGT community had in recent decades,” David Miranda, one of Brazil’s openly gay politicians, said to the Guardian. “Like various countries in the world, Brazil is suffering a conservative wave.”

Brazlian singer Ivete Sangolo also spoke out against the new ruling. Part of her Instagram post, shared below, says, “The sick ones are those who believe in this grand absurdity.”

And, several people have been using the #curagay to express their anger at this new ruling.