Boy Erased - a true story of gay conversion therapy
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Posted on 1 Feb 2019

Boy Erased focuses on the character of Jared, the son of a Baptist pastor in a small American town, who is outed to his parents at the age of 19. He is then faced with an ultimatum: attend a conversion therapy programme or permanently be exiled from, and shunned by, his family, friends and faith... The moving story of one young man's struggle to find himself while being forced to question every aspect of his identity, Boy Erased is a sensitive drama based on the real-life experiences of Garrard Conley.

undefinedSouth African-born Australian LGBTQ singer-songwriter Troye Sivan one of the stars of Boy Erased.

Conley turned his traumatic encounter with Love In Action - an ‘ex-gay’ Christian ministry that attempted to change people’s sexual orientation - into a memoir that was published in 2016. The memoir, along with the movie, turns the spotlight on a practice that continues to be allowed in no fewer than 36 US states.
Indeed, a staggering 77,000 people are currently being held in conversion therapy in America. So anybody who thinks the problem has gone away needs to wake up and smell the coffee - particularly during an era in which President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence often fan the flames of bigotry.
The presence in the movie of Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe, as Jared’s parents, should ensure the film gets the attention it deserves.

Boy Erased will be released in cinemas nationwide Friday 8 February.

Our columnist Steve Ball talks about gay conversion therapy HERE

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