Conversion therapy is a widely condemned practice that has also recently made it to the silver screen in two Hollywood blockbusters: The Miseducation of Cameron Post and Boy Erased.
Boy Erased is based on the true story of Garrard Conley’s experience at what was one of the biggest conversion programmes in the US, Love in Action in Memphis. What is now a mainstream film was based on Conley’s memoir of the same name.
Conversion therapy is criticised by psychological associations all over the world as not being effective in changing the sexual orientation of participants and called a very harmful practice that may be detrimental to the wellbeing of those that are subjected to it. In collaboration with the filmmakers involved with Boy Erased, Radiolab has released a series that takes a look at the history of conversion therapy in America.
UnErased is a four-part podcast series that tells the stories of conversion therapy survivors, and also puts the practice under the microscope through interviews with participants, their families and the people involved in promoting gay conversion programmes. It is insightful and sensitive, and provides listeners with an overarching background that is the perfect companion to the film.
Boy Erased is set for release in South Africa in February, and UnErased can be downloaded wherever you get your podcasts, or directly via the Radiolab website.