New Film Highlights Gay Conversion Therapy Struggles

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the miseducation of cameron post

The film is a coming out story in small-town Montana, and will explore the deeper disruptions that have affected so many LGBT youth who have gone through conversion therapy.

“The Miseducation of Cameron Post,” directed by Desiree Akhavan, is based on Emily Danforth’s novel about a girl forced to undergo conversion therapy after being caught with the prom queen, according to Hollywood Reporter.

The film, set in 1993, will follow orphan Cameron Post (played by Chloë Grace Moretz), who has been taken in by her conservative aunt and forced into a gay conversion therapy facility where she finds solidarity with the other LGBT students.

“Spanning the years from 1989 to 1993, ‘The Miseducation of Cameron Post' is a coming of age story about a girl struggling to come to terms with her sexual identity in an environment that is not tolerant of alternative lifestyles,” reads a plot description from Story Snoops.

For rural areas – such as the film’s Montana setting – conversion therapy was a consistent tool used to suppress homosexual behaviors in teens. While it’s practitioners touted the therapy’s effectiveness, scientific studies released at the time deny the credibility of the practice.

“Therapy directed at specifically changing sexual orientation is contracted,” reads an American Academy of Pediatrics study released in 1993. “Since it can provoke guilt and anxiety while having little or no potential for achieving changes in orientation.”

Today, conversion therapy is banned in states such as California, Illinois, New Jersey, Oregon Vermont and others. Cities in Florida have also banned the practice, including Miami, West Palm Beach and Wilton Manors.

RELATED: West Palm Beach Bans Conversion Therapy 

The film has yet to receive a release date, but the book trailer for “The Miseducation of Cameron Post” can be seen here.

 

 


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