BBC recently did a documentary called Gay To Straight that showed how teens in the US are turning to gay conversion therapy in an effort to turn them heterosexual. In the documentary, Stacey Dooley travels to the western United States to meet some young men that are taking part in gay conversion therapy to find out if it is possible to change your sexual orientation.
I’ve included a couple of clips from the show. In the second clip, one guy contradicts himself, as Stacey explains: “It’s a really odd one, cuz TJ will stand there and tell me that he absolutely doesn’t feel sexually attracted to men any more, when he sees a lad crossing the street that’s quite handsome, doesn’t do anything for him; the feelings have gone, they’ve diminished because of Floyd. Then in the same breath he’ll say, ‘But I am still watching gay porn, and I’m masturbating to gay porn.’ I know I’m not a genius, by any stretch of anyone’s imagination, but if you’re mad keen on gay porn and straight porn isn’t doing it for you, maybe there are still gay elements of you?”
Thankfully the show also discusses the fact that California has become the first state in the US to ban this type of therapy for under 18-year olds. Governor Jerry Brown signed the legislation into law, meaning psychotherapy that tries to turn gay teens straight will be illegal from as of January 1. Watch the clips below.