Conversion therapy, also known as Ex-gay therapy is a series of discredited practices based on a belief that one’s sexual orientation or gender identity can be changed from homosexual or bisexual to heterosexual.
These practices are supported by psychological or spiritual interventions, often provided by licensed mental health professionals, unlicensed counsellors and religious leaders, targeting especially kids under 18.
The need to cure patients with Bible verses, physical pain, demonology, reparative masturbation, hypnosis, shame and other (in comparison to 20th century) less-extreme contemporary methods, just to redirect desires and arousal is equally posing serious dangers.
Inspired by renaissance paintings and individual stories from people who’ve been through these kinds of therapy, this series explores the negative impact on mental health of the patients which is, in many cases, fatal.
To some extent, ex-gay therapy is happening in almost every state of the world, whether legally or illegally.
Ironically, most ex-leaders continue to come out as gay after years of supporting the industry profiting from the harm of others, stating that you cannot heal someone who is not sick.