Despite condemnation by the American Medical Association and all the major mental health professions, conversion therapy designed to change a person's sexual orientation from homosexual or bisexual to heterosexual is still prevalent across the United States. Only five states and Washington, D.C. have outlawed the practice for licensed mental health providers. In fact, there may be hundreds of reparative therapy centers, but many are underground or protected by religious freedom laws. Researchers say the treatments -- which range from talk therapy to electroshock therapy -- have dangerous consequences.
A new film shot in and around Rochester tells the story of a gay teen's experience with conversion therapy. Our guests are from that film, Fair Haven:
- Tom Malloy, producer and actor who plays Reverend Thomas
- Kerstin Karlhuber, director
- Jack Bryant, writer
- Gregory Harrison, actor who plays Dr. Gallagher