‘Boy Erased’ Author Garrard Conley On Conversion Therapy Horrors | TODAY

[ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ] >>> WELCOME BACK. >>> WELCOME BACK. OUR NEXT GUEST STRUGGLED WITH OUR NEXT GUEST STRUGGLED WITH HIS IDENTITY, AND WHEN HE WAS HIS IDENTITY, AND WHEN HE WAS FINALLY FREE OF THAT BURDEN, FINALLY FREE OF THAT BURDEN, UNFORTUNATELY, HE DID NOT FIND UNFORTUNATELY, HE DID NOT FIND RELIEF. RELIEF. >> NO. >> NO. WHAT HE ENDURED AND SURVIVED IS WHAT HE ENDURED AND SURVIVED IS NOW THE SUBJECT OF A FILM. NOW THE SUBJECT OF A FILM. IT’S CALLED “BOY ERASED.” IT’S CALLED “BOY ERASED.” TAKE A LOOK. TAKE A LOOK. >> WELCOME TO THE REFUGE >> WELCOME TO THE REFUGE PROGRAM. PROGRAM. COME ON. COME ON. >> Reporter: BOY ERASED” IS THE >> Reporter: BOY ERASED” IS THE LATEST FILM GENERATING OSCAR LATEST FILM GENERATING OSCAR BUZZ, STARRING NICOLE KIDMAN, BUZZ, STARRING NICOLE KIDMAN, RUSSELL CROWE AND LUCAS HEDGES. RUSSELL CROWE AND LUCAS HEDGES. >> I THINK ABOUT MEN. >> I THINK ABOUT MEN. I DON’T KNOW WHY. I DON’T KNOW WHY. AND I’M SO SORRY. AND I’M SO SORRY. >> Reporter: THE MOVIE’S BASED >> Reporter: THE MOVIE’S BASED ON THE 2016 BEST-SELLING MEMOIR ON THE 2016 BEST-SELLING MEMOIR AND POWERFUL TRUE STORY OF AND POWERFUL TRUE STORY OF WRITER GARED CONLEY. WRITER GARED CONLEY. GROWING UP IN ARKANSAS, CONLEY GROWING UP IN ARKANSAS, CONLEY LIVED A NORMAL CHILDHOOD, WAS A LIVED A NORMAL CHILDHOOD, WAS A BLACK BELT IN TAE KWON DO AND BLACK BELT IN TAE KWON DO AND WAS EVEN CROWNED HOMECOMING KING WAS EVEN CROWNED HOMECOMING KING IN HIGH SCHOOL. IN HIGH SCHOOL. >> NICE SETTING WHERE A LOT OF >> NICE SETTING WHERE A LOT OF PEOPLE WOULD HANG OUT IN EACH PEOPLE WOULD HANG OUT IN EACH OTHER’S HOUSES AND WE WOULD DO OTHER’S HOUSES AND WE WOULD DO POTLUNGS AT CHURCH. POTLUNGS AT CHURCH. >> HE WAS THE ONLY CHILD OF >> HE WAS THE ONLY CHILD OF STRICT PARENTS, AND THEIR LIVES STRICT PARENTS, AND THEIR LIVES REVOLVED AROUND CHURCH. REVOLVED AROUND CHURCH. >> I HAD A VERY CLOSE >> I HAD A VERY CLOSE RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD. RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD. >> Reporter: BUT WHEN CONLEY WAS >> Reporter: BUT WHEN CONLEY WAS 19, HIS IDYLLIC LIFE CHANGED IN 19, HIS IDYLLIC LIFE CHANGED IN AN INSTANT. AN INSTANT. HE SAYS HE WAS SEXUALLY HE SAYS HE WAS SEXUALLY ASSAULTED IN COLLEGE BY A MALE ASSAULTED IN COLLEGE BY A MALE FRIEND. FRIEND. SOON AFTER, THE SAME MAN OUTED SOON AFTER, THE SAME MAN OUTED HIM AS GAY TO HIS PARENTS. HIM AS GAY TO HIS PARENTS. A FATHER, A SOON-TO-BE PASTOR AT A FATHER, A SOON-TO-BE PASTOR AT HIS CHURCH, CONFRONTED HIM. HIS CHURCH, CONFRONTED HIM. >> I WAS TOLD THAT I COULDN’T >> I WAS TOLD THAT I COULDN’T ACT THIS WAY, I COULDN’T BE AN ACT THIS WAY, I COULDN’T BE AN OPENLY GAY MAN AND STILL BE PART OPENLY GAY MAN AND STILL BE PART OF THIS FAMILY. OF THIS FAMILY. >> Reporter: HIS PARENTS >> Reporter: HIS PARENTS IMMEDIATELY SENT HIM TO A GAY IMMEDIATELY SENT HIM TO A GAY CONVERSION THERAPY PROGRAM IN CONVERSION THERAPY PROGRAM IN MEMPHIS CALLED LOVE IN ACTION, MEMPHIS CALLED LOVE IN ACTION, HOPING TO CURE HIM OF HIS HOPING TO CURE HIM OF HIS HOMOSEXUALITY. HOMOSEXUALITY. >> THIS IS WHAT I’VE BEEN TOLD >> THIS IS WHAT I’VE BEEN TOLD MY WHOLE LIFE, GOD CAN CONVERT MY WHOLE LIFE, GOD CAN CONVERT YOU TO WHATEVER YOU NEED TO BE. YOU TO WHATEVER YOU NEED TO BE. SO, I BELIEVED THAT CONVERSION SO, I BELIEVED THAT CONVERSION WAS POSSIBLE. WAS POSSIBLE. BUT AT THE SAME TIME, I KNEW BUT AT THE SAME TIME, I KNEW THAT THESE FEELINGS THAT I HAD, THAT THESE FEELINGS THAT I HAD, THEY WEREN’T GOING AWAY. THEY WEREN’T GOING AWAY. >> Reporter: WHILE AT THE >> Reporter: WHILE AT THE PROGRAM, CONLEY SAYS HE HAD TO PROGRAM, CONLEY SAYS HE HAD TO LEARN TO BE MORE MASCULINE WHILE LEARN TO BE MORE MASCULINE WHILE ENDURING PSYCHOLOGICAL TORTURE ENDURING PSYCHOLOGICAL TORTURE AND SHAMING. AND SHAMING. >> WE HAD TO READ THESE THINGS >> WE HAD TO READ THESE THINGS CALLED MORAL INVENTORIES. CALLED MORAL INVENTORIES. BASICALLY, WE HAD TO LIST OFF BASICALLY, WE HAD TO LIST OFF ANY SEXUAL EXPERIENCES OR ANY SEXUAL EXPERIENCES OR THOUGHTS THAT WE HAD EVER HAD. THOUGHTS THAT WE HAD EVER HAD. >> HE BEGAN TO QUESTION THE >> HE BEGAN TO QUESTION THE THERAPY AND BECAME INCREASINGLY THERAPY AND BECAME INCREASINGLY DEPRESSED. DEPRESSED. >> NONE OF THIS IS WORKING. >> NONE OF THIS IS WORKING. TELLING ME THAT I NEED TO HATE TELLING ME THAT I NEED TO HATE SOMEONE IN ORDER TO BE CURED. SOMEONE IN ORDER TO BE CURED. HATE TO ME FELT LIKE THE HATE TO ME FELT LIKE THE OPPOSITE OF COMPASSION. OPPOSITE OF COMPASSION. >> Reporter: AFTER TWO WEEKS AT >> Reporter: AFTER TWO WEEKS AT THE PROGRAM, HIS MOTHER PULLED THE PROGRAM, HIS MOTHER PULLED HIM OUT. HIM OUT. >> SURVIVORS WHO ARE STILL >> SURVIVORS WHO ARE STILL SITTING IN FRONT OF YOU ARE THE SITTING IN FRONT OF YOU ARE THE BEST TESTAMENT TO HOPE AND BEST TESTAMENT TO HOPE AND CHANGE. CHANGE. >> AND TODAY, HE HOPES THIS FILM >> AND TODAY, HE HOPES THIS FILM WILL INVOKE CHANGE AND ENCOURAGE WILL INVOKE CHANGE AND ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO SHARE THEIR OWN OTHERS TO SHARE THEIR OWN STORIES. STORIES. >> IT IS SUCH AN EYE-OPENING >> IT IS SUCH AN EYE-OPENING FILM. FILM. I ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO WATCH I ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO WATCH IT. IT. GARED CONNELLY IS WITH US NOW. GARED CONNELLY IS WITH US NOW. >> THANK YOU. >> THANK YOU. >> LET’S TALK ABOUT THE TIME YOU >> LET’S TALK ABOUT THE TIME YOU CAME OUT. CAME OUT. YOU KNEW YOU WERE GAY, GROWING YOU KNEW YOU WERE GAY, GROWING UP, AS WE SAW, IN ARKANSAS. UP, AS WE SAW, IN ARKANSAS. AND THE EMOTIONS YOU WERE AND THE EMOTIONS YOU WERE EXPERIENCING AT A TIME, THOUGH, EXPERIENCING AT A TIME, THOUGH, MATTHEW SHEPARD HAD BEEN MATTHEW SHEPARD HAD BEEN MURDERED — MURDERED — >> MM-HMM. >> MM-HMM. >> THAT WAS IN THE HEADLINES AND >> THAT WAS IN THE HEADLINES AND YOU SAW THAT. YOU SAW THAT. >> YEAH. >> YEAH. >> WHAT WERE YOU FEELING? >> WHAT WERE YOU FEELING? >> I MEAN, PEOPLE IN MY >> I MEAN, PEOPLE IN MY CHURCH — YOU KNOW, IT WAS A CHURCH — YOU KNOW, IT WAS A REALLY CLOSE-KNIT COMMUNITY, REALLY CLOSE-KNIT COMMUNITY, LIKE I SAID, BUT I WOULD HEAR LIKE I SAID, BUT I WOULD HEAR THINGS IN CHURCH, LIKE OH, HE THINGS IN CHURCH, LIKE OH, HE DESERVED IT. DESERVED IT. AND THAT WAS SOMETHING THAT MY AND THAT WAS SOMETHING THAT MY WHOLE FAMILY REALLY FEARED IF I WHOLE FAMILY REALLY FEARED IF I CAME OUT, YOU KNOW. CAME OUT, YOU KNOW. THEY DIDN’T KNOW, BUT IF THEY THEY DIDN’T KNOW, BUT IF THEY HAD EVER KNOWN, THEY WOULD HAVE HAD EVER KNOWN, THEY WOULD HAVE THOUGHT, OH, IF HE CAME OUT, HE THOUGHT, OH, IF HE CAME OUT, HE WOULD BE, YOU KNOW, MAYBE HE WOULD BE, YOU KNOW, MAYBE HE WOULD END UP LIKE MATTHEW WOULD END UP LIKE MATTHEW SHEPARD. SHEPARD. >> WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT THAT, >> WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT THAT, HEARING IN CHURCH, A PLACE HEARING IN CHURCH, A PLACE THAT’S SUPPOSED TO BE ABOUT LOVE THAT’S SUPPOSED TO BE ABOUT LOVE AND ACCEPTANCE, TOLERANCE, AND AND ACCEPTANCE, TOLERANCE, AND YOU’RE LIVING THIS SECRET AND YOU’RE LIVING THIS SECRET AND YOU HEAR SOMEBODY SAY SOMETHING YOU HEAR SOMEBODY SAY SOMETHING AS HATEFUL AS THAT, WHAT GOES AS HATEFUL AS THAT, WHAT GOES THROUGH YOUR MIND? THROUGH YOUR MIND? >> WELL, I MEAN, PEOPLE ARE >> WELL, I MEAN, PEOPLE ARE COMPLICATED. COMPLICATED. AND THERE WAS A LOT OF LOVE AND THERE WAS A LOT OF LOVE THERE. THERE. THAT’S THE THING. THAT’S THE THING. SO, YOU’RE JUST, YOU’RE SO, YOU’RE JUST, YOU’RE THINKING, OKAY, IT MUST BE EVIL, THINKING, OKAY, IT MUST BE EVIL, IT MUST BE SOMETHING WRONG. IT MUST BE SOMETHING WRONG. BECAUSE THE IDEAS AT THE TIME BECAUSE THE IDEAS AT THE TIME WENT ALONG THE LINES OF, HEY, WENT ALONG THE LINES OF, HEY, YOU KNOW, YOU DON’T COMMIT YOU KNOW, YOU DON’T COMMIT MURDER IF YOU’RE ANGRY. MURDER IF YOU’RE ANGRY. SO THEY USED THIS LOGIC TO SAY SO THEY USED THIS LOGIC TO SAY YOU MIGHT HAVE A TEMPTATION, BUT YOU MIGHT HAVE A TEMPTATION, BUT THAT’S NOT WHO YOU ARE. THAT’S NOT WHO YOU ARE. THEY CALLED IT SAME-SEX THEY CALLED IT SAME-SEX ATTRACTION. ATTRACTION. SO, IT WASN’T WHO YOU WERE. SO, IT WASN’T WHO YOU WERE. IT WASN’T YOUR IDENTITY. IT WASN’T YOUR IDENTITY. IT WAS SOMETHING THAT, YOU KNOW, IT WAS SOMETHING THAT, YOU KNOW, YOU FELT. YOU FELT. >> YOU COULD CONTROL. >> YOU COULD CONTROL. >> SO, YOUR PARENTS, WHEN THEY >> SO, YOUR PARENTS, WHEN THEY CONFRONTED YOU, YOU DECIDED TO CONFRONTED YOU, YOU DECIDED TO GO TO GAY CONVERSION THERAPY, GO TO GAY CONVERSION THERAPY, THAT WAS WILLINGLY, RIGHT? THAT WAS WILLINGLY, RIGHT? >> WELL, I MEAN, IT WAS KIND OF >> WELL, I MEAN, IT WAS KIND OF UNDER DURESS. UNDER DURESS. >> YEAH. >> YEAH. >> I HAD BEEN OUTED AGAINST MY >> I HAD BEEN OUTED AGAINST MY WILL, AND MY PARENTS BASICALLY WILL, AND MY PARENTS BASICALLY SAID WE CAN’T IMAGINE YOU BEING SAID WE CAN’T IMAGINE YOU BEING UNDER OUR ROOF AND CONTINUING TO UNDER OUR ROOF AND CONTINUING TO BE PART OF OUR FAMILY UNLESS YOU BE PART OF OUR FAMILY UNLESS YOU DO SOMETHING TO CHANGE. DO SOMETHING TO CHANGE. AND WHEN YOU HEAR THOSE WORDS, AND WHEN YOU HEAR THOSE WORDS, THERE’S NOT REALLY ANYTHING ELSE THERE’S NOT REALLY ANYTHING ELSE YOU CAN DO OTHER THAN TO SAY YOU CAN DO OTHER THAN TO SAY YES. YES. I MEAN, I WASN’T FINANCIALLY I MEAN, I WASN’T FINANCIALLY INDEPENDENT. INDEPENDENT. I DIDN’T HAVE FRIENDS THAT WERE I DIDN’T HAVE FRIENDS THAT WERE OPENLY GAY. OPENLY GAY. I DIDN’T KNOW HOW TO LEAVE THAT I DIDN’T KNOW HOW TO LEAVE THAT LIFE BEHIND. LIFE BEHIND. AND ALSO, MY FAITH AS WELL. AND ALSO, MY FAITH AS WELL. I WASN’T READY TO DO THAT. I WASN’T READY TO DO THAT. >> SO, TALK ABOUT WHAT LIFE WAS >> SO, TALK ABOUT WHAT LIFE WAS LIKE INSIDE THIS CONVERSION LIKE INSIDE THIS CONVERSION THERAPY CENTER. THERAPY CENTER. >> WELL, WE ACTUALLY WERE PLACED >> WELL, WE ACTUALLY WERE PLACED WITH A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT WERE WITH A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT WERE DEALING WITH A LOT OF DIFFERENT DEALING WITH A LOT OF DIFFERENT ISSUES, LIKE BESTIALITY, ISSUES, LIKE BESTIALITY, PEDOPHILIA, MARRIAGE ISSUES, AND PEDOPHILIA, MARRIAGE ISSUES, AND WE WERE ALL GROUPED TOGETHER WE WERE ALL GROUPED TOGETHER UNDER THE ASSUMPTION THAT WE UNDER THE ASSUMPTION THAT WE WERE ALL ADDICTED TO SOMETHING, WERE ALL ADDICTED TO SOMETHING, THAT WE’RE SOMEHOW ADDICTED TO THAT WE’RE SOMEHOW ADDICTED TO WHATEVER HAD HAPPENED TO US OR WHATEVER HAD HAPPENED TO US OR WHATEVER WE FELT. WHATEVER WE FELT. AND THAT WAS INCREDIBLY AND THAT WAS INCREDIBLY DAMAGING. DAMAGING. YOU CAN IMAGINE IF YOU’RE YOU CAN IMAGINE IF YOU’RE SITTING NEXT TO SOMEONE DEALING SITTING NEXT TO SOMEONE DEALING WITH SOMETHING LIKE THAT AND WITH SOMETHING LIKE THAT AND THINKING, OH, I MUST BE LIKE HIM THINKING, OH, I MUST BE LIKE HIM OR HER. OR HER. THAT’S INCREDIBLY DAMAGING. THAT’S INCREDIBLY DAMAGING. AND THEN WE WOULD DO — YOU AND THEN WE WOULD DO — YOU KNOW, WE HAD TO CONFESS EVERY KNOW, WE HAD TO CONFESS EVERY SEXUAL IDEA THAT WE HAD EVER SEXUAL IDEA THAT WE HAD EVER HAD. HAD. >> A MORAL INVENTORY. >> A MORAL INVENTORY. >> MM-HMM, MORAL INVENTORY. >> MM-HMM, MORAL INVENTORY. >> ALSO, THERE’S A SCENE IN THE >> ALSO, THERE’S A SCENE IN THE MOVIE I WANTED TO ASK YOU ABOUT MOVIE I WANTED TO ASK YOU ABOUT BECAUSE IT’S SO POWERFUL, WHERE BECAUSE IT’S SO POWERFUL, WHERE THEY DO A MOCK FUNERAL, WHERE THEY DO A MOCK FUNERAL, WHERE THE GAY PERSON LIES ON TOP OF THE GAY PERSON LIES ON TOP OF THE COFFIN, AND THEN THE FAMILY THE COFFIN, AND THEN THE FAMILY MEMBERS HIT THEM WITH THE BIBLE. MEMBERS HIT THEM WITH THE BIBLE. DID THAT HAPPEN? DID THAT HAPPEN? >> YEAH, SO, AARON, WHO WAS >> YEAH, SO, AARON, WHO WAS ACTUALLY AT THE PREMIERE, IS THE ACTUALLY AT THE PREMIERE, IS THE STORY THAT WAS BASED OFF OF. STORY THAT WAS BASED OFF OF. HE’S STILL ALIVE AND HEALTHY HE’S STILL ALIVE AND HEALTHY NOW. NOW. >> THANK GOODNESS. >> THANK GOODNESS. >> BUT YEAH, THAT KIND OF STUFF >> BUT YEAH, THAT KIND OF STUFF ACTUALLY HAPPENED THERE. ACTUALLY HAPPENED THERE. >> PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL ABUSE. >> PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL ABUSE. LET’S BRING IN DR. JEFFREY FISH LET’S BRING IN DR. JEFFREY FISH BERGER, A PSYCHIATRIST FOR THE BERGER, A PSYCHIATRIST FOR THE TREVOR PROJECT AS WELL, AND A TREVOR PROJECT AS WELL, AND A LOT OF GREAT EFFORTS THAT THE LOT OF GREAT EFFORTS THAT THE TREVOR PROJECT IS TRYING TO DO TREVOR PROJECT IS TRYING TO DO TO MAKE SURE THAT THESE KINDS OF TO MAKE SURE THAT THESE KINDS OF CENTERS DO NOT CONTINUE TO CENTERS DO NOT CONTINUE TO EXIST. EXIST. >> AND THIS DOES STILL EXIST. >> AND THIS DOES STILL EXIST. >> IT STILL DOES, YES. >> IT STILL DOES, YES. IT’S IMPORTANT TO KNOW THAT IT’S IMPORTANT TO KNOW THAT 700,000 PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY 700,000 PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY HAVE UNDERGONE CONVERSION HAVE UNDERGONE CONVERSION THERAPY. THERAPY. 350,000 WHILE ADOLESCENTS. 350,000 WHILE ADOLESCENTS. AND YOU THINK ABOUT THIS, THE AND YOU THINK ABOUT THIS, THE IMPACT THIS HAS ON A YOUNG IMPACT THIS HAS ON A YOUNG PERSON GOING THROUGH THIS. PERSON GOING THROUGH THIS. >> YEAH. >> YEAH. >> IT DOES MORE DAMAGE THAN >> IT DOES MORE DAMAGE THAN GOOD, I WOULD IMAGINE, RIGHT? GOOD, I WOULD IMAGINE, RIGHT? >> THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO >> THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO EVIDENCE TO SHOW THAT THIS DOES EVIDENCE TO SHOW THAT THIS DOES ANY GOOD OR THAT IT WORKS. ANY GOOD OR THAT IT WORKS. AND TO THE CONTRARY, THERE ARE AND TO THE CONTRARY, THERE ARE NUMEROUS STUDIES SHOWING THAT IT NUMEROUS STUDIES SHOWING THAT IT CAUSES SEVERE EMOTIONAL DAMAGE CAUSES SEVERE EMOTIONAL DAMAGE AND HARM TO PEOPLE WHO GO AND HARM TO PEOPLE WHO GO THROUGH IT. THROUGH IT. THERE’S A STUDY FROM 2009 FROM THERE’S A STUDY FROM 2009 FROM THE AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL THE AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION THAT IT INCREASES ASSOCIATION THAT IT INCREASES DEPRESSION, SELF-HATRED, LOW DEPRESSION, SELF-HATRED, LOW SELF-ESTEEM, SUICIDEALITY, AND SELF-ESTEEM, SUICIDEALITY, AND THE MOST RECENT STUDY IN 2018 THE MOST RECENT STUDY IN 2018 FROM THE FAMILY ACCEPTANCE FROM THE FAMILY ACCEPTANCE PROJECT, WHAT IT SHOWED WAS THAT PROJECT, WHAT IT SHOWED WAS THAT FOR YOUNG PEOPLE WHO GO THROUGH FOR YOUNG PEOPLE WHO GO THROUGH INHOUSE CONVERSION THERAPY, INHOUSE CONVERSION THERAPY, MEANING WITH THEIR PARENTS, THE MEANING WITH THEIR PARENTS, THE RATE OF SUICIDE INCREASES FROM RATE OF SUICIDE INCREASES FROM 22% TO 46%. 22% TO 46%. AND IF THEY GO IN HOUSE AND AND IF THEY GO IN HOUSE AND OUTSIDE WITH THE THERAPIST AND A OUTSIDE WITH THE THERAPIST AND A RELIGIOUS LEADER, IT WILL TRIPLE RELIGIOUS LEADER, IT WILL TRIPLE TO 62%. TO 62%. >> 35 STATES STILL HAVE SOME >> 35 STATES STILL HAVE SOME FORM OF THESE KINDS OF CENTERS. FORM OF THESE KINDS OF CENTERS. JUST REAL QUICK, I WANT TO SAY, JUST REAL QUICK, I WANT TO SAY, YOUR MOTHER HELPED YOU GET OUT. YOUR MOTHER HELPED YOU GET OUT. YOUR MOTHER SAVED YOU. YOUR MOTHER SAVED YOU. AND YOU AND YOUR FATHER HAVE AND YOU AND YOUR FATHER HAVE WORKED THROUGH SOME OF THE WORKED THROUGH SOME OF THE ISSUES. ISSUES. >> YEAH, WHAT’S LIFE LIKE NOW? >> YEAH, WHAT’S LIFE LIKE NOW? >> WELL, MOM WAS AT THE PREMIERE >> WELL, MOM WAS AT THE PREMIERE IN NEW YORK AND L.A. IN NEW YORK AND L.A. >> AND LOVES NICOLE KIDMAN, >> AND LOVES NICOLE KIDMAN, PICKED NICOLE TO PLAY HER. PICKED NICOLE TO PLAY HER. >> I THINK MY MOM THINKS SHE IS >> I THINK MY MOM THINKS SHE IS NICOLE KIDMAN. NICOLE KIDMAN. THEY ACTUALLY LOOK A LOT ALIKE THEY ACTUALLY LOOK A LOT ALIKE IN THE PICTURES. IN THE PICTURES. BUT YEAH, SHE GOT TO STAND ON A BUT YEAH, SHE GOT TO STAND ON A STAGE WITH NICOLE KIDMAN WHILE STAGE WITH NICOLE KIDMAN WHILE 1,700 PEOPLE GAVE HER A ROUND OF 1,700 PEOPLE GAVE HER A ROUND OF APPLAUSE, A STANDING OVATION. APPLAUSE, A STANDING OVATION. >> THAT’S AMAZING. >> THAT’S AMAZING. WE LOVE MARTHA. WE LOVE MARTHA. >> AND IT WAS KIND OF THE BEST >> AND IT WAS KIND OF THE BEST GIFT I COULD GIVE TO HER, YOU GIFT I COULD GIVE TO HER, YOU KNOW? KNOW? WE’VE BEEN THROUGH A LOT, SO WE’VE BEEN THROUGH A LOT, SO IT’S NICE. IT’S NICE. >> YOU’RE HAPPILY MARRIED, TOO. >> YOU’RE HAPPILY MARRIED, TOO. >> YES, I AM. >> YES, I AM. >> YOU’RE SO BRAVE TO WRITE THIS >> YOU’RE SO BRAVE TO WRITE THIS BOOK AND THEN NOW SEE YOUR LIFE BOOK AND THEN NOW SEE YOUR LIFE ON A BIG SCREEN. ON A BIG SCREEN. >> YES. >> YES. SURREAL. SURREAL. >> THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR >> THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR STORY. STORY. >> OSCAR NOMINEE BUZZ ALREADY. >> OSCAR NOMINEE BUZZ ALREADY. BE WATCHING THIS ONE, “BOY BE WATCHING THIS ONE, “BOY ERASED.” ERASED.” THEE THANK YOU.

26 comments

  1. Oh the histrionics. People endure much much worse in the world than this. You were mistreated and bullied. Join the club.

  2. For all the outrage and sadness this film engenders, feel free to laugh at the irony of this:
    The real-life Victor Sykes (played by director Joel Edgerton) also left the program and is now living happily ever after….with his husband…in Texas. 🙂

  3. https://youtu.be/aCbmkftxjYo
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  4. I watched the trailer…Made me very upset…How can you do this to your own blood…How can you do this to someone who can't help who they love…it's so sad…x

  5. Made a comment earlier today wanted to add mentally torturing somone to convert them is horrifying after concluding the situation is not an addiction you need to except that individual for who they are and offer any councel they can to ensure that individual is happy healthy and ok with who they are.

  6. I wonder if Garrard has a good relationship with his dad now? Or is his dad's mind still being controlled by primitive religious delusions?

  7. The use of religious "therapy" to cure you of paedophilia is terrifying. It's what the Catholic church did with child molesting priests and it doesn't work. If there knew a man was molesting children they should've called the cops not tried to pray it away.

  8. I love this movie. The actors are great and good looking! I just want that the next time you do it cast people that are true to what they look like be it skinny, fat or whatnot and stop coating it with good looking men to play the role. Show the realness

  9. Is Jenna stupid? In my experience, very few churches are about love. Most reject homosexuality. Most divide us, judge us. Organized religion is medieval, and I wish we'd evolve already.

  10. I am watching Boy Erased and am halfway through this movie and I had to take a break… Unfortunately these people who run these communities and churches are hypocrites they are so fearful homophobic… These poor kids my heart goes out to them !

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