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Gay People Who Have Been To Conversion Therapy, Share Your Experience

Tell us what you want people to know.

Conversion therapy is an extremely dangerous practice that tries to change a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression through behavioral modification and psychoanalysis.

Clearly, this is not how sexuality works nor is there any reason for people to try and change their sexualities. But we live in a heteronormative culture which results in many gay and queer people being sent to conversion therapy or choosing to go themselves.

A young girl crying in a class

Some conversion therapy consists of methods like "praying the gay away."

A man instructing a young boy

Other methods include "training" people to behave in ways according to traditional gender roles.

Young boys in conversion therapy

And sometimes, even medications are administered in an attempt to alter an individual’s sexual orientation.

A young man talking to a doctor

If you've ever been to conversion therapy and feel comfortable sharing, tell us your experience. Use the comments below (or this Google form if you want to be anonymous) to tell us how you ended up in conversion therapy, what it was like, and the aftermath of it. You could be featured in a BuzzFeed post or video.