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Kentucky Republican says horrors of conversion therapy were driven home after watching 'Boy Erased'

Senator Alice Forgy Kerr is the lead sponsor of the bill banning conversion therapy in the state

2020-01-31

Words: Steve Brown

A Kentucky Republican says the horrors of conversion therapy were driven home after watching Boy Erased.

The Christian Republican, Senator Alice Forgy Kerr, of Lexington, is the lead sponsor of the bill banning the use of conversion therapy on minors in the US state.

And Kerr – who has a gay son – has admitted that the horrors of the archaic practice was driven home after watching the 2018 movie adaptation of Garrard Conley’s memoir of the same name.

While speaking to Louisville TV station, WHAS, Kerr said: “I think it’s religion gone bad. Being gay can’t be fixed and it shouldn’t be fixed.

“In my Christian faith, I am taught that we are all fearfully and wonderfully made, wonderfully made, and I believe that very strongly.

“We’ve got to understand that, wherever we come down on the issue of homosexuality, this bill is about banning conversion torture.”

According to The Courier-Journal, when introducing the bill, Kerr said the therapy is based on the ‘false premise that being LGBTQ is a mental illness’ and called the discredited practice ‘barbaric’ and urged people to watch the 2018 movie.