A new podcast by the producers of highly anticipated gay conversion therapy drama Boy Erased explores the history and horrors of harmful “gay conversion” therapy in the USA.
The highly-anticipated film, which will be released in Australia on Thursday, follows the real-life experience of survivor and American writer Garrard Conley and is based on his book of the same name.
And in the first of the four-part podcast series UnErased, Conley shares more of his story, among other interviews with creators, critics, and survivors of the “pray away the gay” movement in the United States.
Author Garrard Conley and Boy Erased actor David Joseph Craig said in a statement that the podcast aims “to usher our queer stories into the permanent archives of American history, where they have always belonged.”
“Boy Erased tells a deeply personal story; UnErased tells the whole story,” they said.
“Combining one of the most comprehensive conversion therapy histories to date, survivors’ accounts, and exclusive interviews, UnErased will pick up where the memoir and film leave off.”
The first episode of “Unerased” is available to listen to now on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.
Boy Erased, written and directed by Australian filmmaker Joel Edgerton, is released in Australian cinemas this Thursday (November 8).
The film is based on Garrard Conley’s memoir, and follows 19-year-old Jared Eamons (Lucas Hedges) who lives in a small American town is visciously outed to his religious parents, played by Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe.
Jared is faced with a heatbreaking ultimatum: attend the dangerous conversion therapy program, or be permanently exiled and shunned by his family, friends, and faith.
According to a report released last month by La Trobe University and the Human Rights Law Centre, “gay conversion” therapy remains a “real problem” in Australia’s religious communities.
The report claims there are 10 organisations in Australia and New Zealand still publicly advertising “gay conversion” practices.
To find out more about the Australian history of gay conversion therapy, pick up the latest issue of QNews Magazine now or read it online here.
Watch the trailer for Boy Erased below: