Hey, guys! Ryan Murphy recently talked about how his parents took him to see a psychiatrist a day after he attended his junior prom in order to “cure” him of his “homosexuality.”
Murphy said during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter for his upcoming Netflix movie titled The Prom, “I went to my junior prom and the next day my parents took me to a psychiatrist to cure me.”
Reading about it made us wonder whether or not you’ve experienced this as well, which brings us to this question: Did your parents ever try to “cure” your gayness when you were younger and if so, how?
Were you, perhaps, prescribed with “prayers and no sex” as a “cure” when you came out to them when you realized you were gay? Or were you advised, like Alvin Cheung of Hong Kong, to “look ‘macho’ and avoid spending time alone with other boys?”
Ryan Murphy, by the way, is an American screenwriter, director, and producer. You’ve probably watched a lot of his works, some of which are: The Boys in the Band (2020), Eat Pray Love (2010), Glee (2009–2015), American Horror Story (2011–present), and most recently, Ratched (2020–present), and The Prom (2020).
“Thankfully, I had a really good shrink,” Murphy said. He added that after several sessions, his therapist called his parents to tell them, “You have a choice here: You can try and change him and lose him, or you can accept him and love him.”
Murphy further revealed, “When I went to my senior prom, I had been through that but I still took a girlfriend because I wasn’t allowed to come in with my fellow. The prom is very emotional for me, as you can tell.”
Moreover, Murphy said The Prom was kind of the prom he never had. “I found it very healing to be able to put those images to film. I didn’t have that,” he explained. “If only I would have had this feeling of acceptance and belonging, how different my life would have been. I felt that when we were shooting it.”
According to GLAAD, conversion therapy is “any attempt to change a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.”
Many mental health professionals, as well as all major national mental health organizations, are against conversion therapy because it can lead to depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), homelessness, and suicide to name a few. Read more about it here.
Going back to our earlier question guys, did your parents enroll you in a conversion therapy program to “cure” you from being gay and to ensure your “salvation” just like Ryan Murphy’s parents did to him? Or did your parents accept that you’re gay right away? Share with us your thoughts and stories in the comments section below.