Boy Erased is more than just a movie. The film, inspired by the memoir by Garrard Conley of the same name, shines a spotlight on the dangers of conversion therapy, the discredited practice of trying to change a person's sexual orientation. At least 700,000 people have been subjected to conversion therapy in the U.S. alone, and only 15 states have banned the practice.
In order to help end conversion therapy, Focus Features has produced a series of posters, debuting exclusively in The Advocate, which shine a light on LGBTQ organizations like the Trevor Project, GLAAD, the Human Rights Campaign, PFLAG, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights. These groups supported Boy Erased during pre-production and work tirelessly to educate the public about the practice's harm.
See the posters below, and consider donating to these organizations to support their vital work. And don't miss Boy Erased, which is out Friday in select theaters.
Born Perfect is a campaign to end conversion therapy in the United States through legal advocacy and awareness-raising. Born Perfect has been the catalyst that passed legislation to protect LGBTQ youth from conversion therapy in 14 states and counting. Learn more at BornPerfect.com.
GLAAD, the most prominent LGBTQ media organization in the United States, is a partner of NCLR and Born Perfect in raising awareness about the harm caused by conversion therapy, which has been denounced by every major medical and mental health organization. Learn more about the group's work at GLAAD.org.
The Human Rights Campaign, the country's largest LGBTQ civil rights advocacy group, is also a leader in the fight against conversion therapy. In addition to raising awareness about the practice's harm, HRC joined NCLR and the Southern Poverty Law Center in filing a 2016 consumer fraud complaint against People Can Change, a chief practitioner of conversion therapy, with the Federal Trade Commission. Learn more at HRC.org.
The National Center for Lesbian Rights was the first LGBTQ legal advocacy group founded by women — and it has been fighting for these civil rights since 1977. In addition to Born Perfect, its campaign against conversion therapy, NCLR's pioneering initiatives include the LGBTQ Immigration Project, Elder Law Project, Transgender Rights Project, and Youth Project. Learn more at NCLRights.org.
PFLAG is the nation's largest advocacy group that unites members of the LGBTQ community with families and allies. Through education and advocacy, the organization has worked to end conversion therapy at the local and state levels, in addition to pursuing initiatives that fight bullying of LGBTQ young people. Learn more at PFLAG.org.
50 Bills 50 States, helmed by the Trevor Project, is the world's largest initiative dedicated to stopping conversion therapy. In addition to its work in legislation and litigation over issues like these, Trevor is a lifesaving resource in suicide prevention for LGBTQ young people. Learn more at TheTrevorProject.org. For those who need help, call (866) 488-7386.