Elections, films help effort to ban gay conversion therapy

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NEW YORK (AP) | Activists urging more states to ban gay conversion therapy for minors are expecting major gains in 2019, thanks to midterm election results and the buzz generated by two well-reviewed films.

Fourteen states and the District of Columbia have already enacted laws prohibiting licensed therapists from trying to change a minor’s sexual orientation. Leaders of a national campaign to ban the practice are hopeful that at least four more states — Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts and New York — will join the ranks in the upcoming legislative sessions.



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‘Boy Erased’ director wasn’t sure he was qualified to make new gay movie

By : Brian T. Carney OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Boy Erased” director Joel Edgerton was so smitten by the book the new movie is based on, he hunkered down during a vacation and started crafting the script before the movie rights had been secured.

To say it went well would be an understatement; the project quickly jelled with the kind of heat creative types know can’t be forced.

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‘Boy Erased’ star Lucas Hedges gets candid about his sexual fluidity

By : Mariah Cooper F THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Lucas Hedges opened up about his sexual fluidity while appearing on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” with Nicole Kidman in promotion of their new film “Boy Erased.”

In September, the 21-year-old actor told Vulture that from childhood he always saw his sexuality on a spectrum.

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