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Garrard grew up in a fundamentalist Christian family and was sent to a gay conversion camp in a bid to rid himself of homosexuality. Growing up in a fundamentalist Christian family in America's Bible Belt, Garrard Conley had doubts about his sexuality but had to hide it from his parents, especially his father who was a pastor. When he was at university, Garrard was outed, and his parents sent him to a gay conversion camp in a bid to 'cure' him of homosexuality. In , Outlook Inspirations nominee Caron Asgarali was shot in the face. Her chin and jaw were shattered.
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The practice is a controversial one that has been disavowed by a number of organizations, including the American Psychological Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Association of School Social Workers, and the American Counseling Association. Conversion therapy is not a monolith. In other cases conversion therapists may be trained in psychology and mental health, offering conversion therapy alongside treatment for a host of psychological challenges such as depression or anxiety. Conversion therapists use a range of approaches that can include conventional talk therapy, prayer, re-education, hypnosis , or aversion therapy. Aversion therapy is the most controversial approach because of its potential to turn dangerous.
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Conversion therapy is the pseudoscientific practice of trying to change an individual's sexual orientation from homosexual or bisexual to heterosexual using psychological or spiritual interventions. There is virtually no reliable evidence that sexual orientation can be changed and medical bodies warn that conversion therapy practices are ineffective and potentially harmful. Nevertheless, advocates and proponents do provide anecdotal reports of people who claim some degree of success in becoming heterosexual. The highest-profile advocates of conversion therapy today tend to be fundamentalist Christian groups and other organizations which use a religious justification for the therapy rather than speaking of homosexuality as "a disease". More recent clinical techniques used in the United States have been limited to counseling, visualization, social skills training, psychoanalytic therapy , and spiritual interventions such as "prayer and group support and pressure",  though there are some reports of aversive treatments through unlicensed practice as late as the s.
Growing up in a fundamentalist Christian family in America's Bible Belt, Garrard Conley had doubts about his sexuality but had to hide it from his parents, especially his father who was a pastor. When he was at university, Garrard was outed, and his parents sent him to a gay conversion camp in a bid to 'cure' him of homosexuality. Photo credit: Colin Boyd Shaffer.