Watch This: A First Look at ‘Boy Erased’
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There is an upcoming film regarding gay conversion therapy called Boy Erased set to hit theaters on November 2. Said movie is adapted from Garrard Conley’s Boy Erased: A Memoir which was released in 2016 and at the time of the book’s publication, “only a small handful of states” had banned reparative or conversion therapy on minors specifically Vermont, California, New Jersey, Illinois, Oregon, and the District of Columbia. This, in spite of the concerns expressed by various health and medical groups on gay conversion therapy saying it is “potentially harmful.”
Boy Erased follows the story of 19-year-old college student Jared Eamons (played by Lucas Hedges) who is a son of a Baptist preacher, Marshall Eamons (Russell Crowe). The Eamons family lived in a small town, and unfortunately when you live in a small town, there are no secrets. When Jared was outed to his conservative parents as gay, he was “pressured to attend a church-supported gay conversion program.” Watch the film’s first official trailer below.
Boy Erased also stars multi-awarded actress Nicole Kidman as Nancy Eamons, Jared’s mom; Bloom singer Troye Sivan as Gary; and Canadian director, writer, and actor Xavier Dolan as Jon to name a few. Joel Edgerton, who wrote the adaptation and played the role of therapist Victor Sykes, also directed the film.
In an interview, Edgerton said of Boy Erased, “Garrard’s story is so full of redemption.” Further, he explained, “My approach and treatment of this story was that there were no villains, that everyone thought they were doing the right thing.”
Like Jared, were you ever asked by your family to make a choice? Go on a conversion therapy program or face being kicked out of your home and being shunned by your family, friends, and church? If so, what did you choose? Sound off in the comments section below.