France sees rise in conversion therapies to ‘cure’ homosexuality

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03/27/2019

The film “Boy Erased” highlights controversial conversion therapies in the United States, which attempt to change homosexual children to heterosexual. This practice is surprisingly common in France.  In France, “sexual reorientations” are practiced by some Christian evangelical groups inspired by the American model and by some Muslim preachers. Young people undergo “internships” that combine prayers, readings, exorcism sessions and sometimes even complete isolation. “We had the case of a teenage Jehovah’s Witness whose homosexuality had been publicly disclosed in the community. His parents had then seized his phone and his computer, and he was forbidden from interacting with the outside world,” says Lesage. This type of exclusion is also sometimes observed in some migrant populations where young people are forced to marry and are constantly monitored.

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