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Elections, films help effort to ban gay conversion therapy

This image released by Focus Features shows Theodore Pellerin, left, and Lucas Hedges in a scene from "Boy Erased." Activists urging more states to ba...
This image released by Focus Features shows Nicole Kidman, left, and Lucas Hedges in a scene from "Boy Erased." Activists urging more states to ban ga...

This image released by Focus Features shows Theodore Pellerin, left, and Lucas Hedges in a scene from "Boy Erased." Activists urging more states to ba...

This image released by Focus Features shows Nicole Kidman, left, and Lucas Hedges in a scene from "Boy Erased." Activists urging more states to ban ga...

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

Fourteen states 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 will join the ranks in the upcoming legislative sessions.

The campaign has gained momentum in recent months following the national release of two films dramatizing the experiences of youths who went through conversion therapy — "The Miseducation of Cameron Post" and the higher-profile "Boy Erased" starring Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe.


Updated : 2021-08-06 03:55 GMT+08:00