FILM SCREENING OF ‘BOY ERASED’ – RAISING AWARENESS OF CONVERSION THERAPY
‘Conversion therapy’ is an alarmingly widespread practice across the globe – it is the umbrella term used to refer to any form of treatment (whether by physical, psychological or spiritual intervention) that aims to change a person’s sexual orientation or suppress their gender identity on the assumption that being LGBT+ is a ‘curable’ mental illness. While some progress has been made to condemn the unethical and harmful practice, there’s still a long way to go.
For this event, we were delighted to be invited by NBCUniversal’s International Legal Diversity Committee (ILDC) to a private screening of the acclaimed Focus Features film BOY ERASED.
The event sold out quickly. Attendees came along to NBCUniversal’s onsite cinema for 18:15 for drinks & nibbles, and to meet members of the ILDC, with the film starting at 19:00.
Boy Erased tells the story of Jared, the son of a Baptist pastor in a small American town, who is outed to his parents at age 19. Jared is faced with an ultimatum: attend a conversion therapy program – or be permanently exiled and shunned by his family, friends, and faith. Boy Erased is the true story of one young man’s struggle to find himself while being forced to question every aspect of his identity.
Academy Award® nominee Lucas Hedges (Manchester By the Sea) stars alongside Academy Award® winners Nicole Kidman (“Big Little Lies”, The Hours) and Russell Crowe (Gladiator, A Beautiful Mind) in Anonymous Content’s BOY ERASED. Joel Edgerton (The Gift, Loving) directs, writes, produces and co-stars in the emotional coming-of-age and coming out drama about a young man’s journey to self-acceptance.
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