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Kidnapped for Christ: New film exposes the horrors of gay conversion therapy

Kidnapped for Christ is a new documentary that exposes the unthinkable crimes that occur when children are sent to a Christian behavioral modification program for being gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. The film focuses on American teenagers who are kidnapped and sent to a school in the Dominican Republic against their will so that their behavior can be modified.

Kidnapped for Christ: New documentary explores the horrors of gay conversion therapy
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“I got sent out here because I am gay,” a young boy explains, “and my parents, they just weren’t ok with that.” The boy in the trailer continues to describe how he was kidnapped when he woke up one morning and two men were in his house. They tied a belt around his waist and dragged him with the belt to their car. His friends and neighbors became suspicious when they couldn’t get a hold of him and their phone calls weren’t being returned.

The trailer doesn’t go into specifics with what actually happened at the school, but from what people say in the clip, it sounds terrifying.

“This kind of thing, I knew went on in North Korea. I knew it went on in the Soviet Union,” one man says.

“What we were doing was wrong,” a woman confesses while holding back tears. “It did not help them. Somebody’s got to answer for that.”

The documentary is timely since the Republican Party in Texas just drafted a new platform endorsing the hurtful gay conversion therapy that includes treatments opposed by the American Psychiatric Association. Also, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) launched #BornPerfect yesterday, a campaign aimed at protecting LGBT kids across the country from the harms caused by attempts to change their sexual orientation or gender identity.

“The time is long overdue to stop the severe harms being inflicted on young LGBT children and their families by these dangerous practices,” said NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell. “These practices have been thoroughly discredited by every major mental health organization, and yet, every day, unethical therapists continue to abuse their professional authority to deceive parents and wreck the lives of youth who deserve nothing but support.”

Currently, California and New York are the only states that have bans on conversion therapy for children under 18 years old.

Kidnapped for Christ is executive produced by ‘N Sync's Lance Bass, and won the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature at 2014 Slamdance Film Festival. The movie premieres on Showtime July 10th.

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