A new trailer for the gay conversion film Boy Erased has been released.
Starring Lucas Hedges – who recently revealed he does not identify as gay or straight – as real-life Garrard Conley who was coerced by his religious parents to attend a gay ‘conversion’ therapy programme in Arkansas when he was just 19.
The film – which is based on Conley’s memoirs of the same – stars Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe and Troye Sivan and looks both powerful and moving.
His trauma of growing up and experience gay conversion therapy was something that would shape Conley – now 33 – for years to come.
Conley was sent to a programme called ‘Love in Action’, a religious-based course of therapy that draws heaviliy from Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12-step programmes.
His story has a happy ending: Now happily married and living in New York, he was able to escape the clutches of fundamentalism that left him feeling suicidal. Others were not so lucky.
As well as the trailer, a new poster for the movie was released at the same time.
The film is slated to be released on Febuary 8 next year and we cannot wait to see it.
Watch the trailer below: