Sat, May 18|
Arlington Congregational Church
FREE Screening and Discussion of the Movie, "Boy Erased"
Leaders at Arlington Congregational Church believe the power of film and all-community conversation will change hearts and minds about the use of conversion therapy on persons who are LGBTQ and in the same vein make clear that there are church’s where those who often feel unwelcome in some churches
Time & Location
May 18, 2019, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Arlington Congregational Church, 431 University Blvd N, Jacksonville, FL 32211, USA
About the Event
"Boy Erased" tells the courageous story of Jared Eamons (Lucas Hedges), the son of a Baptist pastor in a small American town, who must overcome the fallout of being outed to his parents (Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe). It is a true story about one young gay man's experience with conversion therapy, who kills himself because he felt like a failure because he could not "change." Conversion therapy is a debunked theory that is rooted in shame, hatred of one's self, and the perpetuation of stigma and stereotypes about being LGBTQ.
"It is time to take the next step of faithfulness to share the Good News of Christ’s love with those who have often felt unwelcome in or unworthy of that love," offers the Rev. Dr. Bruce Havens.
The movie reported that over 700,000 LGBTQ folks have gone through this dangerous and discredited practice.
"Conversion therapy is based on the false claim that being LGBTQ is a mental illness that needs to be cured," explains Dr. Carolyn Rosenberry, "which is a view that has been rejected as scientifically invalid by every major medical and mental health group for decades."
A large number of leading organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Medical Association, and the American Psychiatric Association condemn the practice.
While 17 states including Washington, D.C. have banned the practice, many states, including Florida, still don't have protections in place against reparative therapy.
"Conversion therapy is engaging in coercion and abuse," says Dennis Apuan. "We have an obligation to protect our young people from interventions that are harmful and have proven to be ineffective."
For more information about the movie, visit www.focusfeatures.com.
The Rev. Dr. Bruce Havens, Pastor and inter-faith leader
Dr. Carolyn Rosenberry, retired psychologist and educator
Dennis Apuan, former Colorado lawmaker
Moderated by Bil Detore, LGBTQ advocate