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Subject: "gay cure" camps
Date Posted: 10/12/2009 2:15 PM ET
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I'm working on a story set partially in a camp meant to "fix" gay teenagers.  I live in NY and don't know anyone who's had any personal experience with any of those places, but I'm doing research to find out about them; where they get their funding, who runs them, if there's any kind of legal oversight, what day to day life is like, how they go about "fixing" homosexuality etc.  If anyone can give me any info please PM me,  I'll be extremely grateful.

Date Posted: 11/14/2009 8:27 AM ET
Member Since: 6/20/2009
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I can't help you. But there's a big difference between volunteer participation and forced participation. I'm sure christian churches has something to do with it. You probably know that.

Date Posted: 11/22/2009 9:30 AM ET
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wasn't there a movie like that for teens? I remember a girl was sent there but I wasn't paying much attention to the storyline since I wasn't the one watching it..was doing something else and it was on in the background.

Date Posted: 11/25/2009 4:18 PM ET
Member Since: 9/10/2009
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The movie was "But I'm a Cheerleader" it was a pretty broad comedy with Natasha Lyonne.  It also starred RuPaul in a male role.

Date Posted: 11/28/2009 4:43 PM ET
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from what I understand there are many cure camps that are funded by churches, uptight christians believing that your sexuality is a choice that God couldn't ever make a person that way.  I think that there is one around where I am living, but the thought of these camps bother me so I haven't really looked into it.

Date Posted: 11/30/2009 9:46 PM ET
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If you're planning on writing a news or informative article about them it would be amazingly beneficial to actually "enroll" as a type of undercover participant. You could even do a documentary! That'd be awesome. Of course, you'd have to figure out how to keep your true agenda (and cameras, in the case of a documentary) concealed.