Chloë Grace Moretz says LGBT education is for all ages
Chloë Grace Moretz believes there should be no “age limit” to learning about LGBT+ relationships.
The 22-year-old actress, who starred in gay conversion therapy drama The Miseducation of Cameron Post last year, told the BBC that children should be given the “full colouring box.”
Moretz spoke about her own family experience, saying: “I had two gay brothers in my family, and our little cousins have known my brothers as gay from the time they were little bitty babies.”
“Why not give them the full range of the spectrum to grow into themselves.”
— Chloë Grace Moretz
“They grew up understanding that was a part of life and that love comes in many forms. So I feel like there shouldn’t be an age limit to that – I think it’s unfair to the child,” Moretz added.
“Why not give them the full range of the spectrum to grow into themselves and understand that they have the world in the palm of their hand.”
Moretz also explained that growing up in Georgia, in the conservative town of Rome, her brothers felt they had to try conversation therapy before they felt comfortable coming out.
Chloë Moretz on Gay conversion therapy
Moretz’s brothers’ experiences inspired her to take up the role of Cameron Post in The Miseducation of Cameron Post, a drama about a young woman who is sent to a gay conversation therapy centre.
According to a report by the American Psychological Association, gay conversion therapy can increase a person’s suicidal thought by around nine times.
In the UK, a 2009 study found that one in six psychological therapists have encouraged a client to try to change their sexual orientation or suppress their sexual feelings.
It was announced last year that the government plans to ban gay conversion therapy as part of an initiative to improve the lives of the LGBT+ community in the UK.
In an interview with PinkNews in 2018, Moretz revealed that her role in Cameron Post had inspired her to create a documentary series exposing the harmful nature of conversion therapy.
“[This movie] started something within me—I cared so much about the cause of overturning conversion therapy in America that I have my own docuseries that I just sold to a major company,” Moretz told PinkNews.
“My mother, my brother and I are going to be going into these camps in America and exposing the realities [of gay conversion therapy].”
Watch the interview below: