Ryan Murphy reveals his parents tried to ‘cure’ his gayness by taking him to a psychiatrist as a teenager
Ryan Murphy revealed he was brought to a psychiatrist by his parents in an effort to “cure” his homosexuality as a teenager.
The Glee creator, who has recently wrapped work on a Netflix adaptation of LGBT+ themed Broadway musical The Prom, revealed that his parents brought him to a psychiatrist the day after his own prom.
Murphy said working on the musical was like the prom he never had, telling the Hollywood Reporter: “I found it very healing to be able to put those images to film. I didn’t have that.”
He continued: “If only I would have had this feeling of acceptance and belonging, how different my life would have been. I felt that when we were shooting it.
“I went to my junior prom and the next day my parents took me to a psychiatrist to cure me. Thankfully, I had a really good shrink, who at the end of our several sessions called my parents in and said, ‘You have a choice here: You can try and change him and lose him, or you can accept him and love him.'”
Murphy added: “I was very blessed. When I went to my senior prom, I had been through that but I still took a girlfriend because I wasn’t allowed to come in with my fellow. The prom is very emotional for me, as you can tell.”
Conversion therapy is defined as the effort to change a person’s sexuality or gender identity. The harmful and pseudoscientific practice is often rooted in religious communities, and it has been condemned by most major psychiatric bodies across the world.
A 2019 survey from the Ozanne Foundation found that one in five conversion therapy survivors later attempted suicide, while two in five later experienced suicidal ideation.