A documentary short in which a psychiatrist lays out the case against ex-gay therapy will have its New York premiere next week. Montel Williams Show regular Dr Alicia Salzer produced the film, which according to the latest press release has already “struck a nerve” with critics at festivals across the US and Canada.
In ABOMINATION, Salzer profiles four gay Christians who did everything possible to become heterosexual, including undergoing conversion therapies such as shock therapy, hypnosis, gender coaching, and sham marriages.
The film’s subjects include: a rural Mississippian who spent 20 years trying to suppress her lesbian feelings; an Arkansas minister struggling to integrate his gay identity with religious life; a New Yorker who embraced the “ex-gay” community but ultimately found the treatment to be ineffective; and a conservative Arkansas mother who became an opponent of conversion therapy after her daughter’s suicide.
The New York premiere will be at 6pm on Wednesday, October 24th, in the Courthouse at the Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Ave at 4th St. Tickets are $5.
Other screenings are:
Friday, October 26th, 7.30pm (Reception 6.30pm, Salzer Q&A after screening, $10)
LGBT Community Center, 208 West 13th St, New York
Saturday, October 27th, 9.45am
National Organization of Women – New York State, Inc. Convention
Holiday Inn, 3845 Veterans Memorial Highway, Ronkonkoma, Long Island, NY
Q&A with film’s director/producer, Dr. Alicia Salzer, and and Anthony M. Brown, Esq., Non-Traditional Family and Estates Attorney and Executive Director of The Wedding Party after the screening. $45 for NOW members (does not include lunch), $65 for non-members (does not include lunch), $30 for students (includes lunch). See www.nownys.org.
Look out for a review when XGW receives its copy.