In the 1997 classic sci-fi movie Gattaca, Vincent (Ethan Hawke) is a man living a double life — publicly he’s an exemplar among a superior caste of humanity; secretly, he’s a member of the genetic underclass, a “de-gene-erate” — doomed from birth to be treated as a second-class citizen, unless he can convincingly lie about himself and fake his way to the top.

Once his false public identity begins to unravel, Vincent confronts his unsuspecting girlfriend, Irene (Uma Thurman), who — being similarly disadvantaged — has bought into their society’s discrimination against her.

VINCENT TO IRENE: You are the authority on what is not possible, aren’t you Irene? They have got you looking so hard for any flaw, that after a while that’s all that you see.

Like this fictional society of the near future, today’s ex-gay Restored Hope Network offers no cures for what is a natural state of being. Instead, it closets a segment of society, markets misplaced blame, fosters self-defeat, demands segregation, repudiates human rights, denies human dignity, and seeks vengeance against those who refuse to submit to self-hatred.

RHN exists to disable people — and to accumulate power for itself.

What movies or books have you read recently, that conveyed similar themes?

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