Conversion therapy survivor to Minnesota news station: I risked "getting physically assaulted" for not showing "masculine mannerisms"

Conversion therapy survivor to Minnesota news station: I risked "getting physically assaulted" for not showing "masculine mannerisms"

Junior Avalos: "I did leave there different. I left there hating myself even more."

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From the February 14 edition of KARE 11's 11 News Sunrise:

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JUNIOR AVALOS (SURIVOR): We had to practice male mannerisms or masculine mannerisms. So, I had to either lower my voice. I had -- I had to put my hands in certain positions on my body, and if I didn't -- if my voice got a little too high, if I had a limp wrist or anything like that -- then I risk getting physically assaulted. 

JANA SHORTAL (REPORTER): Does anybody leave there different?

AVALOS: I left, I mean, I did leave there different. I left there hating myself even more. I left there with suicidal thoughts. I left there with higher anxiety. I left there with distrust for the entire world. 

SHORTAL: But you left there gay.

AVALOS: I did leave there gay. I did not change. I still had the same emotions. I just hated myself more for them. 

Previously:

How journalists can avoid spreading misinformation about anti-LGBTQ conversion therapy

Conversion therapy is discredited torture, but media outlets are letting its advocates spread lies about the practice

As advocates work to protect LGBTQ people from conversion therapy, media often fail to explain its many harms

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