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.