As "correct" homosexual
• How to "fix" homosexuals
"A few years ago from a friend I heard about private clinics in which homosexuals forcibly accustom to conventional sexual behavior - says Ecuadorian photographer Paola Paredes about your project Until You Change (" As long as you do not change "). - Similar institutions exist not only in Ecuador but also in other South American countries and even in Europe. "
Paola within six months interviewed former patients of these clinics, and was able to visit one of them. What she saw there frightened and aroused genuine horror. Photographs taken for the photo project - professional actors, but the scene as close to reality.
The American Psychiatric Association withdrew homosexuality from its official list of mental disorders in 1973. As long as part of the so-called conversion therapy are used fully legalized methods such as electric shocks, chemical castration and even lobotomies. Despite the fact that now almost all Western countries, "treatment" of homosexuality is taboo, this practice continues.
As Paula explains, many parents in Ecuador who hold orthodox views (mostly rural residents), learning about the sexual orientation of their child, come in indignation and ready to go to extreme measures in order to eradicate it. Such services are offered by the clinic, formally specialized in the treatment of alcoholics and drug addicts.
After talking with the girls, who had to go through conversion therapy, the photographer found out what methods are "doctors". Electroshock, thank God, does not apply, but enough without horror. Beatings, torture (including famine), "corrective" rape ...
Once Paola managed to get to a clinic, where re-educate lesbian, under the guise of relatives of a potential client. "I was impressed that all the girls I saw were heavily made up. It turned out that they must daily apply makeup in the morning. Ostensibly it forms canonical female identity. In addition, they are forced to learn in the day of a few pages of the Bible. "
Paola is so fascinated by this question is no accident. The fact that she herself prefers women. Her family took this news relatively calmly, but when the photographer walked through the corridors of the clinic, she was struck by a frightening thought: "In principle, I could be in their place."
Until You Change photo project completed, but ekvadorka continues to gather information on all this shit. However, the more it dips into the topic, the more exhausted its initial hope to make the conversion treatment was brought to an end.