“You feel like being gay is like a virus.”

When he was 15, Samuel Taylor came out to his mother, Connie Casey.

In an attempt to “fix” her son, Connie sent Samuel to a series of conversion therapy ministries affiliated with Exodus International.

At 22, Samuel came to StoryCorps with his mom to talk about that experience. This story was broadcast in June, 2013 a few days after Exodus International folded and apologized for promoting reparative therapies.

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Recorded in Painesville, Ohio
Music Info: "Angelic Wolf" by Ears from the album Sea Legs
Produced by Jasmyn Belcher
Facilitated by Whitney Henry-Lester
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