In this episode of the StoryCorps podcast, stories from LGBTQ people who’ve persevered despite how they were treated by family members, doctors, and their religious community.
Many of these stories feature people who went through conversion therapy, a widely discredited practice of trying to change a person’s sexuality from gay to straight. First, we’ll hear from a man who volunteered for a medical experiment with that goal in mind.
In the mid-2000s, Samuel Taylor’s mom, Connie Casey, sent him to a series of conversion therapy ministries affiliated with Exodus International after he came out to her as a teenager. At StoryCorps, they talked about how their relationship has evolved since then.
We’ll also hear from Nathan Hoskins. While he didn’t go through conversion therapy, Nathan told his friend Sally Evans about the moment he learned to keep his identity a secret.
Finally, a story about finding light at the end of a dark tunnel. Joel Barrett told his husband, David Seymour, what it was like to fall in love after years of trying to repress his sexuality.
Top photo: Artwork by Michael Caines.
Second photo: Elwood Richardson and Rich Magill at their StoryCorps interview in New Orleans, Louisiana in 2006. Photo by Veronica Ordaz.
Third photo: Nathan Hoskins and Sally Evans at their StoryCorps interview in Lexington, Kentucky in 2011. Photo by Beatriz Colonia.
Fourth photo: Samuel Taylor and Connie Casey at their StoryCorps interview in Painesville, Ohio in 2013. Photo by Whitney Henry-Lester.
Bottom photo: Joel Barrett and David Seymour at their StoryCorps interview in Kansas City, Missouri in 2018. Photo by Jacqueline Van Meter.
Released on June 18, 2019.