It has been proven by researchers that conversion therapy doesn't work. If anything, these treatments are more a form of psychological torture than a way to turn your LGBTQ+ family members cisgender heterosexuals.
But there are still people who swear their experiences "turned them straight." These people are now calling themselves the "Changed" movement.
Though it's not so much a movement as it is a very small group of people, as they displayed at a "rally" in Washington, DC.
A social media post promoting the rally for the Changed movement described the event as a "diverse group of former LGBTQ individuals in worshipping, sharing our testimonies, and celebrating freedom in Christ publicly on the Mall in Washington!"
The group of mostly White people did not appear to match this description.
The Changed movement actively lobby against LGBTQ+ equality, including the Equality Act currently making its way through Congress.
Elizabeth Woning, the group's co-founder, referred to the people in the Changed movement as "Christians with LGBTQ in our past. Many, like us, have changed. We left LGBTQ because we wanted to."
However, in the past few years, many ex-gay leaders have come out of the closet as still very very much gay, including David Matheson, a Mormon conversion therapist who quite literally wrote the book on ex-gay conversion therapy in the Church of Latter Day Saints. McRae Game, who lead a conversion ministry in South Carolina for 20 years also admitted he always remained gay.
The idea queerness can be reversed is quickly becoming a relic of the past. Several states passed laws banning conversion therapy being forced on people against their will.