Daniel Franzese recalls an earlier moment in his life when he forced himself into conversion therapy.
The 44-year-old actor starred in a 2004 comedy as Damien – the openly gay best friend mean girls. Before landing the role, however, he willingly underwent conversion therapy at the age of 21.
Speak with page six Of the traumatic experience, Franzese said that although he was raised in a family that “lovingly tolerated” homosexuality, it was the “world around him” that made him “feel like being gay wasn’t okay.”
“I need help. I didn’t want to be gay. I didn’t know what to do,” he said.
“I went to individual therapy sessions with a person who was trying to change me directly and get me to pray away the gays and alienate all my allies.”
He described it as six months of “brainwashing.”
“They told me to tell my mom that my mom was the reason I was biased towards bisexual thoughts or whatever because she was so open,” Franzese explained.
“They made me come up to my mom, who was literally like my best ally, and say, ‘It’s your fault.'”
He said this led to an argument with his mother, who was “so hurt”.
Only after the therapist had admitted that he too was “formerly gay” did he become bullying The actor realized he had to go forever. He later reconciled with his mother.
Franzese further recalled receiving a fan letter thanking him for his LGBT+ representation mean girlsas it gave them “something in the media” to point to and say, “This is me and I’m proud”.
“And for me that was really impressive because that’s all I’ve been missing,” he added.
“For example, I just missed one person who told me I could do that. I could be who I want to be and do what I want to do.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/mean-girls-daniel-franzese-conversion-therapy-b2111393.html Mean Girls star Daniel Franzese recalls forcing himself into conversion therapy: ‘I didn’t want to be gay’