When Irish-Iraqi activist and Masterchef UK winner Riyadh Khalaf told his father he was gay, his father sought advice from relatives who told him to send Riyadh to Syria for conversion therapy.
Luckily for Riyadh, his mother intervened to defend him and helped his father find better advice, which enabled him to rebuild a connection with his son. Today, Riyadh is close with both of his parents, who co-authored a chapter on being parents of LGBTQ+ children in Riyadh’s book, “Yay! You’re Gay! Now What?: A Boy’s Guide to Life.”
Born Perfect is the leading campaign to end conversion therapy. We are survivors, lawyers, and policy experts working together to protect LGBTQ+ people nationally and around the globe. Born Perfect is a program of National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR).