MasterChef UK Winner Narrowly Avoided Conversion Therapy

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.” 

Read more in Out magazine


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).

Gay Prince Calls for India to Ban Conversion Therapy

Gay Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil is campaigning for India to protect LBTQ Indians from conversion therapy.

“I was myself a victim of conversion therapy,” Gohil told Forbes. “From my parents. When I came out, the first thing they tried to do was convert me. They wouldn’t accept me as a gay child.

“They tried to ask the doctors to operate on me. They took me to religious leaders to ask them to cure me.” His parents pressured Gohil into electroshock therapy and an arranged marriage that failed.

Gohil says the situation is worse for LGBTQ women in India: “Lesbians are treated so badly, I’ve known cases where the family member will rape the child to prove she can have sex with a man. That is supposed to prove you are heterosexual.”

Today Gohil operates the LGBTQ+ Lakshya Trust charity.


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).

Anchorage, Alaska, to Consider Conversion-Therapy Ban

The city council of Anchorage, Alaska, will hold a public hearing on a proposed law to protect minors from conversion therapy on Aug. 11.

Born Perfect is organizing with survivors to testify in support of the ban. 

To join us in testimony, or learn how you might testify in the future, please contact Born Perfect:

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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).

Born Perfect Seeks Volunteers Who Survived Conversion Therapy Programs

We are partnering with religious leaders and groups from a wide variety of faith traditions to amplify the voices of LGBTQ people who have endured religiously-oriented conversion therapy.   Our goal is to end this harmful practice through education and activism.

There are many ways for survivors to counter conversion therapy within religious communities:

  • Working together on public speaking, writing, video, and artistic expression
  • Networking with LGBTQ-affirming religious organizations
  • Collaborating with supportive clergy, religious scholars, and religious schools
  • Sharing our experiences
  • Collecting information on conversion therapists 

Getting involved, and making a difference, is simple. Contact us today!

Please reach out to us.


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).

Mexico City Bans Conversion Therapy

Mexico City’s regional congress approved a bill this week to ban conversion therapy — a major victory for Mexico’s LGBTQ community. The bill received broad cross-party support.

Under the new law, conversion therapy is defined as psychological or psychiatric measures or treatments which intend to “nullify, hinder, modify or undermine” the expression of a person’s gender identity or their sexual orientation. 

Read more at Reuters


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).

Conversion-Therapy Documentary Serves as Basis for FX Show ’81 Words’

The soon-to-be-released PBS conversion-therapy documentary Cured is already serving as a basis for a new TV miniseries.

“81 Words” on FX will tell the true story of gay activists Frank Kameny and Barbara Gittings, who risked their careers to organize with a clandestine group of closeted psychiatrists to challenge the American Psychiatric Association’s definition of homosexuality as a mental illness. The miniseries will be written and executive-produced by “Pose” co-creator Steven Canals. The miniseries will be based on Alix Spiegel’s “This American Life” episode, “81 Words,” as well as “Cured,” which was directed by Bennett Singer and Patrick Sammon. Spiegel, Singer, and Sammon will produce the program.

“Cured” documents the history of conversion therapy, focusing on how the traumatic failure of the practice prompted activists and psychiatrists to reconsider psychiatry’s scientifically unsupported stigmatization of homosexuality.

Born Perfect is enthusiastic and excited for the achievements of our partners in the “Cured” documentary.

Read more at Variety.com


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).