Ryan Murphy’s parents sent him to a doctor to “cure” him of his sexuality, the 54-year-old screenwriter, director, and producer revealed in a recent interview.
“I went to my junior prom and the next day my parents took me to a psychiatrist to cure me,” the man responsible for Glee, Pose, and Ratched revealed.
Luckily, his psychiatrist was far more informed about human sexuality than Murphy’s parents were at the time. After “several sessions,” the doctor spoke privately with Murphy’s parents and gave them a choice. They could try to change their son and lose him in the process, or they could “accept him and love him” instead, as ‘Out’ reports.
“Thankfully, I had a really good shrink,” he explained.
His parents made the right choice eventually, but their acceptance came slowly.
“I was very blessed,” Murphy continued. “When I went to my senior prom, I had been through that but I still took a girlfriend because I wasn’t allowed to come in with my fellow.”
While Murphy’s own psychiatric experiences weren’t as unpleasant as those depicted in his newest series Ratched, they nonetheless were emotional and he has used the memory to inspire and connect with others.
“I know the feeling of being humiliated for your sexual preference. I know the feeling of thinking that you have no allies, and then it turns out you do,” he observed. He later added “if only I would have had this feeling of acceptance and belonging, how different my life would have been.”
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