Danny Cords of Seattle, Wash., was only 14 when his parents enrolled him in three years of gay conversion therapy, seeking to tame his homosexual urges. "Why are we allowing this to happen?” asked Cords, who's now 29 and married to a man.
Danny Cords of Seattle, Wash., was only 14 when his parents enrolled him in three years of gay conversion therapy, seeking to tame his homosexual urges. "Why are we allowing this to happen?” asked Cords, who's now 29 and married to a man. Richard Wood kapchur.us photography
Danny Cords of Seattle, Wash., was only 14 when his parents enrolled him in three years of gay conversion therapy, seeking to tame his homosexual urges. "Why are we allowing this to happen?” asked Cords, who's now 29 and married to a man. Richard Wood kapchur.us photography

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