Troye Sivan Campaigns to End Conversion Therapy on ‘Tonight Show’: ‘It’s Hurtful and Completely Ineffective’: Watch
Over the last few years, Troye Sivan has proven to be an artist of many talents. Along with being one of the preeminent pop entertainers of his generation, the 23-year-old is also an actor, racking up a number of film credits before his most recent, high-profile appearance in the critically acclaimed conversion therapy drama Boy, Erased.
Sivan can now also add “activist” to his list of talents. On The Tonight Show on Monday night (Nov. 12) to promote the film and his song with Charli XCX (“1999”), the actor spoke about how Boy, Erased should feel like an outdated film. “When I first read the script, I was like, ‘This is probably set in the ‘90s or something like that,’” he told host Jimmy Fallon. “It was set in 2004, and it’s still happening in 2018.”
So Sivan set out to do something about it, and spoke about his new work with LGBTQ activism organization The Trevor Project on their “50 Bills 50 States” campaign, aiming to end the practice of conversion therapy in the United States. “[In] 36 states across the U.S., it’s still completely legal to send your kid off to conversion therapy, and it’s been proven to be so dangerous, and hurtful, and obviously ineffective,” he said. “So we’re trying to get 50 bills in 50 states to prevent youth from going through conversion therapy.”
The Trevor Project and Sivan are not alone in their opposition to the practice — authorities on health and wellness like the American Medical Association, the American Psychological Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics have all spoken out against the practice of attempting to change an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity, saying it does significantly more harm than good.
Check out Sivan’s full conversation with Fallon here, and watch his performance of “1999” with Charli XCX below: