Inside The Torture Clinics That ‘Cure’ Homosexuality

Photographer Paola Peredes first caught the media’s attention with her powerful photo series “Unveiled” where she documented the moment she told her parents about her homosexuality. And now she’s taking it further with her new series titled “Until You Change”, where she re-enacts the horrible events that take place daily in the Ecuadorian rehab facilities that ‘cure’ homosexuality in the most brutal ways.

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A friend tipped her off about the clinics that claim to ‘cure’ homosexuality using torturous techniques such as starvation, abuse and sometimes even ‘corrective rape’. These clinics hide under the official operations like treatment facilities for alcoholics and drug addicts, but for a charge of $500-$800 a month, they also ‘treat’ gay people.

“Since I was going through my own personal journey with my sexuality at the time, it affected me in a completely personal way,” Paola told Huck Magazine. “The thought that I could be locked up in one of these clinics myself lingered in my mind for years and I think, deep down, I knew I had to create something about it.”

So she went undercover. Wearing a microphone, hidden in her bra, she was taken by her parents to one of these facilities, to get closer to these horrors herself: “What shocked me the most was when I saw the girls,” says Paola. “They had been forced to wear makeup and my informants had described it perfectly: bright red lips, pink cheeks, and blue eye-shadow.”

This inspired Paola to recreate some of these moments in her gripping photo series which aims to educate people about this dire situation that’s happening not only in Ecuador, but also in Europe, the US, and South America.

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In the bathroom, she must be vigilant when mopping and scrubbing every surface with a toothbrush. She must pick up all the hairs on the floor. If she makes a mistake, an orderly pushes her bare hand into the toilet bowl and holds her down until it is clean.

She is alone for a maximum of seven minutes, a minimum of four, for her shower. Ahead of her, hours of Catholic music, study of Alcoholics Anonymous literature and therapy for her homosexuality ‘disorder’.

Young Ecuadorian women have provided testimony that they were raped by male employees as part of ‘treatment programs’ to cure homosexuality. Others have some form of memories or nightmares suggesting that they were sexually assaulted, possibly after they were drugged.

Under the gaze of the male therapist, the girls are made to dress in short skirts, make-up and heels and to practice walking like ‘real women’. The act is emotionally draining and physically painful.

One inmate knows she is not allowed to talk to the other girls. She is caught passing notes and taken to the therapy room. When she arrives, alone, loud religious music is playing. The therapist hits her in the chest, orders her to kneel on the cold floor and spread her arms. She takes the weight of the bibles, one by one, and is still.

Refusing to eat leads to questioning the authority of the staff. Later, she is kicked into a corner by a male employee to set an example to the others.

In Ecuador, approximately 200 facilities exist to ‘cure’ homosexual men, women and transsexuals. Unfortunately, the majority of these centers remain open because they are disguised as Treatment facilities for alcoholics and drug addicts. Imprisoned against their will, those interned are subject to emotional and physical torture, through force-feeding, beatings and corrective rape.

In front of the mirror, the ‘patient’ is observed by another girl, who monitors the correct application of the make-up. At 7.30am, she blots her lips with femininity, daubs cheeks, until she is deemed a ‘proper woman’.

As part of the daily regime designed to ‘cure’ women of their sexuality, exercise takes place in the early morning or late at night. A therapist or orderly shouts at the girls over push-ups and squats.

The beverage is worse than a beating. An orderly force-feeds the girl a corrective concoction of liquid for misbehavior. She does not know what she is drinking. The women in the center share their suspicions that the beverage contains chlorine, bitter coffee, and toilet water.

Sleep eludes the girls, told she is an abomination to her country’s God, a disappointment to her parents. She is an involuntary patient at an illegal, immoral clinic.

A girl is beaten with a TV cable for failing to pick up her bag from a chair, often other gay teenagers in the center witness this. A book of anomalies worthy of punishment is read aloud daily to the group.

The first time she was tied up was the night her parents hired men to sedate and kidnap her in order to bring her to the center. Once there, she has been tied to a bed or left in the bathroom on many nights.

Each imprisoned woman spends hours and hours of her time on cleaning duties. Each day she is allocated to a cleaning group for the office, corridor, kitchen or bathroom. The girls later recall feeling empty or worse, feeling nothing. If the staff are not satisfied with her work, they insult and beat their charge on the spot.

Prayer and bible study take up mornings, afternoons and evenings. The young women are instructed to pray sitting down on chairs, standing up or kneeling. The staff moves around to check that they are praying with their eyes closed. If they are not or if they fail to learn bible passages correctly, it is written down in the anomaly book.

The young women enter the dining room in a line. They say ‘buen provecho’, eat their lunch in silence and say thank you. No talking occurs. On their plates is cheap tuna and rice, bread or bad noodle soup.

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What It’s Like To Have A Giant Nerd Boyfriend (25+ Pics)

Having a tall boyfriend may seem pretty adorable to some, but having a boyfriend who is over a foot (40 cm) taller can cause some minor inconveniences.

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Meet Malaysian artist, gamer, and geek who goes by the name Fishball. She has a nerdy boyfriend who is 6’5″ (199 cm) tall and she documents all of their adventures together in this series called “My Giant Nerd Boyfriend”. From grocery shopping to watching horror movies to umbrella sharing – the series reveals the truth about having a giant geek boyfriend in the most adorable and completely relatable way! Keep on scrolling to check out the comics and don’t forget to vote for your favorites!

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Cat Sleeps In Her Tiny Doll Bed Every Night, Gets Up Only Once At 3 A.M. For Snack And Goes Back To Bed Again

Meet Sophie, the rescue kitten who gets to sleep in her own miniature version of a human bed with rotating sets of sheets, comforters, and even a mini crocodile plushie. Life hasn’t always been so sweet and comfy for this fur ball. When she was around 3 years old, the kitty was rescued from a hoarding situation. Her previous owner would keep her and a ton of other animals in small cages, one cat on top of the other… So, it’s no surprise that when she got adopted by Christiana Viscusi and her partner, all this sweet and loving cat wanted to do was to be with her human parents all the time – especially at night.

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Every night, as soon as her mom would head off to bed, the kitty would go on top of the dresser to sleep. “I tried to see if she would sleep in our bed but she insisted on always sleeping on the dresser,” Christiana Viscusi, Sophie’s mom, told The Dodo. “So after a few nights I cleared off the dresser and put her bed there. She’s been going up to her bed when we go to bed ever since.”

“She gets up only once around 3 a.m. for a snack, then heads back up to her bed until my alarm goes off in the morning.” Viscusi added: “She sleeps there the entire night all tucked in.”

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Meet Sophie, the rescue kitten who gets to sleep in her own miniature version of a human bed…

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With rotating sets of sheets, comforters, and even a mini crocodile plushie

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“She gets up only once around 3 a.m. for a snack, then heads back up to her bed until my alarm goes off”

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Life hasn’t always been so sweet and comfy for this fur ball though

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When she was around 3 years old, the kitty was rescued from a hoarding situation

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Her previous owner would keep her and a ton of other animals in small cages, one cat on top of the other…

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So, it’s no surprise that when she got adopted, all this sweet cat wanted to sleep next to her new parents

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Every night, as soon as her mom would head off to bed, the kitty would go on top of the dresser to sleep

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“I tried to see if she would sleep in our bed but she insisted on always sleeping on the dresser”

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“So after a few nights I cleared off the dresser and put her bed there”

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“She sleeps there the entire night all tucked in”

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Honor Student Gets Suspended, Banned From Graduation And Almost Arrested For Wearing This Shirt

You’d imagine that a student with a grade point average of 4.4 and multiple scholarships would have to do something pretty extreme to get suspended from school for two weeks AND banned from their graduation, right? Wrong. Because this student from Hickory Ridge High School in Harrisburg, North Carolina just got suspended, and almost ARRESTED, for nothing more than wearing a shirt. It wasn’t emblazoned with cuss words. Nor did it contain offensive imagery. It was, as you can see below, just a normal-looking shirt, but her high school principal said it violated the Hickory Ridge dress code.

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Summer was sitting in the cafeteria last week when the principal told her to cover the offending item of apparel with a coat. Despite Summer complying with the request, the principal, this time accompanied by the school security officer, then sent her to the control room to change her shirt entirely.

“The security guard was within five feet of me,” Summer told WCNC. “He had his hand on his gun. The principal said, ‘I’m gonna give you an ultimatum. We have tried to call your mother. You either come with me to the control room to change your shirt or we will arrest you.’” This time Summer refused and ended up being suspended for “insubordination.” She’s also been banned from all end-of-year events, which includes her own graduation. What do you think? Was the principal right to enforce the rules, or has she gone too far? Let us know in the comments below.

Do you think there’s anything wrong with the shirt this girl is wearing?

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Apparently it violated her school’s dress code so severely that the girl, named Summer, got suspended

Summer, who has a 4.4 GPA, has also been banned from her own graduation!

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“You either come with me to the control room to change your shirt or we will arrest you,” said the principal

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“The security guard was within five feet of me,” said Summer. “He had his hand on his gun”

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Needless to say, the internet was understandably outraged

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Classical Paintings Are Getting A Geeky Makeover And It’s Better Than The Original

“Woman With A Parasol” By Claude Monet

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“The Swing” By Jean-Honore Fragonard

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The Scream (of Nature) By Edvard Munch

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“A Portrait Of Louis Xiv” By Hyacinthe Rigaud

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“The Accolade” By Edmund Leighton

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“Lovers On A Swing” By Pierre Auguste

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“Self Portrait With Her Daughter” By Madame Le Brun

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Someone Removed Background Music From Chris Cornell’s “Black Hole Sun”, And It’ll Give You Goosebumps

As the lead singer of both Soundgarden and Audioslave, Chris Cornell’s contributions to music will never be forgotten, not just because of the bands he was in but also because of how downright incredible his voice was. Listen to the video below for example. In it you can hear a recording of Chris singing Soundgarden’s famous ‘Black Hole Sun’ but with everything stripped away from the track except for the late lead singer’s vocals. The haunting rendition will give you goosebumps, and it’ll also remind you that although he’s sadly no longer with us, the voice of this brilliantly talented musician will live on forever.

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30+ Art History Tweets That Prove Nothing Has Changed In 100s Of Years (Part 2)

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Classical Paintings Reimagined As Fandoms For Geeks

Classical art is beautiful to look at, but some of us have a hard time relating to it. A digital artist on Tumblr named Lothlenan is changing that by turning some of fine art’s most timeless pieces into geeky fantasy settings. So far, they’ve revamped 7 tableaux, inspired by fandoms like Sailor Moon, Adventure Time, and The Legend of Zelda. It’s amazing how century-old paintings take on such a modern feel when combined with elements of Anime!

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If you’re a geek extraordinaire and can’t even deal with how flipping cool these paintings are, you’re in luck – Lothlenon currently operates a Redbubble store where they sell stunning prints of each design. Who wouldn’t want an impressionist Totoro-à-la-Monet on their wall?

Check out all 7 made-over masterpieces below, and don’t forget to vote for your favourite!

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“The Swing” by Jean-Honore Fragonard

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“Woman with a Parasol” by Claude Monet

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“Self Portrait With Her Daughter” by Madame Le Brun

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“Lovers on a Swing” by Pierre Auguste

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“A Portrait of Louis XIV” by Hyacinthe Rigaud

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“The Accolade” by Edmund Leighton

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The Scream (of Nature) by Edvard Munch

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Is This Shirt Too Sexy? Honor Student Gets Suspended And Banned From Graduation For Wearing It

You’d imagine that a student with a grade point average of 4.4 and multiple scholarships would have to do something pretty extreme to get suspended from school for two weeks AND banned from their graduation, right? Wrong. Because this student from Hickory Ridge High School in Harrisburg, North Carolina just got suspended, and almost ARRESTED, for nothing more than wearing a shirt. It wasn’t emblazoned with cuss words. Nor did it contain offensive imagery. It was, as you can see below, just a normal-looking shirt, but her high school principal said it violated the Hickory Ridge dress code.

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Summer was sitting in the cafeteria last week when the principal told her to cover the offending item of apparel with a coat. Despite Summer complying with the request, the principal, this time accompanied by the school security officer, then sent her to the control room to change her shirt entirely.

“The security guard was within five feet of me,” Summer told WCNC. “He had his hand on his gun. The principal said, ‘I’m gonna give you an ultimatum. We have tried to call your mother. You either come with me to the control room to change your shirt or we will arrest you.’” This time Summer refused and ended up being suspended for “insubordination.” She’s also been banned from all end-of-year events, which includes her own graduation. What do you think? Was the principal right to enforce the rules, or has she gone too far? Let us know in the comments below.

Do you think there’s anything wrong with the shirt this girl is wearing?

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Apparently it violated her school’s dress code so severely that the girl, named Summer, got suspended

Not only that, she’s also been banned from all end-of-year events, which includes her own graduation!

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The principal even threatened to have Summer arrested, despite the student having a GPA of 4.4

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When Summer refused to change her shirt, the principal suspended her for “insubordination”

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Needless to say, the internet was understandably outraged

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30+ Dogs Who Are Bending Human’s Rules

My Family’s 12,5 Year Old Dog Knows He Isn’t Allowed In The Kitchen During Dinner Time, But He Still Likes To Get As Close As Possible

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My Dog Knows She’s Not Allowed In My Room So She Thinks If We Don’t Make Eye Contact I Won’t Kick Her Out

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He Knows He’s Not Allowed In The Kitchen While I Cook But Sometimes He Pushes It

He Knows He's Not Allowed In The Kitchen While I Cook But Sometimes He Pushes It

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She Knows She’s Not Allowed On The Couch… But We’d Never Said Anything About A Fallen Pillow. Little Opportunist

She Knows She's Not Allowed On The Couch... But We'd Never Said Anything About A Fallen Pillow. Little Opportunist

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He’s Forbidden From Putting Paws On The Desk When He Wants His Ball Thrown. That’s His Way For Going Around The Rule

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My Dog Isn’t Allowed On Furniture, So This Is What He Resorts To

My Dog Isn't Allowed On Furniture, So This Is What He Resorts To

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The Dog Isn’t Allowed On The Couch, So After The Babies Threw The Cushions On The Floor, She Seized Her Opportunity And Stared At Me Triumphantly

The Dog Isn't Allowed On The Couch, So After The Babies Threw The Cushions On The Floor, She Seized Her Opportunity And Stared At Me Triumphantly

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My Boxer Isn’t Allowed To Be On The Couch. He Won This One On A Technicality

My Boxer Isn't Allowed To Be On The Couch. He Won This One On A Technicality

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She Knows She’s Not Allowed In My Office But She Accidentally Threw Her Carrot In Here. So Now She’s Inching Her Way In, Hoping I Won’t Notice

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Hungry Puppy Pretends He’s Not Begging For Food By Looking The Other Way

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My Dogs Are Not Allowed In The Kitchen When I Cook. The Kitchen Starts At The White Tiles

My Dogs Are Not Allowed In The Kitchen When I Cook. The Kitchen Starts At The White Tiles

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My Dog’s Solution To Not Being Allowed In The Kitchen When We Are Cooking

My Dog's Solution To Not Being Allowed In The Kitchen When We Are Cooking

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My Dog Is Not Allowed On The Couch, But He’s Allowed To Sleep On This Blanket. Smartass

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He Knows He’s Not Allowed In The Bathroom.. I Guess He Thinks I Can’t See Him?

He Knows He's Not Allowed In The Bathroom.. I Guess He Thinks I Can't See Him?

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The Dog Who Is Not Allowed On The Rug Is Betting On My Lack Of Resolve. Betting And Winning

The Dog Who Is Not Allowed On The Rug Is Betting On My Lack Of Resolve. Betting And Winning

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No Paws Allowed On The Couch

No Paws Allowed On The Couch

New Baby On The Way. I Was In The Nursery Setting Up. Dogs Not Allowed In Bedrooms… However A Few Paws Don’t Bother Me Much

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She’s Not Allowed On The Couch

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Not Allowed On The Couch? No Problem

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The Dog Is Not Allowed To Put His Chin On The Table. He Is Bending The Rules

The Dog Is Not Allowed To Put His Chin On The Table. He Is Bending The Rules

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My Little Boy Knows That He’s Not Allowed To Have All Four Feet In Our Bedroom

My Little Boy Knows That He's Not Allowed To Have All Four Feet In Our Bedroom

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My Samoyed Thinks If She’s Not Facing Me When I’m Eating, She’s Not Being Rude (She Knows Begging Isn’t Allowed). This Is Her Compromise

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Dog Knows He’s Not Allowed On Top Of Table But Wants Popcorn So Bad! Well, Technically He’s Not

Dog Knows He's Not Allowed On Top Of Table But Wants Popcorn So Bad! Well, Technically He's Not

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My Husband Went Into The Garage For A Second. His Entourage (Who Are Not Allowed In The Garage) Followed Him As Best They Could

My Husband Went Into The Garage For A Second. His Entourage (Who Are Not Allowed In The Garage) Followed Him As Best They Could

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My Dog Knows She’s Not Allowed On The Couch

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