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Miley Cyrus quit church because gay friends ‘weren’t being accepted’

Mar 25, 2020

By Gwen Aviles

Singer-songwriter Miley Cyrus said she stopped attending church because her gay friends weren’t accepted and were forced to undergo conversion therapy.

“I had some gay friends in school,” Cyrus told Hailey Bieber during an episode of “Bright Minded,” Cyrus’ recently launched Instagram show. “The reason why I left my church is that they weren’t being accepted. They were being sent to conversion therapies.”

Conversion therapy refers to the debunked practice of trying to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity and is associated with an increase in suicidal thoughts, drug abuse and depression among LGBTQ teens. The practice has been condemned by major medical associations, like the American Psychological Association and the American Medical Association, and outlawed by 20 states, including Virginia, which became the first Southern state to prohibit conversion therapy this month.

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