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03.02.2012

“I realized I didn’t need to poke fun at the ex-gay movement, because it did that job for me,” says playwright Evan Vipond. “If I could show the faulty logic and brainwashing, then people might understand how threatening and damaging ex-gay ‘therapy’ can be.” Always Wear a Rubber follows four gay participants and their leader in the Youth of Truth gender realignment and ex-gay therapy program. It was first staged at Tarragon’s Paprika Festival in 2009, was restaged at the Fringe Festival and is now being revisited by the Paprika Resident Company. “Parents are sending their children to these places out of fear,” Vipond says. “They are told their children are sick or evil, and if they are good parents, they want to fix their child. But the ex-gay movement is actually very damaging. It uses many forms of brainwashing, guilt, shame and fear to control people and their behaviour without actually changing their sexual desires. It doesn’t work.”

The Paprika Festival runs Thurs, March 1–Sat, March 10 at the Tarragon Theatre, 30 Bridgman Ave. paprikafestival.com

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