Nathan Dalley had his first crush on a boy when he was in fourth grade. He had never felt a connection with another person quite like it. “It was different,” he tells Newsweek. In that moment, the 9-year-old couldn’t have envisioned how his attraction to that boy and others—and the ways in which adults would react to those sparks—would go on to shape his life.
At barely 16, a conversion therapist would push him to breaking point in a pseudoscientific attempt to “fix” the fact he is gay, leading him to try to end his life. Surviving, he went on to campaign for the outlawing of conversion therapy for minors in Utah. On Wednesday, it will become the most conservative state in America to ban the practice.
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