I’ve recently started re-watching The Shield, as my husband has never seen it. One of the main characters is a religious, black man, who can not deal with the fact that he’s gay. After being in a short-lived gay tryst, he engages in what can only be described as conversion therapy through his church, and ends up marrying a woman with a young son. He’s eventually outed to his department, and tormented as you would imagine.
But nowhere near the torment and torture he visits upon himself, mostly due to his religious upbringing and the things taught to him during his “conversion” to heterosexuality.
Even the writers of a hard-hitting, and at times quite misogynistic television series were able to show the real emotions, the fear, the self-hatred, and the torment that goes on in the mind and life of a gay man that’s subjected to this horror labeled “therapy”.