On Wednesday, Newsweek published an interview with RuPaul's Drag Race Season 10 contestant Dusty Ray Bottoms on her anti-gay exorcism experience. In episode three of this season, the New York City queen described how her parents had seen her internet history, which prompted them to take her to a priest to "exorcise" the gay from her.
"I kept hearing this stuff that they were saying to me: I would never be happy; I would never find success; I would never find someone who truly loved me; that gay relationships are drug-driven," she said. "All this crazy stuff."
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Bottoms told Newsweek that she went along with the two-hour exorcism and the subsequent "therapy" sessions at first.
"I was so confused. I wanted any outlet to make this better," she said. "And I was desperate. I wanted to try everything, and if this was the answer, maybe it could fix me?"
Bottoms said that she has since forgiven her parents, but that they're still working on their relationship because they still "don't see eye to eye on homosexuality."
"It's so heartbreaking to see all these stories but I'm glad it was finally talked about so people can feel some relief that they're not alone. Because I felt alone in the situation," she said.
Dusty Ray Bottoms said that she is planning on working with the Trevor Project to end conversion therapy.