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Kevin Bacon wants to help end conversion therapy.

The 64-year-old actor was horrified when he started researching the practice – in which emotional or physical therapy is used to try to stop or suppress someone from being gay, or living as a different gender – for his new film ‘They/ Them’ and is keen to raise awareness of the horrors it can cause.

As a result, a new campaign has been launched through her charity, SixDegrees.org, to raise funds to support Born Perfect – a program of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, which works within the legal system to to keep LGBTQ+ people safe – and to end conversion therapy, because currently more than half of the LGBTQ+ population in the United States lives in a state that has not banned the practice.

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Kevin hopes to raise at least $50,000 through this initiative and “raise awareness of these practices and shine a light on Born Perfect, which seeks to dismantle any legitimacy they have.”

To date, more than $20,000 has already been raised through a raffle for a first experience with the ‘Footloose’ star.

Kevin reflected on how he found out about the “dumb” practice.

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He told People magazine: “I remember thinking it was not just stupid, it was hurtful. To put someone – especially a young person – through such a shameful and painful process when they “There’s no way it’ll work is terrible. Why? Where’s the threat? Why is someone else’s sexual orientation your problem?”

The veteran actor thinks the “timing is really good” for his new horror film, which is set in a conversion therapy camp, and he was inspired by the rest of the cast of “They/Them”.

He said: “While I was really in the mental space of the character, there was also a part of me that felt very moved by the fact that there was this group of our future there, young people who identify in all sorts of ways, who have come together and are going to be represented in this film in a way that they hopefully haven’t often been in the past.

“People should be left alone to be who they are. To love who they want to love and marry who they want to marry. That’s the backbone of a strong and peaceful society.”

The film’s executive producer, Scott Turner Schofield – the first trans man to be nominated for an Emmy Award – praised Kevin for his stand.

He said: ‘It’s really meaningful that he chooses to help raise awareness of the abuse that young LGBTQ+ people face in so-called ‘conversion therapy’ because the reason it’s still happening at such a large scale is because there is so much silence about it.”