Activist Mathew Shurka for The Guardian

When he was 16 years old Mathew Shurka came out as gay to his father and consequently ended in conversion therapy. It took him years to overcome the trauma. Recently Mathew consulted on the movie The Miseducation of Cameron Post, about a lesbian sent to a conversion camp. I got a chance to meet Mathew, now a confident, strong man, when The Guardian asked me to take his portrait for a feature on conversion therapy. It’s a harrowing story: