At this point in the religious right’s crusade against the encroaching tide of homosexuality, we’ve probably all known a young gay person who disappeared for a year or so, only to come back to their hometowns to be reintroduced to society by their parents as a newly strange-acting religious person locked into a church-sanctioned and god-approved heterosexual marriage. These sorts of miracles are achieved through church-sponsored reform schools, which are generally tucked away in remote locations, which use disturbing behavior modification methods on the children who go there, and which are now going to be exposed to the public by pop star Lance Bass.
According to a report from The Wrap, Bass has just signed on to executive produce a new documentary that sheds some light on exactly what happens at one particular Evangelical Christian Reform School, called Escuela Caribe, which is run by Americans in the Dominican Republic.
The film is called Kidnapped For Christ, and due to its director Kate Logan’s history as a former Evangelical missionary, it’s a documentary whose cameras were able to get unprecedented access to what exactly goes on in one of these kinds of institutions. The story here (which seems a little dubious) seems to be that, over the course of filming her profile of this school, Logan began to question its methods for dealing with the “troubled teens” who were sent there due to their struggling with homosexual urges, and suddenly her documentary started to take on a whole new, anti-brainwashing tone.
When explaining why he’s decided to lend his name and star power to help promote this upcoming film, Bass said, “It is important for these hidden stories to be told. The world needs to see how damaging places like this can be to our youth.” Mike C. Manning, another executive producer on the film and a former cast member of MTV’s The Real World, added, “Parents think they’re doing the right thing by sending their children to these places. We want to show them that these schools are not what they seem.”
This is the second time Bass has served as executive producer on a documentary, as he also had the title on 2006’s Mississippi I Am, which chronicled his own coming out and compared it to the struggles another young person, Constance McMillen, was going through in order to ensure that she was afforded the same rights as everyone else during her senior year of high school.