Love is a powerful force that cannot be controlled.
The need to love and be loved is natural for people because love gives meaning to life, makes it fuller, more interesting and more satisfying. Everyone dreams of finding a life partner with whom they can peacefully grow old. Unfortunately not all types of love are accepted in society.
Love comes in all types of forms, so it’s not always accepted by the society that the lovers live in. People who disagree with homosexuality have the biggest issues with being tolerant.
Loving the same gender is unacceptable in many parts of the world, as it’s considered incompatible with the laws of nature or with religious principles. This lack of acceptance often leads to things that should never have happened because these actions tend to be harmful to gay people and undermine their human dignity.
Photographer Paola Peredes became interested in gay people’s plight. The woman once created a photograph series illustrating the moment when a gay person comes out to one of their loved ones. Now she decided to show what might happen to people in Ecuador who decide to come out.
Her new project is titled “Until You Change” and shows the reality of Ecuadorian clinics that try to “heal” people of their homosexuality. Unfortunately, this is done in a brutal way and of course it’s ineffective because the medical community does not classify homosexuality as a disease or illness.
Paoli’s moving photograph series, which show the hell of Ecuadorian “healing homosexuality” clinics, can be found on the following pages.