I find it heartwarming how Jeffrey Dahmer’s father Lionel loves his son so deeply and knew his son was terribly disturbed after Jeff was arrested and found out all that he did, but there was a troubling part when I watched the Stone Phillips interview. Lionel Dahmer did not approve of Jeff being gay. Lionel told Stone Phillips that if he had known Jeff was gay, he would have taken his son to conversion therapy. That made me really sad. Conversion therapy is absolutely horrendous and barbaric from what I learned. It’s not where some pastor sits down with a Bible and tries to convince you not to be gay(not that that isn’t awful). I heard of survivors talk about how they were tortured at those religious camps. They underwent electroshock treatment and were shocked while being shown pornographic images of their same sex. Other methods included ice and hot coils(from one man’s account) and I even heard of induced vomiting where the victims were injected with drugs that were to make them vomit while being shown those images. Some have had pastors beat them and put them in isolation, treating them like prisoners. I heard that those victims were told that they were going to go to hell and their parents not loving them. It’s just horrible and gut-wrenching to hear about. For Jeffrey Dahmer, as troubled and fragile as he was growing up, I can’t imagine what conversion therapy would do to his psyche. He probably would have really lost it and may have later on become outwardly violent and lashing out at people around him. It just made me really sad that his father said that in the interview. I know that Lionel didn’t know. I’m sure he would not have known that conversion therapy is actually torture and cruelty. Lionel Dahmer’s religious beliefs were strong and he simply did not understand that homosexuality is a perfectly natural thing and it’s how his son was born.