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Controversial Video Containing Gay-To-Straight Messages Pulled From Prince George's County Schools; Filmmaker Christopher Doyle Says It Worked For Him and Teens Need All of The Info, Not Part Of It.

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Christopher Doyle asks, "Why would we want to withhold information to students, isn't that's what America's about?"

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA) -- Days after the Prince George's County School District pulled a controversial video that apparently taught middle school kids it's possible to switch from gay to straight, the man who made that film is speaking out exclusively to wusa9 and Debra Alfarone. 

Christopher Doyle asks, "Why would we want to withhold information to students, isn't that's what America's about?"

Doyle's production company's video is called "Acception," and it's been playing for middle-schoolers in Prince George's County Public Schools for the last year, until this week. 

The district says the video was pulled not because it included the concept that, with therapy, it's possible for a teen to switch from gay to straight, but rather because the video didn't focus enough on anti-bullying. Doyle says this all came as a surprise to him, and that the video is centered on anti-bullying messaging.

In the 21-minute video is a snippet that includes "Maria," who's experienced same-sex attraction. In the video, she says, "I couldn't imagine telling anyone that I was sexually attracted to girls, I couldn't eat, I couldn't sleep, I was so miserable." 

"Maria" goes on to say that she confided in her family, that she felt love for the first time from her mom, gained new friends, and changed her life.

Doyle says he's proof gay-to-straight therapy can work, "I had unwanted sexual attractions to men until I was 23 years old. Today, I'm married to my beautiful wife, and we have 2 children and one on the way."

Ellen Kahn of the Human Rights Campaign says there isn't any research to backs up Doyle's claims, and it's not appropriate to tell teens they have a choice when it comes to their sexuality, "There's no evidence whatsoever that you can change your sexual orientation. It's wired in you from the time we're young, and the only choice we have is whether you're honest about it, and you live openly and honestly."

Kahn says there isn't any research to back up Doyle's claims, and it's not appropriate to tell teens they have a choice. To that, Doyle says, "Everyone deserves to live the life that makes them feel loved."

"Acception" is being shown at schools all around the country.

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