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EXCLUSIVE: West Richland woman goes undercover to expose gay conversion camps

A West Richland woman went undercover in November to help ABC News expose gay conversion camps in Alabama.

Janie Romine, a mother of a gay teenager, was recruited by ABC producers because of her active support of her son.

She pretended to seek conversion for her son and went to Alabama to tour a camp in person.

"[They] don't typically advertise as conversion therapy camps," Romine said. "They are camps for troubled teens."

Using a camera hidden in a water bottle, Romine and an ABC producer toured the camp, learning from the pastor that kids as young as 12 were sometimes beaten to try changing their sexuality.

"They are who they are. I believe in my whole heart that God did not give me this child to not celebrate him," Romine said. "LGBTQ rights are human rights. It's really as simple as that. These kids are not broken, they are made perfectly by God in his divine way."

The tour is now part of a year-long special investigation for ABC's 20/20, airing Friday March 10 at 10 p.m.


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