Garrard Conley

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Garrard Conley
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Home townCherokee Village, Arkansas, U.S.
Notable worksBoy Erased: A Memoir

Garrard Conley is an American author, known for his autobiography Boy Erased: A Memoir, which was adapted for the 2018 film, Boy Erased.

Early life and education[edit]

Garrard Conley was raised first in Cherokee Village and then later in Mountain Home, Arkansas. His father is a Southern Baptist preacher and former car salesman. His family had a house on Lake Thunderbird where Conley would spend time on their pontoon boat.[1] He attended Lyon College for a semester before returning home after being outed to his parents by a student who had raped Conley.[2] Conley was sent to Love In Action to undergo conversion therapy in 2004.[3] At Love in Action, he underwent treatments by John Smid.


In 2016, Conley taught English literature at the American College of Sofia.[1] He is the author of Boy Erased: A Memoir, which was based on his experiences at Love in Action.[4] The book was later adapted to the 2018 film Boy Erased. In 2018, Conley led GrubStreet's Memoir Incubator program.[5] Conley released the four-episode podcast UnErased: The History of Conversion Therapy in America shortly before the release of the film.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Conley resides in New York City with his husband.[5]


  1. ^ a b Borland, Bryan (May 19, 2016). "A Q&A with Garrard Conley, author of 'Boy Erased'". Arkansas Times. Retrieved 2018-12-17.
  2. ^ "Gay Conversion Therapy Made Me Suicidal: The Powerful True Story Behind the Film 'Boy Erased'". People. Retrieved 2018-12-17.
  3. ^ Brantley, Max (February 13, 2018). "The man behind 'Boy Erased,' an Arkansas experience coming to the screen soon". Arkansas Times. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  4. ^ Hicklin, Aaron (2018-06-10). "I was 19, gay and ready to be 'cured' by conversion therapy". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2018-12-17.
  5. ^ a b Kaufman, Hayley. "'Boy Erased' author Garrard Conley on his story's long road to the screen - The Boston Globe". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2018-12-17.
  6. ^ Florio, Angelica. "The 'Boy Erased' Subject Is Exposing Conversion Therapy In A Brand New Way". Bustle. Retrieved 2018-12-17.

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