At a Glance:Garrard Conley has been a Project Contributor since March 2014, has written 12 entries and currently lives in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Garrard Conley is a writer, teacher, and LGBTQ activist currently living in Sofia, Bulgaria with his boyfriend. A survivor of Love in Action's "ex-gay" therapy, he is at work on a memoir on the subject, forthcoming from Riverhead (Penguin). His fiction and nonfiction can be found in The Common, Spork, The Madison Review, et. al., and he was a finalist for Narrative Magazine's Winter 2013 Story Contest. He was a writing fellow at the Sozopol Fiction Seminars in 2012.
Before his writing and teaching career, Garrard worked as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ukraine, where he received a PEPFAR grant to visit 10 village schools and train teachers and students on HIV/AIDS safety. While living in Eastern Europe, he hopes to partner with several LGBTQ groups to investigate various "ex-gay" practices and help bring about the end of such practices.
Garrard Conley: Recently Filed
"It's almost like telling people to hate themselves could actually hurt them." Read More
An Arkansas church refused to hold a funeral service for a married gay man after some of its members protested.Read More
A White House petition for 'Leelah's Law,' a bill to end LGBTQ conversion therapy, crossed the 100,000-signature mark last week and will now receive a formal response from the Obama administration.Read More
Oklahoma State Rep. Sally Kern's "Freedom to Obtain Conversion Therapy Act" is the first bill ever to protect harmful "ex-gay" therapy for minors without their consent and "without any interference from the state."Read More
Their voices have remained silent for far too long, and their stories need to be told.Read More