Garrard Conley

Garrard Conley

At a Glance:

Garrard Conley has been a Project Contributor since March 2014, has written 8 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

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LGBTQ Ukrainians Often Live Invisible Lives

Filed by Garrard Conley | December 07, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

Their voices have remained silent for far too long, and their stories need to be told.Read More


Compassion Saved My Life: A TED Talk on 'Ex-Gay' Abuse

Filed by Garrard Conley | November 06, 2014 | 2:30 PM | comments

For ten years I didn't really talk about my time in "ex-gay" therapy. When you're in your twenties, you feel crazy enough without having to talk about that one time you'd been brainwashed into thinking you could be straight.Read More

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Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco on Labels, Stereotypes

Filed by Garrard Conley | October 03, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

Just how comfortable should we be with labels, and what, ultimately, is their function in art?Read More

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Here's How You Can Help Homeless LGBTQ Youth

Filed by Garrard Conley | September 29, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

Let's take this opportunity to continue raising awareness and support for the most pressing issue our community faces.Read More

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The Real Whopper: The Persistent Myth of Gay Affluence

Filed by Garrard Conley | July 10, 2014 | 9:00 AM | comments

The myth of gay affluence is a harmful one that fosters stereotypes, severely distorts the needs of our community, and misrepresents the truth.Read More