Garrard Conley

Garrard Conley

At a Glance:

Garrard Conley has been a Project Contributor since March 2014, has written 6 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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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

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My Queer Southern Etiquette

Filed by Garrard Conley | July 07, 2014 | 1:30 PM | comments

When applied ever so slightly to the right social situation, etiquette has the power to render us our best, well behaved selves; when applied with a heavy hand, it has the power to asphyxiate.Read More

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Bad Gay, Bad Ally: Including the LGBTQ Straggler

Filed by Garrard Conley | June 17, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

There are many reasons why people turn out to be bad gays. After all, most of us didn't start out with the kind of support we later find in inclusive LGBTQ communities.Read More