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Gerrard Conley, Boy Erased @ Newark Public Library
July 10 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Garrard Conley is author of the acclaimed memoir Boy Erased, which has been translated in over a dozen languages and is now a major motion picture. An accomplished speaker, Conley travels the country lecturing on compassion, the therapeutic benefits of writing, and the complex issues surrounding the American South.
The son of a Baptist pastor and deeply embedded in church life in small town Arkansas, as a young man Garrard Conley was terrified and conflicted about his sexuality. When Garrard was a nineteen-year-old college student, he was outed to his parents, and was forced to make a life-changing decision: either agree to attend a church-supported conversion therapy program that promised to “cure” him of homosexuality; or risk losing family, friends, and the God he had prayed to every day of his life.