Garrard Conley

Garrard Conley

At a Glance:

Garrard Conley has been a Project Contributor since June 2014, has written 11 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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'Pray the Gay Away' Explained

Filed by Garrard Conley | February 05, 2015 | 12:00 PM | comments

"It's almost like telling people to hate themselves could actually hurt them." Read More

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Arkansas Church Refuses Funeral for Married Gay Man

Filed by Garrard Conley | February 03, 2015 | 1:30 PM | comments

An Arkansas church refused to hold a funeral service for a married gay man after some of its members protested.Read More

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Petition to Ban Conversion Therapy Goes to White House

Filed by Garrard Conley | February 02, 2015 | 4:00 PM | comments

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

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Oklahoma's Conversion Therapy Bill: A Call to Action

Filed by Garrard Conley | February 01, 2015 | 12:00 PM | comments

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

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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