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‘Boy Erased’ By Garrard Conley

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boyerasedAs a young man growing up as the son of a Baptist pastor, Garrard Conley was conflicted about his sexuality. At 19, he was outed to his parents and forced to agree to attend a conversion therapy program to “cure” him—or risk losing family and friends. He went. Terrorizing and brutal, the program worked to expunge everything individual and true about those who attended. But then, after being confronted about continuing his journey into the ex-gay world, Conley finds the strength and courage to stop attempting a false life, and instead to bravely find his own way in the world. This story is shocking in all the ways that the experience of ex-gay therapy suggests, but it’s also a tremendously moving memoir. Riverhead Books (penguin.com). Troy Carrington

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Troy Carrington is a regular contributor to OutSmart Magazine.
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