Conversion Therapy and Texas “Pride”: A Conversation with Garrard Conley

Author Garrard Conley kicked off 2018’s Barbara Jordan Week at the LBJ School by coming to speak at its inaugural event. Conley’s new book, Boy Erased, is an autobiographical account of his experience with gay conversion therapy and his complicated relationship with his parents. Conley discussed the psychological manipulation the conversion “counselors” used, the agony his mother hid as she took him to and from the camp where he was “treated,” and the intellectual development that provided the foundation for his future freedom. He also reflected on the state of conversion therapy today, and shared lessons he learned by...

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