‘Boy Erased’ steps up battle against gay conversion therapy

by Jill Serjeant
November 1, 2018


It’s been 14 years since Garrard Conley, the gay son of an Arkansas Baptist preacher, was sent to conversion therapy and two years since he published a memoir about what he calls the “psychological torture” he endured there.

But it was only after watching “Boy Erased,” the movie version of his own story, that what happened to him fully came home.

“With memoir and writing, you are able to create some padding around the experience. But on film you can’t hide anything,” Conley said.

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