MAJOR MOVIE NEWS: The movie of Boy Erased (same title) will premiere on September 28th, 2018. Starring Academy Award Winner Nicole Kidman, Academy Award Winner Russell Crowe, Academy Award Nominee Lucas Hedges (as Garrard), Troye Sivan, and directed by Joel Edgerton. The movie will be distributed by Focus Features.
MEANINGFUL MARKETING: The movie studio and cast will partner with LGBTQ organizations to do outreach alongside the movie (they visited the set already), and Garrard is going to be front and center. He’s been working with the PRH Speaker’s Bureau and Academic Marketing already and is a superb speaker and advocate for this topic.
AMAZING PERSONAL STORY: Garrard has given a humane, compelling, revealing glimpse at a world many of us have never seen before. Not only the story of this “pray the gay” away program, but of growing up deeply religious in a conservative American South.
HOT BUTTON ISSUE: The struggle for gay rights and the stories of survivors of this kind of conversion therapy have been a media focus and that will only continue to grow. Gay conversion therapy is still legal throughout the United States, and Mike Pence has been an advocate for it.
LITERARY VOICE: Like The Glass Castle or Wild, Boy Erased has a mesmerizing, compassionate voice that is poetic in its yearning, searching quest for identity, hope, and truth.
FAMILY MEMOIR: Like Tobias Wolff or Mary Karr or Jeannette Walls, Garrard shows all sides of his family’s experience—good and bad—but always full of love. Garrard’s relationship to his family—deep and complex—is the lodestone of this story.
Praise for Boy Erased:
“This brave and bracing memoir is an urgent reminder that America remains a place where queer people have to fight for their lives. It’s also a generous portrait of a family in which the myths of prejudice give way before the reality of love. Equal parts sympathy and rage, Boy Erased is a necessary, beautiful book.”—Garth Greenwell, author of What Belongs to You
“The power of Conley’s story resides not only in the vividly depicted grotesqueries of the therapy system, but in his lyrical writing about sexuality and love, and his reflections on the Southern family and culture that shaped him.”—Los Angeles Times
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