book discussion and signing
Wednesday, July 10, 6:30-8pm
at Newark Public Library, 5 Washington St, Newark
James Brown African American Room, Second Floor
Garrard Conley is author of the acclaimed memoir Boy Erased, which has been translated in over a dozen languages and is now a major motion picture. An accomplished speaker, Conley travels the country lecturing on compassion, the therapeutic benefits of writing, and the complex issues surrounding the American South.
The son of a Baptist pastor and deeply embedded in church life in small town Arkansas, as a young man Garrard Conley was terrified and conflicted about his sexuality. When Garrard was a nineteen-year-old college student, he was outed to his parents, and was forced to make a life-changing decision: either agree to attend a church-supported conversion therapy program that promised to "cure" him of homosexuality; or risk losing family, friends, and the God he had prayed to every day of his life.
The Newark Public Library Presents with Newark LGBTQ Center present PRIDE WEEK:
4:00-5:00 pm LGBTQ Panel Discussion. Topic: Conversion Therapy.
Moderated by Dean Dafis; Panelists Dr. Eunice Avilés, Elder Kevin Taylor, and Nala Toussaint.
5:00-6:00 pm Networking and Light Refreshments in the newly appointed LGBTQ Center on the 1st Floor
6:30-8:00 pm Garrard Conley Book Discussion and Signing
Free parking will be available at the Essex County Lot (Bears/Eagles Stadium garage). Entrance on Bridge Street.