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“Pride is resilience,” author Garrard Conely tells Logo. The succinct statement is fitting given Conley’s tumultuous journey through conversion therapy and his subsequent memoir, Boy Erased, which landed a film adaption last year.

Now Conley travels around the country speaking out against the Draconian practice that’s only illegal in 18 states (as of publication). “There’s no better gift that I could give the world than to take my story—which was very negative—and turn it into something that is a positive thing for a lot of people.”

But Conley isn’t stopping there. “I don’t want to just be known as that Boy Erased kid,” he says. “I want to be known as a great artist.” The memoirist is now working on his first novel.

Watch Logo’s full interview with Conley below.

Brooklyn-based writer, editor, and professional cake-eater.’90s horror movies calm me down.