LGBTQ youth

  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. Through an institutionalized Twelve-Step Program heavy on Bible study, he was supposed to emerge heterosexual, ex-gay, cleansed of impure urges and stronger in his faith in God for his brush with sin. Instead, even when faced with a harrowing and brutal journey, Garrard found the strength and understanding to break out in search of his true self and forgiveness. 

His book is Boy Erased: A Memoir.

This is a picture of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey taking a photo with members of the state's Commission on LGBTQ Youth at their swearing-in ceremony.
Massachusetts Comission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning Youth

A Massachusetts commission recently released its annual recommendations for 19 state agencies aimed at supporting LGBTQ young people.