Pray Away Wiki
Pray Away is a 2021 American documentary film, directed by Kristine Stolakis and produced by Ryan Murphy, Jason Blum, and Kristine Stolakis. The film follows survivors and former leaders of conversion therapy, as some leaders grapple with their actions against others, while others come out.
The film had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on June 16, 2021. Prior to this, Netflix acquired distribution rights to the film. It was also screened at AFI Docs on June 24, 2021. It is scheduled to be published on August 3, 2021
On June 16, 2021, the film made its global premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. Netflix has previously bought the film’s distribution rights. On June 24, 2021, it was also screened at AFI Docs. Prior to its cancellations, it was scheduled to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2020 and the Telluride Film Festival in October 2020. On August 3, 2021, it was released.
- Julie Rodgers as Herself.
- Randy Thomas as Himself.
- Yvette Cantu Schneider as Herself.
- John Paulk as Himself.
- Jeffrey McCall as Himself.
Exodus International, a humanitarian organization, is the subject of the documentary film. It started as a prayer group for five males in their Evangelical church in the 1970s who were suffering from being gay and wanted to help each other forsake the “homosexual lifestyle.”
Over the next 30 years, Exodus International grew to become the world’s largest and most divisive conversion treatment organization, with over 250 ministries in the United States and Canada and another 150 across the world.
The leaders, on the other side, suffered from ‘same-sex inclinations,’ and many Exodus International members have since come out as LGBTQ, disavowing the organization they founded.
Rodgers has retained her faith despite leaving the Living Hope ministry, reconciling her sexuality with her beliefs. In her trip, she has discovered that her religion does not make an exception for homosexuality, but rather accepts it. She goes on to say that understanding who she is has made her “healthier and happier.”
Julie Rodgers’s experience as a survivor of conversion therapy, as well as discovering new ways to support LGBTQ children who are at-risk, despite leaving the church and finding acceptance in a new Christian community. She published her first memoir, Outlove: A LGBT Christian Survival Story, in the summer of 2021, and co-founded the Outlove Project, a campaign with the Trevor Project to support at-risk queer children and prevent suicide and self-harm