“FOMER LEADERS OF THE “PRAY AWAY THE GAY” MOVEMENT CONTEND WITH THE AFTERMATH UNLEASHED BY THEIR ACTIONS, WHILE A SURVIVOR SEEKS HEALING AND ACCEPTANCE FROM MORE THAN A DECADE OF TRAUMA.”
The Hollywood Reporter Pray Away: Film Review | Tribeca 2020
“Gripping” “The compassionate insight into people’s lives spent carrying shame and humiliation, hurting themselves and others, is powerful stuff.”
Awards Circuit Tribeca Film Review: Pray Away will break your heart
“Essential viewing… Pray Away may well break your heart.”
“Pray Away cements itself as a definitive documentary on conversion therapy that will be an exemplary text for years to come.”
“a profoundly moving, heartbreaking examination of the fallout associated with conversion therapy—and it might be the must-watch movie of the year.”
“Pray Away invites the viewer into a world that many would like to think doesn’t exist much anymore, but is in fact, quite prevalent. As Bussee states at the end of the film, “As long as homophobia exists in this world, some version of Exodus will emerge.”
Alliance of Women Film Journalists Pray Away (Tribeca Film Festival 2020) Review
“Pray Away takes its evisceration of the belief that sexual orientation and gender identity are sicknesses to be cured, sins to be remedied and crimes to be punished to the next potent and moving level.”
“A significant and illuminating piece of history and activism.”
This film by Director Kristine Stolakis includes Thrive LGBTQ+ Board Chair Yvette Cantu Schneider, and Executive Director of Thrive, Randy Thomas, also appears in the film.
“Pray Away deftly explains the continued and renewed existence of the “ex-gay” movement.”
“We were not prepared for the gut-punch power of Pray Away, or for the questions it raises.”
The Queer Review Film Review: Pray Away 4.5/5 Stars
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Chicken & Egg Pictures Director Kristine Stolakis named a 2019 Chicken & Egg (Egg)celerator Lab grantee
Catapult Film Fund Pray Away named 2018 Catapult grantee
For They Know Not What They Do, a film by Daniel Karslake (website)
“A POWERFUL EXPLORATION OF THE INTERSECTION OF RELIGION, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, AND GENDER IDENTITY IN AMERICA.”
RogerEbert.com, Review: For They Know Not What They Do
The film’s Director, Daniel Karslake is on our Thrive LGBTQ+ board of directors, and Executive Director of Thrive, Randy Thomas, also appears in the film.
Pride on ABC News Live: The Content Creators — For They Know Not What They Do (FTKNWTD) featured around the 33:30 mark.
Motion Picture Association, Director Daniel Karslake on the Shifting Battle for LGBTQ Equality in For They Know Not What They Do
Last week I had the wonderful opportunity to do a short interview with my friend Ben Patrick Johnson and his co-host Laura Anne Rowell at KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs. Ben had a big part of my coming out back in 2015. Be encouraged. Love ya’ Ben and nice to meet you Laura. Published with permission.
Conversion therapy is ineffective and harmful. Florida’s kids deserve acceptance, love, and protection from this outdated torment. #HB41 by @Mike_Grieco would outlaw this practice and protect our kids. pic.twitter.com/6IPC4d2iKz— FL House Democrats (@FLHouseDems) November 5, 2019
WPTV (NBC) Channel 5 West Palm Beach, “Some Florida Lawmakers Try to Ban Conversion Therapy” by Forrest Saunders also on Yahoo! News
WFTS (ABC) Action News Tampa Bay, “Florida lawmakers call conversion therapy ‘state-sanctioned child abuse'”
WFSU (Public Media, PBS, and NPR for Northern Florida and Southern Georgia)” (banning) Conversion Therapy Gains Support From Former Opponents” By Robbie Gaffney
Fox 4 News (Southwest Florida, Fort Myers) “Florida lawmakers: Conversion therapy is ‘state-sanctioned child abuse'”
95.3 WDAE (iHeartRadio) “Conversion Therapy Ban Pushed by Florida Democrats”
The Daily Beast, “‘You Will Find God’: Inside the Battle to Ban Conversion Therapy in Florida” by Sarah Rogers — features core group seeking to Ban Conversion Therapy in Orange County Florida including Thrive Executive Director Randy Thomas & Dan Scobey.
Newshour, BBC World Service, Randy Thomas speaks about coming out of conversion therapy and and encourages friend McKrae Game in his coming out last week. The segment is the last 8 Minutes (starts at 45:00) in the show titled, “Trump cancels Taliban talks.”
NBC News, NBC Out, “‘Doesn’t surprise me’: Conversion therapy survivors on another ex-therapist coming out,” by Tim Fitzsimons
WESH Channel 2 (NBC) News, Orlando, “Central Florida LGBT groups push for conversion therapy ban.”
Watermark (Florida LGBT+ Paper), “Support builds as LGBTQ groups call on Orange County to ban conversion therapy,” by Jeremy Williams
Orlando Weekly, “Orlando rally tonight will bring together LGBTQ activists and allies to call for ban on ‘conversion therapy‘” by Jenna LyonsTruth Wins Out — Thrive Executive Director Randy Thomas and Board President Yvette Schneider appear in this video apologizing for the harm they once were a part of and calling for a ban on conversion therapy for minors. Also appearing is our good friends Alan Chambers, John Smid and Michael Bussee. Check it out.
LGBTQ Nation, “The shameless ‘Pray Away the Gay’ industry has launched a cynical rebranding effort,” by Wayne Besen
The Orlando Sentinel, “Google must delete ‘pray away the gay’ app,” by Thrive President, Randy Thomas
The Mercury News, “How Google is Turning Its Back On The LGBTQ Community,” by Thrive Contributer Yvette Schneider
USA Today article, “‘Being LGBTQ is not an illness’: Record number of states banning conversion therapy.” written by Susan Miller
“Can Sexuality Be Changed?” A trial in New Jersey this week will determine whether telling gay people that they can become straight constitutes consumer fraud. The ruling might mean the end of so-called “conversion therapies” for good.” – The Atlantic
Before coming out…
“Exodus Leader Explains Why Gay Ministry Is Ending Its ‘War With the Culture’ and Details ‘God’s Creative Intent for Sexuality’” – The Blaze (Interview was given 18 months before I came back out as a gay man and was deeply conflicting about what I believed).