In the 1970s, five men struggling with being gay in their Evangelical church started a bible study to help each other leave the "homosexual lifestyle." They quickly received over 25,000 letters from people asking for help and formalized as Exodus International, the largest and most controversial conversion therapy organization in the world. But leaders struggled with a secret: their own “same-sex attractions” never went away. After years as Christian superstars in the religious right, many of these men and women have come out as LGBTQ, disavowing the very movement they helped start. Focusing on the dramatic journeys of former conversion therapy leaders, current members, and a survivor, PRAY AWAY chronicles the “ex gay" movement’s rise to power, persistent influence, and the profound harm it causes.
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"This was absolutely fantastic!"
"Being someone who left the traditional evangelical church because of it's inability to welcome sexual and gender diversity, I could relate to the pain expressed in this documentary. In Canada, we've only recently criminalized conversion therapy and through this process, we've heard untold stories of our own people who were wounded by this practice. Such movie is so important, and this one in particular was very compelling!"
" I have family members who are LGBTQ which is what spoke to me to watch it but what I got out of this documentary was so much more. This film chronicles the last 3 decades of a Christian movement to convert gay people to become straight. I know it sounds so absurd even to begin with! So ridiculous to even think there are organizations out there that believe they can"
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