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Easily one of my most favorite interviews. Such and intense topic and they were both so gracious and great quesitons. Plus, we got in a few good laughs as well. Thank you Anne, and Heather!
Yass Jesus! … the podcast. Found this podcast (thank you Ross and Azariah) and the latest episode covers conversion therapy and mentions several of us in the film. Also, Brock sent in a very nice and encouraging message about meeting me. Thank you, Brock! Very good discussion about an abusive practice that must end. Listen and subscribe below! I really enjoy this podcast and gladly added it to my podcast list.

Openly” (Thomson Reuters Foundation)Conversion therapy thrives globally as bans gather pace | Thomson Reuters Foundation Long Reads (

House of Mystery on NBC Radio “Randy Thomas – Netflix Documentary ‘Pray Away'”

The New York Times “‘Pray Away’ Review: Atoning for an Anti-Gay Stance”

Datebook, San Francisco Chronicle Review ‘Pray Away’ goes deep into the painful history of the church’s anti-gay conversion therapy

NPR, Morning Edition “Former ‘Ex-Gay’ Leaders Denounce ‘Conversion Therapy’ In A New Documentary”

The Washington Post “The Washington Post supports 2021 AFI DOCS Film Festival as Primary Media Partner”

Chicago Sun Times “‘Pray Away’: A powerful look at people trying therapy to be ‘ex-gay’”

Religion & PoliticsNetflix’s “Pray Away” Confronts the Lies of the Ex-Gay Movement

The Cinemaholic “Randy Thomas Now: Where is Exodus’ Ex-Vice President Now”

Washington Blade “‘Pray Away’ exposes horrors of ‘conversion therapy'”

Film Threat “Pray Away”

News.Com.Au “Netflix’s disturbing new doco Pray Away is a must-watch”

Georgia Public Broadcasting “Former ‘Ex-Gay’ Leaders Denounce ‘Conversion Therapy’ In A New Documentary”

openDemocracy “New film reveals personal and political impact of anti-gay ‘conversion therapy’”

Capital Public Radio “Former ‘Ex-Gay’ Leaders Denounce ‘Conversion Therapy’ In A New Documentary

Refinery29 “Conversion Therapy Hurts People. So Why Is It Still Around?”

Pray Away, a film by Kristine Stolakis (website)


Variety ‘Pray Away,’ Conversion Therapy Doc From Ryan Murphy and Jason Blum, to Debut on Netflix

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.”

Awards Watch Pray Away cements itself as a definitive documentary on conversion therapy

Pray Away cements itself as a definitive documentary on conversion therapy that will be an exemplary text for years to come.”

The Playlist Pray Away: Kristine Stolakis’ Doc Is One Of The Most Important Films Of The Year

“a profoundly moving, heartbreaking examination of the fallout associated with conversion therapy—and it might be the must-watch movie of the year.”

Film Threat Pray Away Film Review: 9 out of 10

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.”

Geeks Out Tribeca Film Festival 2020 Review: Pray Away

“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.

Daily Beast An Inside Look at America’s Insidious Christian ‘Ex-Gay’ Movement

Pray Away deftly explains the continued and renewed existence of the “ex-gay” movement.”

Queerty Kristine Stolakis cracks the secrets of the ex-gay movement in Pray Away [Press Clip]

“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

Women and Hollywood Tribeca 2020 Women Directors: Meet Kristine Stolakis – “Pray Away”

The Playlist Pray Away Exclusive Clip: Tribeca Doc Shows The Trauma Inflicted By Conversion Therapy

Documentary Happy Hour Alix Blair interviews Pray Away director Kristine Stolakis

Moveable Fest Tribeca 2020 Review: Kristine Stolakis’ “Pray Away” Gives New Meaning to Preaching to the Converted

The Hollywood Reporter Critics’ Picks: 10 Highlights From SXSW and Tribeca Online

Women and Hollywood Editor to Watch: Carla Gutierrez of ‘RBG’ and ‘Chavela’

Women and Hollywood Tribeca 2020 Preview

Documentary Magazine Premiering Documentaries in a Pandemic

Filmmaker Magazine Sheltering in Place: The Independent Film Community Faces the Coronavirus Shutdown

Deadline Pray Away invited to premiere at Tribeca Fest 2020

Chicken & Egg Pictures Director Kristine Stolakis named a 2019 Chicken & Egg (Egg)celerator Lab grantee

Screendaily Kristine Stolakis and Anya Rous will pitch Pray Away at Sheffield Doc/Fest’s MeetMarket

Catapult Film Fund Pray Away named 2018 Catapult grantee

For They Know Not What They Do, a film by Daniel Karslake (website)


New York Times, ‘For They Know Not What They Do’ Review: Where Faith Meets L.G.B.T.Q. Life

Entertainment Weekly, Three June documentaries to watch: Welcome to ChechnyaAthlete AFor They Know Not What They Do

IndieWire, ‘For They Know Not What They Do’ Review: Moving Portrait of Christian Families with LGBTQ Kids

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.

Deadline, LGBTQ Rights Doc ‘For They Know Not What They Do’ Secures U.S. Virtual Theatrical Release

Datebook, Review: Queer children come out to Christian parents in heartfelt documentary ‘For They Know Not What They Do’

Motion Picture Association, Director Daniel Karslake on the Shifting Battle for LGBTQ Equality in For They Know Not What They Do

“Yes, your 2020 Pride Parade has been CANCELLED! But Randy Thomas, Executive Director, Thrive LGBT+ has a suggestion that would make pride very proud. A word from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – INCLUSION! Hear how it applies today. June as LGBTQ #PrideMonth.
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“Can you imagine living a lie about your own identity, pushing others to believe the same lie in themselves, to a point where some took their own lives? That’s the reality of conversion therapy — the denial and reorientation of same-sex attraction. Randy Thomas once lived that lie for himself and others until the death of a friend became a truth he could not bury. June is LGBTQ Find Us; Like Us; Share Us! “

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.

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 Floridaby Sarah Rogers — features core group seeking to Ban Conversion Therapy in Orange County Florida including Thrive Executive Director Randy Thomas & Dan Scobey.

Jorge Estevez with WFTV Channel 9 hosted a panel discussion about conversion therapy with licensed counselor Stephanie Preston-Hughes, Survivor Jordan Hunter, Survivor and former ex-gay leader Randy Thomas

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 Lyons

Truth 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 Randy Thomas

The Mercury News, “How Google is Turning Its Back On The LGBTQ Community,” by Yvette Schneider

USA Today article, “‘Being LGBTQ is not an illness’: Record number of states banning conversion therapy.” written by Susan Miller

“Former ‘Ex-Gay’ Leader Warns About The Dangers of So-Called ‘Conversion Therapy'”Equality Florida

Guest Blog post “The Antidote” on the Five Simple Stones Blog by Lynette Bradford

“Focus Group Radio Highlights ‘Caution When Driving Gay'” Post – The Focus Group with Tim Bennett & John Nash

“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

“These Former Ex-gay Leaders Are Not Going Away”The Good Men Project

“Former Exodus Staffer Randy Thomas on Identity, Faith, & ‘Ex-Gay’ Therapy”The Advocate

“Former ex-gay leader comes out as gay”Metro UK

“Why Former ‘Ex-Gay’ Randy Thomas’ Coming Out is a Huge Deal”Truth Wins Out

“Former ‘Ex-Gay’ Leader Comes Out”The Advocate

“Randy Thomas, Formerly Of Exodus International, Comes Out As Gay In Emotional Blog Post”The Huffington Post

“Former ‘ex-gay’ leader Randy Thomas: ‘I am gay. I am ok with who I am.'” Good As You

“Former Exodus Leader Randy Thomas Comes Out”The Bilerico Project

“Truth Wins Out Commends Former ‘Ex-Gay’ Leader Randy Thomas For Coming Out As Gay”Truth Wins Out

“Former ‘ex-gay poster boy,’ Exodus VP Randy Thomas comes out as gay”LGBTQ Nation

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).


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