Yvette Cantu Schneider

Contributor to the award winning Netflix documentary film, Pray Away  -  Former leader and survivor of the ex-gay orientation change movement.

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“Loosen the chains of injustice, untie the cords of the yoke, set the oppressed free and break every yoke. Then you will be called Repairer of the Breach.”

- Isaiah 58

Yvette Cantu Schneider

Yvette is an author, writer and speaker who worked for the Christian Right for two decades. She was a college campus minister at UCLA for three years. After leaving full-time ministry, she worked as a policy analyst for the conservative think tank Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. She met with national legislators weekly, spoke at hearings at both the national and state levels, wrote position papers and articles, and appeared on every major news channel, as well as speaking at Focus on the Family’s original Love Won Out conferences.

Yvette then started Living in Victory ministry. While serving as the executive director, she spoke at conferences and wrote teaching materials for Athletes in Action and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She was hired as the first and only Director of Women’s Ministry for Exodus International before its closure in 2012.


Pray Away | A Netflix Documentary

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 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, its unscientific influence, and its legacy of profound harm.

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