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Cormac hadn’t been to church in years, then they came back ... as a minister.

Cormac is a queer, trans, non-binary youth minister who works at an Anglican church in Toronto.

Cormac is creating a new narrative for queer people by setting an example of how religious organizations can reduce the trauma that young people experience when they come out to their communities.

Cormac shares their story of growing up in evangelical Christianity, where happy memories are quashed by the reality that Cormac was not welcome in the community when they expressed their queerness. After being forced to resign by a Christian organization when they came out, Cormac abandoned their faith.

After leaving religion, Cormac found love, which gave them an opportunity to step into their queer identity — and a lifelong partnership.

Many years later, Cormac saw a job posting for a youth minister focused on LGBTQ communities. Applying for a position with an Anglican church was a huge leap of faith. Cormac thought it was possible that they were setting themself up for a repeat of the trauma, homophobia and rejection they’d experienced in the past. But, intrigued by the idea of returning to the church in a way that accepted their queerness, Cormac applied and was offered the job.

Now an openly trans youth minister, Cormac is turning a church space into a LGBTQ2-supporting space, a wholly original and inclusive community for teens, especially queer-identifying teens.

We see vibrant youth drop-ins with dozens of teens enjoying themselves. We hear from atheist and queer-identifying young people who’ve found a home in what Cormac has created. We see Cormac’s impact on young people.

Cormac is creating a space that exists as a contrast to the community they grew up in.

Over the course of this documentary, we see the impact that a positive queer role model can have on youth and the strength of character it takes to create a safe space within a place that felt so hostile in the past.

Devout + Out is a documentary series about openly LGBTQ church leaders.

Credits (Click to expand)

Written and Directed by
D.W. Waterson

Series Producer
Nicholas Bradford-Ewart

Co-Producer
Alex Josselyn-Hamilton

Director of Photography
Nicholas Bradford-Ewart

Second Unit DOP
James Poremba

Editors
D.W. Waterson
Graham Withers

Featuring
(in order of appearance)
Cormac Culkeen
Claire Ryans

Production Manager
Sunita Miya-Muganza

Sound
Gus Harris
Stuart Maclean
Benny Harper
Sam Rodgers

Dialogue and Effects Editor
Chris Russell

Re-Recording MIxer
Bret Killoran

Rental Equipment Services Provided By
Habibi Film Rentals

Colourist
AJ McLaughlin

Titles and Motion Graphics
Alex Josselyn-Hamilton

Described Video and Closed Caption provided by
Capsule Media

Financial Services
Above the Line Media Services, Inc.

Legal Services
Stohn Hay Cafazzo Debroski Richmond LLP

Insurance
Knox Hutchison Entertainment Insurance

Music

Sun Soaked
Composed by Jonathan David Pilcher
Published by KPM APM

Celestial Spheres
Composed by Jonathan David Pilcher
Published by KPM APM

Frozen Ripple
Composed by Jonathan David Pilcher
Published by KPM APM

Splintered
Composed by Jonathan David Pilcher
Published by KPM APM

Transcend
Composed by Jonathan David Pilcher
Published by KPM APM

Run baBY RUN
Composed by Jonathan David Pilcher
Published by KPM APM

Music provided by
© 2018 ASSOCIATED PRODUCTION MUSIC LLC

Special Thanks
Devery Jacobs
Simone Smith
Baun Mah
Lindsay Bradford-Ewart
Ezra Bradford-Ewart
Anya Bradford-Ewart
Zoe Hopkins
Samy Inayeh
Sarah Jackson
Habibi Film Rentals
St. John’s West Toronto
Rv. Samantha Caravan

Produced with the participation of
Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit

Produced by Archipelago Productions

Produced in Association with
CBC

General Manager, Programming
Sally Catto

Executive Director, Documentary
Jennifer Dettman

Senior Director, Documentary
Sandra Kleinfeld

Senior Director of Production, Unscripted Content
Alexandra Lane

Executive in Charge of Production, CBC Docs
Lesley Birchard