Video: Coming Out – stopping the stigma

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Video: Coming Out – stopping the stigma

Some people  are too busy to help others.

From time to time, I’ve been approached by media students to be interviewed for one of their projects. Sometimes it’s part of their final assessment. I’ve always been willing to help where I can.

In our last newsletter I let you know about my presentation, “The LGBTI and the Christian Church – dispelling the myths and bridging the gap” at the recent conference in Melbourne.  If you’d read down to my final comments you would have read

‘You were kind to me’ Alan Chambers responded to my question.

And I immediately thought ‘Can it be that simple? A little kindness? Possibly the power of kindness has been underrated.’

In 2015, I was at the ACON Honour Awards. After the award presentations a young man came up to me.

“I interviewed you for one of my final projects when I was doing my Bachelor in Communications and Journalism,” he said enthusiastically and thanked me for my help.

“And what are you doing now”, I replied.

“I’m the news editor for Buzzfeed”, he said, as he handed me his business card.

This Buzzfeed article by Lane Sainty was the end result.

See, being kind can come back to you in ways you never expected.

Here is another student, Louise Muscolino, I recently helped out for her little doco Coming out – stopping the stigma.

Louise emailed me recently to say

“I just received a HD mark for the assignment which I am extremely happy about! Really great to get good marks on a project that holds a lot of meaning to me. I am yet to show my family the documentary but intend to at the right time.”

Well done Louise!

By | 2018-02-07T18:23:22+00:00 February 7th, 2018|Categories: LGBTI, Video|0 Comments

About the Author:

Anthony Venn-Brown
Anthony Venn-Brown is one of Australia’s foremost commentators on faith and sexuality. His best-selling autobiography 'A Life of Unlearning – a preacher’s struggle with his homosexuality, church and faith', detailing his journey from married, high profile preacher in Australia's growing mega-churches, such as Hillsong, to living as an openly gay man, has impacted 1,000's globally. Anthony was the co-founder and former leader of Freedom 2 b[e], Australia’s largest network of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) people from Christian backgrounds. He is also an educator and consultant on LGBT/faith issues and leader in deconstructing the 'ex-gay' myth. Anthony is the founder and CEO of Ambassadors & Bridge Builders International and has been twice voted ‘One of the 25 Most Influential Gay and Lesbian Australians’ (2007 & 2009).

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