Journey to the Truth – ABBI’s 2018 appeal

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Journey to the Truth – ABBI’s 2018 appeal

The destruction caused by what has become known as ‘gay conversion therapy’ has been horrendous and there’s a growing momentum to see it banned.

Not everyone realises that this will have many challenges, as did our unnecessarily lengthy, marriage equality debate. The challenges were highlighted in our recently released report on Gay Conversion Therapy in Australia. The dynamics of the battle ahead are very much the same as the marriage equality debate and opposition will come from the same quarters. Ambassadors & Bridge Builders International (ABBI) intends being fully prepared as a leader and pioneer in this area. My personal involvement in dispelling the myth of ‘gay to straight’ goes back to 2000. Yep….it’s been a long battle.

Most likely you are aware that I have been working on my next book; ‘The Quest to Cure Queers – Exodus to Nowhere’. What started out as rewrite of a paper for an academic journal has become a nearly three-year quest unearthing facts, incidents and people not previously considered. Had I known the amount of work involved I may not have embarked on this journey, but I do know that the new information unearthed and unique approach to the subject will be powerful. Now is the time to bring this important work to its rightful conclusion. This book will not only be a fascinating read but an indispensable resource for all involved in working to bring the practice to an end.

‘The Quest to Cure Queers’ will bring the blame of all the destruction over 50 years full circle from where it began to the foot of the contemporary Christian church. The naivety, deception and wilful ignorance I’ve been uncovering is appalling.

In order to finish ‘The Quest to Cure Queers’ and prepare for the battle ahead, I am embarking on a three months trip through the UK and USA, researching, fact-finding and interviewing people who have additional insights and background. This includes former ex-gay leaders, anti ‘gay conversion therapy’ activists, LGBTI organisations and other individuals personally involved since the concept ‘God changes homosexuals’ began in the early 1960s. The growing contact list of interviewees is amazing and the access to historical resources I’ve being given exciting. This additional level of research will bring a relevancy and authenticity to the work and make ‘The Quest to Cure Queers’ one of the important LGBT books in 2019. I am working towards releasing the book in February 2019 in time for Mardi Gras.

This appeal is called “Journey to the Truth”. ABBI’s fundraising goal over the next three months is $17,000, which will cover the cost of conducting the interviews, research and meetings that will be occurring in the UK and USA. Your contribution to this special appeal would be greatly appreciated.

As with all ABBI contributions your gift will be tax deductible; which could be an important consideration now at EOFY. Donations can be made either via bank transfer or credit card HERE and you’ll immediately receive a receipt.

If you have any questions or want further information about this appeal, please email info@abbi.org.au

Creating a better world for LGBTI people.

Thanks for your support.

Anthony Venn-Brown

#FF0000 Raised 13,397 $ towards the 17,000 $ target.

By |2018-09-23T15:28:55+00:00June 9th, 2018|Categories: Conversion therapy, Help needed, The Quest to Cure Queers|2 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', details his journey from being one of the first in the world to experience religious gay conversion therapy, becoming a married, high profile preacher in Australia's growing mega-churches, such as Hillsong, to living as an openly gay man. Anthony was the co-founder and former leader of Freedom2b. He is an educator and consultant on LGBT/faith issues and leader in deconstructing the ex-gay/reparative/conversion therapy myth. Anthony is the founder and CEO of Ambassadors & Bridge Builders International. Anthony has been recognised on a number of occassions for his contribution and impact including being twice voted one of 'The 25 Most Influential Gay and Lesbian Australians’.

2 Comments

  1. Kathy and Harold Gibbs June 24, 2018 at 11:22 pm - Reply

    Hey Anthony sorry I’m late to give you some money. We have friends in Tartu Estonia and Helsinki of all the places where you will be. Our son Jack is on his way over there.
    Your story brought tears to my eyes about that congregation. Biggest respect and regards without big hearts towards you and all that you can give mate.
    Love Kathy and Harold
    P.s. Just tried to put it through and it wouldn’t go through as it kept saying ‘restricted card’ … Don’t know what that is so ill check it up and send some money soon

    • Anthony Venn-Brown
      Anthony Venn-Brown June 26, 2018 at 3:47 am - Reply

      Hi Kath

      Thanks so much for the message. Thanks for your contribution. Sorry about the hiccup…..not sure what is happening there.

      If you email service@givenow.com.au they will be able to help you.

      We can’t sort out any technical issues with the GiveNow site.

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