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Anthony Venn-Brown

About 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’.

Think you know about Stonewall? Stonewall fact check

By |2019-06-14T14:33:02+10:00June 14th, 2019|Categories: General, LGBTI|

Yesterday I attended an amazing conference, OutLaws 2019, organised by Thomson Reuters here in New York. The invitation said: "At a moment when civil rights and public interest face considerable challenges at home and abroad, OutLaws 2019 is a timely and provocative program inviting LGBTQ professionals, allies, influencers and leaders to come together and help [...]

Happy Pride 2019 (LGBTI Pride Quotes)

By |2019-06-08T20:37:45+10:00June 4th, 2019|Categories: LGBTI|

LGBTI Pride Quotes “Every single courageous act of coming out chips away at the curse of homophobia. Most importantly it's destroyed within yourself, and that one act creates the potential for its destruction where it exists in friends, family and society.” Anthony Venn-Brown "I am always amazed how powerful that three letter word 'gay' can [...]

Hillsong and conversion therapy – what really happened

By |2019-03-26T01:22:21+10:00March 23rd, 2019|Categories: Conversion therapy|Tags: , , |

Do you know about the recent Hillsong drama? It involved Chris Pratt, a Hillsong-attending award winning actor, famous for his roles in “The Lego Movie,” “Jurassic World,” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” Ellen Page, multi-award winning Canadian actress who is a declared atheist and been an out and proud lesbian since 2014. Pastor Brian Houston, [...]

It will take more than policy to ban gay conversion therapy (Crikey)

By |2019-04-10T16:58:51+10:00February 15th, 2019|Categories: Conversion therapy, News article (AVB/ABBI)|

It will take more than policy to ban gay conversion therapy History has taught us that churches have been able to move dramatically on social issues. Eradicating gay conversion therapy will take pressure and a lot of faith. CHARLIE LEWIS FEB 15, 2019 The Andrews’ government announcement that “gay conversion therapy” would be banned was [...]

Banning gay ‘conversion’ isn’t enough (Sun Herald)

By |2019-04-10T17:00:18+10:00February 6th, 2019|Categories: Conversion therapy, News article (AVB/ABBI)|

Banning gay ‘conversion’ isn’t enough February 6, 2019 6:44am Seb Starcevic News Corp Australia Network Over the weekend, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced his government was finally putting an end to gay conversion therapy in Victoria, which he called “bigoted quackery”. “For far too long and for far too many Victorians, an evil practice has been [...]

Webinar – CONVERSION THERAPY AND LGBTI PEOPLE OF FAITH

By |2019-01-25T00:13:07+10:00January 24th, 2019|Categories: Event, LGBTI Therapy, Training|

Webinar for counsellors, therapists, chaplains, youth workers, telephone counsellors, pastors and LGBTI service providers  CONVERSION THERAPY AND LGBTI PEOPLE OF FAITH Presented by the Australian College of Relationship Counsellors (ACRC) and the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) The mental health challenges of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people have been well [...]

ABBI’s Top 10 2018

By |2018-12-31T18:06:26+10:00December 30th, 2018|Categories: A Life of Unlearning, Church, Conversion therapy, General, LGBTI|

How would you describe the work of Ambassadors & Bridge Builders International (ABBI) in a sentence? If you had things like education, information, dispelling myths about sexual orientation and gender identity, overcoming ignorance or counteracting false religious beliefs about LGBTI people and our community you’d be right. (If you are not sure of our mission [...]

Conversion Therapy Survivors Honour Roll

By |2019-02-05T11:21:13+10:00December 23rd, 2018|Categories: A Life of Unlearning, Conversion therapy|

There was a time when the terms 'ex-gay' or 'former homosexual' were non-existent. In the 1950s and 1960s mental health professionals tried unsuccessfully to find a cause and cure for homosexuality. In 1973, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) removed the diagnosis of “homosexuality” from the second edition of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM). At [...]