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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', 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).

Melbourne – THE QUEST TO CURE QUEERS

By | 2017-09-21T00:30:24+00:00 September 20th, 2017|Categories: Conversion therapy, Event|

The Quest to Cure Queers A personal and behind the scenes account of the history of gay conversion therapy REGISTER NOW “I think anyone who wants to seek help for any issue they might be facing in their life should be free to do that,” Mr Shelton told (Buzzfeed). “Should people be forced to go [...]

The Marriage Equality Postal Survey is…..

By | 2017-09-20T01:05:15+00:00 September 19th, 2017|Categories: Marriage Equality|Tags: |

The Marriage Equality Postal Survey DOES NOT challenge 'traditional marriage'. What is 'traditional marriage?' Marriage has evolved many times over thousands of years and I'm sure even the conservatives are grateful it has. 'Biblical marriage' over millennium, women married their rapists or the men who enslaved them. Multiple wives (polygamy) was standard. 'Traditionally' as well [...]

Your marriage equality survival guide during the ‘debate’ (from a survivor)

By | 2017-09-19T04:27:47+00:00 September 18th, 2017|Categories: General, LGBTI, Marriage Equality, Video|

For many LGBTI Australians, tolerance has been the least they have experienced. Most though, have acceptance with their family, friends as well as workplace settings. Australia’s corporates and multi-nationals champion and celebrate diversity whilst homophobia is being stamped out in sport. We have a generation who essentially knew nothing of the horrors of imprisonment, institutionalisation, [...]

GAY LIFESTYLE – What is the gay lifestyle?

By | 2017-09-16T01:18:59+00:00 September 15th, 2017|Categories: General, LGBTI|

The term gay lifestyle is frequently used in Christian circles. Apparently straight people have ‘lives’ but gay people have ‘lifestyles’. Most people who use the term don’t realise just how offensive it is to the majority of LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex) people. ‘Hillsong Church welcomes ALL people but does not affirm all lifestyles. [...]

A sobering message on World Suicide Prevention Day #WSPD – LGBT suicide

By | 2017-09-09T23:31:42+00:00 September 9th, 2017|Categories: Church, LGBTI|

For some time now we have known about the higher risk of LGBT suicide which includes ideation and attempts  (See stats here) but thoughts of and attempts to suicide are much higher for LGBT people from faith backgrounds. I am glad to see now that research is demonstrating something I have been pointing out for [...]

Survivor Tips – Your Postal Survey Survivor Guide (from a survivor)

By | 2017-09-19T01:36:30+00:00 September 6th, 2017|Categories: General, LGBTI, Marriage Equality|

Survivor Tips (from a survivor) It has just been announced that Australia's marriage equality postal survey is going ahead. For many LGBTI Australians, tolerance has been the least they have experienced. Most though, have acceptance with their family, friends as well as workplace settings. Australia’s corporates and multi-nationals actually champion and celebrate diversity. Homophobia is [...]

Walking Between Worlds Seminar – Melbourne

By | 2017-08-31T01:26:04+00:00 August 10th, 2017|Categories: Event|

Calling all counsellors (youth, telephone, school) and social/health-care/youth/community/LGBTI workers, pastors, church leaders, chaplains and mental health professionals.....and those interested in the intersection of faith and sexuality. #WalkingBetweenWorlds is a  specifically designed training program. In one day you can get an insider and in-depth view into the complexities, conflicts and challenges for LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, [...]

How celibacy became the new ex-gay

By | 2017-08-09T13:47:05+00:00 August 9th, 2017|Categories: Church, Conversion therapy, Gay Christian|Tags: , |

There are three ways you could understand how celibacy became the new ex-gay. You could have lived through the evolution, you are a researcher/historian, or you can read this article. I was born in 1951. In the 50’s and 60’s gay men were either imprisoned or institutionalised as they were considered sexual perverts. Mental health [...]