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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).

Video: Coming Out – stopping the stigma

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

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 [...]

The LGBTI community and the Christian Church – dispelling the myths and bridging the gap

By | 2018-01-24T14:32:12+00:00 January 23rd, 2018|Categories: Church, Speech|

Melbourne Town Hall, 12-13 January 2018 Presentation by Anthony Venn-Brown Founder and CEO Ambassadors & Bridge Builders International The LGBTI community and the Christian Church – dispelling the myths and bridging the gap Challenging conversations As a preacher in Australia’s megachurches I always had captive audiences. People were highly motivated to be there. I was [...]

Did God give the No Campaign a gift? (welcome to our world)

By | 2017-12-13T20:57:33+00:00 December 11th, 2017|Categories: A Life of Unlearning, Church, Marriage Equality|

I know from personal experience that sometimes in life, gifts come in unexpected ways and unattractive packages. I wrote about this in my autobiography A Life of Unlearning concerning my first gay relationship. It was an unhealthy, co-dependent, physically and emotionally abusive relationship. But I had an experience which changed my perspective. I shared it [...]

Additional thoughts on religious freedom and exemptions

By | 2017-12-06T17:28:58+00:00 December 6th, 2017|Categories: Church, General|Tags: |

You might like to also read my main article here Religious freedom? What did Jesus say? Are gay people being too precious? “What’s the fuss” some say. “Surely you’d just go to another baker. If you know some business will discriminate against you why would you go there.” The problem with this is that in [...]

Religious freedom? What did Jesus say?

By | 2017-11-15T22:58:18+00:00 November 14th, 2017|Categories: Church|Tags: |

I know my Bible pretty well. I used to read it for personal devotions from Genesis to Revelation at least once a year for twenty-two years. In addition there’s all the additional study I did as a preacher. So when I hear Christian individuals and organisations refusing service to LGBT people because of their Christian [...]

New research confirms my initial observations on faith/sexuality conflict

By | 2017-12-06T18:53:49+00:00 October 26th, 2017|Categories: Church, LGBTI|

In 2006, after receiving over 2,000 emails from readers of A Life of Unlearning a pattern began to  become clear of the impacts faith/sexuality conflict was having on LGBT people from Christian backgrounds. BACKGROUND OBSERVATIONS: LGBT people from faith and religious backgrounds experience the usual issues of resolution, coming out, finding their place in the [...]

What is gay conversion therapy? (and what it is not)

By | 2017-10-22T07:18:47+00:00 October 22nd, 2017|Categories: Conversion therapy|

Some, even in the media, are confused about what ‘gay conversion therapy’ or 'conversion therapy' actually is. When we speak of gay conversion therapy (GCT), first of all it’s important to know what we are NOT talking about. When talking about gay conversion therapy we are NOT talking about: 1. Camps where people are tortured [...]

The Quest to Cure Queers

By | 2017-11-03T02:25:52+00:00 October 15th, 2017|Categories: Conversion therapy|

'Exodus to Nowhere - the quest to cure queers' tells the whole story about the rise and fall of ex-gay/reparative/conversion therapy. This will be a significant work for several reasons. The author's lived experience - born in 1951 and in a gay conversion therapy residential program 4 years before Exodus was founded. The author's unique [...]

The Sunday Sessions: Conversion Therapy Documentary (review)

By | 2018-02-02T18:31:40+00:00 October 11th, 2017|Categories: Review|

The most valuable thing that The Sunday Sessions has going for it is that it is documenting of an era. Even though this is one individual’s personal journey it represents an era when religious groups and individuals believed gay people could be turned straight. The ‘change is possible’ belief and practice has not entirely disappeared [...]