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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’.

Journey to the Truth – ABBI’s 2018 appeal

By | 2018-06-19T20:00:20+00:00 June 9th, 2018|Categories: Conversion therapy, Help needed|

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 [...]

IDAHOT 2018 – Homophobia and Transphobia – what’s to fear

By | 2018-05-17T19:58:33+00:00 May 17th, 2018|Categories: Church, General, LGBTI|

Today is International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) Have you ever wondered what people actually have to fear from sexuality and gender diverse individuals?  And how is fear translated into hatred and violence? Here are some relevant articles for you to read and share. Homophobia just doesn’t exist in others, it exists in LGBTI [...]

Australian Christian Counsellors Say No to Conversion Therapy

By | 2018-05-11T20:05:23+00:00 May 11th, 2018|Categories: Conversion therapy, Media release|

With all the recent media attention about gay conversion therapy (GCT), one voice has remained silent; the Christian Counsellors Association of Australia (CCAA). A report released today reveals that two years ago, the Christian Counsellors Association of Australia, revised their code of ethics which stated that no members were to work with clients modifying or [...]

My Bill Hybels story

By | 2018-05-05T19:51:43+00:00 May 5th, 2018|Categories: Church|

Bill Hybels. If you’ve never heard of him then there probably is little point reading on. If you are from an Evangelical, Pentecostal or Charismatic background then you’ve probably already heard the allegations. ‘Willow Creek elders to renew Hybels investigation after more women come forward’ [Christian Today] ‘Megachurch pastor Bill Hybels resigns from Willow Creek [...]

‘Here I am’ – a documentary about LGBT families from Christian backgrounds

By | 2018-04-28T20:08:56+00:00 April 27th, 2018|Categories: Church, Gay Christian, Video|

HERE I AM A documentary about LGBT people and families from Christian backgrounds Coming out can be a difficult time for Christian families, individuals and those close to them. They often feel completely alone in the world. There can be internal conflicts, conflicts in relationships and conflicts with faith and beliefs. In 'Here I am', [...]

KILLING US, DRIVING US CRAZY

By | 2018-04-21T22:04:29+00:00 April 17th, 2018|Categories: Church, Conversion therapy, Gay Christian, LGBTI|

KILLING US, DRIVING US CRAZY The experience of LGBTI people from faith backgrounds  Presented at The National LGBTI Health in Difference Conference 11-13 April 2018, Sydney, Australia     Summary: Over the last 18 years, Anthony Venn-Brown has been collating the stories of LGBTI people from Christian backgrounds. The sources have been 400 [...]

Rehab with a twist – my ex-gay, gay conversion experience

By | 2018-04-01T19:49:55+00:00 April 1st, 2018|Categories: A Life of Unlearning, Conversion therapy|

A Life of Unlearning – a preacher’s struggle with his homosexuality, church and faith (3rd ed.) CHAPTER 7 - Rehab with a twist By the morning the glow of allowing a man to touch my emotions and soul was diminishing and the all-too-familiar insidious guilt took over. I said goodbye to Ben knowing I could [...]

Time for Love – Documentary

By | 2018-03-22T15:41:32+00:00 March 22nd, 2018|Categories: Church, Video|

Time for Love - The Bible and Same-Sex Attraction A documentary featuring interviews with New Zealand theologians, scholars, ministers who talk about how and why then changed their understanding about homosexuality, the scriptures and the response of the church. Documentary maker David Dennis said: "In Time for Love – The Bible and Same Sex Attraction’, [...]