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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 [...]

ABBI Annual Report 2018

By |2018-12-28T16:02:51+10:00December 19th, 2018|Categories: General|

Every year, at our annual general meeting, we review our achievements and think about our future. Since it was founded, Ambassadors & Bridge Builders International (ABBI) has consistently grown in it's influence. Each year has it's special wins. This last financial year is no exception. When I began to put this report together, even I [...]

The Department of Conversation chats with AVB

By |2018-12-08T21:37:04+10:00December 8th, 2018|Categories: A Life of Unlearning, Audio, Video|

Award winning presenter Pat Brittenden's online program, the Department of Conversation has a unique philosophy. We chat until we are finished...we are not hampered by adverts or sponsors...we want interesting people telling stories that you haven’t heard before...and from people you know but maybe haven’t seen in this kind of light before. Don’t think ‘interview’ [...]