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’, [...]

‘I am profoundly unsettled’: inside the hidden world of gay conversion therapy

By | 2018-03-24T16:57:59+00:00 March 9th, 2018|Categories: Conversion therapy, News article (AVB/ABBI)|

'I am profoundly unsettled': inside the hidden world of gay conversion therapy "Gay conversion" is discredited in Australia yet "fixing" same-sex attraction remains a mission for some groups – often with tragic results. By Farrah Tomazin 9 March 2018 It’s been 25 years since I realised I was gay, and for the first time in [...]

Why do you have GAY PRIDE celebrations?

By | 2018-02-28T14:33:58+00:00 February 28th, 2018|Categories: LGBTI|

Everyone has an opinion about a Pride March such as the annual Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras; often very strong opinions. Predictably, conservative Christians condemn it. Rev Fred Nile, leader of the Christian Democratic Party regularly condemns it. In March 2007 his media release read, “I call upon Anthony Venn-Brown and these marchers to [...]

What happened before for the first Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

By | 2018-03-07T08:27:00+00:00 February 27th, 2018|Categories: LGBTI, Speech|

A brief history lesson about what lead up to Australia’s first Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in 1978 This presentation was given at Rainbow Reflections, a Mardi Gras event, hosted by the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Business Association and Lander and Rogers Lawyers 22nd February 2018 In our world today we self identify with [...]

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 [...]