‘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 [...]

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 | 2018-03-10T18:23:40+00:00 October 22nd, 2017|Categories: Conversion therapy|

Gay conversion therapy (GCT) is the most popular term used to describe the practice of attempting to change from homosexual to heterosexual within religious contexts.   Some, even in the media, are confused about what ‘gay conversion therapy’ or 'conversion therapy' actually is. The term is being increasingly misused. You'll see below how terms have evolved [...]