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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 [...]

A sobering message on World Suicide Prevention Day #WSPD – LGBT suicide

By | 2017-09-09T23:31:42+00:00 September 9th, 2017|Categories: Church, LGBTI|

For some time now we have known about the higher risk of LGBT suicide which includes ideation and attempts  (See stats here) but thoughts of and attempts to suicide are much higher for LGBT people from faith backgrounds. I am glad to see now that research is demonstrating something I have been pointing out for [...]

How celibacy became the new ex-gay

By | 2017-08-09T13:47:05+00:00 August 9th, 2017|Categories: Church, Conversion therapy, Gay Christian|Tags: , |

There are three ways you could understand how celibacy became the new ex-gay. You could have lived through the evolution, you are a researcher/historian, or you can read this article. I was born in 1951. In the 50’s and 60’s gay men were either imprisoned or institutionalised as they were considered sexual perverts. Mental health [...]

It’s really about the love

By | 2017-08-21T23:55:37+00:00 August 6th, 2017|Categories: Church, LGBTI, Marriage Equality|

When Mel White, founder of Soulforce was on Larry King Live, a caller asked what Mel and his partner did in bed. Larry King hung up on the caller for being rude, but Mel White answered anyway. “What do we do in bed? We’ve been together for 24 years—we sleep.” Larry replied. “Yes when these [...]