George Michael and lessons from the closet

By | 2017-12-29T14:20:54+00:00 December 29th, 2016|Categories: General, LGBTI|

Hate is a word you’ll rarely hear me use. Not even in relation to brussels sprouts, Trump or the Australian Christian Lobby. Intense dislike is about the strongest you'd get from me. However, one thing I do hate is the closet. I hate the closet because of what it did to me for over two [...]

ABBI’s CEO’s Annual Report

By | 2017-04-29T13:17:35+00:00 December 19th, 2016|Categories: General|

Two weeks ago, Ambassadors & Bridge Builders International had its Annual General Meeting.  I have attached the CEO’s report which reviews what transpired for us 1 July 2015 through to 30 June 2016. It was definitely a year of progress. Along with our regular activities of: Radio and print media interviews Articles written for the [...]

My Deep Water, a murder and A Life of Unlearning

By | 2016-11-20T01:55:43+00:00 November 8th, 2016|Categories: A Life of Unlearning, Church, General|Tags: , |

Australians have recently been exposed to the chilling real-life drama series, Deep Water, and subsequent documentary. Deep Water is based on the true stories of over 80 gay men who were murdered in Sydney in the 1980’s and 1990’s [1].Thirty of these cases remain unsolved [2]. Many of the original cases were written off as suicides [...]

A sobering message on World Suicide Prevention Day – LGBTI suicide

By | 2016-11-08T01:48:23+00:00 September 10th, 2016|Categories: Church, General, LGBTI|

Research demonstrates something I have been pointing out for many years now. That is, that LGBTI people of faith and religion experience the usual issues of resolving their sexuality or gender identity, coming out, finding their place in the community and learning what it means to live authentically in a predominately straight world. These things [...]

More on Orlando

By | 2016-11-08T01:48:23+00:00 June 13th, 2016|Categories: Church, General, LGBTI|

It's been an emotional morning. I find myself moving in and out of tears today as I think of the horror of over 50 people massacred in the Orlando gay nightclub, Pulse. And with so many shocking injuries, the death toll could rise. Our gay venues have been places of safety, refuge and celebration. These [...]

ABBI’s founder honoured at awards night

By | 2016-11-08T01:48:25+00:00 October 5th, 2015|Categories: General|

(PHOTO: Ann-Marie Calilhanna; Star Observer) The  ACON Honour Awards is an annual event which acknowledges outstanding service to or achievement within NSW’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community. Now in their ninth year, the Honour Awards provide NSW’s LGBTI community with an important and unique opportunity to recognise and celebrate excellence and achievement within our [...]

LGBT rights – who says I can’t be, do or have

By | 2016-11-08T01:48:25+00:00 August 14th, 2015|Categories: General, LGBTI|

A while ago I was asked to speak at an LGBT event.  I called the presentation WHO SAYS I CAN'T BE, DO, OR HAVE? and spoke about our progress for equality and the ignorance and misconceptions we've had to overcome. For centuries society told gay and lesbian people not only what they can and can’t [...]

‘Religious Freedom’ – anti-gay 0r anti-Christian?

By | 2017-11-14T05:14:56+00:00 April 8th, 2015|Categories: Church, General|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 read of Christian individuals and organisations refusing service to LGBT because of their Christian [...]

Homophobia and/or Heterosexism – knowing the difference

By | 2018-03-24T01:23:50+00:00 June 10th, 2014|Categories: General, LGBTI, News article|Tags: |

Homophobia encompasses a range of negative attitudes and feelings toward homosexuality or people who are identified or perceived as being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT). It can be expressed as antipathy, contempt, prejudice, aversion, or hatred, may be based on irrational fear, and is sometimes related to religious beliefs. Homophobia is observable in critical [...]