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YMCA International Becomes LGBT Affirming

By |2017-12-07T14:56:45+00:00April 7th, 2017|Categories: Church, General|

The Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) is a well-established, highly respected worldwide Christian organization based in Geneva, Switzerland. Operating in 119 countries, and reaching  58  million people the YMCA covers a wide variety of cultures, political and religious beliefs. The YMCA exists in countries where being LGBT is opposed and carries prison sentences. The life [...]

Who invented the word homophobia and why

By |2018-03-24T01:20:14+00:00March 25th, 2017|Categories: General, LGBTI, News article|Tags: |

How Homophobia Became a Word BY DR. GEORGE WEINBERG May of 1965. A small group of daring revolutionaries rented the auditorium of the Barbizon Hotel in Midtown Manhattan for a meeting of the East Coast Homophile Organization —a name that does not resonate today –– but the group was one that changed the course of [...]

George Michael and lessons from the closet

By |2017-12-29T14:20:54+00:00December 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+00:00December 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+00:00November 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+00:00September 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+00:00June 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+00:00October 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 [...]