IDAHOT 2018 – Homophobia and Transphobia – what’s to fear

By | 2018-05-17T19:58:33+00:00 May 17th, 2018|Categories: Church, General, LGBTI|

Today is International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) Have you ever wondered what people actually have to fear from sexuality and gender diverse individuals?  And how is fear translated into hatred and violence? Here are some relevant articles for you to read and share. Homophobia just doesn’t exist in others, it exists in LGBTI [...]


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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Your marriage equality survival guide during the ‘debate’ (from a survivor)

By | 2017-09-30T23:43:36+00:00 September 18th, 2017|Categories: General, LGBTI, Marriage Equality, Video|

For many LGBTI Australians, tolerance has been the least they have experienced. Most though, have acceptance with their family, friends as well as workplace settings. Australia’s corporates and multi-nationals champion and celebrate diversity whilst homophobia is being stamped out in sport. We have a generation who essentially knew nothing of the horrors of imprisonment, institutionalisation, [...]

GAY LIFESTYLE – What is the gay lifestyle?

By | 2017-09-16T01:18:59+00:00 September 15th, 2017|Categories: General, LGBTI|

The term gay lifestyle is frequently used in Christian circles. Apparently straight people have ‘lives’ but gay people have ‘lifestyles’. Most people who use the term don’t realise just how offensive it is to the majority of LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex) people. ‘Hillsong Church welcomes ALL people but does not affirm all lifestyles. [...]

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 [...]

Survivor Tips – Your Postal Survey Survivor Guide (from a survivor)

By | 2017-09-19T01:36:30+00:00 September 6th, 2017|Categories: General, LGBTI, Marriage Equality|

Survivor Tips (from a survivor) It has just been announced that Australia's marriage equality postal survey is going ahead. For many LGBTI Australians, tolerance has been the least they have experienced. Most though, have acceptance with their family, friends as well as workplace settings. Australia’s corporates and multi-nationals actually champion and celebrate diversity. Homophobia is [...]