Exodus Closure – ABC Radio National interview

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Exodus Closure – ABC Radio National interview

The media in Australia seemed to miss the news and significance of the oldest and largest ex-gay/conversion/reparative therapy organisation shutting down after 37 years. The Sydney Morning Herald published a small article titled “Gay Cure Therapy will continue” The article was poorly researched as evidenced by not only Alan’s age being misquoted (37 was how long Exodus had been in existence, not Alan’s age) but also comments from those the journalist had contacted. For example Peter Stokes from the Salt Shakers saying ” “It’s very sad to see a good organisation being ripped apart by one individual,” If Mr Stokes had actually listened to the address that was available on the internet then he would have known this was not one individual (Alan Chambers) but an entire board decision laboured over for at least 12 months. The SMH article headline should have read “Gay cure’ therapy will continue ….(to disappear)”

Maybe I’d been too successful in creating my Secret Mission and people didn’t realise I was actually there. I was already blogging about events and my newsletters where keeping subscribers updated. I’m sure Mr Google could have helped a few Aussie journalists track down a reliable source for their story. Noel Debien, from the ABC Radio National did his homework and tracked me down in the hotel in West Hollywood. This interview aired a couple of days later.

A ministry to “ex-gays” closes down

Wednesday 26 June 2013 5:30PM (view full episode)

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Alan and Anthony after final Exodus meeting


Anthony Venn-Brown:Former evangelist, Assemblies of God church; author, A Life of Unlearning: a preacher’s struggle with his homosexuality, church and faith.
Haydn Sennitt: Former Pastoral Worker for Liberty Christian Ministries


Presenter: Noel Debien
Producer: Noel Debien

About the Author:

Anthony Venn-Brown
Anthony Venn-Brown is one of Australia’s foremost commentators on faith and sexuality. His best-selling autobiography 'A Life of Unlearning – a preacher’s struggle with his homosexuality, church and faith', details his journey from being one of the first in the world to experience religious gay conversion therapy, becoming a married, high profile preacher in Australia's growing mega-churches, such as Hillsong, to living as an openly gay man. Anthony was the co-founder and former leader of Freedom2b. He is an educator and consultant on LGBT/faith issues and leader in deconstructing the ex-gay/reparative/conversion therapy myth. Anthony is the founder and CEO of Ambassadors & Bridge Builders International. Anthony has been recognised on a number of occassions for his contribution and impact including being twice voted one of 'The 25 Most Influential Gay and Lesbian Australians’.

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