The Quest to Cure Queers

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The Quest to Cure Queers

‘Exodus to Nowhere – the quest to cure queers’ tells the whole story about the rise and fall of ex-gay/reparative/conversion therapy. This will be a significant work for several reasons.

  1. The author’s lived experience – born in 1951 and in a gay conversion therapy residential program 4 years before Exodus was founded.
  2. The author’s unique insights – lived through the entire era. Worked extensively with ex-gay survivors and towards ending ex-gay organisations.
  3. The previously unexplored foundations of conversion therapy
  4. Untold stories of the damage the ‘change is possible” message created.
  5. Why gay conversion therapy began happening globally before Exodus was founded.
  6. Where conversion therapy still exists
  7. Crucial lessons learned from 7 decades of destruction.

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“Exodus to Nowhere – the quest to cure queers” was first presented at Melbourne Freedom2b 21 October 2016

By |2017-11-03T02:25:52+00:00October 15th, 2017|Categories: Conversion therapy|2 Comments

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’.


  1. William Sillyman November 1, 2017 at 2:21 am - Reply

    I wanted to comment about the “reparative therapy” for being gay. After my mother beat the living hell out of me, at 16 when she discovered I was gay, she threatened to send me away. So, I lied and said I would not do it again. Well, I didn’t really lie, I just buried it for 45 years. It was only recently, after my wife of 40 years died and I openly came out, I watched the movie, “Latter-Days.” Since I was a former Mormon (excommunicated after I came out at 61.) I did some research and discovered, albeit quietly, the LDS Church still practices and runs reparative therapy centers. The movie was quite on track with what they actually do. There is another movie series, “The Falls,” and the sequals, that hint at it, yet don’t go into it. Our religious zealots here in the USA are still trying to get the psychological council to reinstate that being gay is a mental illness and it should be eradicated. (Like that’s going to happen.) I wanted to share that with you. I do enjoy your articles. Thanks for having me on the newsletter list.

  2. Anthony Venn-Brown
    Anthony Venn-Brown November 1, 2017 at 2:30 am - Reply

    thanks William. I found Latter Days quite a disturbing movie

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