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About Anthony Venn-Brown OAM

Anthony Venn-Brown OAM, is one of Australia’s foremost commentators on faith and sexuality. His bestselling autobiography 'A Life of Unlearning – a preacher’s struggle with his homosexuality, church and faith', details his journey from being a national Pentecostal leader and famous preacher, preaching to 1000s every weekend in Australia’s growing mega-churches, such as Hillsong, to living as an openly gay man. Anthony was one of the first in the world to experience religious gay conversion 'therapy' and has worked to see the practice cease. 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 occasions for his contribution and impact including being twice voted one of 'The 25 Most Influential Gay and Lesbian Australians’ (2007 and 2009) and in June 2020 he was awarded the 'Order of Australia Medal' (OAM) for service to the LGBTIQ community.

Walking Between Worlds Seminar – Gold Coast

By |2023-06-04T13:39:28+10:00May 30th, 2023|Categories: Event, Training|

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people of faith experience two worlds; often intensely opposed to each other. They experience the usual issues of resolving their sexuality, coming out, finding their place in the community and learning to live authentically in a straight world. Often however, they experience these with greater intensity and have [...]

The Savvy Ally – review and interview

By |2023-05-27T10:20:22+10:00May 9th, 2023|Categories: General, Review|

Apparently, you CAN teach an old dog new tricks. I probably would not have known about “The Savvy Ally” by Jeannie Gainsburg, had it not been for a quote of mine in the book. The publisher contacted me for permission to use the quote.……..which I gave. I requested a copy which arrived once the [...]

Moving forward – Chapter 21 A Life of Unlearning (2nd ed)

By |2023-04-16T15:56:54+10:00April 16th, 2023|Categories: A Life of Unlearning, Church|Tags: , , , , , , |

Chapter 21 A Life of Unlearning (2nd edition) - Moving forward The first and second  editions of A Life of Unlearning sold out. Information about the 3rd edition HERE  The week after the launch of the first edition of A Life of Unlearning, I invited the Honourable Justice Michael Kirby to lunch. This would be a [...]

Epilogue – A Life of Unlearning 2004

By |2023-04-29T12:39:55+10:00March 20th, 2023|Categories: A Life of Unlearning|

Epilogue - A Life of Unlearning– coming out of the church, one man’s struggle'. Published by New Holland. (2004 edition) Who should I blame for the heartache and trauma I went through? Can I blame the denominational leaders for their lack of understanding? Can I blame my friends in the ministry who deserted me in [...]

Hillsong and LGBTQ

By |2023-05-29T22:19:02+10:00March 4th, 2023|Categories: Audio, Conversion therapy|Tags: |

Hillsong and LGBTQ It seems a lot of people want to know about Hillsong and LGBTQ. I've learnt not to trust all journalists. Most are good, but not all. Some  have "used" my story to push their own agendas. I was more interested in "the cause" than wanting to enhance their careers with a sensationalist [...]

Human Rights Conference – Sydney World Pride 2023

By |2023-03-25T14:29:33+11:00March 3rd, 2023|Categories: A Life of Unlearning, General, Speech|

Presentation at the Human Rights Conference Sydney World Pride 2023 Anthony Venn-Brown OAM Founder and CEO of Ambassadors & Bridge Builders International Author of the bestseller A Life of Unlearning Watch on ABC iView (Starts at 15:45) “In 1952, the year after I was born, the American Psychiatric Association released their first Diagnostic Statistic [...]

Events – Faith@WorldPride

By |2023-03-09T10:40:12+11:00January 27th, 2023|Categories: Church, Event, General|Tags: |

FAITH AT WORLD PRIDE Sydney is about to experience our annual Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras on steroids. For 17 days, Sydney turns queer for Sydney World Pride. There will be parties, exhibitions, cultural events, discussions, our world famous parade, fair day, the Harbour Bridge will be closed for a Pride March and there will [...]

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