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Anthony Venn-Brown OAM

About Anthony Venn-Brown OAM

Anthony Venn-Brown OAM, 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 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.

Conversion Therapy- “You obviously love your sin, more than you love God” I was told

By |2021-02-07T11:43:39+11:00February 4th, 2021|Categories: A Life of Unlearning, Conversion therapy|

When I moved to the National Park, south of Sydney, in March last year, I hadn’t considered that the familiar surroundings would trigger memories of my gay conversion “therapy” experience nearly fifty years earlier. If it wasn’t for Covid, I wouldn’t be down here. I’m an inner city boy at heart. But when Sydney’s lock [...]

Australian Conversion “Therapy” Organisation Closes

By |2020-12-21T01:29:50+11:00December 21st, 2020|Categories: Conversion therapy, Media release|Tags: |

MEDIA RELEASE Australian Conversion “Therapy” Organisation Closes A just released paper “‘Beyond Egypt’ Closes - lessons from the rise and demise of an LGBTQ conversion organisation” reveals the duplicity of conversion “therapy” leaders, some of their bizarre beliefs and messages, and lifts the veil on what has been the most secretive organisation in Australia. Anthony Venn-Brown, [...]

Beyond Egypt closes

By |2021-02-13T23:17:07+11:00December 19th, 2020|Categories: Conversion therapy|Tags: , , , , , |

'Beyond Egypt' Closes Lessons from the rise and demise of an LGBTQ conversion organisation Anthony Venn-Brown (Updated 22.01.21) Abstract Reflecting on the history and closure of yet another conversion "therapy" organisation has several benefits. It creates an opportunity to educate people about the beliefs, practices, and language of the LGBTQ conversion movement. It also enables [...]

Sexual preference – why is it such an offensive term?

By |2020-10-16T09:23:30+11:00October 15th, 2020|Categories: General|

When Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, was questioned about her attitude towards the Supreme Court's 2015 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which granted the right to same-sex marriage she replied: "I have no agenda, and I do want to be clear that I have never discriminated on the basis of sexual preference and would [...]

Anthony Venn-Brown talks with an Angel

By |2020-09-25T00:34:46+10:00September 25th, 2020|Categories: A Life of Unlearning, Church, Gay Christian, Video|

Anthony Venn-Brown talks with an Angel During the pandemic, Angel Huertas (originally from Puerto Rico, now living in Texas) has been doing many interviews. The series, is entitled Tertuliando en Cuarentena, which essentially means gathering during quarantine. Way back in 2005, Angel contacted me after serendipitously discovering my autobiography, A Life of Unlearning, while he [...]

The Ultimate Church Welcome – MUST READ

By |2020-08-06T14:18:24+10:00August 1st, 2020|Categories: Church|

This church welcome has been attributed to being published in the service program of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Community Church in Daytona Beach, Florida. If you've read the gospels, you'll know that this church welcome completely aligns with the teaching and parables of Jesus, who was consistently rebuking the Pharisees for their attitude of [...]

Founder of ABBI awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for service to the LGBTIQ community

By |2020-06-13T13:50:34+10:00June 8th, 2020|Categories: Media release|

MEDIA RELEASE Founder of ABBI recieves OAM for service to the LGBTIQ community Today (MON 8 JUN 2020), Anthony Venn-Brown, Founder and CEO of Ambassadors & Bridge Builders International (ABBI), has been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Mr Venn-Brown received the OAM for his [...]

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