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About 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’.

How, when and why Hillsong banned ‘ex-gay’ referrals

By |2019-10-05T12:24:08+11:00September 29th, 2019|Categories: A Life of Unlearning, Church, Conversion therapy|Tags: |

How, when and why Hillsong banned ‘ex-gay’ referrals Another controversy.  What is an anti-gay church?.  BH and AVB - the early days.  The ‘ex-gay’ story begins.  The undercover years 1999-2005.  Reaching out  Meeting with the Assemblies of God Executive.  The dialogue continues.  Mercy Ministries.  Lifting the lid on the underground.  Hillsong bans referrals to ‘ex-gay’ [...]

A Life of Unlearning more relevant now than ever

By |2019-09-24T15:42:22+11:00September 19th, 2019|Categories: A Life of Unlearning|Tags: , , |

Fifteen years ago, in 2004, 'A Life of Unlearning - coming out of the church, one man's struggle' hit Australian book and department store shelves. I had no idea that: It would become an Australian bestseller and sell out twice There'd be two more revised and updated editions It would change the lives of literally 1,000s [...]

Happy Birthday A Life of Unlearning

By |2019-09-24T15:43:47+11:00September 15th, 2019|Categories: A Life of Unlearning, Conversion therapy|

Who would have thought? Not me! Fifteen years ago, in 2004, ‘A Life of Unlearning – coming out of the church, one man’s struggle’ hit Australian book and department store shelves. I had no idea that: It would become an Australian bestseller and sell out twice There’d be two more revised and updated editions It [...]

Hey Jesus

By |2019-08-22T15:04:41+11:00August 22nd, 2019|Categories: Church, Gay Christian, Video|

Hey Jesus, by Trey Pearson, captures, in a touching and moving way, the questions and moments that so many LGBTQ people from Pentecostal and Evangelical backgrounds know so intimately. To have a better understanding of what that is like read this resource we have HERE. Of course the answer to the question is are resounding [...]

Marty Sampson and the spiritual journey

By |2019-08-17T21:39:59+11:00August 17th, 2019|Categories: Church, General|Tags: |

Hillsong's Marty Sampson has shaken up the Pentecostal and Evangelical worlds by declaring on social media his faith is on shaky ground. This is familiar territory for many of us, especially if we are LGBTI from that background. Some years back, I came across an incredibly insightful article 'Stages of Faith - A Map for [...]

A willy in a bottom

By |2019-08-06T11:52:55+11:00August 5th, 2019|Categories: Church, General|

Anthony: Hi I’m Anthony and I’m gay. Church leader: Hi, I’m Joel. Why do you have to say you’re gay? I don’t feel the need to announce I’m heterosexual. Anthony: Well I was thinking of coming to your church and I know that churches like yours have been anti-gay. It’s my way of checking if [...]

World Pride, Stonewall50 and TQTCQ Report Evening

By |2019-07-08T11:35:53+11:00July 7th, 2019|Categories: Event|

Last month's World Pride events in NYC drew millions of people from all over the world. This celebration also  marked the 50 year anniversary of the Stonewall uprising; considered by many to be the Rosa Parks moment of today's LGBTI rights movement. Founder and CEO of Ambassadors & Bridge Builders International, Anthony Venn-Brown, has just [...]