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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 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.

The YMCA and LGBT – thank you

By |2022-09-18T14:19:04+10:00September 18th, 2022|Categories: General|

I was the Secretary General of the World Alliance of YMCAs 2011 – 2018. One of the potential divisive challenges of those years was the LGBT – issue. Being an ordained minister of the Lutheran Church of Norway, I was passionate about the need for justice and full dignity for all our LGBT members. As [...]

LGBTQ PEOPLE OF FAITH – visibility and a place at the table

By |2022-09-26T17:23:52+10:00September 15th, 2022|Categories: Gay Christian, General|

LGBTQ PEOPLE OF FAITH Giving them visibility and a place at the table Background: In 2004, I had my first book launch. It was upstairs at the Midnight Shift Nightclub with about 350 people attending. The majority of those people had never been to a gay venue previously. It was a very exciting evening……all those [...]

The old “ex-gay” and the new celibacy message

By |2022-09-03T13:42:29+10:00September 1st, 2022|Categories: Conversion therapy|

In 1973, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) removed homosexuality as a mental illness from its diagnostic manual. Whilst mental health professionals faced the reality they were wrong, and moved on, much of the Christian Church was not having any of it. In their eyes, homosexuality was more than a mental illness. It was a God [...]

CURED documentary review – a MUST SEE for all LGBTQ people, families, friends and allies

By |2022-08-24T09:01:06+10:00August 21st, 2022|Categories: Conversion therapy, Event, Review, Video|

Free online viewing Thursday, 25 August, 8pm (AEST) REGISTER HERE Review Most people know there was a time when gay and lesbian people were considered mentally ill and mental health professionals used bizarre and cruel methods in their attempts to cure them. Probably fewer people could name the year that was reversed and fewer could detail [...]

CURED – One-off free online screening

By |2022-09-01T14:27:56+10:00August 12th, 2022|Categories: Conversion therapy, Event, Video|

REGISTRATION FOR FREE "CURED" VIEWING Ambassadors & Bridge Builders International (ABBI) and Brave Network are pleased to announce a private virtual screening of the award-winning PBS documentary CURED, which highlights a pivotal but little-known moment in LGBTQ history when activists rose up to challenge a formidable institution — and won! On Thursday, August 25th at [...]

Sy Rogers misled me and I tried to be straight for the next 27 years

By |2022-08-09T23:27:37+10:00August 9th, 2022|Categories: Conversion therapy|Tags: |

"I was 20 years old, and a Christian when I first met Sy Rogers. I was in the closet and severely troubled as  I knew the Assemblies of God church I attended opposed homosexuality. I was invited to a small private meeting in an upstairs’ room in Hindley St, Adelaide organised by some church group [...]

Shane Clifton, Jem Clifton and Anthony Venn-Brown talk pride and other things

By |2022-08-07T13:23:00+10:00August 7th, 2022|Categories: Video|

Jem Clifton and Shane Clifton chat with Anthony Venn-Brown about his religious background, conversion therapy and tireless advocacy for LGBTQI people of faith. Shane and Anthony also reminisce about their long 'queer' friendship. See Anthony and Shane Clifton's 2004 interview, when Shane was a lecturer at Alphacrucis College (The Assemblies of God Bible College here: [...]

New South Wales Equality Bill ABBI Submission

By |2022-07-19T13:38:45+10:00July 17th, 2022|Categories: Conversion therapy|

"It is time to remove all remaining discrimination of LGBTIQA+ communities and achieve holistic equality. Over the last 40 years, we have broken down many barriers for LGBTIQA+ people to create a brighter future for younger generations. But not all barriers have been removed with discrimination still embedded in a number of laws. The recently released NSW [...]

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