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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.

Events – Faith@WorldPride

By |2023-02-04T13:06:12+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 [...]

What is conversion ‘therapy’ – a complete guide

By |2022-12-29T13:17:46+11:00December 15th, 2022|Categories: Conversion therapy, Video|

What is conversion 'therapy' Everything you wanted to know about conversion 'therapy'. What is conversion 'therapy'? Where did conversion 'therapy' come from? How did conversion 'therapy' evolve? What are the conversion 'therapy' impacts? Why should conversion 'therapy' be banned? Questions? This presentation was given at the Included 2021 Conference hosted by Salvation Army members [...]

Transgender Dragonflies – Rev Josephine Inkpin

By |2022-12-29T12:52:34+11:00December 11th, 2022|Categories: Church, General, Speech, Video|Tags: |

Disgusting, abominable, and reprehensible are the politest words I can find to describe the behaviour of some conservative Christians. As gays and lesbians, we have endured decades of accusations, condemnation and lies about our supposed “lifestyles”, lifespans, and the quality of our relationships. We’ve been labelled evil, perverts, deviates, abominations and child molesters. AIDS, [...]

LGBTQ Religious Trauma, Resolution Options and PTSD

By |2022-12-29T13:09:48+11:00November 12th, 2022|Categories: Conversion therapy, LGBTI Therapy, Video|

LGBTQ Religious Trauma, Resolution Options and PTSD Having worked with 1,000s of LGBTQ people from Christian backgrounds, I've had lots of experience with LGBTQ Religious Trauma. I was invited to join a lineup of 15 speakers at the Shameless Sexuality: Life After Purity Culture conference in the US. In my presentation ‘A Life of [...]

Tasmania to ban conversion “therapy”

By |2022-12-29T14:18:18+11:00November 11th, 2022|Categories: Conversion therapy, News article (AVB/ABBI)|Tags: |

Tasmania to ban conversion “therapy” * After the release of the Tasmanian Law Reform Institute (TLRI) report, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Conversion Practices, Tasmania is following other Australian states that have passed legislation banning what has become known as “conversion therapy”. Religious opponents are attempting to block the legislation by clouding the issues with smokescreens and resurrecting [...]

The YMCA and LGBT – thank you

By |2022-12-29T13:37:28+11:00September 18th, 2022|Categories: General|

The YMCA and LGBT – thank you I was the Secretary General of the World Alliance of YMCAs 2011 – 2018. One of the potentially 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 [...]

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

By |2022-12-29T14:22:35+11:00September 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 [...]

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

By |2022-12-05T13:21:10+11:00September 1st, 2022|Categories: Conversion therapy|

The old "ex-gay" and the new celibacy message 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 [...]

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 [...]

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