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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.

IDAHOBIT 2024 International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexphobia and Transphobia

By |2024-05-17T11:32:20+10:00May 17th, 2024|Categories: General|

The International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia, and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) is commemorated annually on May 17th. This day serves as a global platform to raise awareness about the violence and discrimination faced by LGBTQ+ communities worldwide. Established in 2004, IDAHOBIT coincides with the World Health Organisation's decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a [...]

Cumberland Council – sanity prevails

By |2024-05-16T17:15:12+10:00May 16th, 2024|Categories: General|

For the last two weeks, the Cumberland Council found itself embroiled in a contentious debate surrounding a ban on books depicting same-sex parents in its libraries. However, last night, the council voted 12:2 to reverse the ban following a vigorous late-night meeting. I mentioned in my last newsletter/post that “three councillors were absent; which makes [...]

Cumberland Council’s Book Ban Hypocrisy

By |2024-05-15T11:48:01+10:00May 14th, 2024|Categories: Uncategorized|

Cumberland Council’s Book Ban Hypocrisy This was first published on The Big Smoke   14/05/24 Last week, Cumberland City councillor and former mayor, Steve Christou, lead a motion to ban all same-sex parenting books from the eight local government area’s libraries. Six councillors voted in favour of the ban and five voted against. One councillor abstained [...]

More behind-the-scenes information about NSW’s ban on conversion “therapy”

By |2024-05-15T12:25:53+10:00April 27th, 2024|Categories: Australian Christian Lobby, Conversion therapy|Tags: , , , |

You may recall that in 2022 Alex Greenwich said he would create an Equality Bill that would deal with discrimination of the LGBTQ people in New South Wales and also legislation that would follow in the footsteps of other Australian states that had banned conversion "therapy". Submissions were called for to ensure that all [...]

Behind the scenes of New South Wales ban on conversion ‘therapy’

By |2024-05-15T12:26:17+10:00April 18th, 2024|Categories: Conversion therapy|Tags: , , , , |

This article was origially published on The Big Smoke "NSW bans conversion therapy" April 2, 2024 During a marathon session of the Upper House of the New South Wales Parliament, which stretched from 11pm to 6:30am, the government's Conversion Practices Ban Bill 2024 was going through the final processes. With 22 votes in favour [...]

New South Wales Bans Conversion Therapy

By |2024-05-19T09:18:45+10:00March 25th, 2024|Categories: Conversion therapy|Tags: |

New South Wales Bans Conversion Therapy At last. Sanity has prevailed. After a marathon debate on Thursday night that concluded with a vote at 6.30am, conversion “therapy” is banned in New South Wales. Considering that homosexuality was removed from the list of mental illnesses half a century ago, this legislation signifies that, as [...]

Aaron Kelly tells his powerful story – a gay man who was a pastor

By |2024-03-22T18:17:42+11:00March 22nd, 2024|Categories: Conversion therapy, Video|Tags: |

"Continually chasing ‘healing’ is the only way forward many LGTBQ Christians can see, with practices that subtly brainwash individuals into believing their core identity is sinful. I’ve attended multiple conferences where speakers urge people to come to the stage for “freedom” from the “sin of homosexuality and sexual perversion”. Often hundreds of people run to [...]

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