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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’.

REVIEW: For they know not what they do

By |2020-03-19T17:04:15+11:00March 19th, 2020|Categories: Review|

Director/producer Daniel Karslake has done it again. Since 2007, Karslake’s award winning documentary, “For the Bible Tells Me So”, has remained one of the top films in the faith/sexuality genre. It’s been a powerful tool to help Christians questioning conservative beliefs and others who need education. It would be impossible to count the lives that [...]

Homosexuality must be wiped out in Sydney (1953)

By |2020-03-02T12:39:07+11:00February 28th, 2020|Categories: General, The Quest to Cure Queers|

Homosexuality must be wiped out in Sydney Post war hysteria about homosexuality was drummed up in the press. First it was that these perverts were here and must be eliminated. Then, that the problem had reached epidemic proportions and homosexuals were recruiting.  The NSW police Commissioner Colin Delaney called it 'Australia's greatest menace, and fastest [...]

The Cure Documentary

By |2020-02-12T14:55:22+11:00February 9th, 2020|Categories: A Life of Unlearning, Conversion therapy, Mixed Orientation Marriage, Video|Tags: , , |

“The Cure” is an independent documentary film on reparative programs and the mental health implications of trying to “change” sexuality. Told through the compelling narratives of people who have tried to transform their sexuality, the film lifts the veil on Australian ‘ex-gay’ programs and ultimately brings to light underlying themes of hope and freedom. Released [...]

2019’s TOP 10

By |2019-12-31T14:49:09+11:00December 31st, 2019|Categories: Conversion therapy, Gay Christian, General, Mixed Orientation Marriage|

Do you want some holiday reading? You’ll find something of interest here I’m sure. Here are the top 10 most popular posts on the Ambassadors & Bridge Builders International site in 2019. Welcoming, accepting, affirming – When a church says they are welcoming and accepting, what does that really mean? Is it safe for LGBTQ people [...]

Why I chose gay conversion therapy

By |2019-11-24T13:18:51+11:00November 24th, 2019|Categories: A Life of Unlearning, Conversion therapy|

"Why I chose gay conversion 'therapy'" was presented at the Homosexual Histories Conference at the Australian National University, Canberra, and is part of my research for The Quest to Cure Queers. On the 13th March 1951 there was a lot of gay talk in newspapers all over Australia. Thanks to Trove[1], I found numerous references. [...]

Why have an International Transgender Day of Remembrance?

By |2019-11-20T13:26:16+11:00November 20th, 2019|Categories: General, LGBTI|

The International Transgender Day of Remembrance, is a day to memorialize transgender people who have been murdered because of transphobia and raise awareness on the needs and challenges faced by  the trans and gender diverse communities. Please have a look at these statistics. Stigma and extreme violence against trans and gender-diverse people are a global reality. Religious groups [...]

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

By |2020-02-04T15:15:02+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?.  Brian Houston 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 [...]

A Life of Unlearning more relevant now than ever

By |2019-09-24T15:42:22+10:00September 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 [...]