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Anthony Venn-Brown

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’.

It will take more than policy to ban gay conversion therapy (Crikey)

By |2019-04-10T16:58:51+10:00February 15th, 2019|Categories: Conversion therapy, News article (AVB/ABBI)|

It will take more than policy to ban gay conversion therapy History has taught us that churches have been able to move dramatically on social issues. Eradicating gay conversion therapy will take pressure and a lot of faith. CHARLIE LEWIS FEB 15, 2019 The Andrews’ government announcement that “gay conversion therapy” would be banned was [...]

Banning gay ‘conversion’ isn’t enough (Sun Herald)

By |2019-04-10T17:00:18+10:00February 6th, 2019|Categories: Conversion therapy, News article (AVB/ABBI)|

Banning gay ‘conversion’ isn’t enough February 6, 2019 6:44am Seb Starcevic News Corp Australia Network Over the weekend, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced his government was finally putting an end to gay conversion therapy in Victoria, which he called “bigoted quackery”. “For far too long and for far too many Victorians, an evil practice has been [...]

Webinar – CONVERSION THERAPY AND LGBTI PEOPLE OF FAITH

By |2019-01-25T00:13:07+10:00January 24th, 2019|Categories: Event, LGBTI Therapy, Training|

Webinar for counsellors, therapists, chaplains, youth workers, telephone counsellors, pastors and LGBTI service providers  CONVERSION THERAPY AND LGBTI PEOPLE OF FAITH Presented by the Australian College of Relationship Counsellors (ACRC) and the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) The mental health challenges of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people have been well [...]

ABBI’s Top 10 2018

By |2018-12-31T18:06:26+10:00December 30th, 2018|Categories: A Life of Unlearning, Church, Conversion therapy, General, LGBTI|

How would you describe the work of Ambassadors & Bridge Builders International (ABBI) in a sentence? If you had things like education, information, dispelling myths about sexual orientation and gender identity, overcoming ignorance or counteracting false religious beliefs about LGBTI people and our community you’d be right. (If you are not sure of our mission [...]

Conversion Therapy Survivors Honour Roll

By |2019-02-05T11:21:13+10:00December 23rd, 2018|Categories: A Life of Unlearning, Conversion therapy|

There was a time when the terms 'ex-gay' or 'former homosexual' were non-existent. In the 1950s and 1960s mental health professionals tried unsuccessfully to find a cause and cure for homosexuality. In 1973, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) removed the diagnosis of “homosexuality” from the second edition of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM). At [...]

ABBI Annual Report 2018

By |2018-12-28T16:02:51+10:00December 19th, 2018|Categories: General|

Every year, at our annual general meeting, we review our achievements and think about our future. Since it was founded, Ambassadors & Bridge Builders International (ABBI) has consistently grown in it's influence. Each year has it's special wins. This last financial year is no exception. When I began to put this report together, even I [...]

The Department of Conversation chats with AVB

By |2018-12-08T21:37:04+10:00December 8th, 2018|Categories: A Life of Unlearning, Audio, Video|

Award winning presenter Pat Brittenden's online program, the Department of Conversation has a unique philosophy. We chat until we are finished...we are not hampered by adverts or sponsors...we want interesting people telling stories that you haven’t heard before...and from people you know but maybe haven’t seen in this kind of light before. Don’t think ‘interview’ [...]

Gay conversion therapy – does it work?

By |2018-10-18T13:41:05+10:00October 18th, 2018|Categories: A Life of Unlearning, Conversion therapy, Mixed Orientation Marriage, Video|

Gay conversion therapy - does it work? Can you be a Christian and gay? Can a person change from gay to straight? ABC's Hungry Beast looks at gay conversion therapies. Anthony Venn-Brown, former high profile preacher in Australia's mega-churches such as Hillsong and Anthony Menchetti talk about their ex-gay experience. Haydn Sennitt pastoral worker for [...]