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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.

I was a Teenage Fundamentalist

By |2021-05-22T17:53:10+10:00May 22nd, 2021|Categories: A Life of Unlearning, Audio|

In the 1980s and 90s, B and T, hosts of the "I was a Teenage Fundamentalist" podcast, were members of large Pentecostal churches in Australia. In these podcasts, these two GenXers, look back on these years to contextualise, deconstruct and ask, “WTF were we thinking and how does this impact who we are now?” This [...]

Honey I’m gay – I am gay in a straight marriage

By |2021-07-05T13:47:27+10:00May 20th, 2021|Categories: A Life of Unlearning, Mixed Orientation Marriage, Video|Tags: , , |

I am gay in a straight marriage People find themselves in these situations because of a number of factors. These are, where a person lives geographically, family or society pressure, the culture you come from, the influence of religion or even the belief that getting married like "normal" people do will solve your "problem". It [...]

International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia #IDAHOBIT

By |2021-05-17T14:17:26+10:00May 17th, 2021|Categories: General|

Today is International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia  #IDAHOBIT What do people actually have to fear from sexuality and gender diverse individuals? And how is fear translated into hatred and violence? Here are some relevant articles for you to read and share. How many times have you heard someone say ‘I’m not homophobic but’ [...]

Conversion “therapy” – a family’s lament

By |2021-04-05T18:15:20+10:00April 5th, 2021|Categories: Conversion therapy|

We fell for the 'conversion therapy' lie. No other family should be given the chance Opinion: This pseudoscience, rejected by every notable professional medical association, brought our son to the brink of suicide and almost tore our family apart. Glen Traasdahl opinion contributor Feb. 27 2021 on AZCentral No parent wants to harm their child, [...]

Conversion Therapy- “You obviously love your sin, more than you love God” I was told

By |2021-02-07T11:43:39+11:00February 4th, 2021|Categories: A Life of Unlearning, Conversion therapy|

When I moved to the National Park, south of Sydney, in March last year, I hadn’t considered that the familiar surroundings would trigger memories of my gay conversion “therapy” experience nearly fifty years earlier. If it wasn’t for Covid, I wouldn’t be down here. I’m an inner city boy at heart. But when Sydney’s lock [...]

Margaret Court – a Bible-believing Christian?

By |2021-05-27T12:46:40+10:00January 24th, 2021|Categories: General|Tags: |

Margaret Court, pastor of Victory Life Centre, a Pentecostal church in Perth, has been extremely vocal about LGBTQ people and their relationships. This was particularly true during Australia's agonising marriage equality debate. One of her most infamous efforts was an open letter to the CEO of Qantas, Alan Joyce, stating that she would no longer [...]

Australian Conversion “Therapy” Organisation Closes

By |2020-12-21T01:29:50+11:00December 21st, 2020|Categories: Conversion therapy, Media release|Tags: |

MEDIA RELEASE Australian Conversion “Therapy” Organisation Closes A just released paper “‘Beyond Egypt’ Closes - lessons from the rise and demise of an LGBTQ conversion organisation” reveals the duplicity of conversion “therapy” leaders, some of their bizarre beliefs and messages, and lifts the veil on what has been the most secretive organisation in Australia. Anthony Venn-Brown, [...]

Beyond Egypt closes

By |2021-04-09T18:38:30+10:00December 19th, 2020|Categories: Conversion therapy|Tags: , , , , , |

'Beyond Egypt' Closes Lessons from the rise and demise of an LGBTQ conversion organisation Anthony Venn-Brown (Updated 22.01.21) Abstract Reflecting on the history and closure of yet another conversion "therapy" organisation has several benefits. It creates an opportunity to educate people about the beliefs, practices, and language of the LGBTQ conversion movement. It also enables [...]

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