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I never went through a conversion “therapy” program but…

By |2023-10-04T10:42:35+11:00October 3rd, 2023|Categories: Conversion therapy|Tags: |

I never went through a conversion “therapy” program but… I was 20 years old, and a Christian when I first met Sy Rogers.  I knew my Assemblies of God church was against homosexuality. I was in the closet and severely troubled. I was invited to a small private meeting in an upstairs’ room in Hindley St, [...]

We were all living a lie, deceiving ourselves and others

By |2023-10-28T12:10:35+11:00October 2nd, 2023|Categories: Conversion therapy|Tags: , |

I knew from a young age that I was different, and it was very apparent when puberty started, that I was not at all attracted to girls and was interested in guys instead. During the late 1960s and 70s, I struggled to understand and navigate life in a time and culture that was not accepting [...]

My family believes gays can be cured

By |2023-09-27T13:22:21+10:00September 27th, 2023|Categories: Conversion therapy|Tags: |

"These church organizations, which have offered ‘treatment’ for homosexuality, create a distance between their non-heterosexual children and their misguided parents, as has been the case for me." I am a gay 37-year cisgendered male living in southern Sydney and raised in a fundamental Christian family. My family believes gays can be cured. They attend a [...]

Is my family better off with a gay dad or a dead dad?

By |2023-09-27T13:18:17+10:00September 27th, 2023|Categories: Conversion therapy|Tags: |

"The years of self-hate had led me to the darkest point of my life. I had no neutral support to help me reconcile my feelings with the teachings of the church. I was shattered, alone, and deeply confused! My mindset and mantra at this time was focussed on the question: “Is my family better off [...]

ABBI 10-Year Anniversary Gala Dinner

By |2023-11-13T10:04:22+11:00September 21st, 2023|Categories: Event|

Be inspired by much loved Member for Sydney, Alex Greenwich MP and Anthony Venn-Brown OAM, founder and CEO of Ambassadors & Bridge Builders International (ABBI). You’ll be hosted and entertained by Shebeast. Drinks and canapes will be served on arrival, and you’ll have a 2-course dinner with a 4-hour [...]

My trans daughter or my church – that’s the choice I was given

By |2023-09-27T13:08:47+10:00September 13th, 2023|Categories: Conversion therapy|Tags: |

"Essentially the Pastor was giving me two choices. Either to be a part of his church as we were before, mother and son, or continue to affirm my child’s gender and lose my entire church family. I chose my trans daughter." I am the proud mother of a trans daughter who is now 18 years [...]

Faith, Sexuality and Gender Identity – creating new narratives

By |2023-09-11T14:18:51+10:00September 11th, 2023|Categories: A Life of Unlearning, Conversion therapy, Gay Christian, General, Video|

Faith, Sexuality and Gender Identity - creating new narratives LGBTQIA+ Leadership & Allyship Summit "Anthony's presentation 'Faith, Sexuality and Gender Identity' was a compelling, powerful, and surprisingly hilarious keynote at our LGBTQIA+ Leadership and Allyship Summit in Sydney. Not only was he the equal top-rated speaker for the event, he tackled a deeply personal but [...]

The Rainbow Advocate – Anthony Venn-Brown

By |2023-09-07T14:38:02+10:00September 7th, 2023|Categories: A Life of Unlearning, Audio|

  In this episode of The Rainbow Advocate, Evalyn Venture speaks to Anthony Venn-Brown OAM. They talk about his experiences being gay within a conservative church, being drafted by the military, conversion practices, AIDS and HIV, and his book – A Life of Unlearning. Subscribe or Follow Us: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Spotify | RSS https://www.facebook.com/therainbowadvocate

LGBTIQ+ Health Australia – Anthony Venn-Brown

By |2023-09-07T14:53:02+10:00September 2nd, 2023|Categories: A Life of Unlearning, Audio|

The Latest in LGBTIQ+ Health and Policy is a podcast that brings you the health and well-being hot topic discussions that matter to LGBTIQ+ people. In this episode, we chat with Anthony Venn Brown, co-founder of Freedom2b and founder and CEO of Ambassadors and Bridge Builders International. Anthony had previously been a leader in the [...]

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