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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 |2021-01-12T11:30:59+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, 15-16 November 2019 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 [...]

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’ (conversion therapy) referrals

By |2021-03-24T18:22:12+11:00September 29th, 2019|Categories: A Life of Unlearning, Church, Conversion therapy|Tags: , , |

How, when and why Hillsong banned ‘ex-gay’ referrals This is an extensive article of several 1000 words. You can read individual sections by clicking on the headings below. Or you can download the PDF HERE Another controversy.  What is an anti-gay church?.  Brian Houston and AVB - the early days.  The ‘ex-gay’ story begins.  The [...]

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 [...]

Happy Birthday A Life of Unlearning

By |2019-09-24T15:43:47+10:00September 15th, 2019|Categories: A Life of Unlearning, Conversion therapy|

Who would have thought? Not me! 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 [...]

Hey Jesus

By |2019-08-22T15:04:41+10:00August 22nd, 2019|Categories: Church, Gay Christian, Video|

Hey Jesus, by Trey Pearson, captures, in a touching and moving way, the questions and moments that so many LGBTQ people from Pentecostal and Evangelical backgrounds know so intimately. To have a better understanding of what that is like read this resource we have HERE. Of course the answer to the question is are resounding [...]

Marty Sampson and the spiritual journey

By |2019-08-17T21:39:59+10:00August 17th, 2019|Categories: Church, General|Tags: |

Hillsong's Marty Sampson has shaken up the Pentecostal and Evangelical worlds by declaring on social media his faith is on shaky ground. This is familiar territory for many of us, especially if we are LGBTI from that background. Some years back, I came across an incredibly insightful article 'Stages of Faith - A Map for [...]

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