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ABBI’s Top 10 2018

By |2018-12-31T18:06:26+11:00December 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+11:00December 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 [...]

The Department of Conversation chats with AVB

By |2018-12-08T21:37:04+11:00December 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+11:00October 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 [...]

A Pentecostal preacher asks three questions

By |2018-09-19T11:16:40+11:00September 11th, 2018|Categories: A Life of Unlearning, Church, Conversion therapy, Mixed Orientation Marriage|Tags: |

Hi Anthony I’ve just finished reading A Life of Unlearning. I actually really enjoyed it in spite of the fact that it disturbed me greatly! You write so well. I would have liked to hear you preach. What a legacy you created in Youth Alive and in your ministry. That fruit remains in spite of [...]

Anthony Venn-Brown – gay conversion therapy survivor (Buzzfeed)

By |2018-10-14T15:19:58+11:00July 14th, 2018|Categories: A Life of Unlearning, Conversion therapy, News article (AVB/ABBI), The Quest to Cure Queers|

This Is What It's Like To Have Exorcisms Performed On You Because You Are Gay Anthony Venn-Brown was 20 when he endured his first exorcism. It was the beginning of decades of conversion therapy. Now he tells BuzzFeed News how he's taking on the gay "cure" lobby. Patrick Strudwick  BuzzFeed UK LGBT Editor Posted on July [...]

Gay Conversion Therapy in Australia – REPORT

By |2019-01-03T17:46:22+11:00May 10th, 2018|Categories: A Life of Unlearning, Conversion therapy, LGBTI Therapy, The Quest to Cure Queers|

Gay Conversion Therapy in Australia The state of the nation ‘I have been through conversion therapy including help from pastors, counsellors and Christian acquaintances, I have been at this attempt to change for 14 years.  I am currently in a relationship with a woman who I love, but down deep I am in a lot [...]

Rehab with a twist – my ex-gay, gay conversion experience

By |2018-04-01T19:49:55+11:00April 1st, 2018|Categories: A Life of Unlearning, Conversion therapy|

A Life of Unlearning – a preacher’s struggle with his homosexuality, church and faith (3rd ed.) CHAPTER 7 - Rehab with a twist By the morning the glow of allowing a man to touch my emotions and soul was diminishing and the all-too-familiar insidious guilt took over. I said goodbye to Ben knowing I could [...]