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Pray Away – Netflix documentary – Review

By |2021-08-05T14:05:58+10:00August 2nd, 2021|Categories: Conversion therapy, Review|

Occasionally a seminal work appears that becomes a defining piece, a turning point, or breakthrough in a particular area. Considering the religious LGBTQ conversion movement, the documentary Pray Away, released on Netflix August 3rd, could very well be that work. After mental health professional organisations realised that gay and lesbian people were not sick and [...]

THE CURE – Australian Conversion “Therapy” Documentary

By |2021-08-01T16:55:32+10:00August 1st, 2021|Categories: Conversion therapy, Video|Tags: , , |

Have you seen Pray Away? Here is the only Australian conversion therapy documentary ever made. “The Cure” is an independent Australian documentary film on reparative programs and the mental health implications of trying to “change” sexuality. Told through the compelling narratives of people who have tried to transform their sexuality, the film lifts the veil [...]

Conversion therapy timeline – what’s the same, what has changed

By |2021-07-01T17:23:05+10:00June 17th, 2021|Categories: Conversion therapy|

What is Conversion “Therapy”/Practice? Several definitions have been offered. To summarise these, these are the common elements: First, it is based on the false belief that a non-heterosexual, transgender or queer identity is abnormal and the result of damaged development. Second, conversion "therapy" can involve a variety of practices including personal prayer, informal or formal [...]

ABC Conversations Podcast – Anthony Venn-Brown

By |2021-06-05T18:08:00+10:00June 2nd, 2021|Categories: A Life of Unlearning, Audio, Conversion therapy, Mixed Orientation Marriage|

One of Australia's most popular podcasts, ABC's Conversations, interviews Anthony Venn-Brown OAM about his Life of Unlearning. Discovering he was gay in the 1960s was frightening. Homosexuality was a criminal offence and mental health professionals were attempting to cure gay men and lesbians. In 1969 Anthony turned to God for help, became a born-again Christian, [...]

The Ideas Digest Podcast digs deep with Anthony Venn-Brown

By |2021-06-01T00:43:54+10:00June 1st, 2021|Categories: A Life of Unlearning, Audio, Conversion therapy|

The Ideas Digest podcast is about understanding the people we disagree with & humanising our enemy. It humanises controversial ideas by learning about where we found them and how they change us. Whether they be religious, political, taboo or politically incorrect. On 21st March I did two things I've never done before. Firstly, I did an [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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