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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 |2019-11-24T13:18:51+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, 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 found numerous references. [...]

How, when and why Hillsong banned ‘ex-gay’ referrals

By |2019-10-22T17:20:40+11:00September 29th, 2019|Categories: A Life of Unlearning, Church, Conversion therapy|Tags: |

How, when and why Hillsong banned ‘ex-gay’ referrals Another controversy.  What is an anti-gay church?.  Brian Houston and AVB - the early days.  The ‘ex-gay’ story begins.  The undercover years 1999-2005.  Reaching out  Meeting with the Assemblies of God Executive.  The dialogue continues.  Mercy Ministries.  Lifting the lid on the underground.  Hillsong bans referrals to [...]

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 [...]

Hillsong and conversion therapy – what really happened

By |2019-10-04T16:15:41+10:00March 23rd, 2019|Categories: Conversion therapy|Tags: , , |

FULL ARTICLE NOW HERE Do you know about the recent Hillsong drama? It involved Chris Pratt, a Hillsong-attending award winning actor, famous for his roles in “The Lego Movie,” “Jurassic World,” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” Ellen Page, multi-award winning Canadian actress who is a declared atheist and been an out and proud lesbian since [...]

It will take more than policy to ban gay conversion therapy (Crikey)

By |2019-04-10T16:58:51+10:00February 15th, 2019|Categories: Conversion therapy, News article (AVB/ABBI)|

It will take more than policy to ban gay conversion therapy History has taught us that churches have been able to move dramatically on social issues. Eradicating gay conversion therapy will take pressure and a lot of faith. CHARLIE LEWIS FEB 15, 2019 The Andrews’ government announcement that “gay conversion therapy” would be banned was [...]

Banning gay ‘conversion’ isn’t enough (Sun Herald)

By |2019-04-10T17:00:18+10:00February 6th, 2019|Categories: Conversion therapy, News article (AVB/ABBI)|

Banning gay ‘conversion’ isn’t enough February 6, 2019 6:44am Seb Starcevic News Corp Australia Network Over the weekend, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced his government was finally putting an end to gay conversion therapy in Victoria, which he called “bigoted quackery”. “For far too long and for far too many Victorians, an evil practice has been [...]

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 [...]