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Marty Sampson and the spiritual journey

By |2019-08-17T21:39:59+11:00August 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 [...]

A willy in a bottom

By |2019-08-06T11:52:55+11:00August 5th, 2019|Categories: Church, General|

Anthony: Hi I’m Anthony and I’m gay. Church leader: Hi, I’m Joel. Why do you have to say you’re gay? I don’t feel the need to announce I’m heterosexual. Anthony: Well I was thinking of coming to your church and I know that churches like yours have been anti-gay. It’s my way of checking if [...]

Think you know about Stonewall? Stonewall fact check

By |2019-07-16T22:10:08+11:00June 14th, 2019|Categories: General, LGBTI|

Yesterday I attended an amazing conference, OutLaws 2019, organised by Thomson Reuters here in New York. The invitation said: "At a moment when civil rights and public interest face considerable challenges at home and abroad, OutLaws 2019 is a timely and provocative program inviting LGBTQ professionals, allies, influencers and leaders to come together and help [...]

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 [...]

ABBI Annual Report 2018

By |2018-12-28T16:02:51+11:00December 19th, 2018|Categories: General|

Every year, at our annual general meeting, we review our achievements and think about our future. Since it was founded, Ambassadors & Bridge Builders International (ABBI) has consistently grown in it's influence. Each year has it's special wins. This last financial year is no exception. When I began to put this report together, even I [...]

LGBTI Religious Suicide – #WSPD

By |2019-09-10T15:35:36+11:00September 10th, 2018|Categories: General, LGBTI Therapy|

LGBTI Religious Suicide Why we'll never be able to count the cost For some time now we have known about the higher risk of LGBT suicide which includes ideation and attempts  (See stats here) but thoughts of and attempts to suicide are much higher for LGBT people from faith backgrounds. Research is now demonstrating something [...]

Journey to the Truth – here’s what’s been happening

By |2018-09-12T09:26:16+11:00August 12th, 2018|Categories: Conversion therapy, General, Help needed, The Quest to Cure Queers|

As the three months Journey to the Truth is coming to an end it is a good time to thank all who’ve contributed and share some exciting news. I want to especially those who kick-started the appeal so generously. We are now over 50%. Check that out HERE. The Journey to the Truth has been [...]

IDAHOT 2018 – Homophobia and Transphobia – what’s to fear

By |2018-05-17T19:58:33+11:00May 17th, 2018|Categories: Church, General, LGBTI|

Today is International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) Have you ever wondered what people actually have to fear from sexuality and gender diverse individuals?  And how is fear translated into hatred and violence? Here are some relevant articles for you to read and share. Homophobia just doesn’t exist in others, it exists in LGBTI [...]

Additional thoughts on religious freedom and exemptions

By |2017-12-06T17:28:58+11:00December 6th, 2017|Categories: Church, General|Tags: |

You might like to also read my main article here Religious freedom? What did Jesus say? Are gay people being too precious? “What’s the fuss” some say. “Surely you’d just go to another baker. If you know some business will discriminate against you why would you go there.” The problem with this is that in [...]