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The YMCA and LGBT – thank you

By |2022-09-18T14:19:04+10:00September 18th, 2022|Categories: General|

I was the Secretary General of the World Alliance of YMCAs 2011 – 2018. One of the potential divisive challenges of those years was the LGBT – issue. Being an ordained minister of the Lutheran Church of Norway, I was passionate about the need for justice and full dignity for all our LGBT members. As [...]

LGBTQ PEOPLE OF FAITH – visibility and a place at the table

By |2022-09-26T17:23:52+10:00September 15th, 2022|Categories: Gay Christian, General|

LGBTQ PEOPLE OF FAITH Giving them visibility and a place at the table Background: In 2004, I had my first book launch. It was upstairs at the Midnight Shift Nightclub with about 350 people attending. The majority of those people had never been to a gay venue previously. It was a very exciting evening……all those [...]

Why I chose NOT to be a “gay activist”

By |2022-08-13T22:54:16+10:00May 4th, 2022|Categories: A Life of Unlearning, General|

Walking home alone, after speaking at my first gay rights rally in 2005. I couldn’t understand why I felt so empty and deflated.  It wasn’t that I didn’t have the skills to communicate with a crowd. As a high-profile preacher in Australia’s Pentecostal world, I used to preach to congregations in their 1,000s every weekend. [...]

LinkedIn Top LGBTQIA+ Voices: The 20 creators to follow in Australia

By |2022-08-01T19:49:35+10:00March 1st, 2022|Categories: General, News article|

LinkedIn Top LGBTQIA+ Voices: The 20 creators to follow in Australia Published on March 1, 2022 Photo: Getty Images LinkedIn News Australia 541,442 followers Following The inaugural LinkedIn LGBTQIA+ Voices list highlights 20 thought leaders within the Australian LGBTQIA+ community who are posting insightful content and shaping conversations around inclusion and diversity. The honourees in [...]

World Suicide Prevention Day – a look at LGBTQ religious suicide

By |2021-09-11T13:13:20+10:00September 10th, 2021|Categories: Church, General|

LGBTQ Religious Suicide Why we'll never be able to count the cost The higher risk of LGBTQ suicide, which includes ideation and attempts (See stats here), is well documented. But thoughts of suicide and attempts are much higher for LGBTQ people from faith backgrounds. Why? Research is now demonstrating something I have been pointing out [...]

Shane Clifton, Anthony Venn-Brown, Ron Brookman – interview

By |2022-01-23T11:23:02+11:00July 18th, 2021|Categories: General, Video|

In 2004, after reading Anthony Venn-Brown's recently published autobiography, A Life of Unlearning, Dr Shane Clifton from Southern Cross College, the Australian Assemblies of God Bible College of the time (now Alphacrucis College), met with the author. As the college leadership refused to have Anthony speak on campus, Dr Clifton arranged to interview both Anthony [...]

Christian, Jewish and Islamic Sacred Texts and LGBTQ

By |2021-11-16T10:21:09+11:00June 29th, 2021|Categories: Church, General|

Sacred texts and LGBTQ -an interfaith trialogue Sacred texts and LGBTQ – an interfaith trialogue is a fascinating webinar with internationally famous gay Imam, Mushin Hendricks, Australian former high-profile Pentecostal preacher, Anthony Venn-Brown, and Jewish Bar Mitzvah teacher and Radical Faerie, Kim Gotlieb. Facilitated by educator and therapist, Sekneh Hammoud-Beckett, this panel will explore the communality of [...]

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