Resources for people from faith backgrounds.

Homosexuality

Founder of Ambassadors & Bridge Builders International, Anthony Venn-Brown, was the first openly gay man invited to speak in an Australian evangelical Bible college.

This lecture deconstructs many false assumptions in the Christian Church about LGBTQ people and the community.

Andrew’s story

Andrew shares his story about being gay in a pentecostal church, movingly and with some humour.

No doubt you’ll laugh and cry as many did on the night.

  • What is it like when you come to realise you are gay in a church that believes it is a sin?
  • How does leadership respond when you feel brave enough to share your secret?
  • What does one have to work through, once you realise you no longer belong?

Talkback radio interview

It was a pretty normal Saturday afternoon on Sydney talkback radio with Glenn Wheeler’s regular guests talking about sports, gardening, and cooking.

But this Saturday afternoon the generally conservative audience heard about homosexuality.

A couple of days later Glenn attended the A Life of Unlearning book launch and talked about the impact the interview had on him personally.

Sally Golder interview

This interview with Anthony Venn-Brown was on Out of the Pan with Sally Goldner on Melbourne radio 3CR after the release of the second edition of A Life of Unlearning.

Bestselling autobiography – A Life of Unlearning

A life of Unlearning a preacher's struggle with his homosexuality, church and faith | Bestseller | Third Edition.

We are all living a life of unlearning: unlearning things we accepted as truth but created a persona so unlike who we really are.

Eventually cracks appear and beliefs challenged.

On the surface, everything looked perfect. Anthony Venn-Brown was a happily married father-of-two and a popular preacher in Australia’s growing mega-churches such as Hillsong.

Behind the scenes, he fought…

The impacts of faith/sexuality conflict

Faith/sexuality conflict is common amongst LGBT people from faith backgrounds.

Being brought up in or being a part of a church culture that says you are sick, unnatural, or worse, an abomination can have a profound impact on the well-being of LGBT people.

Sometimes the impact of the internal faith/sexuality conflict has been tragic.

Conversion therapy

The mental health challenges of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people have been well documented.

LGBTI people from faith backgrounds often experience these with greater intensity and have additional issues to deal with including attempts to change their sexual orientation or block gender transitioning.