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The Cure Documentary

By |2020-02-12T14:55:22+11:00February 9th, 2020|Categories: A Life of Unlearning, Conversion therapy, Mixed Orientation Marriage, Video|Tags: , , |

“The Cure” is an independent 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 on Australian ‘ex-gay’ programs and ultimately brings to light underlying themes of hope and freedom. Released [...]

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

By |2020-02-04T15:15:02+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 [...]

Gay Conversion Therapy in Australia – REPORT

By |2019-09-17T13:43:41+10:00May 10th, 2018|Categories: A Life of Unlearning, Conversion therapy, LGBTI Therapy, The Quest to Cure Queers|Tags: , , , , , |

Gay Conversion Therapy in Australia The state of the nation ‘I have been through conversion therapy including help from pastors, counsellors and Christian acquaintances, I have been at this attempt to change for 14 years.  I am currently in a relationship with a woman who I love, but down deep I am in a lot [...]

How celibacy became the new “ex-gay”

By |2020-06-21T11:21:41+10:00August 9th, 2017|Categories: Church, Conversion therapy, Gay Christian|Tags: , , |

There are three ways you could understand how celibacy became the new ex-gay. You could have lived through the evolution, you are a researcher/historian, or you can read this article. I was born in 1951. In the 50’s and 60’s gay men were either imprisoned or institutionalised as they were considered sexual perverts. Mental health [...]

Undercover in a gay conversion camp (Womens Weekly)

By |2020-04-02T23:42:14+11:00June 2nd, 2015|Categories: News article (AVB/ABBI)|Tags: , , , , |

Undercover in a gay conversion camp Published in the Australian Womens Weekly written by Clair Weaver Jun 1, 2015 Across Australia, religious groups are offering to help gays and lesbians overcome same-sex attraction. Clair Weaver goes undercover to find out what’s going on. HANDS in the air, eyes to the sky and bodies swaying to [...]

Vigil honours victims of gay conversion therapy (City News)

By |2020-02-05T12:22:31+11:00April 17th, 2014|Categories: Conversion therapy, News article (AVB/ABBI)|Tags: , , , , |

Vigil honours victims of gay therapy Posted April 17, 2014 by Staff Writer & filed under City News. By Declan Gooch On a drizzly Saturday night, as the city’s party hotspots cranked into gear, a small group of people sat silent inside Oxford Street’s Stonewall Hotel to remember those traumatised by so-called gay conversion therapy. [...]

Remember * Encourage * Celebrate – A Vigil this Saturday #Vigil4Hope

By |2020-04-12T13:40:03+10:00April 9th, 2014|Categories: Event|Tags: , , , |

Living Waters Australia (LWA), one of Australia's foremost and longest running ex-gay/conversion therapy programs, closes this Saturday with a Thanksgiving Service. At the same time a vigil (#‎Vigil4Hope) is being held at Taylor Square, Sydney, to not only remember those who have taken their own lives because of ex-gay/conversion programs but also highlight the toll [...]

Australia’s largest ‘ex-gay’ ministry announces it will close down (Gay Star News)

By |2020-02-04T15:21:48+11:00March 19th, 2014|Categories: Conversion therapy, News article (AVB/ABBI)|Tags: , |

Australia’s largest ‘ex-gay’ ministry announces it will close down Australia’s Living Waters ‘ex-gay’ ministry has announced it will close by the end of June - citing a lack of interest and lack of qualified personnel to continue operating 19 March 2014    6:00 GMT  Andrew Potts Australian ‘ex-gay’ ministry Living Waters has announced it will close its [...]

Living Waters Australia to Close

By |2020-03-22T11:14:11+11:00March 18th, 2014|Categories: Conversion therapy|Tags: , , , , , |

Living Waters Australia (LWA), one of the foremost and longest running ex-gay/conversion therapy programs in this country will cease operations next month. Ron Brookman, the Australian director, gave several reasons for his decision in a newsletter to followers last week.  Many in the gay community are applauding this move as this means only a handful [...]