In an Australian first, SameSame.com.au announced the 25 Most Influential Gay & Lesbian Australians at an event held at the Art Gallery of NSW. What have been nicknamed 'the Gaylies' by the mainstream media, the list comprised the likes of pop singer Darren Hayes, one of the greatest sportswomen that Australia has produced Hockeyroo Alyson Annan, Senior Sergeant Joy Murphy of Victoria Police, Justice of the High Court of Australia Michael Kirby, and lesbian mum and author from Plays School Viki Harding.
What a wonderful honour to be placed with such an auspicious list of people.
The 25 were publicly nominated over the course of four weeks, supported by a national media campaign in the gay and lesbian press. Hundreds of nominations were received, sifted through and considered by the eight selected judges, one of which is TV personality
Could a high profile preacher in the fundamental, mega churches of
I wouldn't have thought so and never in my wildest dreams did I imagine it would become my path in life. In fact, when I resigned from the ministry in 1991, I was so full of self-loathing and viewing myself as a failure, that I'd planned a brief life as an out gay man. Commit suicide at 50, I thought, before you get too old and unattractive. Here I am now 56 and feeling more passionate than ever about what lies ahead of me. Almost every day seems to bring a new win or an encouraging email from a reader who tells me of their personal and sometimes profound transformation after reading my autobiography.
See the entire list here http://www.samesame.com.au/25
You can read the reasons why I was selected and also vote if you like on this link here. http://www.samesame.com.au/25/AnthonyVennBrown
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