Speaking on Radio National tonight on Exodus closure and its impact on Australia

This interview is now available online

I will be on ABC @RadioNational at 5.30pm Australian eastern time giving a firsthand account of what really happened at the final Exodus Conference. Listen online http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/

You may have read some of the Australian mainstream media reports about the ending of Exodus and its implications. The reports are poorly researched. Ron Brookman from Living Waters is under the allusion that his outdated message will continue. I think not. (Read my 2010 report here)

Peter Stokes from the Salt Shakers clearing doesn't have a clue obviously by his comments made to the media.

Quoting from the SMH article
Peter Stokes, chief executive of Christian ethics group Salt Shakers, said Chambers was "off the planet".

"Alan Chambers has said I have tried this and failed, therefore it's not possible for anybody else to come out of homosexuality," he said.

"It's a bit like a drug addict saying I tried to stop and I couldn't do it so nobody else can do it."

He accused Mr Chambers of undermining Christian values.

"It's very sad to see a good organisation being ripped apart by one individual," he said.

"This organisation has helped many people over the years."

I sent this to the media.

The Reverend Ron Brookman, statement that "the organisation had acknowledged damage caused by treating homosexuality as something that could be "cured" " is untrue. There has never been an acknowledgement of harm. In fact quite the opposite. In the documentary, The Cure, he stated that he couldn't recall a single person who had been harmed or attempted suicide.

Exodus Asia Pacific, part of the continuing Global Alliance, may have ambitions to continue perpetrate the myth that homosexuality is a choice and can be changed but the writing is on the wall (to use a biblical analogy).  

Ambassadors & Bridge Builders International research has shown that two thirds of ex-gay ministries in Australia and New Zealand disappeared in the last decade. Since that research was done another ministry, Mosaic, disappeared after the suicide of one of its participants, the only worker at Liberty Christian Ministries just resigned and Ministry One has also gone from the Global Alliance site as the founder and director, Simon Tinkler, came out as gay.  

The vast majority of Australians don't see being gay as an issue and an increasing number of Christian churches are becoming welcoming and affirming. What's left of the struggling Australian ex-gay organisations are swimming upstream against a tsunami.

Hope you enjoy the interview.

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Anthony Venn-Brown is the co-founder and former leader of Freedom2b, Australia’s largest network of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) people from Christian backgrounds. He is also an educator and consultant on LGBT/faith issues and leader in deconstructing the ‘ex-gay’ myth. Anthony’s autobiography 'A Life of Unlearning', details his journey from married, high profile preacher in Australia’s mega-churches to living as an openly gay man. Anthony has been twice voted ‘One of the 25 Most Influential Gay and Lesbian Australians’ (2007 & 2009) and  was one of four finalists for the 2011 ACON Community Hero Award. He is also the founder and director of Ambassadors & Bridge Builders International.

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