Conversion Therapy

The practice of gay conversion therapy will be banned in Victoria after the Health Complaints Commissioner found overwhelming evidence it does serious and long-term harm to those who receive it.

in 2018, a landmark report conducted by La Trobe University and the Human Rights Law Centre highlighted disturbing testimonies from people who went through a form of gay conversion therapy — some willingly, others by force — in an attempt to become straight.

This week, Michael speaks with Anthony Venn Brown – founder and CEO of ABBI (Ambassadors and Bridge Builders International) and formerly of Freedom2B – a network for GLBTIQ people from Pentecostal, Charismatic and Evangelical backgrounds.

Since 2000 Anthony Venn-Brown has worked in the often volatile space of faith and sexuality and helped thousands of people resolve faith/sexuality conflict.


ABBI – Ambassadors and Bridge Builders International

Human Rights Law Centre authored report ‘Preventing Harm, Promoting Justice: Responding to LGBT conversion therapy in Australia’

The Brave Network – a support and advocacy group for LGBTIQ people of faith and allies

Switchboard –  peer-driven support services for the lesbian, gay, bisexual,
transgender and gender divers, intersex, queer and asexual (LGBTIQA+) people, their families,
allies and communities 1800 184 527 

Lifeline: 13 11 14 – Crisis support


This show, Episode #660 originally aired Thursday 7th March 2019.

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