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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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About the author: Michael


Michael is a Health Educator at Thorne Harbour Health (formerly the Victorian AIDS Council), working in the Sexually Adventurous Men (SAM) Project and it's Down an' Dirty campaign.

- Michael is a producer, co-host and podcast editor for Well, Well, Well @ 8pm Thursday nights on JOY discussing sex, health, and well-being in our LGBTI communities.

- Michael is a producer, co-host and podcast editor for Hide and Seek @ 9pm Wednesday nights on JOY discussing gay men's sex!

Michael is also a PrEP advocate with PAN [PrEPaccessNOW], and enjoys a well made negroni.


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