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Inside Ex-Gay: the naked truth, consists of four radio documentary episodes and a web site full of resources and information to assist members of the LGBTI community who are struggling to reconcile their sexuality and faith.


This third episode of Inside Ex-Gay: the naked truth, features a very special interview with Pastor Cath McKinney and the Convenor of the recently launched Australian Equality Party, Jason Tuazon-McCheyne.

Jason tells his story – from growing up in an evangelical church, studying theology in the US, working as a minister in Melbourne and having to leave the church behind.

Though Jason is now a prominent LGBTI activist, he was once a theology student and evangelical church minister. Many of his gay friends chose to suppress their homosexuality, however Jason chose to leave ministry behind and embrace a committed long term relationship with his now husband of 14 years and together they have a son.

Describing the Church as his “enemy”, Jason feels his many gifts of Christian leadership are not wanted in the church.

Cath McKinney is a church minister who has experienced the suffering and rejection known by Jason in her interaction with many of Melbourne’s ex-gay survivors and LGBTI Christian leaders.

Despite the differing stories, both Cath and Jason have experienced a profound common truth – that being stuck in a place of confusion about sexuality in the midst of an exclusive Christian world can be a deadly thing.

It’s a raw and honest look at life as a gay person of faith in Australia. For more information about this third episode of Inside Ex-gay: the naked truth, or for extra resources about the ex-gay movement in Australia and abroad, please visit the accompanying web site. 


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About the author: Dean


Producer. Broadcaster. Community Advocate. ENUF Ambassador.
Dean Beck has over 5 years experience as a broadcaster and radio producer. Dean is the founder and original presenter of community radio’s most popular show about sex, sexuality and self, Hide And Seek. He presents the nationally syndicated interview program Word For Word, heard each week on JOY 94.9 and across the Community Radio Network. He also presents a weekly news and current affairs program, On The Line. A tireless advocate for people living with HIV and ENUF Ambassador, Dean coordinated and hosted JOY 94.9’s groundbreaking radio and video web streaming broadcast, World AIDS Day Worldwide, a global 24 hour conversation held on December 1 2013, World AIDS Day. In 2013 JOY 94.9 presented Dean with the Addam Stobbs Broadcast Excellence Award and Living Positive Victoria presented him with their coveted Community Endeavour Award. Dean's work in promoting gay men’s health saw Hide And Seek receive the HIV Awareness Media Award from Living Positive Victoria in 2013.


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