Public lecture: Post-Equality Victory: The Challenges Ahead


Thursday, 26 September 2019, 06:00 pm

Location: Watt Space Gallery, Corner King & Auckland Streets, Newcastle
Cover of Anthony Venn-Venn Brown's 'A Life of Unlearning'. Cover design by Boxer & Co.

Please join Anthony Venn-Brown for this public lecture at Watt Space Gallery Thursday 26 September from 6pm-7pm.

Anthony Venn-Brown is a well-known ambassador for the LGBTIQ community. After turning to God as a teenager, Anthony invested his life in the ministry and became a preacher in Australia’s Pentecostal Assemblies of God’s ‘mega churches.’ Little did people know that Anthony had spent 22 years attempting to change his sexual orientation through psychiatric treatment, exorcism, and ‘ex-gay’ programs. His book, A Life of Unlearning – A Preacher’ s Struggle with his Homosexuality, Church and Faith was an Australian best-seller and Anthony has gone on to become the founder and CEO of Ambassadors & Bridge Builders International, a charitable organisation that assists individuals, churches, leaders and denominations in developing better understandings of LGBTIQ people, communities, relationships and issues.

Anthony’s position, experiences and leadership give him a unique lens with which to view and talk about the recent changes in marriage legislation and the changing views toward and legislation around sexual freedom and LGBTIQ identity.  The 'Waiting for Equality' exhibition and research, aims to capture and share the lived experiences around the marriage equality debate and postal survey in Newcastle and the Hunter. In the lead up to the December exhibition, the project will be holding a Public Lecture series to introduce the history and process of Marriage Equality in Newcastle and the Hunter and in the second in this series we are delighted to have Anthony Venn-Brown.

This event is by The 'Waiting for Equality' Project. The 'Waiting for Equality' Project is generously supported by a bequest from the late Mrs Janet Copley.

Anthony Venn-Brown has been supported by The Centre for 21st Century Humanities, and the School of Humanities and Social Science.