Christian Counsellors Ban Conversion Therapy

‘Our biggest challenge lies in the religious belief that ‘homosexuality is a sin’, still prevalent in evangelical and pentecostal churches and being currently propagated by footballer, Israel Folau.’

With all the recent media attention about gay conversion therapy (GCT), one voice has remained silent; the Christian Counsellors Association of Australia (CCAA). A report released today reveals that two years ago, the Christian Counsellors Association of Australia, revised their code of ethics which stated that no members were to work with clients modifying or changing their sexual orientation.

The author of the report, Anthony Venn-Brown, of Ambassadors & Bridge Builders International (ABBI), reveals why the CCAA have been secretive and that their code of ethics is not always believed or followed.

The 24 page report gives an in-depth, behind the scenes look at GCT in Australia. It includes communications between religious GCT advocates, the initial and long term impacts of individuals who’ve experienced GCT  and the challenges that lie ahead to have the practice banned altogether.

Since 2000, Venn-Brown has worked with religious GCT survivors and worked to see organisations ‘ex-gay’ organisations close down in Australia by holding them accountable to their false claims. There is still much more to do according to him.
‘Seeing the formal ‘ex-gay’ organisations, like Exodus, close down was only phase one’ Venn-Brown said. ‘Our biggest challenge lies in the religious belief that ‘homosexuality is a sin’, still prevalent in evangelical and pentecostal churches and being currently propagated by footballer, Israel Folau.’
‘I hope my report will be a positive contribution that will bring GCT to an end in Australia. But more importantly that like Alan Chambers, the former president of Exodus International, churches around Australia will say “we were wrong, forgive us” and the healing process for so many sexuality and gender diverse people from faith backgrounds can begin.’ Venn-Brown concluded.
Anthony Venn-Brown
Founder and CEO
Ambassadors & Bridge Builders International

About the author

Anthony was a leader in the Assemblies of God and high profile preacher in Australia’s mega-churches. For 22 years he tried to change his homosexuality through psychiatric treatment, exorcisms, and ‘ex-gay’ programs’. Although a husband and father for 16 years, eventually he had to admit that nothing had changed. In 1991 faced the toughest decision of his life. Be true to himself and lose everything he held dear; or live a lie.