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.
‘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.