From Prominent Pentecostal Preacher to Gay Community Leader
To some degree we are all living a life of unlearning: unlearning the things we have accepted without question and holding us back from being true to ourselves.
On the surface everything looked perfect. Anthony Venn-Brown was a happily married father-of-two and a successful, popular preacher in Australia’s mega-churches, such as Hillsong.
Behind the scenes though he fought a constant battle to conform, believing his homosexuality made him unacceptable to God and others. After 22 years of struggle, a chance encounter forced Anthony to face reality and make the toughest decision of his life; maintain the façade he had created or be true to himself and lose all he held dear. Tired of feeling torn and fragmented, he confessed and came out, and the results of that confession took him on a lonely journey that made him who he is today.
Anthony Venn-Brown has been twice voted on the 25 Most Influential Gay and Lesbian Australians joining well known names such Daniel Kowalski, Matthew Mitcham, Dr Kerryn Phelps and Hon. Michael Kirby and was a finalists for the 2011 ACON Community Hero Award.
Anthony’s journey highlights not only the price one might pay to be true to themselves but that the rewards are worth every struggle. Whether you are gay or straight, religious or non-believer you will find relevance in his triumphant and inspiring story; a journey to find the truth and live with integrity.
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