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Ex-Gay Survivors To March In Sydney’s Mardi Gras

Jim Burroway

February 4th, 2010

Anthony Venn-Brown, of Australia’s Freedom 2 b[e] is organizing a group of ex-gay survivors to march in the February 27 Sydney Mardi Gras Parade. Sydney’s Mardi Gras is the perhaps the largest gay pride celebration in the world, and Anthony explains why participating can be such a healing experience for former ex-gays:

People who are same-sex-orientated often feel societal and family pressures to resist, reject or deny their true feelings. This pressure to conform and live as heterosexuals is much more intense for those who come from faith backgrounds and Christian churches, as the belief system says that acceptance or rejection of their sexuality has eternal consequences. Struggling to change can be private and internal, through one on one personal counselling or support groups. Some of us have even gone to the extremes of exorcisms, ‘ex-gay’ programs or marrying, believing this will solve our ‘problem’. The journey to find resolution and self–acceptance for gay men and lesbians from Christian backgrounds can be torturous and even traumatic.

…Marching in the Mardi Gras parade or a Pride march is often an empowering experience and an opportunity to put the shame and the ‘demons’ of the past to rest by publicly declaring that we are out, proud and love being who we are; lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

Our message is a positive one; celebrating our journeys to resolution and self-acceptance. By marching together we also send a positive message to people in churches who are still locked in a prison of self-hatred.

If you’re interested in marching with Freedom 2 b[e], you can find more information at their web site. I know I would give my eye teeth to be there.

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Christopher™
February 4th, 2010 | LINK

I’ve met Anthony on a number of occasions and he’s awesome. Although Australia seems so far away, the work Anthony is doing there is very important to the GLBT movement as a whole.

Chris McCoy
February 5th, 2010 | LINK

The 1st time I marched in a Pride parade, I cried. I was so happy to be surrounded by people who were like me.

The ex-gays camp loves to tell you that homosexuals are doomed to a life of isolation and misery.

I think the biggest hurdle to self-acceptance is isolation. Seeing other GLBT – and not just a handful, but an ocean of people, men and women of all ages and types – really drives home the realization that you’re not alone, you’re not the only one.

Anthony Venn-Brown
February 10th, 2010 | LINK

thanks guys for helping to spread the word.

love you work

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