Go West: Freedom2b sets up in Perth

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Youth Coordinator
Joined in 2008
September 27, 2012, 12:15

Hi everyone,

Today, the Gay News Network (SX, MCV, Queensland Pride, etc) posted an article about the launch of our Perth Chapter on Friday 5 October. With less than 10 days remaining, it's exciting to see this in the press. Thanks to Serkan Ozturk and Gay News Network for the great article. 🙂

Go west: Freedom2b sets up in Perth

written by Serkan Ozturk – 27 September

LGBTI Christian advocacy and support group Freedom2b is one step closer to becoming a truly national organisation with the upcoming launch of a new chapter in Perth early next month.

Formed by Anthony Venn-Brown in Sydney back in 2005, the first ever meeting of Freedom2b took place in the former evangelist’s Surry Hills home.

Though Venn-Brown stepped down from running the organisation last June, from those early days Freedom2b now counts over 1,200 people as members of its online community and holds chapter meetings across Sydney, Melbourne and since last year in Brisbane as well.

The new Perth chapter will be launched on Friday, October 5 and will hold meetings every first Friday of each month at the Northbridge Piazza Community Building.

National Freedom2b president Michelle Kolev will be the special guest on the night.

The regular meetings will include guest speakers, DVDs and interesting discussions about issues surrounding faith, sexuality and gender identity.

Graham Douglas-Meyer and Bev Fabb will be the leaders of the Perth chapter, both of whom were inspired to start Freedom2b in Western Australia following on from their own experiences of reconciliation between their faith and sexuality.

Freedom2b vice president, Ben Gresham, said it was an exciting to be starting a new chapter.

“We look forward to this opportunity to connect with more people and offer support to those from a Christian background,” he added.

Gresham said the need for Freedom2b to have a presence in Western Australia was heightened following a raft of anti-gay comments by former tennis champion turned Perth evangelist Margaret Court earlier this year.

“Court has tried to tell people that they can’t be gay and Christian and has held several meetings at her church against marriage equality,” Gresham said.

“Freedom2b is here not only to support LGBTI people from Christian backgrounds but also to challenge the anti-gay message that some churches are preaching and work with them towards a more loving, affirming and inclusive approach.”

Read the full article here:

Joined in 2012
September 27, 2012, 13:27

Woo it's so awesome to hear!

The regular meetings will include guest speakers, DVDs and interesting discussions about issues surrounding faith, sexuality and gender identity

I think it's great DVD's will be available too – I assume a movie night sort of thing will be there too? Perhaps some of us could give a few recommendations/suggestions for movies as well like Prayers for Bobby (touches on the sexuality and faith topic when Bobby's mum goes to the gay affirming church) and perhaps gay themed romantic movies as well like Shelter and Defying Gravity?

How exciting!

Mother Hen
Joined in 2011
September 27, 2012, 16:59

Awesome Ben. Good luck guys on the night. Today Australia tomorrow the world ha ha 🙂

Ann Maree
Joined in 2008
September 27, 2012, 18:09

Excellent work, Ben! Thanks for sharing. I agree – great article. That's so good that the Perth f2b meetings are soon to start. There's such a need for that judging by the feedback from our Perth friends here. 🙂


Ann Maree

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