Help me name my workshop? - I need a good title

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Anthony Venn-Brown
Joined in 2005
April 22, 2010, 02:34

I will be presenting a workshop with LGBT community workers. I need a title that is punchy and grabs attention but also contains the essence of the content. Please tell me which one you think will work best or suggest another.

1. War & Peace

2. Walking Between Worlds

3. Metamorphosis

4. The Struggle to Find Peace

5. The Journey to Resolution

6. Out of the Woods and into the Jungle

Working Effectively with LGBT People of Faith & Religion (this will be the subtitle)


LGBT people of faith and religion are an emerging group within our community whose specific needs have not always been identified or catered for. As these individuals connect with the LGBT community and services, community workers and service providers need awareness training to work more effectively with the target group.

LGBT people from faith and religious backgrounds experience the usual issues of resolution, coming out, finding their place in the community and learning what it means to be gay or lesbian in a predominately straight world. They often however, experience these things with greater intensity and have additional issues to deal with.

Impacts of faith/sexuality conflict

• After coming out, internalised homophobia from years of negative conditioning and self-hatred continues to have an impact.

• Many have invested years attempting to conform to heterosexuality through personal secret struggles, heterosexual relationships and ‘ex-gay’ programs; leaving them damaged and traumatised.

• Having a belief system that says your eternal destiny is determined by your acceptance/rejection of your homosexuality or gender identity creates a cognitive dissonance.

• For many people from faith backgrounds, accepting that being gay or lesbian means they have to leave the church. Their entire social network (often like family) is gone, along with church activities and service. Finding new purpose in life, their place in the LGBT community (with a very different set of values) is often difficult.

• Greif and trauma are common themes for these people. Extricating yourself from the religion can be traumatic and even connecting with others from the same background triggers the trauma. The loss of family, friends and faith can be devastating. Both the trauma and grief can be subconscious and unacknowledged but plays out in psychological and behavioural issues such as depression, suicidiality and self-destructive behaviours.

• Those still within the religious structure or just come out are usually fairly ignorant about safe sex practices and are at high risk of STI’s & HIV.

• Many years of secrecy and denial can create unhealthy addictions or obsessions.

• Although beliefs systems are different, people from strong Christian, Islamic or Jewish backgrounds can face similar issues

This workshop provides community workers and service providers with an in-depth look into the world of LGBT people of faith and the issues they face.

Workshop cover areas such as:

• Identifying the specific issues and how to resolve them

• The journey of a gay Christian to complete resolution of both their faith and their sexuality

• Separating the issues of faith and sexuality

• Creating non-judgement, safe spaces for LGBT of faith

• The do’s and don’t’s working with this target group

• The ‘ex-gay’ world – what is really going on

• Strategies to deal with an unresolved belief system

• The Bible verses that speak of same sex activity

• Approaching safe sex issues

• What additional support mechanisms are available

Workshop is three one hour sessions with time dedicated to discussion and questions.


Anthony was a leader in the Assemblies of God and a popular preacher in the mega-churches of Australia. After 22 years of attempting to change his sexuality through counselling, exorcisms, 40 day fasts, ‘ex-gay’ programs and marriage he was forced to face reality. Nothing had changed: he was still gay. After his resignation from the ministry and public confession, he struggled to come to terms with the loss of his friends, faith and purpose.

Anthony is now a respected community leader a dedicated ambassador for the LGBT community, promoting respectful dialogues, educating people about sexuality and assisting others to resolve the perceived conflict between their faith and their sexuality. His award winning autobiography ‘A Life of Unlearning’ is now in its second print and he has appeared on national TV programs such as 60 minutes, Sunrise, the Morning Show, Mornings with Kerri Anne and the ABC’s Hungry Beast. Anthony is also the co-founder of Freedom 2 b[e] and was twice voted one of the 25 Most Influential Gay and Lesbian Australians.

Joined in 2010
April 22, 2010, 09:10

Beyond The Cocoon.

Joined in 2009
April 22, 2010, 12:30

I like “walking between worlds” but I like

Finding Narnia- the other side of the closet better!

Ann Maree
Joined in 2008
April 22, 2010, 13:00

I like that axiom! 🙂

I get the sense that this journey is a treacherous one, like walking a tight rope over a chasm. That made me think of “Bridging the Gap” and also because it seems to sum up a lot of what your role is, avb. You help bring the 2 worlds together and support LGBT in finding safe passage… This might be too clinical however and not say enough about the precarious journey itself… It depends what you want to highlight…. Alternatively, you could go with a storm analogy which fits with the grief content… like “Navigating Safe Passage” or “Seeking Shelter in the Storm”. Axiom’s heading is interesting though and the Narnia reference captures the imagination. 🙂

Anyway, just some thoughts to trigger more in yourself and others.


Ann Maree

Anthony Venn-Brown
Joined in 2005
April 22, 2010, 15:26

thanks everyone…..keep them coming.

Joined in 2010
April 22, 2010, 15:28

Beyond The Cocoon.


Heheheh… Go Axiom…

Joined in 2008
April 22, 2010, 21:51

Yep, I rather like the Finding Narnia: the Other Side of the Closet title myself 🙂 Well done axiom!

Another title suggestion is Out of The Frying Pan and Into The Wok: a Healthier Alternative for Working Effectively with GLBT people.

Joined in 2008
April 22, 2010, 22:39

“Finding the Rainbow through the Cross”

Joined in 2009
April 23, 2010, 08:27

I like mobileguys suggestion, combined with Anthony’s subheading:

Out of The Frying Pan and Into The Wok: a Healthier Alternative

Working Effectively with LGBT People of Faith & Religion

The title has to appeal and communicate to workers in the gay community who want to learn more about working with a minority


Anthony Venn-Brown
Joined in 2005
April 23, 2010, 11:09

thanks everyone for your suggestions.

there has been some other interesting suggestions on my facebook wall……if you are interested you can have a look. You dont have to be my FB ‘friend’ to view. My profile and everything is public. Yes my life is an open book…… 🙂 🙂 🙂!/gayambassador?v=wall&story_fbid=119352394748573

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