freedom2b Sydney October Meeting

Friday October 3rd, 2014 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

imageSex & The Sinner: The Mental Health Impact OF Religious Prejudice on LGBTI People

Special Guest Speaker Bibs Sowe

For our chapter meeting in October, we are pleased to be joined by special guest speaker Bibs Sowe. Bibs has been working for several years on a series of doctorate research projects specifically uncovering the real-world mental health impacts of religious prejudice on LGBTI people.

From growing up on a farm in rural Australia amidst conservative religious circles, he went to living and working in the middle of West Africa where the very real threat of death or life imprisonment for homosexuality continues to exist.

Bibs has a background working as a pastor, community worker, and small business manager overseas, and now currently works as an academic/research scientist in psychology at Macquarie University.

Bibs will show us  a presentation on the general progress (and gaps) of knowledge in the field to date, and will outline the findings of his recently published scientific study in this area. He will also offer an exclusive first glimpse into some new preliminary data from an exciting large-scale research project that he recently conducted in the United States.

We look forward to welcoming Bibs back to freedom2b to listen to his incredible insights. Please join us as his talk is not to be missed.

WHEN: Friday, October 3rd 2014
TIME: 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start
WHERE: ACON Building, 414 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills

Click on MAP for a link to the location: MAP

After the talk, you are welcome to join us for a drink or dinner at the nearby Royal Exhibition Hotel.


For more information, please contact Shane on 0413374650 or email

Freedom2b Brisbane September Meeting – Morality

Friday September 12th, 2014 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM




What are your moral rules? How did you get them? How do you deal with people who have different moral rules to you?

This meeting we’ll be discussing our morals on what ought to be an interesting and challenging night.

When: Friday, 12th September @ 7:00pm (Doors open at 6:30pm)

Where: Training Room at Qld Aids Council (formerly Healthy Communities) Building 30 Helen Street, Newstead

Brisbane chapter meetings are held on the second Friday of every month. They are held at the Qld Aids Council (formerly Healthy Communities) Building 30 Helen Street, Newstead.

Mardi Gras 2015

Saturday March 7th, 2015 3:00 PM

promo1If you have ever marched with freedom2b in Mardi Gras, you will know how much fun the night is. If you haven’t, it’s an experience you will never forget.

In 2015, freedom2b will be marching for the eighth time in the Sydney Mardi Gras, the worlds most renowned LGBTI pride event. We invite you to join us for a night of celebration.

Further details, including how to register and be a part of our group, will be announced here soon, so keep checking back.

If you are planning to join us from overseas, here is a general idea of what the weekend will look like.

Friday March 6th 2015 – 7pm

Special freedom2b dinner. Taking place the night before Mardi Gras, we will be having a BBQ where you can meet others who will be marching with you in our group as well as pick up your marching pack, which contains your group t-shirt and all the essential information you will need on the day.

Saturday March 7th 2015  

(Times to be confirmed closer to the day)

3pm (approx) – Freedom2b Mardi Gras 2015 attendees will assemble at a meeting point and prepare to move into the parade marshaling area.

3.30pm (approx) – Freedom2b Mardi Gras 2015 attendees leave the meeting point and move into the parade marshaling area.

8pm – Mardi Gras Parade begins.

To view photos of our entries from previous years, please use the links below.

Photos of 2009

Photos of 2010

Photos of 2011

Photos of 2012

Photos of 2013

For more information, please email or call Shane on 0413 374 650

freedom2b Sydney West Feast

Thursday September 18th, 2014 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

September 2014Our Sydney chapter continues to go from strength to strength, with people sometimes traveling long distances to attend the monthly chapter meetings in the city.

There are a number of people who travel in from the west and so we are continuing our regular bi-monthly social get together to strengthen those connections and hopefully make some new ones with those that are not able to make the main Sydney meetings.

We’ll be meeting in Parramatta from 7pm for dinner at Bavarian Bier Cafe, just a short walk from Parramatta station.

The night will be run with all the same guidelines as a regular chapter meeting as well as networking with others who have similar stories to tell along with wonderful discussion with interesting people.

We look forward to seeing you there.

WHEN: Thursday, September 18th 2014
TIME: 7.00pm
WHERE: Bavarian Bier Cafe, 2 – 8 Phillip Street Parramatta. For a map to the venue, click on the following link:  MAP

The evening is open to everyone, and please stay as little or as long as you like.

For more information, please contact Shane on 0413374650 or Ben on 0421 278 603 or email

Combined Gathering Hosted by Kinship – Supported by Freedom2b

Friday October 3rd, 2014 7:30 PM

Please come to along to our Kinship/Freedom2b/GCN meeting in Brisbane October 3rd-5th. (Labour day weekend for Brisbane and New South Wales)

Hosted by Kinship, Supported by Freedom2b

Location: MCC Church, Brisbane.

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Friday evening 7:30pm: – “Sharing our stories”

Saturday 9:30am: –  runs all day

Sunday: – a social get together


Dr Wendell Rosevear: two talks “Freedom to be Me” and

“Freedom to Love”. Wendell runs Stonewall Clinic in Brisbane. He has a wealth of experience to share.

Ben Cossalter “Identity and self esteem”. Ben is from GCN Brisbane and is a science teacher.

David Coltheart “Gay and still Christian – a gay pastors perspective”. David is currently an associate pastor at MCC Brisbane and was previously an evangelist.

Saturday evening: “Seventh Gay Adventists” movie and discussion. It was after seeing this movie that the pastor at MCC offered their facilities.

Lunch will be at the church facility. Having haystacks – in keeping with the movie!

We will have a shared evening meal before the movie and an update on where the church is currently at on LGBT issues. Bring something to share.

We are inviting our friends from GCN and Freedom2b to share with us. Please encourage others to come along.

For more information contact John Wallace on for more details :)

Freedom2b Melbourne Social Event – Strike Bowling/Lasertag Followed By Pancake Parlour

Saturday October 25th, 2014 2:30 PM


Come along and be social together as we knock down pins and as well tag each other in lasertag at Strike Melbourne Central. Afterwards we will head over to Pancake Parlour for a delicious dinner.


1 game $14
2 games $24
1 game $12
2 games $18

We will work it out on the day on how many games everyone wants to play.

Your friends are more than welcome to come along!

*Special diet options available*

For more information contact David on 0408 070 282 or Reece on 0400 617 626

RSVP: Saturday 18th October 2014

Hope to see you there and may the best bowler and tagger win! :D

Freedom2b Melbourne September Meeting- Doco film Presentation -”Out in the Open”

Friday September 19th, 2014 7:30 PM

out in the openHope you can join us for the showing of this rather new documentary made in 2013!

Out In The Open will, for once and for all, destroy the misconceptions, fears, and myths about the LGBTQ community. This documentary is aimed for at risk youth across the world, as well as their families, friends, and teachers. Out in the Open presents that no single person is the same and that all people should be celebrated. Out in the Open interviews celebrities, politicians, and everyday allies, straight and gay, who openly celebrate the LGBTQ community. These figures will discuss how they coped with stereotypes attached to their sexual orientation by sharing personal experiences of coming to terms with their sexuality. Click here to see the trailer

Event Location: Victorian AIDS Council Building, 6 Claremont Street, South Yarra. The entrance is at the side of the building. Just ring the door bell and we will come and let you in. You are welcome to join us afterwards at La Porchetta, Toorak Rd South Yarra.

7.15pm for a 7.30pm start. For more information or any queries please email or call Linda on 0430045585

freedom2b Sydney September Meeting

Friday September 5th, 2014 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

imageThe Wise Kids

Life is full of change and transition and the choices we make during these times can shape our destiny. When our futures seem wide open, there are only questions and no answers.

Such is the theme of the film “The Wise Kids”, a vivid coming of age drama set in South Carolina. It features three main characters in the space between high school and college as they face their doubts and search for freedom.

We hope to see you along to watch this incredible film with us.

WHEN: Friday, September 5th 2014
TIME: 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start
WHERE: ACON Building, 414 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills

Click on MAP for a link to the location: MAP

After the film, you are welcome to join us for a drink or dinner at the nearby Royal Exhibition Hotel.


For more information, please contact Shane on 0413374650 or email

Freedom2[b] Perth: September Meeting: Special Guest Speaker Ian Tozer

Friday September 5th, 2014 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM


Ian Tozer is Western Australian and He has been a supporter of gay and lesbian people since the 1970s.  Descended from settlers on the Parmelia Ian is married to Marianne and has three sons. Ian has been a great supporter of Freedom2b since the start of the Perth Chapter in 2012.

He was ordained in 1982 and, apart from a year as a School Chaplain, he served in congregations for nineteen years: in the wheat belt of W.A., Perth suburban and central city congregations and in a central city congregation in AdelaiIan Tozerde.

He completed most of his schooling in Collie, before study English and Philosophy at the U.W.A.  While still a student, he candidated as a minister of the Presbyterian Church, although he completed his training in the Uniting Church.

Although he had a “year off” as a public servant in 1979, most of his working life has been as a minister.

In 2002, he took some years away from working as a minister while studying and then returned to a non-congregational ministry in the Uniting Church in W.A., first in a position working with congregations and ministers before moving to serve the educational ministries in the Church.

He enjoys reading and has wide interests.  In recent years, he and Marianne have travelled each year.

Ian has a very important message to share regarding why he, as a straight, Uniting Church Minister, has been such strong supporter of GLBTIQ people.

We look forward to seeing you at this meeting and ask you to come along to show your support for one of our all important allies.


For further information please contact Graham via eMail:
or call Graham on: 0405 285 233 or Bev on: 0407 778 201.

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Remember to invite friends and family who you think would benefit from this discussion.


We will go to “U&I 24hr Pho restaurant” for Coffee and chat after the film. U&I is located on the corner of Francis and William St in Northbridge. Even if you can’t make the meeting itself please feel free to join us for coffee.

The Northbridge Piazza community Centre is located on the Corner of James and Lake Streets Northbridge, underneath and behind the Giant screen in the Piazza.

AFL Grand Final 2014 Fundraiser Social Event!

Saturday September 27th, 2014 12:30 PM






Kick a goal for others this Grand Final Day!

James & David are hosting a special 2014 Grand Final Day Fundraiser.

There will be footy themed food, a chance to win plenty of prizes and even a competition for the fan best dressed as their favourite player.

Oh, you will also get the chance to watch the Grand Final with others!

Come in your team colours, or dress as Ron Barassi, Chris Judd  or if you can find shorts tight enough even Warwick Capper!

All funds raised will help others in need.

Firstly, you will be helping freedom 2 b’s work preventing harm prevention work with LGBTI people from Christian backgrounds.

Secondly, you will be supporting Ashburton Baptist Church’s work with families in need. (James & David both attend the Ashburton Church)

Date: Saturday, September 27 from 12.30 pm

Address: 2/6 Ruyton St., Camberwell

Cost: $25 or what you can afford (BYO drinks please)

RSVP: Thursday, September 25 to James on 0418 140 402 or email: