Welcome to GAMMA, the Gay and Married Mens' Association
|Freecall 1800 804 617 for Phone Support.
See down the page for details.
Our Next Meeting on Wednesday 3 September
Speaker: Tanveer Ahmed, Psychiatrist, writer and former SBS host.
Topic: Born in Bangladesh and brought up in Australia, where he did his medical studies,
Tanveer has written an entertaining autobiography about the influences that have formed him called 'The Exotic Rissole'.
He brings up experiences of his life and work.
Dinner before the meeting: on their way to GAMMA meetings, some of of our men gather at the Shakespeare Hotel in Devonshire Street to enjoy a meal and a chat.
It's a pleasant thing to do and good value for money:
all meals are $12.50, with quite a wide choice in the menu.
Thanks for joining us on the GAMMA website. The purpose of GAMMA is to provide safe and confidential opportunities for men to discuss and consider issues relating to their sexuality and the relationships in their lives.
We are a peer support group run by men who have been through their own journey and we meet twice a month to listen to each other, provide support, and often have a guest speaker on a relevant topic of interest.
Many men come to their first meeting feeling vulnerable, uncertain, perhaps confused, and concerned about what lies ahead. Some face problems demanding immediate attention whilst others are still coming to grips with their own internal feelings. Whatever the case we are here to help.
It can be a big step to make a call, read this website, or attend a meeting so I've prepared a video to give you a brief overview.
I look forward to welcoming you at our next GAMMA meeting.
Steven Bloom GAMMA president.
As well as meetings, GAMMA operates a phone support line. If you ring us, you will not be talking to a call centre but to a competent trained GAMMA member who has been on similar journey to yourself. Anyone is welcome to call for support, information and referrals.
The service has a Freecall number and you can ring from anywhere in New South Wales for the price of a local call.
So, if you've got a problem you'd like to discuss, or are hesitant about coming to a meeting in person, or simply not able to get to Sydney easily, please give us a call.
The number is 1800 804 617.
Anderson Cooper and the Ex-Gay Movement
The ex-gay movement consists of people and organisations that encourage others who have identified as gay to refrain from entering into or pursuing same-sex relationships, to eliminate their homosexual desires, to develop heterosexual desires, and to enter into a heterosexual relationship. The tactics used sound like a throwback to the aversion therapies of the fifties.
In Australia, Anthony Venn-Brown is the highest profile person whose focusses on the deconstruction of the myth. In Texas however, the right to have access to the therapy has been added to the Republican party platform.
But not everyone agrees.
Here's what Anderson Cooper, one of the most intelligent and incisive journalists on US television, had to say to a Texas senator who spoke out in favour of the law.