Stuart Edser is a counselling psychologist in private practice in Newcastle. He has a generalist practice but has particular interest and expertise in both anxiety disorders and LGBTIQ issues. In 2012, he published his first book Being Gay Being Christian (Exisle) to widespread interest from all sections of the media and the Christian and gay communities. He has spoken regularly on this topic to both church groups and wider society many times. He is an advocate for mental health issues and for greater acceptance of LGBTIQ people and argued assertively in favour of marriage equality for Australia during the marriage equality survey of 2017. He argues strongly against so-called conversion therapy and its acceptance in the community on the grounds that it is harmful, ineffective and philosophically wrong. He is a writer and blogger, but also works yearly in the medical faculty of the University of Newcastle teaching students counselling skills and on issues around the interface between homosexuality and clinical practice. He is putting the finishing touches on his autobiography.