Nigel Nash receives MBE
We are rather late to the party with this but we are pleased to be able to share the news that Brighton & Hove LGCM Convenor, Nigel Nash, received an MBE in the 2016 Queens Birthday Honours List.
I had no idea it was coming, I was nominated by my work, and they got information from various people in the community. The citation said ‘For work with children (my professional job) and for voluntary work wth the LGBT Community. The Voluntary work with the LGBT community is the 25 years I have been the convenor of the Brighton & Hove LGCM etc. including work on anti bullying in schools, and other work with individuals helping them come to terms with their sexuality.
I said at St Nicholas Church, Brighton, when they announced my award: A few years ago, people couldn’t even say publicly that they were LGBT, or that they loved someone of the same sex, but now it is included in a citation from the Queen. How far we have come, but within a couple of weeks of the announcement, we had the massacre in Orlando, so we still have a long way to go.
I do feel the award is helping to open some doors, enabling me to approach people, particularly in church and faith circles, which may have been less possible before, so I am very much wanting to make use of this to help change the way people think about LGBT issues.
We are so proud of Nigel and the work he has achieved and hope you will join us in congratulating him.
Photo: Nigel Nash (c-r), his partner Fr. David Ingledew (c-l), his mother (r) and sister (l)