Nigel Nash the Convenor of the Brighton Lesbian & Gay Christian Movement received an MBE in the 2016 Queens birthday Honours list.
The citation read: For work with children and for voluntary work with the LGBT+ Community.
The reference to voluntary work with the LGBT+ community refers to the 25 years Nigel has been convenor of the Brighton & Hove Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement (LGCM) and includes his work on anti bullying in schools and other work with individuals helping them come to terms with their sexuality.
Nigel said: “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.”
Nigel is pictured on the day of his presentation by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace. In the picture are his parter, Fr David Ingledew, his mother and sister.
He had no idea the Honour was coming. He was nominated for his work, and information was collected from various people in the community before being submitted to the Honours panel for them to make a decision.