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Village MCC to work with Accessibility Matters at Brighton & Hove Pride

Besi Besemar July 22, 2017

The Village Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) will assist the Brighton & Hove LGBT Community Safety Forum in the access area at the Summer of Love Pride festival on Saturday, August 5 on Preston Park.

They will be offering temporary tattoos, card readings and providing a listening ear post.

The Village Metropolitan Community Church will be working in partnership with the Brighton & Hove, LGBT Community Safety Forum to deliver some of the activities taking place within the Access Area for Accessibility Matters at Brighton Pride.

Free activities will include art workshops, card readings, temporary tattoos, and trained helpers if anyone needs a listening ear.

Rev Hydes

Rev Michael Hydes, Pastor of the Village MCC, said: “As a church rooted in the LGBT+ communities, serving the LGBT+ communities, we call for a world where we can all live free of discrimination. We believe that if we are to empower all of our community, and not just some of our community, that accessibility really does matter. The Village MCC is proud to be working with Accessibility Matters again at Brighton Pride this year.”

Billie Lewis

Billie Lewis, Volunteer Chair of the Brighton & Hove LGBT Community Safety Forum, added: “We are delighted that The Village MCC are working with us this year at Pride. They were instrumental in the delivery of the Soul Sundays during our B.Right.On Festival at the Phil Starr Pavilion. Their experience and commitment to positive community development and cohesion is infectious and must be applauded.”

The Brighton and Hove LGBT Community Safety Forum (LGBT CSF) works in partnership with Brighton Pride to facilitate all aspects of accessibility at Brighton Pride, this includes the Access tent and general access issues to Preston Park for the deaf, elderly, disabled communities.

On Pride Sunday, August 6, Human Rights Campaigner Peter Tatchell will be the keynote speaker at the Village MCC Pride Church Service at the Somerset Day Centre, in Kemptown starting at 6pm. On Sunday August 13, Rev Jide Macauley will speak before he flies out to be the Grand Marshall at Uganda Pride. AJ Patterson will speak on Sunday 20 and Rabbi Elli Tikvah on Sunday 27, all starting at 6pm.

Rev. Peta Evans is joining The Village MCC as Associate Pastor to assist Rev Michael Hydes who said: “I’m looking forward to working with a minister who openly identifies as Trans.”

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