New leader for LGCM an­nounced

The Church of England - - News - By Amaris Cole

THE LES­BIAN and Gay Chris­tian Move­ment has an­nounced Tracey Byrne as their new Chief Ex­ec­u­tive at the An­nual Con­fer­ence and AGM last week.

In a pre­sen­ta­tion to the con­fer­ence, Ms Byrne spoke about her ex­cite­ment in join­ing the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Her pre­vi­ous jobs in­clude work­ing for the Pro­ba­tion Ser­vice, lo­cal author­ity so­cial work and run­ning char­i­ties sup­port­ing fam­i­lies.

She ‘fell in love with the Church of Eng­land’ in the 1980s, and be­lieves that years of ‘un­tan­gling her­self from her fun­da­men­tal­ist faith’ helped her to come out with ease when her mar­riage broke down and she re­alised ‘her next boyfriend might be a girl­friend’.

On the LGCM web­site, the bi­og­ra­phy of their new Chief Ex­ec­u­tive ends: “Tracey and Sandy now live in Not­ting­hamshire with their two pugs, Agatha and Hiro, and they wor­ship in their par­ish church.

“Of her move to LGCM, Tracey says, ‘this is an enor­mous priv­i­lege for me, be­cause LGCM feels as if it’s al­ways been in my life. From my early days in Step­ney when we worked closely with St Bo­tolph’s while Richard [Kirker, a pre­vi­ous Chief Ex­ec­u­tive] was there, I know what amaz­ing work they’ve done, at some of the dark­est times for the gay com­mu­nity.

“So it’s a tough act to fol­low, but one I’m look­ing for­ward to im­mensely.”

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