Hastings and Rother Rainbow Alliance (HRRA) held a successful AGM on Friday 30th October at Azur Restaurant in Hastings. Speakers included the Mayor of Hastings, Councillor Bruce Dowling and the Mayor of Bexhill, Councillor Maurice Watson. They thanked HRRA for their ongoing work raising the profile and highlighting the needs of local Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans communities. A theme of the evening was progress made towards embracing diversity and equality.
Hastings LGBT representative Police CSO Jade Kennedy-Munden and Rebecca Pearce also attended and were available to answer questions. Claire Debenham, Equality Manager for East Sussex Adult Social Care, thanked HRRA members for their support on forums and training courses which has helped staff deliver LGBT friendly services.
A new Committee was elected and Trustees gave an update on projects, including the History Project and Trans Group. The meeting congratulated HRRA Trustee Natasha Scott on her recent Miss Transgender Brighton Award.
Attendees enjoyed the chance to see the exhibition of the late Nigel Cornford’s work which was kindly provided by his brother Mick Cornford. Nigel, a local man and HRRA member, was an award winning animator and theatrical designer for Film, TV and Theatre.
The business meeting was followed by a buffet, raffle, music and dancing. Co Chair Les Tostevin said “We are delighted with the turn out. A great evening was had by all.”
HRRA works to support the local Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Trans communities. New members are welcome and it is free to join. For further information see website www.hrra.org.uk, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07593 44677.