Details of the committee members of HRRA are detailed below (click on links to send a direct email):
Gary (chair) is a social worker for adults. He has been an active part of the LGBTQI+ community for years and as part of The Rainbow Alliance is keen to create and maintain and link with social support networks for all members of our community and for RA to be a voice to address inequality when and if it occurs. He co-facilitates the trans support group.
Mary (Secretary), who lives in Bexhill, has been secretary of RA since 2009. She has lengthy managerial experience working for the voluntary sector in London and has been involved in the national LGB/LGBT groups for Citizens Advice Bureaux and Volunteer Centres. She represents RA on Rother and Bexhill local forums and partnership groups.
Ben (Treasurer) has been treasurer of HRRA since 2009. He is a Chartered Accountant with a local accountancy firm having qualified in 1998 and has lived in Hastings all of his life.
Tony (media lead) has worked as an artist, designer and welfare campaigner in a voluntary capacity for many years, fighting to combat prejudice through the dissemination of clear and accurate information. He currently runs a private massage practice.
Chrissy is a journalist, who writes about radio, podcasts and audio. In parallel with an academic career in music and health, she has been an activist in CND, Friends of the Earth and the Green Party. She is also a co-organiser of the Rainbow Alliance Trans support group.
Andrew lives with his partner in Battle; having moved to the area permanently during the pandemic lockdown of 2020. They are no strangers to the area or HRRA as we have been visiting from their home in West London most weekends to their static caravan/lodge just outside Westfield. He was instrumental in setting up and running the “Fine Dining” which has now resumed and tried his luck at learning Bridge with the group. Since arriving and setting down roots he have been involved in the re-create choir and drama group and become a local Parish councillor for Battle. He is keen to help and support HRRA to provide social opportunity for the members of our communities to come together in different ways. During the day he still works (from home) for a trade union.
Kathy is an experienced mental health nurse who moved to Hastings in 2019.
She is passionate about helping people to be the best version of themselves and an advocate for the voices of bi + people to be heard locally and nationally.
Kathy will be starting and facilitating a social meet up group for the bi + community in East Sussex in 2022 to foster Community friendship and support.
Whilst statistically the largest group within the LGBT community, bi + voices have historically been marginalised due to bi erasure and biphobia so representation within the wider LGBT family remains vital.