My Brighton: Rev Michael Hydes

November 28, 2017

The Village Metropolitan Community Church

 

 Photo by Adam Bronkhorst

 

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I’m originally from Newcastle upon Tyne. I started life as a Jehovah’s Witness but when I was 20 they threw me out for being gay. I was homeless for a while before the Samaritans found me a place in Bradford. Work eventually took me to London where I found the Metropolitan Community Church and realised that I had a calling to ministry. After studying at King’s I went to New York and met my husband, Chris. I helped set up the first emergency queer youth shelter in New York and then accepted a call to lead an MCC church. My parish was in Hagerstown, Maryland, in the middle of a really conservative area not far from Camp David and a very active Klu Klux Klan group. Because we were at the centre of the LGBT community we were able to fight for same-sex marriage rights... [read more]

 

 

Photo by Adam Bronkhorst

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