The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport and Helen Grant MP, Minister for Sport, Tourism and Equalities have written to Rev Colin Coward, Director of Changing Attitude England, spelling out with clarity why the MBE was awarded in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Sajid Javid and Helen Grant are clear that the Government expects the Church of England to make rapid progress towards becoming fully inclusive of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people (CA England also now includes intersex people).
Changing Attitude England has been given further authority and responsibility to campaign for radical change in the Church. Full inclusion for us means equality for lay and ordained Anglicans both in ministry and relationships.
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
10 July 2014
Dear Mr Coward,
We should like to offer you our sincere congratulations on receiving and MBE in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
This is an acknowledgement of the important contribution you have made, in your role as Director of Changing Attitude, to securing equal rights to marriage for gay, lesbian and transgendered people, and for helping to transform the Church of England to ensure the full inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in the life of the Anglican community. We are delighted that your work has been recognised in this way.
We know that this award will be warmly welcomed by your friends and colleagues and hope that it gives you and your family equal pleasure.
With best wishes,