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The Bishop of Liverpool has become the newest patron of an annual lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender event in Liverpool.
The Rt Rev Paul Bayes has become a patron of Liverpool Pride and will address crowds outside St George's Hall when the festival returns to the city, on 29th July.
Bishop Paul told Premier: "If someone said to me, 'why are you supporting Pride?', I'd say it's because LGBT people were made by God and are loved by God. Homophobia and hate crime are things that we should all be opposing."
Liverpool Pride was inspired by the tragic death of Michael Causer, a teenager from the Whiston area of Merseyside who was murdered because of his sexual orientation in 2008.
Bishop Paul continued: "It's my privilege to get alongside people where they are. It seems to me that's what our Lord Jesus did when he was accused of being a glutton and a drunk.
"He was accused of hanging out with tax collects and sinners. Jesus was seeking, I think, to bring the Gospel to all people as they are and that's what I'm intending and hope to do, here."
Lucy Day from Liverpool Pride was quoted by the Liverpool Echo as saying: "We are delighted that the Bishop is to be a patron of Liverpool Pride and we welcome him to the family. Pride respects people of all religious beliefs."
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