The Rt Revd Paul Bayes, former Bishop of Liverpool, patron of the Open Table Network and passionate advocate for the LGBTQIA+ community, has reached out with a message of support and encouragement on the University of Bath's Pride on Campus day 2023.

Earlier this month Bishop Paul, who retired in 2022, was honoured to receive the Liverpool City Region LCR Pride Foundation Award at an awards ceremony hosted by Liverpool FC’s Anfield stadium. The LCR Pride Foundation Award is a special accolade whose winner is selected by the foundation’s Board of Directors. The Foundation said it celebrates: "The winner’s shared vision to make our region [LCR] the most LGBT+ friendly in the UK and the support it has provided in the establishment of the foundation".