Josh Babarinde OBE has praised the work of Scotty and Eastbourne BourneOut LGBT group.

Josh has paid a visit to the group’s cafe in Mark Lane.

This is what he made of it: “If you haven’t yet met Betty ‘Scotty’ Gallagher, you must.

Betty is history-breaking and history-making. I had the pleasure of meeting her over the weekend.

Betty is the Founder of Bourne Out LGBT, a haven of a charity supporting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Eastbournians.

At the heart of Bourne Out’s set-up is their community cafe on Mark Lane (just along from Picasso’s, where I was once a waiter) – a real safe space open to all the community to connect with others and be themselves without fear of judgement. So powerful.

Bourne Out also offers counselling to help folks through challenges, whether someone on their journey of coming out (counselling helped me to do this big-time!); or whether a parent coming to terms with their child’s sexuality; and beyond.

Email the team if you’d like to find out more:

I’m particularly proud that Betty and her team are behind Eastbourne Pride, introducing it to our town a few years ago!

This year’s Eastbourne Pride Parade 2021 on 17th July promises to be bigger than it’s ever been! You can grab free wristbands for you and up to 5 others from Bourne Out’s cafe from 17th May. See you there!

Betty herself is an inspiration. She’s a formidable and straight-talking campaigner who, before she came to Eastbourne with her wonderful partner Mandy, was the first ever female bus steward union rep.

Thank you so much to Betty and the team for all you’re doing and all you’ve done to make sure that LGBT folk – myself included – have it better than what you have had over the years. I’m looking forward to supporting Bourne Out’s work into the future!”