The leader of the Church of England in Sussex will attend an LGBT conference in Brighton this weekend.

Dr Martin Warner, the Bishop of Chichester, has agreed to attend the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement’s annual conference on Saturday 20 April at the Brighthelm Centre.

Bishop Martin will deliver a short message and take questions from the floor.

Keith Sharpe, of LGBT campaign group Changing Attitude Sussex, said: “This is the first time that a senior bishop in the Church of England has addressed a major national conference of gay and lesbian people and, as such, it represents a watershed moment in the church’s relations with the LGBT community.”

On Thursday, human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell will meet with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, to discuss the Church of England’s attitude to LGBT rights and its opposition to marriage equality at Lambeth Palace.