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Rev. Dr. Hawkes Diversity/Inclusion & The Church

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Rev. Hawkes is a graduate of Mount Allison University. He later received a Masters of Divinity degree from Trinity College, University of Toronto and a Doctorate of Ministry degree from Trinity College.
Rev. Dr. Brent Hawkes C.M. has been the Senior Pastor at the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto (115 Simpsonn Avenue) for 35 years.
In 2007 Rev. Dr. Brent Hawkes was appointed the Order of Canada by the Governor General of Canada for his stand on Social Justice and Human Rights within the L.G.B.T. communities, the highest award a country has bestowed on a gay activist.
On August 27, 2011 Rev. Dr. Hawkes officiated over the state funeral for the Honourable Jack Layton, Leader of Canada’s Official Opposition and head of the NDP, at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto. He spoke highly of Layton who had touched the lives of millions of Canadians and had been a vocal supporter of AIDS initiatives and LGBT rights.
He has constantly challenged the church to examine important issues such as prejudice against gays and lesbians, inclusive language as well as ordination of women. He has played a significant role in promoting the inclusion of sexual orientation in the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Canadian Human Rights Act. He was a past co-chair for the Campaign for Equal Families.
Rev. Dr. Hawkes lives with his husband of 31 years, John Sproule, in Toronto, Canada.