Melbourne’s LGBTI community will come together this weekend to support a straight ally who’s lost his job because he openly supports same-sex marriage.

A benefit will be held at DT’s Hotel this Saturday, February 11 for Rev Matt Glover.

Glover, a married man with two children, stepped down from his role at the Lilydale Baptist Church after church members voted to remove him following his public support of same-sex marriage.

Benefit organiser and Australian Marriage Equality board member Carl Katter urged the community to support Glover for his courage.

“People cannot really comprehend that such a popular pastor could be treated this way, especially for showing Christian values like compassion, acceptance and love,” Katter said.

“There is a lot of respect out there for Matt and his family and not just from the GLBTI community but also from a lot of Baptist parishioners.”

Comedian Joel Creasey will host the benefit, and magician Cath Jamison and drag queen Slash Darling will perform. Federal Greens MP Adam Bandt will also speak.

A raffle will be held on the day. Prizes include a dinner date with Bandt.The benefit is at DT’s, 164 Church St, Richmond, starting at 3pm.

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