Bradshaw calls for improved support for the trans community

Alliance MLA Paula Bradshaw has paid tribute to the volunteers and organisations providing support to the trans community, as Trans Awareness Week takes place. The week, which ends with Trans Day of Remembrance on Friday (November 20), encourages people to do stuff to mark and raise awareness of trans equality. “Trans Awareness Week provides an […]

Disappointing gay conversion therapy legislation unlikely to make it before Assembly in this mandate, says Muir

It is disappointing legislation to ban so-called gay conversion therapy is unlikely to come before the Assembly in this mandate, Alliance MLA Andrew Muir has said. The North Down MLA has received correspondence from Communities Minister Carál Ní Chuilín, who is taking forward the matter as part of the Executive’s Sexual Orientation Strategy. However, she […]

It’s time the UK Government lived up to commitments on conversion therapy ban – Tennyson

Alliance Councillor Eóin Tennyson has said it is time that the UK Government lived up to its commitments outlined in the 2018 LGBT Action Plan, by banning so-called ‘conversion’ or ‘reparative’ therapies which seek to change a person’s sexual orientation or suppress their gender identity. Councillor Tennyson said, “It’s been over two years since the […]

Today another major step on road to equality says Blair, after equal marriage regulations laid

Today is another major step on the road to equality, Alliance MLA John Blair has said, after the UK Government laid regulations in Parliament allowing for religious equal marriage to come into effect in Northern Ireland from September 1. The regulations will bring similar rights and protections as seen in England and Wales, including no […]

Farry expresses concern over reports Government may change trans laws

Alliance MP Stephen Farry has expressed concern over reports the UK Government is due to scrap plans to allow people to change their legal gender by self-identifying as male or female. Media reports suggested Equalities Minister Liz Truss was ready to sign-off on the plans, which reverse measures by the previous Conservative Government allowing people […]

Delays to converting civil partnerships to marriage unnecessary, says McAllister

There should be no unnecessary delay in allowing same-sex couples here the opportunity to convert their civil partnerships into marriage, Alliance Councillor Nuala McAllister has said. Councillor McAllister was speaking after LGBT campaigners said they would start legal action against the UK Government to allow same-sex couple in Northern Ireland to have religious marriages or […]

You cannot put a price on equality and acceptance, says Tennyson

Alliance councillor Eóin Tennyson has said you cannot put a price on equality and acceptance, following a decision by ABC Council not to participate in the Belfast Pride parade this year. The comments came after the DUP and UUP voted against allowing the Council to have a corporate presence at this year’s Belfast Pride parade […]