Alliance ‘bitterly disappointed’ as motion for LGBT equality is overturned

Ards and North Down Alliance Councillors Andrew Muir and Gavin Walker have expressed their bitter disappointment after plans to express support for local LGBT people were overturned tonight. Passed at committee earlier this month, the plans would have seen the Council pledge that lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people are accepted and valued as equal […]

Rainbow Colours to hopefully shine after proposal passed at Council Committee

Ards and North Down Alliance Councillors Andrew Muir and Gavin Walker have welcomed a recent decision by an Ards and North Down Borough Council Committee to back their proposal affirming that lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people be accepted and valued as equal citizens with Ards Town Hall to be lit up in Rainbow Colours […]

Nicholl condemns those behind attack on Rainbow Project

Alliance Councillor Kate Nicholl has condemned those behind a burglary at the Rainbow Project offices overnight. A number of laptops were stolen in the attack on the charity, who’s main focus in the health and wellbeing of the LGBT community in Northern Ireland. Councillor Kate Nicholl said: “It is completely unacceptable that any charity or […]

Muir writes to Health Minister asking for ban on controversial therapy to be extended to NI

Alliance Councillor Andrew Muir has written to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to urge the Health Minister to extend a ban to Northern Ireland targeting so-called gay conversion therapy. Speaking after the Prime Minister revealed a ban could be brought into place in England, Councillor Muir said it was essential Northern Ireland was included as the […]

Bradshaw says need to build on DUP attendance at LGBT event

Alliance South Belfast MLA Paula Bradshaw has said there is a need to build on the DUP attendance at tomorrow’s Stormont LGBT event. DUP Leader Arlene Foster will be among those at the PinkNews summer reception in Parliament Buildings tomorrow (Thursday). Ms Bradshaw, who has sponsored the event to celebrate the contribution of LGBT people […]

Bradshaw encourages people to attend first Trans Pride in Belfast

Alliance South Belfast MLA Paula Bradshaw has encouraged people to attend the first Trans Pride event in Belfast, which will take place tomorrow (Saturday). Ms Bradshaw will be one of a number of political representatives attending the event at Writer’s Square at 12.30pm, which will be followed by various happenings in the area. The theme […]

Long disappointed after bill aimed at introducing equal marriage to NI is delayed

Alliance Leader Naomi Long MLA has said she is disappointed but not deterred after a Conservative Party backbencher objected to a Private Member’s Bill seeking to introduce equal marriage to Northern Ireland. Labour MP Conor McGinn’s Bill will now be delayed, receiving its second reading in the House of Commons on October 26. “I very […]

Alliance backs Westminster equal marriage bill

Lord Mayor Nuala McAllister has joined Alliance Leader Naomi Long in backing Connor McGinn MP’s attempts to introduce Equal Marriage in Northern Ireland. Speaking ahead of the MP’s introduction of a Ten Minute Rule Bill at Westminster on Wednesday, Belfast’s First Citizen met representatives of Love Equality, including Cara McCann and Amanda McGurk who spoke […]

Brown disappointed as Church to show ‘gay cure’ film

Alliance Councillor Patrick Brown has criticised the decision of a County Down Baptist Church to screen a controversial movie billed as a ‘gay cure’. Speaking of his disgust at the move to show the film, the Rowallane Councillor appealed for local people to come out and support the LGBT community by opposing the showing at […]