Naomi Long MLA said: “Homophobia is a sickening and shameful blight on our society. For Northern Ireland to have a shared future we need to combat all forms of intolerance. Prejudice breeds prejudice and we won’t be able to create a respectful and welcoming society if we don’t tackle it in all its forms.
“The Rainbow Project have a strong and proud history and I want to wish all involved a happy 15th birthday. Holding an anti-homophobia week provides an extremely important platform from which we can address and battle prejudice.
“Everyone’s the same irrespective of sexual orientation and no one should ever have to experience intimidation or discrimination. I want to hear all parties say this and prove that Northern Ireland is leaving prejudice in the past.”