Muir takes part in Belfast Pride Talks Back

Alliance President Andrew Muir has said he is proud to have taken part in this year’s Belfast Pride Talks Back event.

The event, which took place last night (Monday) at the Ulster Hall, saw a number of local politicians discuss what their parties had delivered for the LGBT community in Belfast since the first Pride event 25 years ago.

North Down Councillor Mr Muir, who was the first openly gay mayor in Northern Ireland, said he was honoured to take part in the event.

“Pride Talks Back was a good opportunity to discuss a number of issues relating to many people in the audience and further afield. Alliance has led the way in promoting the rights of everyone in our society, including the LGBT community.

“Alliance elected representatives have done a lot of work in several areas such as fighting the blood ban against gay men and combating homophobic bullying in schools. Our Ministers have also introduced a range of legislation in their Departments to improve the lives of LGBT people in the workplace, and our Belfast Councillors recently brought a successful motion supporting equal marriage.

“I am delighted to have seen such a great turnout of people at this event and at other Pride events so far. I hope that level of attendance continues and showcases the progress that has happened over the past 25 years.”

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