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Anderson celebrates Rainbow Projects 15th birthday at Stormont

4 November, 2009 - by Maeve McLaughlin

Sinn Féin MLA for Foyle, Martina Anderson, has today welcomed members of the Rainbow Project to Stormont to help celebrate their 15th birthday and has encouraged them to continue with the sterling work they are carrying out on behalf of the gay and bisexual community.

Speaking today Ms Anderson said:

“I am delighted to help celebrate the 15th Birthday of the Rainbow Project which has carried out fantastic work across the north over the past 15 years to support gay and bisexual men.

“As an MLA for Foyle I engaged on an ongoing basis with members of the project who play an incredible role in empowering the gay community.  

“The Rainbow Project provides an absolutely invaluable service promoting the health and well-being of gay and bisexual men, particularly where mainstream services are neither effective or accessible.

“The project also plays an absolutely fundamental role in challenging homophobia.  

“This week sees week of action against homophobia and Rainbow are once again at the forefront of the campaign against bigotry and intolerance by, quite literally, driving their message to every corner of the North on a mobile billboard!

 “It is a sad reality that homophobia still exists in our society. It may not always be as blatant as the homophobic attack which makes the headlines. But it is still there. It is there in the name-calling. It is there in the discrimination. We have even seen it in this Assembly from people who should know better.

“However, despite what some might want, the fact remains that this Assembly and this Executive is committed to equality for all.  

“For too long, the most vulnerable sections of our society have faced discrimination and intolerance from officialdom.

“Our priority in this new dispensation is to change all of that. We are determined to build a shared and better future where all of our people are cherished.” CRIOCH

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