Support first ever Foyle Pride parade –Martina Anderson MLA
Sinn Féin Human Rights and Equality spokesperson Martina Anderson MLA has urged people in Derry to support the Foyle Pride 2010 Parade which will take place on Saturday (August 28th)
Martina Anderson said
“I would like to extend solidarity and best wishes to the members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and trans-gender community who are celebrating Foyle Pride in Derry this week.
I believe it’s very important that everyone in the city supports the first ever Pride Parade which is taking place in the city on Saturday afternoon .We just have to see the growth and success of the very colourful Belfast pride parade which attracted nearly 20,000 people just a few weeks ago.
Foyle pride makes an invaluable and positive contribution to the life of Derry. It promotes understanding and respect and seeks to ensure that all citizens have equal access to all public services and are treated as valued citizens by civic institutions.
Of course, there is still prejudice and inequality. This intolerance and narrow mindedness must be vigorously opposed and continue to be challenged in the time ahead as we seek to ensure that all citizens, regardless of race or gender or sexual orientation or disability or religion, are treated with equality.
I want to commend all of those who have helped organise the week long series of events and the citizens of Derry for embracing this celebration of our diversity.