Ruane encourages support for Belfast Pride Festival
Sinn Féin MLA Caitríona Ruane has encouraged people to attend the Belfast Pride Festival parade on Saturday.Speaking ahead of the parade through the city centre, Ms Ruane said;
"The annual Belfast Pride parade is a wonderful occasion that has become a real fixture in the city's calendar."It is a fantastic celebration of equality, diversity and tolerance.
"The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community make a huge contribution to our society and the Belfast Pride Festival includes a wide range of events recognising that as well as raising awareness of many important issues
"Sadly, there are still homophobia in our society and the Pride festival offers everyone a chance to stand in solidarity with the LGBT community and show our rejection of such narrow-mindedness.
"I would encourage as many people as possible to come along and a take part in the parade which will begin at Custom Square at 2pm on Saturday."