Campbell nomination as deputy mayor ‘another step forward for equality’
Equality campaigner Councillor Mary Ellen Campbell has been selected by Sinn Féin to be the next Deputy Mayor of Belfast.
The Castle Councillor will be the first openly gay person to hold one of the city’s top posts. Mary Ellen Campbell said:
“I’m humbled to have been selected to be the next Deputy Mayor by Sinn Féin. This is another step forward for the rights of the LGBT community and for equality in Belfast.
“I look forward to representing all the citizens of Belfast in the role of Deputy Mayor regardless of creed, class, gender or ethnicity and discharging my duties in the most inclusive and equal basis possible.
“As a lifelong equality campaigner I know only too well that many within our communities right across the city live daily with discrimination, hate crime and exclusion. I will continue to do all I can to challenge that.
“Inclusion will be one of the themes of my term in office as it’s vital to promote positive messages and demonstrate public commitment to equality.
“I’m a woman, I’m openly gay, I’m a Republican Ex-prisoner and I’m from a working-class community in North Belfast. So I would say I have some experience of the challenges that many marginalised citizens face in Belfast.
“Sinn Féin is dedicated to promoting equality. In this centenary of the Easter Rising there is no more fitting way for our council team to demonstrate our continuing commitment to the vision of the Proclamation than to take a bold step such as this appointment.
“Finally I would like to take this opportunity to thank the citizens of the Castle area of North Belfast for electing me and thank my party for leading the way on the equality agenda yet again.”