Campbell set to become first openly gay deputy mayor of Belfast
Sinn Féin councillor Mary Ellen Campbell is set to become Belfast's first ever openly gay deputy mayor.
Speaking ahead of her election, the Castle Sinn Féin councillor said;
"My election as deputy mayor of Belfast in a few days’ time will be a significant step forward for equality.
"Visibility will be my theme for the year and visibility in elected office is vital to promote positive messages and demonstrate public commitment to equality.
"I am a woman. I am openly gay. I am a republican ex-political prisoner and I am from a working class community. I experience the challenges that many marginalised citizens face in Belfast.
"I intend in my year in office to highlight and put a focus on the rights and needs of the gay, bisexual and transgender community.
"In this centenary year of the 1916 Rising it is important that we affirm its democratic, equal and inclusive commitments. My election as an openly gay deputy mayor is a very good modern example of these commitments."