O’Neill hails ‘powerful’ recognition of Pride
The historic decision to fly the Pride flag from Belfast City Hall for the first time this weekend is a powerful symbol of a changed city and the ongoing march to full equality, Sinn Féin Leas Uachtarán Michelle O’Neill has said.
She commented: “The prospect of the rainbow flag being flown from Belfast City Hall would have been unthinkable just a few years ago.
“So the decision to mark Pride in this way is a powerful symbol of a changed and changing city and demonstrates how far we have come in the ongoing march to full equality.
“Of course, we still have a long way to travel on that march. The LGBTQI+ community still do not enjoy full recognition and implementation of their rights, including the right of marriage equality which is available everywhere else on these islands.
“That is why it is so important that we not only fly the flag, but we stand in solidarity at Saturday’s Pride Festival.
“The Pride festival is one both of protest and one of celebration of our LGBTQI+ community.
"It is a fantastic opportunity to send a loud and colourful message that we stand against inequality and discrimination, that we stand for a society which values and cherishes all people and we stand for a society which is inclusive.
“The parade will be assembling at 1pm at Custom House Square and I would urge everyone who can to join us there.”