21/06/2019

Rainbow Flag To Fly From City Hall

The rainbow flag is set to fly from Belfast City Hall on Pride Day this summer in a first for Northern Ireland.

Belfast City Council took the decision to fly the symbol linked with the LGBTQ+ community on Saturday 03 August following a proposal by councillors. The decision passed an equality screening and was backed by the Strategic Policy and Resources Committee.

City Hall will also be lit up in rainbow colours at the time.

Alliance Councillor Michael Long said the gesture is a showing of support for the local LGBTQ+ community.
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Welcoming the news, he commented: "Belfast is a city which is open, inclusive and welcoming for all. There is no better way to showcase that than have the rainbow flag fly from our main civic building.


"The rainbow flag flying from City Hall on Belfast Pride Day will help recognise the huge contribution our LGBTQ+ citizens have made to the city and beyond, while showing solidarity with the struggle many still face in achieving true equality.

"I am proud Alliance brought this proposal and we will continue to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people in whatever ways we can. I thank all those Councillors who backed it. It may be a small step but it is another one towards everyone in our society being treated equally, no matter their sexual orientation, gender or anything else."



(JG/CM)

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