Number of Pride participants show desire for change

213Alliance South Belfast MLA Paula Bradshaw has said the numbers of people taking part in today’s Belfast Pride parade show the desire for progress in our society.

Ms Bradshaw was speaking after taking part in the parade through the city with, 8,000 believed to have participated. She was joined by Alliance Leader Naomi Long, Deputy Leader Stephen Farry and numerous Councillors from the party.

“Belfast Pride has become one of the annual highlights of the local calendar, with thousands of people taking part in the parade itself, and thousands more lining the route,” she said.

“The sheer size of the parade today was breathtaking. The week leading up to the parade is also filled with fantastic events, showcasing the work and education which has gone on in relation to the LGBT community.

“It was also particularly welcome to see the PSNI taking part in the parade today in their uniform for the first time. This move shows just how diverse and positive Belfast has become in so many ways, and how much of a stand we will take against prejudice.

“But many challenges experienced by LGBT people here remain, and therefore Alliance will continue to fight against all forms of discrimination and lead the way in promoting equality for everyone.”

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