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Stained glass tribute to LGBT citizens proposed for City Hall

By Suzanne Breen

Sinn Fein and Alliance councillors are proposing that a stained glass window is commissioned for City Hall to celebrate the contribution of LGBT citizens to life in Belfast.

The motion proposed by the first openly gay Deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast, Sinn Fein's Mary Ellen Campbell, will go before a council meeting tonight. It will be seconded by Alliance councillor Nuala McAllister.

The proposal states that the council wishes to acknowledge "the positive role which the LGBT community plays in our city whose visibility creates a more welcoming and vibrant city".

It says that the council is committed to making City Hall "more balanced, inclusive, and reflective of all the citizens of the city".

The motion asks that a stained glass window be commissioned to "celebrate the contribution of our LGBT citizens" and installed "in an appropriate location in City Hall".

There are already windows commemorating UDR members and Belfast mill workers in City Hall.

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