Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 12 July 2014

Elliott must engage with gay community

It is a small step forward that Tom Elliott is willing to meet with the Northern Ireland Gay Rights Association and I fully support the points that the association is going to put to the UUP leader.

But as a gay liberation activist, I think the Northern Ireland Gay Rights Association must set him bigger challenges. He was the man during the campaign to become leader of the UUP who said he would never attend a Gay Pride march or, for that matter, a GAA match.

If he wants to show his support for the gay community in Northern Ireland, Tom Elliott and his party should march with us on Gay Pride parades in Belfast and Derry. It would also be a good idea for Mr Elliott to address our community publicly by taking part in talks.

Dialogue is good and must involve all our community and not just a few activists in a back room having afternoon tea and listening to false hopes.

Sean óg Garland

Belfast

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