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Thirty years of Belfast Pride

Damian Kerlin


As Belfast Pride prepares to celebrate its 30th year, Damian Kerlin reflects on the strides made for equality in legislation, speaking with prominent LGBTQ+ members who continue to pave the way for transformative change and what is it about Pride in Belfast that makes it so special

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The annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre

The annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre

The annual Belfast Pride parade in Belfast City Centre

I remember stepping out of Castle Court Shopping Centre and it hit me. The colour, the music, the celebration… the kink. You could not escape it. It was all encompassing. Royal Avenue was absolutely bumping and it was fantastic. The sheer ecstasy of the rainbow wonderland was contagious.

I had never been surrounded by so many queer people. It was magical. I had never felt so validated, and so deliriously happy. It was an awakening. For so long I had normalised queer culture to be something strictly “underground’, but Belfast Pride reminded those who wanted us to live in the shadows that we existed — and we were not going anywhere.

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Stephen Donnan-Dalzell in Belfast

Stephen Donnan-Dalzell in Belfast

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Stephen Donnan-Dalzell in Belfast

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