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Belfast Pride Festival 2016: Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Belfast Pride Festival 2016: Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th August 2016 

Belfast Pride Festival 2016

Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community.

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th August 2016 Belfast Pride Festival 2016 Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th August 2016 

Belfast Pride Festival 2016

Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community.

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th August 2016 Belfast Pride Festival 2016 Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th August 2016 

Belfast Pride Festival 2016

Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community.

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th August 2016 Belfast Pride Festival 2016 Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th August 2016 

Belfast Pride Festival 2016

Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community.

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th August 2016 Belfast Pride Festival 2016 Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th August 2016 

Belfast Pride Festival 2016

Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community.

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th August 2016 Belfast Pride Festival 2016 Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th August 2016 

Belfast Pride Festival 2016

Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community.

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th August 2016 Belfast Pride Festival 2016 Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th August 2016 

Belfast Pride Festival 2016

Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community.

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th August 2016 Belfast Pride Festival 2016 Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

2016- Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community.

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

2016- Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-08-2016: Belfast Pride Festival 2016.
Belfast awash with rainbow colours as the annual LGBT festival returns. Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. 
Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-08-2016: Belfast Pride Festival 2016. Belfast awash with rainbow colours as the annual LGBT festival returns. Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-08-2016: Belfast Pride Festival 2016.
Belfast awash with rainbow colours as the annual LGBT festival returns. Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. 
Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-08-2016: Belfast Pride Festival 2016. Belfast awash with rainbow colours as the annual LGBT festival returns. Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-08-2016: Belfast Pride Festival 2016.
Belfast awash with rainbow colours as the annual LGBT festival returns. Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. 
Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-08-2016: Belfast Pride Festival 2016. Belfast awash with rainbow colours as the annual LGBT festival returns. Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-08-2016: Belfast Pride Festival 2016.
Belfast awash with rainbow colours as the annual LGBT festival returns. Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. 
Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-08-2016: Belfast Pride Festival 2016. Belfast awash with rainbow colours as the annual LGBT festival returns. Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-08-2016: Belfast Pride Festival 2016.
Belfast awash with rainbow colours as the annual LGBT festival returns. Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. 
Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-08-2016: Belfast Pride Festival 2016. Belfast awash with rainbow colours as the annual LGBT festival returns. Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-08-2016: Belfast Pride Festival 2016.
Belfast awash with rainbow colours as the annual LGBT festival returns. Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. 
Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-08-2016: Belfast Pride Festival 2016. Belfast awash with rainbow colours as the annual LGBT festival returns. Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-08-2016: Belfast Pride Festival 2016.
Belfast awash with rainbow colours as the annual LGBT festival returns. Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. 
Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-08-2016: Belfast Pride Festival 2016. Belfast awash with rainbow colours as the annual LGBT festival returns. Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-08-2016: Belfast Pride Festival 2016.
Belfast awash with rainbow colours as the annual LGBT festival returns. Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. 
Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-08-2016: Belfast Pride Festival 2016. Belfast awash with rainbow colours as the annual LGBT festival returns. Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-08-2016: Belfast Pride Festival 2016.
Belfast awash with rainbow colours as the annual LGBT festival returns. Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. 
Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-08-2016: Belfast Pride Festival 2016. Belfast awash with rainbow colours as the annual LGBT festival returns. Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-08-2016: Belfast Pride Festival 2016.
Belfast awash with rainbow colours as the annual LGBT festival returns. Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. 
Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-08-2016: Belfast Pride Festival 2016. Belfast awash with rainbow colours as the annual LGBT festival returns. Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-08-2016: Belfast Pride Festival 2016.
Belfast awash with rainbow colours as the annual LGBT festival returns. Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. 
Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-08-2016: Belfast Pride Festival 2016. Belfast awash with rainbow colours as the annual LGBT festival returns. Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-08-2016: Belfast Pride Festival 2016.
Belfast awash with rainbow colours as the annual LGBT festival returns. Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. 
Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-08-2016: Belfast Pride Festival 2016. Belfast awash with rainbow colours as the annual LGBT festival returns. Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-08-2016: Belfast Pride Festival 2016.
Belfast awash with rainbow colours as the annual LGBT festival returns. Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. 
Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-08-2016: Belfast Pride Festival 2016. Belfast awash with rainbow colours as the annual LGBT festival returns. Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-08-2016: Belfast Pride Festival 2016.
Belfast awash with rainbow colours as the annual LGBT festival returns. Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. 
Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-08-2016: Belfast Pride Festival 2016. Belfast awash with rainbow colours as the annual LGBT festival returns. Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-08-2016: Belfast Pride Festival 2016.
Belfast awash with rainbow colours as the annual LGBT festival returns. Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. 
Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-08-2016: Belfast Pride Festival 2016. Belfast awash with rainbow colours as the annual LGBT festival returns. Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-08-2016: Belfast Pride Festival 2016.
Belfast awash with rainbow colours as the annual LGBT festival returns. Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. 
Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-08-2016: Belfast Pride Festival 2016. Belfast awash with rainbow colours as the annual LGBT festival returns. Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-08-2016: Belfast Pride Festival 2016.
Belfast awash with rainbow colours as the annual LGBT festival returns. Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. 
Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-08-2016: Belfast Pride Festival 2016. Belfast awash with rainbow colours as the annual LGBT festival returns. Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-08-2016: Belfast Pride Festival 2016.
Belfast awash with rainbow colours as the annual LGBT festival returns. Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. 
Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-08-2016: Belfast Pride Festival 2016. Belfast awash with rainbow colours as the annual LGBT festival returns. Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-08-2016: Belfast Pride Festival 2016.
Belfast awash with rainbow colours as the annual LGBT festival returns. Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. 
Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-08-2016: Belfast Pride Festival 2016. Belfast awash with rainbow colours as the annual LGBT festival returns. Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-08-2016: Belfast Pride Festival 2016.
Belfast awash with rainbow colours as the annual LGBT festival returns. Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. 
Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-08-2016: Belfast Pride Festival 2016. Belfast awash with rainbow colours as the annual LGBT festival returns. Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-08-2016: Belfast Pride Festival 2016.
Belfast awash with rainbow colours as the annual LGBT festival returns. Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. 
Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-08-2016: Belfast Pride Festival 2016. Belfast awash with rainbow colours as the annual LGBT festival returns. Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-08-2016: Belfast Pride Festival 2016.
Belfast awash with rainbow colours as the annual LGBT festival returns. Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. 
Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-08-2016: Belfast Pride Festival 2016. Belfast awash with rainbow colours as the annual LGBT festival returns. Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-08-2016: Belfast Pride Festival 2016.
Belfast awash with rainbow colours as the annual LGBT festival returns. Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. 
Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-08-2016: Belfast Pride Festival 2016. Belfast awash with rainbow colours as the annual LGBT festival returns. Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-08-2016: Belfast Pride Festival 2016.
Belfast awash with rainbow colours as the annual LGBT festival returns. Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. 
Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-08-2016: Belfast Pride Festival 2016. Belfast awash with rainbow colours as the annual LGBT festival returns. Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-08-2016: Belfast Pride Festival 2016.
Belfast awash with rainbow colours as the annual LGBT festival returns. Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. 
Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-08-2016: Belfast Pride Festival 2016. Belfast awash with rainbow colours as the annual LGBT festival returns. Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-08-2016: Belfast Pride Festival 2016.
Belfast awash with rainbow colours as the annual LGBT festival returns. Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. 
Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-08-2016: Belfast Pride Festival 2016. Belfast awash with rainbow colours as the annual LGBT festival returns. Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-08-2016: Belfast Pride Festival 2016.
Belfast awash with rainbow colours as the annual LGBT festival returns. Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. 
Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-08-2016: Belfast Pride Festival 2016. Belfast awash with rainbow colours as the annual LGBT festival returns. Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th August 2016 

Belfast Pride Festival 2016

Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community.

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th August 2016 Belfast Pride Festival 2016 Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th August 2016 

Belfast Pride Festival 2016

Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community.

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th August 2016 Belfast Pride Festival 2016 Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Gay Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Belfast Pride 2016: Thousands of people take part in the annual Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Belfast Pride 2016: Thousands of people take part in the annual Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Belfast Pride 2016: Thousands of people take part in the annual Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Belfast Pride 2016: Thousands of people take part in the annual Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Belfast Pride 2016: Thousands of people take part in the annual Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Belfast Pride 2016: Thousands of people take part in the annual Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Belfast Pride 2016: Thousands of people take part in the annual Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Belfast Pride 2016: Thousands of people take part in the annual Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Belfast Pride 2016: Thousands of people take part in the annual Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Belfast Pride 2016: Thousands of people take part in the annual Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Belfast Pride 2016: Thousands of people take part in the annual Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Belfast Pride 2016: Thousands of people take part in the annual Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Belfast Pride 2016: Thousands of people take part in the annual Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Belfast Pride 2016: Thousands of people take part in the annual Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Belfast Pride 2016: Thousands of people take part in the annual Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Belfast Pride 2016: Thousands of people take part in the annual Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Belfast Pride Festival 2016: Thousands of people take part in the annual Belfast Pride event in Belfast city centre celebrating Northern Ireland's LGBT community. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

More than 20,000 people have signed a petition being handed in to Stormont today calling for same-sex marriage to be legalised in Northern Ireland.

It is also protesting against the use of the Petition of Concern by the DUP - effectively a veto - to stop a majority vote by MLAs in favour of gay marriage being passed.

Gay rights activist Peter Tatchell said: "By ignoring the majority will and blocking the right of LGBT couples to marry, the DUP is subverting democracy. The time has come for the DUP to end its four decades of opposition to LGBT equality."

But a DUP spokesman said the party supports the current definition of marriage: "This position has been outlined on every occasion the issue has been debated in the Assembly and was contained within the party's manifesto for the 2016 Assembly election."

Belfast Telegraph