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John Blair: ‘I want more LGBTQ people to be in politics’

Gay MLA hails progress, but says key issues still need addressed

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Alliance MLA John Blair at Belfast Pride. ‘It’s not just one day a year,’ he says. Credit: Liam McBurney

Alliance MLA John Blair at Belfast Pride. ‘It’s not just one day a year,’ he says. Credit: Liam McBurney

Alliance MLA John Blair at Belfast Pride. ‘It’s not just one day a year,’ he says. Credit: Liam McBurney

The Alliance Party’s John Blair has opened up on his experiences as Northern Ireland's first openly gay politician, praising the progress that has been made for LGBTQ equality – but cautioning there is still much road to travel.

Born and raised in Newtownabbey, the 54-year-old has been involved in politics in some fashion since he was 17 and was first elected to the old Newtownabbey council in 1988.


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