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Stormont set to host Alternative Queer Ulster event

Stormont will host the inaugural Alternative Queer Ulster event next week.

The event will see the LGBTQ community take over Stormont for one night on Saturday July 28.

Green Party activist Mal O'Hara said Stormont has often felt like a cold house for the LGBTQ community.

He said: “I want to open up Stormont to the LGBTQ people – to enable them to own the space and speak about what matters most to them.

“Stormont has felt like a cold house for our community for a long time now. There has been exceptionally limited progress on sexual orientation and gender identity equality since Stormont returned in 2007 and we have fallen behind other parts of these Islands.

"The Executive parties have repeatedly failed our community.

“I can guarantee that Alternative Queer Ulster speakers will bring warmth and colour to Stormont’s Great Hall”.

“We want people to talk about the things that they feel are not being talked about. We want people to be  challenged and shocked, to cry tears of joy and sorrow and to be invigorated to make a change.

“LGBTQ people occupy some of the highest political offices across these islands – visible individuals such as Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in Dublin and Mhairi Black making her voice heard in Westminster. 

"Locally, we’re yet to have an openly LGBTQ MLA at Stormont. I wanted to inspire someone sitting in the audience to think that they can and should take a big role public life.

“Who knows, we might have Northern Ireland’s first openly LGBTQ party leader or First Minster in attendance.".

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