Belfast Telegraph

Support group in invitation to DUP

A Belfast-based organisation dedicated to supporting and educating the LGBT community has extended an invitation to the DUP to meet them and hear their "very real" issues.

Cara-Friend has called on Arlene Foster to follow the example of the Ulster Unionist Party and visit its headquarters.

Last week nine Ulster Unionist MLAs were welcomed by the organisation for a day of awareness training.

Declan Meehan, deputy director of Cara-Friend, said: "As an organisation we're willing to engage with anyone, be that Arlene Foster, the DUP, Sinn Fein, any of the other political parties.

"Our door is open and we would call on the DUP to move beyond token gestures and engage in meaningful conversations with us."

Mr Meehan said he recognised that some people were opposed to them on issues like same-sex marriage, but that was just "the tip of the iceberg".

He said: "There are very real concerns over issues like bullying and mental health that need to be aired.

"I know the UUP found our session last week extremely helpful. We would welcome any engagement with the DUP at this stage.

"Knowledge of the issues faced by our young people is essential and we're here to help inform."

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