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Apologies from DUP to LGBT community are all well and good, but it is action that will really count

Aisling Twomey


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For over 50 years the DUP has stood in opposition and actively sought to stop every step towards LGBTQIA+ equality whether it be decriminalisation, age of consent or equal marriage

For over 50 years the DUP has stood in opposition and actively sought to stop every step towards LGBTQIA+ equality whether it be decriminalisation, age of consent or equal marriage

For over 50 years the DUP has stood in opposition and actively sought to stop every step towards LGBTQIA+ equality whether it be decriminalisation, age of consent or equal marriage

This week marks, we hope, a significant change within the DUP. We welcome the apologies but now we must see action to tackle the significant inequalities and discrimination that still face the LGBTQIA+ community.

We recognise that for many these apologies do not go far enough — the hurt and harm caused to LGBTQIA+ people in Northern Ireland by the actions and words of DUP representatives is felt by many across our community. It is imperative that those within the DUP, and particularly its leadership, reflect upon its actions and rhetoric and seek to address and take accountability for the decades of trauma they have inflicted against our community.


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