Sinn Féin supports Pride in Newry Week

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Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013
Equality for everyone was the key message from Sinn Féin as the party supported Pride in Newry, a week-long festival organised by members of Newry Rainbow Community. Mayor Mickey Ruane, Conor Murphy MP and Mickey Brady MLA helped to launch the week of events at Bellinis on 22nd August. Speaking afterwards Conor Murphy said, “This is the second year of the Pride festival in Newry and Sinn Féin will once again support the efforts of the LGBT community who represent a marginalised group in our society.” Sinn Féin hosted Pride in Politics on Wednesday 28th September in Ballybot House. This event was designed to inform members of the LGTB community in attendance of the work which Sinn Féin is involved in in the Assembly and the Dáil. Conor Murphy chaired the event and panelists were Belfast city councillor and Sinn Féin LGBT convenor in the north, Mary Ellen Campbell. Mary Ellen is also a board member of HERE NI, a support group for lesbian and bisexual women and their families. Chris Curran, Dublin Sinn Féin’s LGBT officer and volunteer with Gay Switchboard Dublin. The panel was completed by local Assembly Member Mickey Brady who sits on the Assembly’s Health and Social Development Committees. The discussion on the night was varied and topics covered included same sex marriage equality, blood donation, homophobic bullying in schools, fertility treatment for same sex couples and the on-going constitutional convention in the south of Ireland. Mickey Brady summed up the event saying, “We were delighted for the opportunity to speak to members of the LGBT community who attended this evening. This group faces a lot of discrimination and has many legacy issues to deal with following years of criminalisation. “Some issues which need to be addressed came to the fore this evening and I will be taking them forward after tonight’s event.”
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