Sinn Féin MLA Karen Mullan has welcomed the launch of the 2019 Foyle Pride Festival.
The Foyle MLA said:
“This year marks the 26th Foyle Pride Festival and I would like to pay tribute to the organisers and volunteers who, year on year, make the festival a success.
“Sinn Féin are proud to support Foyle Pride — it’s a wonderful platform for raising awareness and campaigning on issues faced by the LGBTQI+ community.
“This year’s jam packed programme is fun, inclusive and with events for the whole family – including events marking the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.
“Huge steps forward towards full equality have been made in recent years, but the LGBTQI+ community still do not enjoy full recognition and implementation of their rights, including the right of marriage equality which is available everywhere else on these islands.
“Pride is a celebration and a protest. The people of Derry should come out and send a loud and colourful message that Derry stands against inequality and discrimination.
“I would encourage people to show their support and solidarity by attending Pride events, including the annual parade on Saturday 24 August.” Críoch/Ends