Alternative Queer Ulster

Alternative Queer Ulster – colourful, candid, compelling

Sunday 29 July 2018

Clare Bailey MLA has praised Alternative Queer Ulster for giving a voice to the often marginalised LGBTQ community, describing the speakers as colourful, candid and compelling.

The event took place in the Great Hall of Parliament Buildings on Saturday evening (28 July) and brought together 22 diverse speakers.

Topics covered included one person’s HIV story, what it’s like for a transgender young person in our education system, pregnancy and parenthood in a rainbow family and the effect of homophobic bullying.

Clare Bailey MLA said: “This was an important event because we heard from LGBTQ people on the issues that matter most to them.

“We have had a really impressive and engaging mix of discourse, activism and advocacy. The speakers were colourful, candid and compelling.

“A number of weeks ago we had a Pink News event addressed by Arlene Foster MLA and other local party leaders.

“It certainly was an important step for the DUP leader but it involved LGBTQ people being lectured at by the political clique that continues to fail them.

“It’s important that LGBTQ people and their allies took centre stage and had their voices heard during Alternative Queer Ulster”.

Green Party activist Mal O’Hara played a key role in organising the event and said:

“Alternative Queer Ulster brought energy and colour to the Great Hall of Parliament Buildings.

“The 22 speakers offered an honest and sincere insight into their lives showing bravery and candour.

“The event was sold out and I’m already looking forward to Alternative Queer Ulster 2019.

“I’d like to thank all the speakers for their contributions and the people that packed out the Great Hall on Saturday night.”

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