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The respectful flying of the Pride flag should not cause concern – Clare Bailey MLA

Wednesday 01 August 2018

Clare Bailey MLA has said that the respectful flying of the Pride flag should not be a cause of concern. 

The South Belfast MLA’s comments came as Arlene Foster opposed the flying of the Pride flag at Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Council offices.

Clare Bailey MLA said: “The Pride flag celebrates diversity and in the Northern Ireland context should serve as a reminder that queer people are denied basic rights.

“I can’t see any problem with the Pride flag being flown during Pride Week in a respectful way.

“Unfortunately, however, Arlene Foster has described the Pride flag as a threat to the Union flag.

“This is a red herring – the Council uses two flag poles and the Pride flag can be flown alongside the Union flag.

“It’s also an ironic position given that Northern Ireland sits outside the UK as a regressive place apart for queer people.

“The Pride flag will be visible during Pride week across Northern Ireland as people from all walks of life celebrate diversity and call for equality”.

Clare Bailey concluded:

“Those who continue to deny queer people their rights will be on the wrong side of history”.

ENDS

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(Pictured: Clare Bailey MLA at Belfast Pride)

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