Belfast Hosts First Ever Trans Pride Rally In Ireland

In a first of its kind event, hundreds attended a trans pride rally was held in Writer's Square in Belfast on Saturday.

speakers takes the stage at Trans Pride Belfast
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A trans pride rally for gender equality was held in Writer’s Square, Belfast on Saturday.

The event was held before the march for marriage which saw thousands take to the street to demand marriage equality in Northern Ireland.

Event organisers said on Facebook that this is the first event of its kind on the island of Ireland and they are independent of any Pride groups.

Trans Pride NI wrote on Facebook: “Yesterday people from all backgrounds, of different ages, genders, religions, cultures, political views & identities all came together as one.

“Equality is equality is equality, no exceptions!”

According to attendees, hundreds were in attendance and organisers have already begun organising next year’s event to make it “twice the size”.

They also have plans to have a presence at upcoming Pride events across Ireland.

There were many speakers at the event and representatives from many organisations including Sinn Féin, People Before Profit, Green Party, Alliance Party, and the PSNI attended Saturday’s rally.

Many groups from across Ireland also made their way to Writer’s Square to take part in the rally.

They also thanked Irish feminists “who continue to have our back & every person who respects & supports us”.

A number of speakers spoke about their experience and their hopes for the future.

Also on Saturday in Belfast and Derry, thousands marched for marriage equality in Northern Ireland.

Love Equality NI has since announced that the figure in attendance was 20,000.

Patrick Corrigan of the Love Equality campaign, said: “human rights should not rely on postcodes.”

“It’s nonsensical that the government is denying the people of Northern Ireland the same rights as everyone else in the UK,” he said.

“There can be no second-class citizens in the UK. It is now up to [Prime Minister] Theresa May and the UK government to deliver on the promise of equality.”

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