Thousands of people took to the streets of Belfast support the LGBT+ in the largest cross-community event in Northern Ireland. Belfast Pride parade, now in it’s 27th year the theme for this years parade was ‘Come Out For Change’.
While unlike the Republic of Ireland, Here in Northern Ireland there has been little or no progress on the issues that affect the LGBT community including Homophobia, Transphobia, Bullying, Gender Recognition Rights, Fertility Rights, Mental Health and Marriage Equality.
Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, Patrick Corrigan, Northern Ireland director of Amnesty International, said the march is still very much a protest in Belfast.
"Pride is always the most colourful day of the year in Belfast. This year it is bigger and brighter than ever," he said.
Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK where same-sex marriage is not recognised.
The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) also took part in Belfast Pride for second time in uniform joining cross-border counterparts from Garda Síochána.
A serving police officer, said Pride 2017 was a highlight for many of his colleagues;
"Many of the PSNI LGBT Network have said that the public's reaction was one of the stand-out moments of their careers within the PSNI, and some of those officers are quite senior."
Thousands of same-sex marriage supporters have taken to the streets of Belfast to demonstrate their support for equal marriage rights in Northern Ireland.
The rally marks three years since the Republic of Ireland voted overwhelmingly in favour of equal marriage rights.
Northern Ireland is currently the only part of the British Isles which still denies same-sex couples the right to marry. LGBT rights in NI are currently in limo despite overwhelming public support and in the Northern Ireland Assembly.
During the most recent vote in November 2015, MLAs supported same-sex marriage, with a slim majority of 53 votes to 52.
However, it was blocked by the DUP using a measure known as a petition of concern.
Posting on social media ahead of the Love Equality NI rally, Labour MP Conor McGinn who is originally from South Armagh said: “I’m looking forward to traveling from sunny St Helens across to Belfast for the Love Equality rally this Saturday.
“We can’t guarantee the weather but we can guarantee a great day, a really important cause championing the rights of LGBT people in Northern Ireland.”
Earlier this month the St Helens Member of Parliament urged Theresa May’s Conservative, DUP backed government to “get of the fence” and support change ahead of the second reading of a private members bill calling for introduction of same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland.
Marches also took place in Northern Ireland’s second largest city Derry/Londonderry.
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