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Rainbow flag could fly from council buildings for Pride Day if motion passed

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The rainbow flag could be flown at civic buildings in the borough if a notice of motion wins the backing of council.

Sinn Fein’s motion will be tabled at the monthly meeting of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council tonight (Monday).

It will ask that the flag be flown at the Palace in Armagh, as well as Craigavon Civic Centre and Banbridge Civic Building on Saturday, August 4 for Pride Day.

The motion – brought in the name of councillor Darren McNally and seconded by Liam Mackle – will urge all councillors to recognise the role of LGBTQ+ people living within the borough.

And they will also be asked to recognise Pride Week and help send a “clear message” to those behind an increasing number of hate crimes against the local LGBTQ+ community that there is no place for such actions.

The motion going to the meeting reads: “This Council commends the recent statements by the main Party Leaders at Stormont on behalf of their parties supporting the value of and acceptance LGBTQ+ citizens.

“Therefore, this council recognises and values the contribution LGBTQ+ citizens make to the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough.

“However, this council is concerned about the recent number of hate incidents within this borough towards our LGBTQ+ citizens which is at odds with our commitments in fostering good relations and a strong united community as part of ‘Together: Building a United Community’ strategy.

“To show our support and commitment to our LGBTQ+ citizens throughout this borough and to send a clear message that all forms of hate crime towards our LGBTQ+ citizens are unacceptable, this council will support Pride Week 30th July – 5th August and fly the rainbow flag at Craigavon Civic Centre, Banbridge Civic Building and Palace Demesne on Pride Day (4th August).”

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