ABC councillors are to discuss a notice of motion calling for an annual event to be established to mark ‘Pride’ in the borough.
And the motion, which is due to be debated on Monday night, will also seek permission for ABC Council to be represented in the showcase Belfast Pride Parade.
In the past there has been controversy surrounding motions over the flying of the Rainbow flag and the lighting of buildings to mark Pride Week.
Now the Alliance Party are hoping to mark the special week with a specific – yet unspecified – event.
The notice of motion, being brought by Councillor Peter Lavery and to be a seconded by Councillor Jessica Johnston, will be considered at the monthly sitting of ABC Council on Monday.
Speaking ahead of the meeting, Councillor Lavery, said: “Council taking steps to include Pride in our annual calendar of events would go a long way to recognise the valuable contribution LGBTQ+ citizens make to our borough, to promote diversity and inclusion, and show solidarity with the ongoing struggle for full equality.
“As well as showing our borough is an open and welcoming place for everyone, a vibrant local Pride event can attract visitors to our borough in a positive way.
“Recent events in Mid Ulster, Foyle, and Omagh show just how much benefit these events can bring for everyone in our community.
“I sincerely hope that councillors across the parties recognise the benefits of this motion, embrace a spirit of inclusion, and can work alongside myself and fellow Councillor Jessica Johnston to pass this motion and bring Pride to the borough.”
The actual motion reads: “This council recognises the contribution made to our borough by LGBTQ+ citizens and rejects all forms of discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community.
“To show our support for equality and acceptance, this Council commits to exploring participation in LGBTQ+/Pride events including: exploring with the organisers of Belfast Pride for Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council to participate in their parade with other public bodies on an annual basis and; exploring the possibility of organising a local event to mark Pride in our borough at an appropriate point in the calendar year on an annual basis.”