As Pride 2021 season begins today Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey has taken the opportunity to wish everyone a safe and enjoyable time.
Pride events will be celebrated this year from July through to September and aim to promote inclusion and visibility for members of the LGBTQI+ community.
Minister Hargey said: “It has been a tough year for people who haven’t been in a caring and supporting environment, or where they may have been disconnected from the support networks that existed pre Covid-19. I hope this improves quickly and people get to live their best lives in a society that has learned to value every person for who they are regardless of gender identity, expression or sexual orientation.
“My aim is to help build an inclusive society. I want to wish all of our LGBTQI+ family and friends an enjoyable and safe Pride and I will continue to support and protect the rights of all our LGBTQI+ communities.”