Belfast Pride week is now in full swing with parties, celebration, demonstration, discussion and debates taking place throughout the week. All information about what’s happening can be found at BelfastPride.com, or the full Pride Guide can be downloaded here [pdf]. We will be featuring a number of articles on LGBT Pride by a few guest writers each giving their own opinion on what Pride means to them. We are for full equality and would like to hear your views on the issue of LGBT rights and equality.
Here are a few events of note taking place this week:
Monday 30th July
Amnesty Pride Lecture plus Q&A
The Dangerous World of Gay ‘Cures’
Europa Hotel 7.30pm
In 2010 journalist Patrick Strudwick published “The Ex-Gay Files: The Bizarre World of Gay-to-Straight Conversion” in The Independent, chronicling a year of undercover investigation of therapists claiming to be able to ‘convert’ gays and lesbians to heterosexuality. In some countries, ‘gay conversion therapy’ is used as a form of punishment amounting to torture against gay people.
Strudwick will speak about his investigation into ‘gay conversion therapy’ and how that is used here and across the world as an attempt to negate gay identity and human rights for gay people. Hosted by William Crawley.
Tuesday 31st July
Pride Talks Back 2012
Europa Hotel 6.30pm
Belfast Pride’s Annual debate by the folks on the hill returns to the Europa Hotel. It’s your chance to put your questions to those in power in Northern Ireland.
This year all five of Northern Ireland’s main political parties will be represented in this debate, hosted by William Crawley. Definitely not one to miss!
Wednesday 1st August
Hymn or Us
Europa Hotel 7pm
The theme of this year’s debate is Faith in Education. The panel of religious leaders and education experts will debate the issues of faith and being gay in the classroom. Hosted by WIlliam Crawley.
Thursday 2nd August
Saving Face film screening
Crescent Arts Centre 7.30 – 10.30pm
The Family Ties Project will be holding a screening of a film – Saving Face. This is the story in which a Chinese-American lesbian and her traditionalist mother are reluctant to go public with secret loves that clash against cultural expectations. Afterwards there will be a question and answer session with members of the Family Ties Group, a group for parents by parents, of lesbian, gay and bisexual and transgender people. The Q&A will centre on the themes raised by the film and how families can be supportive of their lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members.
Unison — Your Rights at Work
Unison, Galway House, York Street 6pm – 7.30pm
A free session with an overview of equality rights for LGBT people. Opportunity for questions and discussion. Refreshments provided.
RSVP to :
Roisin Lavery at the Equality Commission 02890 500611 firstname.lastname@example.org or Fidelma Carolan at UNISON 07796675826 email@example.com
Saturday 4th August
Pride Parade & Party in the Square
Leaves Custom House Square at 12 noon
Assemble from 11.30am