Comment: Proud of Belfast Pride

EILE Magazine

The big screen outside Belfast City Hall, with a crowd beginning to gather ahead of Belfast Pride's screening of 'Mamma Mia' The big screen outside Belfast City Hall, with a crowd beginning to gather ahead of Belfast Pride’s screening of ‘Mamma Mia’

Scott De Buitléir writes from Belfast about its LGBT community sticking together, despite the bad weather

Taking a break from the weekend’s to-do list, I found myself wandering around central Belfast on an overcast and heavy Sunday afternoon with a friend. The previous Friday saw the official launch of Belfast Pride, and rainbow flags are now dotted around the city.

As we wandered up to Donegall Square, my friend and I were pleasantly surprised to see the festival’s flags flying in front of Belfast City Hall. Inside City Hall’s grounds were three food stalls, while deck chairs were dotted around the grass in front of the large outdoor screen that had been erected for the London 2012 Olympics. Then, we saw the notice: Belfast Pride were showing Mamma Mia on the…

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