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04/19/2007


Derry, Northern Ireland Holds First Gay Pride Parade

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Northern Ireland's northwest region held its first Gay Pride festival and parade over the weekend, in Derry.

The Derry Journal reports:

"With reports of up to 5,000 people attending the parade, [David McCartney from the Rainbow Project] added: 'I'm no good at judging how many people were there, but the Guildhall Square was packed with people. The reception as the parade came up Ferryquay Street and turned into Shipquay Street towards the Guildhall Square was just phenomenal. We couldn't believe it.  What they have done is extraordinary. I myself winced at the idea of ever having a Pride march in Derry, but this wasn't just a march - it was genuinely a parade. The members of the LGBT community were all understandably nervous in advance, worried that the parade might receive little support, but they needn't have been nervous. So many people came out to support us - cheering everyone on, waving flags, applauding - it was just fantastic.'"

Slideshow here.

Said McCartney of the small number of protesters: "I have to say, apart from the 20 or so miserable people hanging around Duke Street, looking thoroughly unhappy, the day was filled with smiles and colours and happiness, with no negativity from anyone. Some people just can't bear the thought of people enjoying themselves."


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Robinson"Earlier today the Treasury in London confirmed that Mrs Robinson had stepped down from her role as a Westminster MP. She announced two weeks ago that she would be leaving public life for health reasons."

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Downloads of Simon and Garfunkel's 'Mrs. Robinson' are up 1200% in Northern Ireland following the Iris Robinson scandal in which the anti-gay, evangelical lawmaker was discovered to have had an affair with a 19-year-old man.

There's currently a Facebook campaign to propel the song to #1 in the country.

The Belfast Telegraph reports: "Cheeky posters backing a Facebook campaign to make the Simon and Garfunkel song Mrs Robinson number one in the charts have begun to appear at a number of locations around Belfast. This message was written on sheets draped over the gates of Stormont, while a similar banner was spotted on Balmoral Bridge on the Lisburn Road. The campaign follows the success of a Facebook crusade at Christmas which pushed Rage Against The Machine to number one at the expense of X Factor winner Joe McElderry. Mrs Robinson is currently in the Top 40 of the Amazon download chart."

Previously...
Will Homophobe Iris Robinson's Affair Bring Down the Government? [tr]


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