Northern Ireland

Belfast's first permanent Pride pedestrian crossing unveiled

Claudia Cole, Sainsburys store champion for Equity Diversity and Inclusion with John Jones, Kennedy Centre manager
Claudia Cole, Sainsburys store champion for Equity Diversity and Inclusion with John Jones, Kennedy Centre manager Claudia Cole, Sainsburys store champion for Equity Diversity and Inclusion with John Jones, Kennedy Centre manager

Belfast's first permanant Pride pedestrian crossing has been unveiled in support of the LGBTQ+ community.

Located at the Kennedy Centre in the west of the city, the crossing has been painted in the colours of the Pride flag.

The unveiling at the Falls Road centre follows similar actions in support of the LGBTQ+ community by large organisations in other cities, including London, Vancouver, Sydney and Paris.

John Jones, manager at the Kennedy Centre, said they are "delighted to unveil the new Pride flag at the pedestrian crossing".

"At Kennedy Centre, our unwavering support for the LGBTQ+ community extends well beyond Pride month and we wanted to acknowledge this with a permanent installation," he said.

“We actively engage with many local LGBTQ+ groups, such as The Rainbow Project, and we hope that this crossing represents our commitment to equality, diversity and to being an inclusive and welcoming hub for everyone in the community.

"We have plans for 2024 and beyond to ensure Kennedy Centre remains a champion of local diversity and inclusion.”

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Nuala Devenny from the Rainbow Project, said: “We would like to thank Kennedy Centre Belfast for this public display of support for the local LGBTQ+ community.

"It is fantastic to have the support of such a prominent organisation and we hope to continue our collaboration for many years to come.”