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03:07 | 29th May 2017

News: UK

Mon 2 Aug, 2010
By Sam Bristowe


I want to say to them, particularly those of a Christian faith, that it is ok to be gay and a Christian and do not let anyone tell you otherwise

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Despite the rain that fell on the streets of Belfast this weekend, spirits weren’t dampened as pride goers in there thousands attended the annual Pride festival to celebrate everything LGBT.

In its 20th year the organisers celebrated the milestone anniversary with a parade through the city streets that began in the iconic and Custom House Square and later went past City Hall.

Protesters also took to the streets during the event to show their angst towards the celebrations in the highly Catholic populated city. Many expressed their views with counter demonstrations, which included the likes of the Free Presbyterians.



However not all religious bodies took part in the protest and actually embraced the days celebrations.

Speaking to the BBC Reverend Chris Hudson, a minister in Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church of Ireland, said that he wanted to show solidarity with the gay and lesbian community.

He added: "I want to say to them, particularly those of a Christian faith, that it is ok to be gay and a Christian and do not let anyone tell you otherwise."

It is believed that over 17,000 people took part or watch the event on Saturday and organisers believe that Belfast Pride is now the biggest of its kind within Ireland.

 

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