Plans for DUP leader Arlene Foster to meet with LGBT groups ‘belatedly welcome’ say campaigners

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04/22/2021

Plans for First Minister Arlene Foster to meet with LGBT organisations have been described by campaigners as “belatedly welcome”. The DUP leader is set to meet with LGBT groups in the coming weeks, Belfast Live revealed. It will be the first time a Stormont First Minister has met with representatives of the LGBT community. The Executive Office confirmed the planned meeting, which will also involve Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill. It is expected to take place within the next fortnight and is likely to be held virtually due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The DUP has a long history of hostility towards the LGBT community, including its founder Ian Paisley leading the ‘Save Ulster from Sodomy’ campaign in the late 1970s against the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Northern Ireland. Green Party deputy leader and LGBT activist Malachai O’Hara welcomed the planned meeting. He tweeted: “It should not be 2021 before the First Minister meets LGBTQ groups. Belatedly welcome.

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