Omagh Hosts First-Ever Pride Parade | New

This was the first time the event had been held in the County Tyrone town

Author: Chelsie KealeyPosted 3 hours ago
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History was made in Omagh today (Saturday) as the County Tyrone town welcomed its very first pride.

The idea of ​​bringing the event to the region formed by two friends – poet Cat Brogan (36) and community organizer Lorraine Montague (34).

Both had lived most of their adult lives outside of Omagh and, like many, chose to return home due to COVID.

A pride parade seemed like a great starting point and a way for the whole city to celebrate diversity, inclusion and equality.

There was a full list of performers and speakers today: Derry-based all-female queer group Cherym, whose song appeared in the closing credits of the Irish LGBT movie “Dating Amber.”

A representative of the Northern Ireland Police Service’s LGBT + network also addressed the crowd from a caravan scene in the parking lot of the South West Collge.

The Rainbow Project was represented by Dean Lee who, in addition to being an advisor, also set up NI’s only BAME-specific LGBTQI + group.

Local speakers include union activist Amy Ferguson, transsexual Chantelle Mitchell, anti-conversion-therapy activist Oisin Donnelly and yoga teacher Marella Fyffe.

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