Mr Poots was visiting Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry yesterday evening, when some members of the local LGBT community decided to meet him and to protest the politician’s anti-gay stance on a number of issues.
Derry-based LGBT rights campaigner and former chair of Foyle Pride, Shá Gillespie, is pictured holding a rainbow flag behind Mr Poots, in protest of his campaigns against same-sex adoption and blood donations from gay men in Northern Ireland. According to one source, Mr Poots is said to have been dismissive of the rainbow flag at the event, calling it “stupid”.
Last month, the UK Supreme Court dismissed an appeal made by Mr Poots, in an abortive attempt to preserve Northern Ireland’s ban on gay couples jointly adopting children. Earlier, a Belfast judge at the Court of Appeal called his reasoning behind the maintenance of a lifetime ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood as “irrational”, words echoed by the UUP leader, Mike Nesbitt, during the political party’s annual conference.
This story will be updated soon, as we await comment from other parties.
Thanks to Damian for the tip.