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EXCLUSIVE: Edwin Poots Met With Rainbow Flag in Derry

Northern Ireland's Health Minister, Edwin Poots (DUP) in front of a rainbow flag, held by LGBT rights advocate, Sha Gillespie.

Northern Ireland’s Health Minister, Edwin Poots (DUP) in front of a rainbow flag, held by LGBT rights advocate, Sha Gillespie. [Image: Mary Baird]

Northern Ireland’s Minister for Health, Edwin Poots, was met with a “LegenDerry” welcome from LGBT rights activists yesterday, as a rainbow flag was held up behind him at an event in Derry City. (Update here}.

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.

About Scott De Buitléir

Scott De Buitléir is an author and poet from Dublin, Ireland. He is founder of EILE Magazine, a digital publication for the Irish LGBT community, and has published several works of poetry, non-fiction, and fiction. He lives in Cork with his partner.

2 comments on “EXCLUSIVE: Edwin Poots Met With Rainbow Flag in Derry

  1. he is an arrogant man. When we need to spend money on social services he decides to use it to fund his personal agenda, don’t see him crying when it comes to taking hard working lgbt tax money!

  2. What baffles me is, who’s voting for the man ?

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