Click for Message from General Secretary Designate

The 30th Annual Belfast Pride Festival will take place from Friday 23 July to Sunday 1 August. Once again this year’s Belfast Pride Festival and Parade will be a virtual one due to Covid-19. The parade will take place on Saturday 31 July on-line at 1pm and again at 5pm.

This year’s online parade will feature recorded videos and messages from groups with live interviews running in sequence in a parade order. You can watch it across Belfast Pride’s social media platforms Belfast Pride | Diverse – Equal – Proud.

For this year’s virtual parade NIPSA has produced its own short video. Click here to view it.

As the newly appointed General Secretary I am attaching my video message to all our LGBTQI+ members.

In line with the objects of NIPSA which is to promote equal opportunities for all members the General Council wish to encourage branches and members to take part in the on-line activities.

Carmel Gates
General Secretary (Designate)

The Rainbow Project is currently running a large scale survey. The results of this survey will help them to identify the needs of the LGBTQIA+ community and allow them to develop and maintain services catered to meet those needs, as well as help us ensure that their campaigns reflect the need and will of the community they serve.

Throughout the next year they intend to carry out further surveys specifically looking at the experiences of LGBTQIA+ people from ethnic minorities backgrounds and/or living with disabilities. This survey is completely confidential and anonymous.

If any member would like any more information on this survey and for support if you are affected by any of the issues raised in the survey please contact The Rainbow Project on 028 9031 9030 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This survey should take around 30 minutes to complete.

Please share as widely as possible.

Geraldine Alexander
Assistant Secretary

The NIPSA LGB&T Group will defend, protect and enhance the rights of LGB&T NIPSA members in the workplace; engage with & support NIPSA members who are family/friends of LGB&T; work with and advise all NIPSA Branches, Groups & Committees on LGB&T affected workplace policies and issues; campaign for equal rights and opportunities in the workplace, in the wider Trade Union movement and in society; advise on LGB&T related training; and increase membership to NIPSA and the NIPSA LGBT Group.

Our Vision, Where we are Going

Our vision is of an enhanced trade union which is to the betterment of all through the promotion of LGB&T rights in the workplace and in society. We want NIPSA to be at the forefront of all LGB&T related matters, ensuring Employers adopt exceptional and progressive workplace policies and terms & conditions that fully protect our LGB&T NIPSA members.

To help NIPSA representatives the NIPSA LGB&T Group have created a Branch Representatives Toolkit it's available to download click on the link below. 

The judgement given today in Northern Ireland Court of Appeal in Belfast in the case of Lee v Ashers Bakery.

Read the full statement available on the Equality Commission website.