Jackie Pollock

Three years at Pride

For three years now we’ve been walking in Belfast Pride and this year showed as in every other just how important it is for people with a learning disability to see themselves represented in the main body of the parade, because when every conversation and decision feels like an effort to get your own voice heard especially in the area of sexuality and relationships how much harder is it to actually come out as part of a sexual minority. Our role then is to shine a mirror back on the attendees with a learning disability and say that yes you have a right to be represented here as well, and a mirror to the LGBTQ+ community that people with a learning disability are part of their space also — a true minority within a minority.

Thank you so much to everyone for their support — for the mum who pointed us out to her daughter wearing ear defenders and said “They’re walking for you’, for the cheers that went up when people recognised our t-shirts, to the welcome we have received from the organisers every year. This is why we keep walking, that’s why we’ll stay visible and that’s why we’ll continue to honour the right for our members to have a relationship regardless of the gender makeup of it. See you next year.

Heading for the train
Our team of walkers
Ready and waiting
Best foot forward

Carrickfergus Junior Gateway

Posts from Carrickfergus Junior Gateway — a voluntary charity providing social opportunities for young people with learning disabilities

Jackie Pollock

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Advocate for learning disabilities and mental health. Technical Consultant @KainosSoftware, and passionate about my faith, books and coffee

Carrickfergus Junior Gateway

Posts from Carrickfergus Junior Gateway — a voluntary charity providing social opportunities for young people with learning disabilities

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