BELFAST Deputy Lord Mayor Mary-Ellen Campbell has called for the installation of a stained glass window at the City Hall.

The North Belfast Sinn Féin councillor proposed the motion at the monthly Council meeting which was held on Monday night, in recognition of LGBT citizens in the city.

“Belfast has a vibrant LGBT community and hosts one of the biggest pride festivals,” she told fellow members. “The City Hall represents all citizens and the installation of a stained glass window will be a positive step towards creating a more welcoming and vibrant city.

“One of the Council’s primary aims is to make the environment of the City Hall more balanced, inclusive and reflective of all of the citizens of the city and to celebrate the contribution of all LGBT citizens and install this in an appropriate location in the City Hall.”

Alliance Councillor and soon-to-be Lord Mayor Nuala McAllister offered her support by seconding the motion.

“I’m delighted to back a motion aimed at showcasing the positive role the LGBT community has played and continues to play across Belfast,” she said. “Belfast is a city for everyone. A growing city both in size and diversity and support for this project from those elected within City Hall highlights the growing thirst for a vibrant, diverse and open society, from outside. A passionate advocate of equality and inclusivity, my vision for Belfast remains as one we can all be proud of.

“That’s why I plan on leading from the front when I become Lord Mayor in a few months’ time, placing inclusivity and diversity at the heart of everything I do.”

The proposal was referred to the Strategic Policy and Resources Committee.