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Posthumous honor for Irish LGBT movement campaigner

Khalid Umar Malik
07 Dec 2021, 00:08 GMT+10

NEW YORK - Tarlach Mac Niallais, an Irish lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights activist, has a street in New York named after him.

Mr. Mac Niallais, a native of Belfast, died of a Covid-related illness in April of last year.

'Tarlach MacNiallais Way' was presented as the new official name of the intersection of 49th Street and 43rd Avenue in Queens, New York, at a ceremony Friday night.

In the mid-1980s, Mr. MacNiallais relocated to the United States and became involved in the New York gay rights movement.

He also oversaw a Queens-based project for people with learning disabilities.

Members of his family, including his nephew Gary Nellis, traveled from Ireland for the Friday night's event.

"We're very proud to be here and to be able to thank the people of the city of New York.

"This is an unbelievable honor to be given, to have a street named after you. In a hundred years, this sign will still be here, and it reinforces Tarlach's legacy," Nellis said.

Mr. Mac Niallais has been protesting the rejection of the New York St. Patrick's Day parade organizers to allow the LGBT movement to march under their banners for years.

The permission was eventually granted in 2016.

Mr. Mac Niallais' friend and a New York City Council member, Jimmy Van Bramer, said.

"It is an honor and a privilege to be able to name a street after someone I knew well for 30 years. I wish he were still alive today, but he deserves to be recognized and remembered forever.

"Everyone will see that big Irish name, and he deserves that," Bramer said.

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