‘Let’s Talk Loyalism’ aims to empower new voices in community as we “have been misunderstood and misrepresented”

A new loyalist group has been set up to empower and enable young voices in the community, it has been revealed.

Monday, 3rd May 2021, 2:39 pm

The new group - Let’s talk Loyalism - style themselves as a group which “aims to articulate loyalist perspectives and initiate positive change within the loyalist community”.

A statement from the group says: “A small group of young loyalists have come together to create a new ambitions organisation purpose built for communicating loyalism and enabling change”.

In the statement they say their aims are “educate, equip and empower a new generation of loyalists to articulate their views with reason and persuasion, promote the advantages of NI being and remaining an integral part of the UK,

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Investigate and expose issues of injustice, inequality and disadvantage impacting loyalist communities” and “research, recommend and lobby for policy change which positively impacts the loyalist community and NI”.

Their aims also include being able to: “implement valuable initiatives focused on addressing needs within the loyalist community. This will include designing and delivering educational, social cultural and community projects for the benefit of the loyalist community;

“build relationships and engage with communities, community groups, media, political parties and other bodies in NI and the wider UK; and

“Challenge outdated and inaccurate stereotypes about the loyalist community and highlight talent, positive work, and success within the loyalist community”.

Their statement adds that their “vision” is to “equip and empower the loyalist community to build a better future”.

“For too long loyalism has been misunderstood and misrepresented,” it adds.

“For too long loyalism has been defined by those who do not even identify as loyalist.

“Let’s Talk Loyalism wants to invite all loyalists from all backgrounds to take part in a conversation not just about what loyalism is but also about what it can be,” it adds.

“The title of the organisation is not just a name, it is an invitation; Let’s talk Loyalism.”