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- Nov 20, 2012
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My condolences on Tarlach's passing, Ramon. May his memory be eternal!An old friend lost his life due to Covid-19. I'd dropped out of touch with Tarlach but he was a larger than life character, I'll never forget his Save Sodomy From Ulster T-Shirt.
The month of March began with a glorious Sunday morning, perfect for the St Pat’s For All Parade in Queens, New York, that celebrates diversity and equality as much as Irish heritage and culture. Among the organisers was the gregarious Tarlach MacNiallais, who had worked long and hard for inclusion of the long excluded.
He was known for his decades of advocacy for LGBT and disability rights. “A battering ram on issues of importance,” according to Harriet Golden, a vice-president at AHRC New York City, an organisation that serves people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, where MacNiallais worked for nearly 35 years.
MacNiallais died on April 1st. He was 57. The cause was complications of the coronavirus, according to friends and family.
He was born Terence Nellis in Belfast on October 9th, 1962, the 10th of 11 children of John James Nellis, a bus conductor, and Una Nellis, a homemaker. He later adopted the Irish language version of his name.
.He responded to the “Save Ulster From Sodomy” campaign of the 1970s – an ultimately unsuccessful effort to keep homosexual acts illegal in Northern Ireland – by helping to mount a counter campaign with the slogan “Save Sodomy From Ulster”.
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Tarlach wearing that famous T-Shirt.