Bigot punched in the face after crashing Pride parade to fight the ‘homosexual agenda’

Gerry McGeough was punched in the face at a Cookstown Pride parade

Anti-gay ex-IRA gunrunner Gerry McGeough was punched in the face at a Pride parade, but is undeterred in challenging to “homosexual agenda”.

McGeough, who was jailed in 2011 for the 1981 attempted murder of part-time Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR) man Sammy Brush, attended the Mid Ulster Pride event in Cookstown, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland on Saturday (18 September).

According to the Belfast Telegraph, the 63-year-old ex-IRA man attended the Pride parade with eight other men, who stood praying, holding a statute of the Virgin Mary, and saying the rosary for those “glorifying the sin of sodomy”.

In a moment that was caught on video and has spread across social media, a woman approached McGeough and spoke with him. Shortly afterwards, she punched him in the face.

The woman was swiftly arrested, but police said she was later released while a report was submitted to the Public Proseuction Service.

McGeough also turned on his former party, Sinn Fein, for taking part in the event.

Speaking to Purged.TV, he described the party as “an anti-Catholic organisation”, which was “promoting something that during the time of the hunger strike 40 years ago would have been utterly repellent to any self-respecting Irish republican in this part of the world”.

Molly Farrell of Mid Ulster Pride told The Irish News that she was “very sorry to hear what happened”, but added: “We had made it clear from the beginning that we remain peaceful and don’t engage with protesters.

“I don’t imagine it was anybody who was part of the parade.”

Despite being punched in the face, Gerry McGeough is heading to the first-ever Pride parade in Omagh

Gerry McGeough later told the Belfast Telegraph that despite being punched in the face, he was undeterred in fighting “the homosexual agenda”, and that he “offered [his injury] up to Our Lady”.

He added that he was planning on attending a Pride parade in Omagh on Saturday (25 September).

The event will make history as the town’s first-ever Pride parade, and organiser Cat Brogan told the Ulster Herald that “it will form and strengthen connections based on compassion and empathy, while sending everyone the message that LGBTQ people are loved – wholly and unconditionally.”