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Cyprus Pride

DSC_0002DSC_0021 DSC_0019 DSC_0020I don’t scare easy. But when I do, often it is because of people and their peculiar beliefs.┬áThe first gay Cyprus pride parade was held this Saturday in Nicosia. I proudly took part. And as I marched down the street with Georgie in my arms, I watched people shouting that we would burn in hell and that I should be ashamed of myself for exposing my child to such issues! I may have sugarcoated that last sentence. For a moment I felt a lump in my throat. Could I or my child actually get hurt for having fundamental beliefs in basic human rights? In 2014? In Europe?

It’s no surprise though. The Church of Cyprus, a finance giant and a major role-player in the political lifestyle has once again reminded us of its disturbing beliefs. A press release came forth soon after the parade was announced. There was mention of ‘illness’, ‘affliction that should be treated’ and how homosexuality ‘has led to tragic results such as an increase in divorce, paedophilia, people dying of AIDS, families being torn apart, the unnatural adoption of children and many more.’ Makes you mad, don’t it?

Soon after the initial shock had worn off and the anti-gay protest made up of cross-bearing old men and pot-bellied small-minded drunks, was under control, I began to smile. The march started with a small group of people gathered in a park. Soon there would be over 3500. It was a historic moment that honestly brings warmth to my heart.Yesterday I felt a bit better about the world my little boy is living in. Until 1993, homosexuality was considered a criminal act in Cyprus. Progress has been made. People have wised up and learnt to respect diversity, embrace it and stand up for basic human rights such as who one can and cannot love. Hopefully when this is no longer an ‘issue’ then perhaps we can get on with solving the real problems this world has.

 

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  • Reply turnthatrecordover June 1, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    I still remember the day I found out about the Modinos case (against the Cypriot Government before the ECHR because of legislation that criminalised homosexuality) and the amazament I felt about the fact that the ECHR decision was held in 1993 and by 1998 the Cypriot Parliament had yet to comply with it. Even more so by the fact that it was forced to do it under the thread of not joining the EU.

    We’ ve come a long way! It took some time and more needs to be done but we are getting there.

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