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posted Friday, June 6 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 23
First ever Cyprus Pride - Cypriot parliament considers bill to ban homophobic acts
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First ever Cyprus Pride - Cypriot parliament considers bill to ban homophobic acts

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Republic of Cyprus celebrated its first ever LGBT Pride on May 31 with a parade through the capital city of Nicosia.

Several thousand people joined the march, astonishing the organizers, who said they expected only a few hundred. It was reportedly the largest demonstration seen in Cyprus for many years, and even larger than the raucous anti-austerity rallies held at the peak of Cyprus's financial crisis last year.

About 200 anti-Gay demonstrators organized by the local Greek Orthodox Church scuffled with police as they unsuccessfully tried to break through police lines to attack the march.

The church condemned the parade and issued a strongly-worded statement saying it considers homosexuality 'the human being's fall from grace and an illness and not a natural way of life or choice.'

LGBT activists hailed the event as a 'huge success' and Tweeted 'Cyprus is changing. Thank you all' after the day's festivities concluded.

ACCEPT-LGBT Cyprus President Costas Gavrielides said he was overwhelmed by the turnout.

'This proves that Cypriot society has progressed much more than politicians say,' Gavrielides told The Associated Press.

In a speech at the celebration, Gavrielides urged Cypriot lawmakers to pass measures to further LGBT rights, including a civil partnership law.

The star of the celebration was 81-year-old Gay rights pioneer Alecos Modinos. In the 1990s, Modinos took a case to the European Court of Human Rights, which led to the decriminalization of Gay sex in Cyprus in 1998.

'I am incredibly moved,' Modinos told the crowd. 'A dream of 25 years has come true.'

'We hope Cyprus becomes a European Union member country that respects rights not only in words, but in deeds as well,' he added.

Cyprus is a member of the European Union, so all EU human rights protections apply there, but the northern third of the island nation has been occupied by Turkey since 1974, and same-sex relations are still illegal in the Turkish zone.

In the southern part of the island, the population is largely Greek, and the conservative Greek Orthodox Church has opposed pro-Gay legislation.

Nevertheless, the Cypriot parliament's Legal Affairs Committee has introduced a bill criminalizing homophobic acts, and establishing penalties of a ¬5,000 fine and up to three years in prison. The bill defines homophobic behavior as anything 'that encourages hate against individuals or groups that have a sexual preference.'

Committee chairman Sotiris Sampson said the bill will be discussed by the committee at their next meeting and then sent to the full parliament for action. The measure has support of both the government coalition and the Cypriot Communist party AKEL.

AKEL spokesperson Aristos Damianou told the press that it was about time to introduce a bill regarding homophobic behavior, since racist and xenophobic acts are already illegal.

'[I]n this day and age we are required to do so by our international commitments,' Damianou added.

Asked by the Cyprus Mail newspaper why 'homophobic behavior' is only vaguely defined in the bill, Damianou said that vagueness was actually one of the goals of the legislators.

'The definition is purposefully vague so as to give courts the flexibility to judge such cases based on the evidence before them...

'What we did, basically, is to ensure that people have a right to choose their partners regardless of whether other people like it or not,' Damianou said.

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