First ever Gay Pride Parade

coming in May

Homosexuality_2The first ever Gay Pride Parade in Cyprus will be held on May 31st of this year as part of a 15 day Cyprus Pride Festival, announced gay rights organisation Accept LGBTI Cyprus according to a report by Cyprus Mail.

“This is a testament to how far Cypriot society has come on issues of inclusion and acceptance” the head of Accept, Costas Gavrielidies, told the Cyprus Mail. The parade, which will be held under the auspices of South Nicosia Mayor Constantinos Yiorkadjis, will come as a celebration for the act legalising civil partnerships, which is expected to be voted by the South Cypriot House of Representatives in April, according to Accept’s press release.

The festival will begin on May 17th, which is the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia, and will include a film festival, an art exhbition, a series of open discussions as well as an anti-homophobia and anti-bullying educational campaign with the help of the Cyprus Youth Council.