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US embassy to fly rainbow flag

The US embassy in Nicosia will mark International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO), by flying the rainbow flag at the Embassy building in Engomi on May 17 and 31, the embassy said on Thursday.

The IDAHO is an annual event celebrated internationally to counter homophobia and raise awareness of the human rights discrimination faced by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) individuals.

“I want to assure you,” Ambassador John Koenig said, that the US Embassy in Nicosia “will remain committed to working with the LGBT community on promoting the protection of LGBT rights and on combating discrimination against LGBT individuals”.

“This is not only part of our foreign assistance, but represents our moral conviction”, he added.

This year, there will be IDAHO events in 118 countries.

The US Embassy will once again “proudly fly the rainbow flag on May 31 to celebrate Cyprus’ first ever Pride March.”  The Pride March will begin at Eleftheria Square, next to Ledra Street. (CNA)
 

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