Cyprus Pride 2019 events are in full swing with the big annual march taking place on June 1. Until then a series of events are happening across the island inviting not only the LGBTI community but also the wider public on a quest to empower, raise awareness and support.
Stand with Pride is this year’s theme and events are dedicated to combating bullying and discrimination. “[It is] a phenomenon that is not only apparent in Cyprus society but, something that through research, has been shown to be a major issue in Cypriot schools as well. The theme was inspired by HOMBAT one of Accept’s main projects and priorities for the year,” ACCEPT-LGBTI Cyprus’ Monica Panayi said.
HOMBAT is a European-funded Project that Accept has been running and its goal is to combat homophobic and transphobic bullying in schools by training school teachers and counsellors. The project calls on school personnel and students to terminate school bullying and improve the lives of LGBTI youth and their experiences in schools. So, there will be a HOMBAT training on May 25 and a Workshop for Kids Against Bulling which will take place on May 26, both in Nicosia.
This year’s events also pay tribute to the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, a historic event that initiated the LGBTI Revolution through the Gay Liberation Movement. Hence a plethora of events are planned from drag shows and film screenings to parties and Human Library events. Monica said apart from the anti-bullying workshops and the pre-party on May 31 at Garden Day & Night, two screenings should not be missed.
Mr. Gay Syria is an award-winning documentary following the lives of the LGBTI Syrian community in the streets of Istanbul and Berlin. It will be screened on May 31 at Home for Cooperation and discussion will follow with the producer Ekin Çalişir.
The Australian High Commission in Cyprus will present The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert also on May 31 with the presence of the film’s director having an open discussion following the screening.
Pride activities will conclude like every year with a march commencing from the NIcosia Municipal Gardens at 3pm followed by a party. Accept is looking to achieve equality and improve the lives of those in the LGBTI community and raise awareness that legislation needs to change. “Asides from the legal Recognition from the State,” comments Monica, “we as LGBTI activists wish to promote equal treatment in Cyprus society and to empower every single LGBTI person island wide.”
The events are not just for those who identify with the community but supporters too. “Any Allies are welcome to come take a stand for human rights, human rights that have been and still are violated every day. We are calling our allies to come participate and support the LGBTI community because our voices united are a strong defence against any organised entity that targets the suppression of human rights and specifically the LGBTI ones,” added Monica.
The schedule can be found at acceptcy.org or via the Facebook Page-Accept LGBTI Cyprus.
Cyprus Pride 2019
Workshops, parties, film screenings and drag queen shows happening in support of the LGBTI community. Organised by ACCEPT-LBGTI Cyprus. Until June 1. www.acceptycy.org