Averoff Neofytou understands the importance of promoting LGBTQI+ rights not only as a political issue, but as a reflection of the values of justice, equality and respect that are the foundation of a just society.
He notes in his letter that he has demonstrated his commitment to these values through his previous actions and initiatives, such as the passing of the Civil Union Law in 2015, the criminalisation of homophobic and transphobic rhetoric, and the passing of a law allowing judges to use both homophobia and transphobia as aggravating factors when serving sentences when necessary.
He also notes that both DISY and he supports the Bill on Legal Gender Identity Recognition submitted by the government to Parliament and, in addition, are opposed to conversion therapies, “a harmful and discredited practice that seeks to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity.”
In addition, Averof supported the LGBTQI+ community by participating in the Cyprus Pride March in 2015 and the ILGA-Europe conference held in Nicosia in 2016, 'while the Democratic Rally constantly participates every year in the Cyprus Pride March'. He also added that "Recognising the need to cooperate with European actors, our policy group 'LGBTIQ & Allies' has joined the European European Centre-Right LGBT+ Alliance, a pan-European political network of the Center-Right that cooperates with the European People's Party (EPP) on LGBTQI+ issues."
In his letter to Accept, Averof Neofytou sets out 20 concrete proposals for the LGBTQI community in Cyprus that he promises to implement if elected president. These proposals, which as a friend said already serve as an Action Plan for the LGBTQI community, show the dedication of Averof Neofytou to creating a brighter future for all Cypriots, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or gender characteristics. He himself had the courage to propose them and he can implement them.