As an advisor to the President of the Republic on Multiculturalism and Diversity and as coordinator of the LGBT+ & Allies policy production team of DISY, I was quite pleased to see these commitments made public. This is the first time we have seen such a clear and strong commitment from the centre-right in Cyprus, and it is exciting to see a leader like Averof Neophytou not afraid to express his ideas and commit to implementing concrete proposals for the five-year period. It saddens me at the same time that we did not see the same commitment from all the other candidates. After all, LGBTQ+ rights are not just about one political ideology - they are for everyone!
"As a liberal man, I am fully committed to creating a better future for all people, including the LGBTQI+ community. In my vision for a better Cyprus, the rights of all its citizens will be respected, while all individuals are treated with respect and dignity, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or sex characteristics." - Averoff Neophytou
"I firmly believe that the struggle for LGBTQ+ rights is not just about the rights of a minority, but about the values of justice, equality and respect that are the foundation of a just society." - Averof Neophytou
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