The answer to the question is simple and absolutely affirmative. Yes, a boy can love a boy and a girl can love a girl. It is not something that needs any interpretation and does not promote any particular position. It's just a fact.
Unfortunately, the whole discussion has once again raised the issue of censorship in our country. THOC, the Cyprus Actors' Union, the Cyprus Theater Center for Children and Young People, the Commissioner for the Protection of Children's Rights, Accept - LGBTI Cyprus, as well as other bodies, have, rightly, strongly expressed themselves against the decision of the Evaluation Committee of Spectacles of the Ministry of Education, Sports and Youth to censor the play, demanding that the specific question be removed from the performances attended by schools.
This intervention once again raises questions about the need for this committee and the role it actually plays in relation to the Ministry of Education, which promotes actions to address racist attitudes, homophobia and transphobia in schools.
Now the decisions of the Ministry of Education need to be honest expressing the important role it assumes in the field of promoting multiculturalism and diversity.
In addition to revoking this decision, the Ministry of Education needs to review the way in which complaints are evaluated and managed regarding requests to conceal objective information from children. This assessment must be done first with the child's best interests in mind but also in a way that protects the Ministry's own teachers, employees and partners.
I have already tried to contact the Minister of Education to convey these views to him, while we continue to be in contact with the Deputy Ministry of Culture.
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