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Cyprus: First-ever gay pride kicks off in Nicosia01:21

Cyprus: First-ever gay pride kicks off in Nicosia

Cyprus, Nicosia
May 31, 2014 at 14:29 GMT +00:00 · Published

More than 3,500 took to the streets Saturday in Nicosia, for Cyprus' first-ever gay pride parade. Gay, lesbian, trans and sexual minority individuals and their allies called for equal rights with heterosexuals, and were treated to a variety of performances.

Before the march began, about 200 people, including Orthodox priests, protested outside parliament. Some scuffles occurred during the demonstration.

Although Cyprus decriminalised homosexuality in 1998, LGBTQIA individuals are still denied a variety of rights that heterosexuals enjoy, including being consulted over medical treatment if a partner is ill. Same-sex couples are also not allowed to adopt children or get married.

Cyprus: First-ever gay pride kicks off in Nicosia01:21
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More than 3,500 took to the streets Saturday in Nicosia, for Cyprus' first-ever gay pride parade. Gay, lesbian, trans and sexual minority individuals and their allies called for equal rights with heterosexuals, and were treated to a variety of performances.

Before the march began, about 200 people, including Orthodox priests, protested outside parliament. Some scuffles occurred during the demonstration.

Although Cyprus decriminalised homosexuality in 1998, LGBTQIA individuals are still denied a variety of rights that heterosexuals enjoy, including being consulted over medical treatment if a partner is ill. Same-sex couples are also not allowed to adopt children or get married.