Golden Globe nominated American actress Lainie Kazan has joined the likes of Olympia Dukakis, Whoopi Goldberg and Stephen Fry in raising her voice in support of Cyprus’ first gay pride parade, inviting the local LGBTI community to simply “be who they are”.
Kazan, who starred in Nia Vardalos’ “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” as a Greek exuberant mother figure, sent her message five days before the scheduled march, set to take place on Saturday, May 31 in Nicosia.
Sitting in front of the lens of journalist Harris Mavromichalis, Kazan, daughter to a Turkish mother and Russian father, said “everybody has the right to be who they are intrinsically.
We can’t hide in the shadows; that’s no way to live.”
Cyprus’ first gay pride is backed by both local authorities and foreign diplomatic missions.
But it has upset the church which has slammed the planned march saying that the word of God “condemns homosexuality” and considers it a “degradation and a sickness.”
“Just go to the parade and go to Cyprus and stand up for what you believe in and who you are and you’ll have a great time,” urged Kazan.
“Not only will you be free to be yourself but you will see the support you are given and you will be giving support to thousands of other people. “
See her full statement below: