British Game of Thrones actress Lena Headey has voiced open support to Cyprus’ first gay pride and the island’s LGBTI community, urging them to ‘celebrate themselves’ on the day.
Responding to a tweet by The Cyprus Weekly on May 23, in which the paper asked for a comment on the island’s first gay march in Cyprus given the opposition of the Cyprus Church, the 40-year-old actress tweeted “Celebrate yourselves in all your beautiful glory”.
Headey, who plays Cersei Lannister in HBO’s Golden Globe winning and international hit TV series Game of Thrones, has openly backed LGBTI rights.
“I like misfits. I worship the brave. I am a lover though I'm not averse to a good wrestle. Your back is mine,” she writes in her Twitter description.
American comedian, fashion designer, and actress Margaret Cho was also quick to tweet her position on the matter with a short and to-the-point tweet saying “I love that!!!!! Cyprus better work!!!!!!! Xoxoxoxo”.
Cho, who is of Korean ancestry, has for long supported LGBT rights and has won awards for her humanitarian efforts on behalf of women, Asians, and the LGBT community.
Supported by local authorities and foreign diplomatic missions, including 15 embassies, the gay pride 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.”
The Cyprus Christian Orthodox Movement has also announced a counter-demonstration on the same day and at the same location in central Nicosia as the gay parade, with an estimated 300 supporters ready to march for LGBTI rights.
Chair of the IDAHOT (International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia) Tamara Adrian also tweeted back to The Cyprus Weekly saying “Human rights are for everyone. Why do they talk about love and practice hate?”
Cyprus’ first gay pride, which takes place in Nicosia on Saturday May 31 has in the past few days received international attention by acclaimed celebrities Stephen Fry, Whoopi Goldberg, Olympia Dukakis and Lainie Kazan.
ACCEPT LGBTI head Costas Gavrielides welcomed the support tweeting that “all hands are needed for the #CyprusPride!”
Speaking to The Cyprus Daily, Gavrielides expressed his gratitude to those supporting the event, including local parties Disy and Akel which will be attending the march, and said the messages from abroad “have been very encouraging”.
“It is a message of courage not only to the members of ACCEPT but to those who have yet to find the strength to come out and embrace their sexuality,” he said.
He said one of the aims of hosting a pride is to show to the wider public that times have changed and with them so has society.