A delegation from Accept – LGBT Cyprus met on Thursday, November 30th with the President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades to discuss the difficulties faced by the LGBTI people in Cyprus today. On behalf of the Government, the meeting was also attended by the Minister of Justice Ionas Nicolaou. On behalf of the Council of Europe the meeting was attended by the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Stella Kyriakidou, the International Expert on Gender Identity Silvan Agius, the Vice Rector for Faculty and Research of the University of Nicosia and Chairman of the Bioethics Committee of Cyprus Constantinos Phellas and the Associate Professor of International Law and Human Rights at the University of Cyprus, Aristotelis Constantinides.
The main topic of discussion during the meeting was the need to resolve key problems relating mainly to the trans and instersex communities in Cyprus. On behalf of the organisation, the President of Accept-LGBT Cyprus, Costa Gavrielides, presented a preliminary draft Bill on Gender Identity, Gender Expression and Sex Characteristics which is currently being prepared by Cypriot and International lawyers and experts with the active support of the Council of Europe. The preparation of the draft bill is expected to be completed by the end of the month.