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LGBTI Rights in Greece


ADDED ON: 01/13/2021

INTERVIEW-Greece’s first gay minister hopes appointment helps erode homophobia

LONDON, Jan 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Greece’s first openly gay minister said encountering homophobia in public life was “a given”, but hoped his appointment to the conservative government would make it…

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ADDED ON: 01/05/2021

Greece Just Appointed Its First Out Gay Cabinet Minister

The center-right government of Greece announced the country’s first out minister on Monday. Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis appointed Nicholas Yatromanolakis as the new deputy minister of culture. The 44-year-old native of Athens…

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ADDED ON: 12/22/2020

Greek LGBTQ+ rights: ‘It was a lynching. No other way to describe it’

Days after his death in the heart of Athens, the image of Zak Kostopoulos began to appear across the city centre, on buildings and nondescript office blocks, the marble steps of neoclassical…

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ADDED ON: 10/03/2020

When politicians use hate speech, political violence increases

Politicians deepen existing divides when they use inflammatory language, such as hate speech, and this makes their societies more likely to experience political violence and terrorism. That’s the conclusion from a study…

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ADDED ON: 08/19/2019

Greek bishop convicted of hate speech steps down

A controversial Greek Orthodox bishop who was convicted of inciting violence against homosexuals has announced his resignation after four decades at the post. "Today is my last service as your bishop," 81-year-old…

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ADDED ON: 06/16/2019

Legalising homosexuality: Germany did it 25 years ago – what about other European countries?

This week Germany celebrated legalising homosexuality twenty-five years ago. Until June 11, 1994, it was still considered a crime in Germany even though since 1969 homosexuals were no longer prosecuted for “fornication”.…

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ADDED ON: 05/05/2019

LGBTI rights in the Balkans: A perpetual struggle

Romanian Adrian Coman and his American-born partner Clai Hamilton had two major reasons to celebrate when they tied the knot last June. One of course, was their marriage. The other was the…

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ADDED ON: 02/02/2019

Greek bishop who told followers to spit on gays guilty of inciting hatred.

A Greek bishop has been given a seven-month suspended jail sentence for inciting homophobic hatred and abusing ecclesiastical office. Bishop Amvrosios of Kalavryta, whose name is Athanassios Lenis, appeared in front of…

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ADDED ON: 10/03/2018

Documenta 14 Participants Address Killing of LGBTQI+ Activist in Open Letters to Greek Leaders

More than 140 artists and higher-ups from the Documenta 14 quinquennial, which occurred in Athens and Kassel, Germany, last year, sent two letters to Greek officials yesterday. The letters—addressed to Giorgos Kaminis,…

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ADDED ON: 09/27/2018

Greek LGBTI Activist Dies After Brutal Beating

Zak Kostopoulos, a Greek LGBTI activist and drag performer, died Friday after a brutal attack in an Athens shopping district. According to NBC News, two men have been arrested in connection with…

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ADDED ON: 09/24/2018

LGBT Activist Reportedly “Lynched” in Greece

A Greek LGBT activist died on Saturday, an alleged victim of a lynch mob, but officials say only a full medical investigation will determine a broader picture of how he died. Zak…

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ADDED ON: 09/16/2018

‘We’re Brothers, Sisters and Activists’: The Greek Collective of Gay and Trans Refugees

Maha was a final-year trainee at a police academy in Basra, southeast Iraq, when her phone went missing. It was summer 2011. Only 17, she was nervous about telling her parents, though…

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