Tag: greece

Greek Government backs down on civil unions

The Greek Government has dumped plans to provide civil unions for same-sex couples after a backlash from conservative MPs in its coalition but will attach anti-discrimination protections for sexual minorities to an anti-racism bill Greeceā€™s Government will not comply with a European Court of Human Rights ruling to open its heterosexual civil unions scheme to… Read more »

Gay marriage in the year 100 AD

Gay marriage sounds like an ultra-contemporary idea. But almost twenty years ago, a Catholic scholar at Yale shocked the world by publishing a book packed with evidence that same-sex marriages were sanctioned by the early Christian Church during an era commonly called the Dark Ages. John Boswell was a historian and religious Catholic who dedicated… Read more »

Greece Reinstates Forced HIV Testing

Greece’s health minister has reinstated a draconian measure that allows mandatory HIV testing, detention, and even eviction. Health minister Adonis Georgladis has reinstated Public Health Decree 39A, a 2012 measure that allows police to detain people suspected of being HIV positive and force them to be tested, according the Greek news outlet ENET. The measure… Read more »

MEPs condemn transphobic police crackdown in Greece

Members of the European Parliament are worried by reports Greek police have started to systematically harass transgender women in Athens and Thessaloniki. Police have made numerous arrests in recent weeks, and detained a lawyer defending the women. Officers in Thessaloniki have been operating sweeping arrests, often with policemen behaving aggressively, under the pretext of ID… Read more »

Gay People Living in Fear in Greece

What was supposed to be a fun evening for Stamatis Peramatzis, turned out to be a nightmare. As the 39-year-old was walking out of a parking lot together with his partner in an Athens mall, a man out of nowhere appeared and screamed: “Faggots, we will kick you out of Greece and you will never… Read more »

Neo-Nazi thugs threaten safety of Greek gays

‘Gays are the new Jews’ in Greece, claim campaigners amid escalating violence against the LGBT community in Athens Campaigners are warning of escalating violence against gays in Athens, after knife-wielding neo-Nazis attacked a group of LGBT activists. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender groups in the Greek capital are ‘extremely alarmed’ about the escalating number of… Read more »