Worldfocus: State of Gay Marriage in Greece
Homosexuality dates back thousands of years in Ancient Greece, where same-sex relationships were well known - even among the gods. The word “lesbian” also comes from the island of Lesbos, where Sappho wrote some of her love lyrics to other women.
But today in Greece, gay rights are not as accepted.
Activists in Greece agitate for greater rights for gays. Worldfocus producer Megan Thompson also interviewed Georgia Trismpioti, director of Amnesty International's Greek division on the climate for gays in Greece, including what kind of legal protections exist for gay people in Greece, and how does Greece compare to the rest of the EU on the issue of gay rights and gay marriage.
According to Trismpioti, "...there is a significant lack of specific legal protection for gay people in Greece."
The Greek division of Amnesty International fights for:
- The amendment of the anti-discrimination law 927/1979 which should be expanded to other forms of discrimination generated by the sexual orientation and gender identity of an individual
- The annulment of article 347 of penal code which penalizes male prostitution (which is not the case for the female prostitution) and introduce higher ages of consent for same sex activity compared to opposite sex activity
- The provision of asylum to asylum seekers persecuted in their countries of origin because of their sexual orientation
- The decriminalization of homosexuality where such legislation remains and review of all legislation which could result in the discrimination, prosecution, and punishment of people solely for their sexual orientation or gender identity
- The equal civil recognition of same sex relationships
In related news, Cary Alan Johnson, executive director of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission joins Worldfocus anchor Daljit Dhaliwal for a discussion about gay rights around the world.
Johnson describes how an increase in worldwide gay and lesbian rights movements have also created a backlash and an even stronger anti-gay movement.
He also talks about the few countries that allow gay marriage and addresses where it is most difficult to live as a member of the LGBT community.
Watch the the interview Global LGBT Movement Sees Successes and Setbacks with Cary Alan Johnson executive director of International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission who joins Worldfocus anchor Daljit Dhaliwal, here.
Read the interview with Georgia Trismpioti of Amnesty International's Greek division, here.
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