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LGBT history in Greece

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LGBT history in Greece

This article is about the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Greece.

1st millennium BC

1st millennium AD

  • The rise of Christianity in Greece and the Byzantine Empire begins the enroachment of anti-homosexual religious rhetoric in Greek culture, followed in quick succession by the implementation of anti-homosexual laws which some prevail to the present.

2nd millennium AD

  • In 1830, the gaining of Greek independence is followed by institution of anti-sodomy laws in the Greek Kingdom.
  • In 1858, the Ottoman Empire decriminalizes sodomy.
  • Male homosexual practice was decriminalized in 1951 by the new Criminal Code adopted in 1950.[1]

3rd millennium AD

  • On November 2003, NCRTV fined one of the largest TV networks in Greece, Mega, with 100,000 Euros,[2] partly for having aired a kiss between two male characters of the popular TV show 'Klise ta Matia' (Greek: Κλείσε τα Μάτια). In December 2006, Greece's Council of State, the country's Supreme administrative court, annulled this decision though, ruling that NCRTV's fine was unconstitutional.
  • Athens Pride was first held in June 2005. Also, discrimination in employment based on sexual orientation was made unlawful.
  • Male prostitution was legalized in May 2006.

See also


  1. ^ "Where is it illegal to be gay?". BBC News. Retrieved 11 February 2014. 
  2. ^ NCRTV Ref#:371-2003, 11/11/03
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