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    Homosexuality
    ✔ Legal
    Gay Marriage
    ✔ Civil unions
    Censorship
    ✔ No censorship
    Changing Gender
    ✔ Legal, surgery not required
    Non-binary gender recognition
    ✖ Not legally recognized
    Discrimination
    ✔ Illegal
    Employment Discrimination
    ✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
    Housing Discrimination
    ✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
    Adoption
    ✖ Single only
    Military
    ✔ Legal
    Donating Blood
    ✔ Legal
    Conversion Therapy
    ✔ Banned
    Age of Consent
    ✔ Equal
Suggest Public Opinion Data

Public Opinion

Acceptance of homosexuals as neighbors

Ranked #36 out of 79 regions surveyed. (Source: World Values Survey, 2017-2020)

Question: "On this list are various groups of people. Could you please mention any that you would not like to have as neighbors?"

(33.3%) Mentioned homosexuals
Did not mention homosexuals (66.3%)

Justifiability of homosexuality

Ranked #31 out of 79 regions surveyed. (Source: World Values Survey, 2017-2020)

Question: "Please tell me for each of the following statements whether you think it can always be justified, never be justified, or something in between."

(38.3%) Not justifiable
Justifiable (27.6%)

Opinion on same-sex couples as parents

Ranked #60 out of 74 regions surveyed. (Source: World Values Survey, 2017-2020)

Question: "Homosexual couples are as good parents as other couples"

(65.5%) Disagree
Agree (8.7%)

"Should society accept homosexuality?" (2019)

Ranked #21 out of 34 regions surveyed. (Source: Pew Research Center, May–October, 2019)

Question: "Should society accept homosexuality?"

(47%) No
Yes (48%)

Support for same-sex marriage in Central and Eastern Europe

Ranked #5 out of 19 regions surveyed. (Source: Pew Research Center, June 2015-July 2016)

Question: "Do you strongly favor, favor, oppose, or strongly oppose allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally?"

(70%) Oppose
Favor (26%)

"Should society accept homosexuality?" (2016, Eastern/Central Europe)

Ranked #2 out of 19 regions surveyed. (Source: Pew Research Center, June 2015-July 2016)

Question: "Please tell me whether the FIRST statement or the SECOND statement is most similar to your point of view–even if it does not precisely match your opinion. 1 Homosexuality should be accepted by society OR 2 Homosexuality should not be accepted by society"

(44%) No
Yes (50%)

"Should society accept homosexuality?" (2013)

Ranked #16 out of 39 regions surveyed. (Source: Pew Research Center, June, 2013)

Question: "Should society accept homosexuality?"

(40%) No
Yes (53%)

Perceived Acceptance of Gay People

Ranked #68 out of 119 regions surveyed. (Source: Gallup, 2013)

Question: "Is the city or area where you live a good place or not a good place for homosexuals?"

(61%) Not a good place
Good place (24%)

By The Numbers

51.7%
of Greeks support gay marriage
60.2%
of Greeks support the legal recognition of gender identity
38.9%
of Greeks support the adoption of children by same-sex couples
(diaNEOsis, 2022)
69%
of Orthodox Christians support the Church's position on refusing to perform same-sex marriages
26%
oppose

History

Homosexual activity in Greece

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Homosexual activity in Greece is legal.

Current status
Since 1951
Legal
Homosexuality in Greece became legal in 1951 by the new Penal Code, but some discrimination in laws against homosexuals was valid until recently (article 347 of the Penal Code).
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Until Dec 23, 2015
Male illegal, female uncertain
In Greece, homosexuality was a criminal offence up until 1951. "Incest against nature" (between men) was punished under Article 347 of the Penal Code. This article was abolished with an amendment that was voted on December 23, 2015
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Same-sex marriage in Greece

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Same-sex marriage in Greece is civil unions.

Current status
Since Dec 23, 2015
Civil unions
In December 23, 2015, the Hellenic Parliament voted with 193 votes (56 against and 51 abstentions), the law on the extension of the cohabitation agreement to homosexual couples.
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Nov 26, 2008–Dec 23, 2015
Unrecognized, same-sex marriage and civil unions banned
Cohabitation agreement, corresponding to civil union, was instituted in Greece, in November 26, 2008, only available to opposite-sex couples. In April 2006, former President of the PA.SO.K. party, George Papandreou proposed to Parliament the recognition of unmarried same-sex or heterosexual couples. However, the project was not accepted by the LGBT organizations as it was considered that it would not have any benefit in their rights, since it prohibited the adoption of children.
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Censorship of LGBT Issues in Greece

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Censorship of LGBT Issues in Greece is no censorship.

Current status
No censorship
In Greece, there are no laws restricting to discussion or promotion of LGBTQ+ topics.
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Right to change legal gender in Greece

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Right to change legal gender in Greece is legal, surgery not required.

Current status
Since Oct 10, 2017
Legal, surgery not required
To change one's legal gender in Greece, the legal requirements are a forced divorce (if married, due to the inability of performing same-sex marriage) and a court order. Non-binary people are to choose male or female.
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Legal recognition of non-binary gender in Greece

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Legal recognition of non-binary gender in Greece is not legally recognized.

Current status
Since Feb 13, 2018
Not legally recognized
Gender-neutral names can be used on IDs and birth certificates, following the case of Jason-Antigone Dane, but one can only legally identify as male or female
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LGBT discrimination in Greece

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LGBT discrimination in Greece is illegal.

Current status
Since Dec 24, 2015
Illegal
Greece prohibits discrimination and hate crimes based on sex characteristics, which are among the strongest laws on the subject in Europe
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Sep 10, 2014–Dec 2, 2016
Illegal in some contexts
Many instances of discriminations against LGBT individuals are illegal. The only case where discrimination is not illegal is if it is done by public domain (of which the church is one.)
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LGBT employment discrimination in Greece

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LGBT employment discrimination in Greece is sexual orientation and gender identity.

Current status
Since Dec 9, 2016
Sexual orientation and gender identity
In December 9, 2016 the Hellenic Parliament passed the law 4443/2016, which added as 'suspicious' criteria of discrimination "color", "ethnic origin", "pedigree", "chronic disease", "marital status", "social status", "gender identity" and "gender characteristics", while the term “genetic orientation”, which was used in law 3304/2005, was corrected to sexual orientation. The concept of multiple discrimination was also standardized
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Jul 14, 2005–Dec 9, 2016
Sexual orientation only
The Community/Union legislation (directive 2000/78) prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation in the workspace. Later on it was transferred to the Greek legal order, with law 3304/2005, almost verbatim. The greek translation of the directive and the greek law referred to sexual orientation as “genetic orientation”.
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LGBT housing discrimination in Greece

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LGBT housing discrimination in Greece is sexual orientation and gender identity.

Current status
Since Jan 1, 2014
Sexual orientation and gender identity
in all areas since 2014.
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Same-sex adoption in Greece

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Same-sex adoption in Greece is single only.

Current status
Since Jan 1, 1996
Single only
joint and step pending. Legalization pending. Currently being implemented in foster care.
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Serving openly in military in Greece

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Serving openly in military in Greece is legal.

Current status
Legal
Since 2002.
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Blood donations by MSMs in Greece

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Blood donations by MSMs in Greece is legal.

Current status
Since Jan 10, 2022
Legal
In January 10, 2022 the Greek Minister of Health, Thanos Plevris, and the Deputy Minister of Health, Mina Gaga signed the determination of the content of the "Blood Donor History". In the new form, sexual orientation is disconnected from the criteria that must be met by prospective blood donors.
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Sep 24, 2021–Jan 10, 2022
Ambiguous
The Greek Minister of Health requested the review of the “Blood Donor History” form of the National Blood Donation Center, which, among other things, prohibits anyone who has had even a homosexual relationship since 1977 from becoming a voluntary blood donor.
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Until Jan 10, 2022
Banned (indefinite deferral)
In order to donate blood, blood donors had to fill out a form called "Blood Donor History”, issued by the National Blood Donation Center, which stated that donating blood is prohibited for “anyone who had been in a homosexual relationship since 1977”
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Conversion therapy in Greece

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Conversion therapy in Greece is banned.

Current status
Since May 11, 2022
Banned
The amendment, introduced in the context of the bill on the "Personal Doctor", introduces a ban on so-called "treatments or conversion practices", ie methods aimed at changing or suppressing the sexual orientation, the gender identity or expression of an LGBT+ individual.
The amendment, however, does not include adults who, as stated in Parliament, can undergo conversion therapy with their consent. There is also no mention of people practicing these therapies other than specialists, leaving a legal loophole for spiritual leaders and priests. The LGBT+ organizations protested and demanded the inclusion of all the above
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May 10, 2022–May 11, 2022
Ambiguous
In May 10, 2022 the Greek Minister of Health, Thanos Plevris submitted an amendment to the bill for the “personal doctor”, based on article 1 of which institutes the prohibition of practical conversions to vulnerable individuals by professionals. With the term "professionals" the amendment defines those who receive remuneration to proceed with such "treatments", leaving a legal gap in practices e.g. of the Church, such as exorcism or other covert practices, which do not involve remuneration. Also, the term "vulnerable" means minors or those who are under legal assistance.
At the same time, the provision prohibits professionals from inviting, promoting or advertising conversion practices performed by themselves or other third parties, professionals or not.
Violation of the law in addition to the prescribed disciplinary and administrative sanctions, will be punished with imprisonment and a fine, while the repeated commission of the above act constitutes an aggravating circumstance.
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Until May 10, 2022
Not banned
Conversion Therapies for LGBT people are held openly in Greece with the tolerance of the state as well as the responsible associations of mental health specialists. Research on this issue indicates that such therapies involve spiritual or religious leaders, alternative healers (homeopaths, energy therapists, etc.) as well as health and mental health professionals.
Today, while some psychologists continue to use therapies such as disgust, the most commonly used techniques include a variety of behavioral, cognitive, psychoanalytic, and other practices that seek to change or reduce a person's same-sex attraction or gender identity. Lesser known but still active practices are beatings, sexual violence - even rape -, isolation, deprivation of food, electroshock, administration of drugs and other drugs, psychological violence, as well as exorcisms or other sessions.
The church is also promoting these therapies through the church-funded omofylofilia.gr site.
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Until Jan 1, 2022
Not banned
Proposed criminalization. Conversion therapy ban country wide pending. Condemned by European Psychiatrists.
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Equal age of consent in Greece

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Equal age of consent in Greece is equal.

Current status
Since Dec 23, 2015
Equal
The Civil Union act also equalized the age of consent at 15
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1951–Dec 23, 2015
Unequal
Article 347 of the Greek Criminal Code; which provides for a higher age of consent of 17, for seducing a male person if the male partner is over 18 and for lesbians and both male/female heterosexuals (regardless of close-in-age or not) and for only close-
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