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LGBT Rights in Samos department

Samos is governed by federal Greece law. Learn more
    Homosexuality
    ✔ Legal
    Gay Marriage
    ✖ Civil unions
    Censorship
    ✔ No censorship
    Changing Gender
    ✔ Legal, surgery not required
    Non-binary gender recognition
    ✖ Not legally recognized
    Discrimination
    ✖ Illegal in some contexts
    Employment Discrimination
    ✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
    Housing Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
    Adoption
    Ambiguous
    Military
    ✔ Legal
    Donating Blood
    ✔ Legal
    Conversion Therapy
    ✔ Banned
    Age of Consent
    ✔ Equal

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History

Homosexual activity in Samos

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Homosexual activity in Samos is legal.

Current status
Since Dec 23, 2015
Legal
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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1951–Dec 23, 2015
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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Same-sex marriage in Samos

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Same-sex marriage in Samos 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 Samos

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Censorship of LGBT Issues in Samos 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 Samos

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Right to change legal gender in Samos 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 Samos

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Legal recognition of non-binary gender in Samos 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 Samos

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LGBT discrimination in Samos is illegal in some contexts.

Current status
Since Dec 24, 2015
Illegal in some contexts
There are legal protection against LGBT discrimination in the provision of goods and services (2015) and employment (2016).

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 Samos

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LGBT employment discrimination in Samos 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 Samos

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LGBT housing discrimination in Samos is no protections.

Current status
No protections
Laws in force in Greece do not offer protection against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in housing.
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Same-sex adoption in Samos

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Same-sex adoption in Samos is ambiguous.

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

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Serving openly in military in Samos is legal.

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

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Blood donations by MSMs in Samos 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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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 Samos

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Conversion therapy in Samos 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 Samos

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Equal age of consent in Samos 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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