Tag Archives: Greece

Oscar-Winning Composer Vangelis Dies At Age 79

CBS News reports: Vangelis, the Greek electronic composer who wrote the unforgettable Academy Award-winning score for the film “Chariots of Fire” and music for dozens of other movies, documentaries and TV series, has died at 79. Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and other government officials expressed their condolences Thursday. Greek media reported that Vangelis — born Evángelos Odysséas Papathanassíou — …

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Greece Criminalizes Ex-Gay Torture Of Minors

The Greek Reporter reports: Greece banned conversion therapy, or a widely criticized method of attempting to change one’s sexual or gender identity, for minors on Wednesday. The bill, which passed in parliament, will impose hefty fines and even prison terms on psychologists and other mental health professionals who conduct conversion therapy on LGBT minors without their explicit consent. Additionally, advertising …

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Unvaxxed Greeks Over 60 Years Old To Face €100 Fines

The Associated Press reports: Greece imposed a vaccination mandate Monday for people 60 and older, as the country’s vaccination rate remains below the European Union average and a spike in infections has put sustained pressure on Greek hospitals. Older people failing to get vaccinated will face penalties, starting at a 50-euro ($57) fine in January and followed by a monthly …

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Greece Bans Music In Bars, Nightclubs Amid Surge

Reuters reports: Greece is introducing new restrictions on the hospitality sector from Thursday, bringing forward measures planned for early January as coronavirus infections surge. Bars, nightclubs and restaurants will be forced to close at midnight, with no standing customers and no music, with the exception of New Year’s Eve when then can stay open until 2 a.m.. “These measures, if …

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Greece Appoints Its First Openly Gay Cabinet Minister

The Independent reports: Greece has appointed its first openly gay minister as part of a cabinet reshuffle. Nicholas Yatromanolakis made history after he was named the new deputy minister of culture on Monday. The 44-year-old was promoted from his role as general secretary of contemporary culture at the same department. The appointment which made him the first openly gay minister …

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Greek Bishop Claims That A Fetus Becomes Gay If The Mother Has Enjoyable Anal Sex While Pregnant [VIDEO]

Britain’s Metro reports: Church of Cyprus bishop Neophytos Masouras has claimed women enjoying anal sex while pregnant is the reason that gay people exist. Speaking at a primary school in Akaki, Cyprus, he claimed that the enjoyment the mother experiences transfers to the foetus, making the child gay. In a video translated by Metro.co.uk translators, he said: “It happens during …

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GREECE: Trolls Attack Over Pro-LGBT Valentine’s Ad

Reuters reports: When Chloe Kritharas Devienne was asked to photograph 28 couples kissing and cuddling in Greece while holding a bar of Lacta chocolate, she did not expect to be attacked by trolls. The Valentine’s Day adverts for the popular chocolate brand were the first to feature same-sex and interracial couples in Greece, a conservative country where the Orthodox Church …

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LIVE VIDEO: Trump Gives Joint Presser With Greek PM

CNBC reports: President Donald Trump on Tuesday held a press conference in the White House Rose Garden with visiting Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras of Greece. This was the president’s second such media briefing in two days. On Monday, Trump held a previously unscheduled press event with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., also in the Rose Garden. Trump on Tuesday …

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GREECE: Neo-Nazi Leader Praises Trump As Thousands Of Nazis Stage Athens Protest Against Migrants [VIDEO]

Euronews reports: Supporters of the far-right Golden Dawn have taken to the streets of the Greek capital, Athens, in an anti-immigration protest. Marchers expressed fury at the number of migrants remaining in Greece since the closure of the Balkan route into Europe. Golden Dawn parliamentarian Ilias Panagiotaros likes what he sees from across the Atlantic: “We don’t see any EU-Turkey …

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GREECE: Parliament Approves Civil Unions

Over the loud objections of the Orthodox Church and the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn Party, the Greek Parliament just approved same-sex civil unions by a wide margin. Earlier this month an Orthodox bishop called on his followers to literally spit on any lawmaker who votes in favor of civil unions, saying, “Deprecate them! Vote against them! They are not human! They …

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GREECE: LGBT Activists To File Hate Speech Complaint Against “Spit On Them” Orthodox Bishop

A few days ago a Greek Orthodox bishop called on his followers to literally spit on any lawmaker who votes in favor of the civil unions bill due to be heard on December 22nd. The Guardian today reports that Greek LGBT activists will be suing the bishop for his “untrammeled hate speech.” Here’s a reminder of what the bishop wrote: …

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GREECE: Orthodox Bishop Calls On Greeks To Spit On Lawmakers Who Vote For Civil Unions Bill

The Greek Parliament, at long last, is due to consider a civil unions bill. And that has a bishop with the Greek Orthodox Church ready to literally spit with rage. Via the Greek Reporter: The Holy Synod decided to adhere to its previous position, namely that the Church of Greece denounces alternative family forms because they are a devaluation of …

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GREECE: Voters Reject Bailout

Via the New York Times: Greeks delivered a shocking rebuff to Europe’s leaders on Sunday, decisively rejecting a deal offered by the country’s creditors in a historic vote that could redefine Greece’s place in Europe and shake the Continent’s financial stability. As people gathered to celebrate in Syntagma Square in central Athens, the Interior Ministry reported that with more than …

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GREECE: Government Declares Plan To Enact Civil Partnerships Law

ILGA-Europe reports: The Greek government has signaled its intention to legislate for civil partnership rights for all couples, almost 18 months after the European Court of Human Rights ruled that Greece must widen its civil partnership law to include same sex couples. This announcement is very encouraging and ILGA-Europe are pleased to see that Greece is finally taking steps to …

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Eurovision 2015: Greece’s Entry

Via Eurovision: In tonight’s programme from the Enastron Music Hall in Athens. The hosts presented the five songs that were in contention for EuroSong 2015, a 50/50 mix of Jury and televoting determined that Maria-Eleni Kyriakou would represent Greece in the First Semi-Final of the Eurovision Song Contest on Tuesday the 19th of May. Maria-Eleni Kyriakou is of Cypriot origin, …

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GREECE: New Government To Extend Civil Unions Recognition To Gay Couples

Via the Associated Press: Greece’s new left-wing government has promised to grant same-sex couples legal status, in response to a 2013 international court decision condemning the country for discrimination. Justice Minister Nikolaos Paraskevopoulos told parliament Monday that civil partnerships, first legislated in 2008, would be extended to gay couples but did not say when the changes were planned. The pledge …

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GREECE: Atheist Prime Minister “Politely” Rebuffs Clergy For Swearing-In Ceremony

Via the Economist: Greece’s new prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, made history within hours of his victory by informing the Archbishop of Athens, very politely, that clerical services would not be required for his swearing-in ceremony. An avowed atheist who has nonetheless made a point of dealing courteously with senior clergy, Mr Tsipras lost no time in making known that his …

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GREECE: Archeologists Find Possible Remains Of Alexander The Great’s Lover

Via Discovery News: A skeleton has emerged from the Alexander the Great-era tomb in Amphipolis in northern Greece, according to a news announcement by the Greek Ministry of Culture on Wednesday. At least one archaeologist has suggested that the remains, if male, could belong to Hephaestion, a close friend and possible lover of Alexander the Great — or someone like …

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World’s Oldest Erotic Graffiti Found, Text Boasts Of Gay Love Affair

The world’s earliest erotic graffiti has been found on a remote Greek island. Amidst two phalluses is a line that boasts of a gay love affair. Chiselled into the outcrops of dolomite limestone that dot the cape, the inscriptions have provided invaluable insight into the private lives of those who inhabited archaic and classical Greece. One, believed to have been …

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Greece Reinstates Forced HIV Testing

Greece’s new minister of health has reinstated a measure that allows the police to detain and test any person for HIV. Health organisations say the decree stigmatises drug users, sex workers and undocumented migrants in particular. The text also states that any occupants of housing which “may cause danger to public health” should be evicted from their homes, without any …

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