I just came across this personal story about “Being Gay in Greece” published on the American Chronicle.
One of the hardest thing about being gay in Greece is the widespread homophobia. I’ve experienced it in school, in the workplace, in the military. You see, to much of the world homosexuality is accepted as something you are born into – with the joys and pain that come with it. People don’t fear you, at worst there is an attitude of ‘poor guy to have been born gay’. My homeland, Greece, however is very different. According to Eurobarometer 2008 – Greece and Cyprus are the two countries that have the highest rates of anti-homosexual discrimination. 85% of Greeks are against gay marriage – something that isn’t questioned in the rest of Europe.
It is always interesting (and painful) to hear from people who are actually experiencing the discrimination that I focus on on this blog. If you have a personal story, you are more than welcome to send it to me for publication here. Please send it to: thedeviousdiva at gmail dot com. You can remain anonymous if you would prefer. If you would just like to let me know your story without it being made public, let me know in the email.
Please read the full article Being Gay in Greece here
Also see LGBT Rights in Greece on Wikipedia