November 12, 2009
Ancient Greek values clash with modern treatment of gays

Homosexuality dates back thousands of years in Ancient Greece, where same-sex relationships were well known - even among the gods. The word “lesbian” also comes from the island of Lesbos, where Sappho wrote some of her love lyrics to other women.

But today in Greece, gay rights are not as accepted. Special correspondent Lynn Sherr and producer Megan Thompson examine the state of marriage equality in Greece.

See more Worldfocus coverage on Homosexuality Around the World.

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[...] Homosexuality dates back thousands of years in Ancient Greece where same-sex relationships were well know – even among the gods. But today in Greece gay rights are not as accepted. Special Correspondent Lynn Sherr and producer Megan Thompson examine the state of gay marriage in Greece. Read more at http://worldfocus.org/blog/2009/11/12/ancient-greek-values-clash-with-modern-treatment-of-gays/8377/... [...]

#4

What is Plevris talking about? Homosexuality is not foreign to Greece. Socrates and his contemporaries were all polygamous, homosexual pedophiles.

“Aren’t you an enthusiast for Homer who says that the most charming age is that of the youth with his first beard, just the age of Alcibiades now?”
-Socrates (Protagoras 309b)

Just do a wiki search for “pederstry in ancient Greece”

#3

What is Plevris talking about? Homosexuality is not foreign to Greece. Socrates and his contemporaries were all polygamous, homosexual pedophiles.

“Aren’t you an enthusiast for Homer who says that the most charming age is that of the youth with his first beard, just the age of Alcibiades now?”
-Socrates (Protagoras 309b)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pederasty_in_ancient_Greece

#2

Maybe you could have talked to Dimitris Papaioannou, queer Greek artist and director. There’s been a long-term Greek queer leftist movement centered around the magazine To Kraximo.

#1

The whole series is greatly appreciated; but enough of the drag queens and club life, please! How about interviews with gays that are working hard every day just to deal with all aspects of the human condition — without worrying if anyone will discover high heels in their closets. Imagine a young, impressionable gay person absorbing this program with his family and or peers while determining what role-model he or she may choose. As a loyal fan of Worldfocus, I feel little more balance in coverage would have been in order.

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