Ballroom in Athens: a safe haven for Greece’s queer community

In February 2024, Greece made history by becoming the first Orthodox-majority country to legalise same-sex marriage. Still, many activists continue to describe the country as very conservative, LGBTQI-phobic, and sexist.

Greek society remains divided on parenthood and the recognition of transgender identities, and the few rights gained on paper do not reflect the reality, amidst attacks and police brutality.

In this context, the queer scene in Athens serves as a safe haven for LGBTQ+ individuals.

For many in the community, queer venues are a second home and a place of struggle to assert their identity. @vdnews_ita travelled to Athens to see it for themselves.


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