There are no laws in Greece which prohibit same-sex sexual contact thanks in part to pressure put on Greece by the European Union which encourages its member states to be tolerant of homosexuals, bi-sexuals and lesbians. Athens is the center of gay life in Greece and is a magnet for gays from all over Greece. The city plaza gay bar the highest concentration of gay bars and the largest gay subcultures of the country.
Gay bars in Athens tend to be more authentically Greek than those in the Greek islands. Greece is European in its outlook on homosexuality, meaning it is relatively progressive in its tolerance of homosexuals relative to the rest of the world. The country as a whole is more accepting of it,” says Christos, 38, a doctor from Athens, “but individual families aren’t necessarily so. Because of the tight-knit family-clan structure and the influence of the Greek Orthodox Church, many families are conservative and don’t accept it when their gay children decide to come out. Consequently, young gay men flock to the urban areas where they can be free to live a gay life, without family pressure. Petros, 32, a hotel desk clerk from Athens.
Since Petros’ family also lives in Athens, it is difficult for him to feel as free about his sexuality as his friends whose families live in other parts of Greece. Athens has large and powerful gay groups, although it still lags behind the rest of Europe. In the early 1980’s, homosexuality stopped being a taboo subject. At that time, AIDS had hit and people were forced to start acknowledging homosexuality. It wasn’t until 1976 that the first gay bar opened in Athens.
Greek gays expect that the E. Things are coming full-circle for Greek gays. Historically, Greece and its territories had thriving gay cultures. In ancient Greece it was common, even expected, for a young, unmarried man in the upper classes to take a male lover until he married. Even Greek mythology has examples of this. Zeus, the king of the gods was notorious for his sexual appetites, took Ganymede, a boy, as a lover. Out” gay Greeks are rare, and “out” local lesbians rarer still.
Foreign same-sex couples will be regarded in the provinces with some bemusement but accorded the standard courtesy as foreigners. The parks can be unsafe after dark. A well equiped modern sauna with jacuzzi, steam room and massage. You can enjoy your drink overlooking the Acropolis. Sunday in Outer Blogness: Rape room edition!
Sunday in Outer Blogness: I’m back edition! EXMO Radio Mormon Happy Hour Podcast: MHH18: LDS Patriarchy World Tour and what they DON’T want you to know about SEX! X-Mormon of the Year 2013: J. In our last episode, we were too distracted by scandal to take much note of General Conference, but apparently there was a bit of a surprise! Home Teaching and Visiting Teaching programs.
Mormon Happy Hour Podcast interviewed the girl who did it. To put it baldly: how is it that church leaders who are said to have special gifts of spiritual discernment get duped by predators? I can think of a very simple answer to that one — you’ll have to read her piece if you’d like to know whether she accepts the obvious solution. USA this is not the case. The Church not only has no wedding ritual, but leaders prevent the members from fabricating one themselves. In my view this is a problem that will not go away, since at its basis lies exactly this missing ritual: it is the absence of a wedding ritual that creates the quandary.
Then there was this tragic tale of a fun community tradition that the CoJCoL-dS latched onto like a parasite — and ultimately ruined. Since the CoJCoL-dS appears to be contracting, let’s visit the world of the formerly-Mormon! Sara will be chronicling her post-Mormon journey. Dad’s Primal Scream is still working on reclaiming honesty. In fun, Andrew Hackman did a March Madness of film reviews, and let’s take a visit to Gilgal Gardens! Hey folks — apologies for the salacious title, but wow — the latest from Mormon Leaks is quite a shocker!
The Mormon Therapist posted one as well. The Mormon Happy Hour Podcast provided tough discussion or two. The Infants on Thrones have done some podcasts on the subject, featuring Matt Long — who, through his experience as a Sex Crimes Prosecutor has some expertise on how to keep kids safe. Mormon Discussions posted a list of really eye-opening questions — and a podcast full of discussion — about the cover-up. Looks like Sam Young was right about the danger of abuse. It’s natural to be outraged when hearing of the church’s response, but their actions are hardly surprising. As I discussed recently, the CoJCoL-dS uses polarization as a standard strategy.
OK, well, let’s not get carried away — they did make some improvements. Mom said I could ask Dad for a blessing, and he blessed me to not feel too nervous. I feel a little better now. Dad told me that giving a blessing is an act of service for someone else, just like everything else we do with the priesthood.