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Delay in allowing same-sex civil unions draws protests in Greece

Friday, September 5, 2014
A lesbian couple Christina, left, and Ioanna hold a banner that reads ''Same taxes, same rights'' during a protest outside Greece's Parliament in Athens on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014.
ATHENS, Greece -- Gay rights protesters have gathered outside Greece's parliament after the government said it would delay legislation allowing civil unions for same-sex couples, despite a recent European court ruling against the country on the issue. About 500 people joined the peaceful protest in central Athens Friday, held while [...]

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Season of Pride: LGBT people, allies celebrate Pride around the world

Sunday, June 29, 2014
Participants celebrate LGBT Pride in London on Saturday, June 28, 2014.
For gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and their allies, June is a month of pride and celebration. Around the globe, LGBT Pride Month has been marked with parades and marches, festivals and dances, and in some cases, protests and counter-protests. In the United States, much of the celebrations have [...]

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Mayor, diplomats join LGBT pride festival in Thessaloniki, Greece

Saturday, June 21, 2014
Gay activists take part in only the 3rd ever LGBT pride parade, in Thessaloniki, Saturday, June 21, 2014. The 2-day festival  included a march around the center of this northern Greek city and will culminate in an open-air concert Saturday night.
THESSALONIKI, Greece -- Police say more than 6,000 people have marched through the streets of Greece's second largest city, Thessaloniki, in its third gay pride parade. Taking part was Mayor Yiannis Boutaris and the consuls of the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland and Portugal. [...]

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World Health Organization apologizes for claiming HIV cases were deliberate

Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Greece
LONDON -- The World Health Organization has apologized for a claiming in a September report that half of the new HIV cases in Greece were acquired deliberately by people trying to claim government benefits. [...]

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Court rules Greece civil partnership law discriminates against gay couples

Friday, November 8, 2013
Greece
ATHENS, Greece -- Gay rights advocates in Greece have welcomed a decision by a European court condemning the country for failing to include same-sex couples in 2008 legislation that introduced civil partnerships. [...]

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Activists stage protest as Olympic flame handed over to Russian organizers

Saturday, October 5, 2013
Olympics
ATHENS, Greece -- A few dozen activists staged a peaceful protest Saturday against Russia's law banning gay propaganda as the Olympic flame was handed to organizers of the Sochi Winter Olympics. [...]

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At Olympic torch lighting ceremony, IOC chair notes assurances from Russia

Sunday, September 29, 2013
Olympic torch
ANCIENT OLYMPIA, Greece — The new president of the International Olympic Committee says he has received assurances from senior Russian officials and games organizers that an ongoing controversy over the country's treatment of gays will not affect athletes at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. [...]

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Protesters attack Greek pride event, hurling eggs, plastic bottles

Sunday, June 24, 2012
Greece
ATHENS -- Dozens of protesters on Saturday interrupted a Pride event in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki, hurling eggs and plastic bottles of water at event participants. [...]

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