Beaten Up for Being in Love

In a Mediterranean country that enjoys over 360 days of crystal clear skies and ebullient sun light, it’s almost impossible to hide, especially when playing hide and seek, the fun game we used to play with our parents, older siblings and friends, who really knew our cover but pretended not to. This, in so many words, describes the issue of homosexuality in Greece. Put simply, everyone might know, but why bring it up and create a tempest in a teapot? And when we do bring it up, in the form of “open-minded” chit-chat about this or that famous person who “must be gay,” because otherwise he wouldn’t be famous, the teapot not only stirs but begins to erupt, devour acceptance, and leave ignorance floating.

In August 2014, Costas and his partner were badly beaten up by thugs in a violent homophobic and racist attack in central Athens. The new Greek government said they want to improve the situation, to end hate crimes and recognise same-sex couples, but that should have occurred years ago. But it’s better late than never, so something must happen to change this hatred towards those who just want to love and be loved.

Costas features in Write for Rights, our global letter-writing campaign. Credit: Nick Chaffe for Amnesty International.
Costas features in Write for Rights, our global letter-writing campaign. Credit: Nick Chaffe for Amnesty International.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/dec/02/greek-justice-minister-gay-marriage

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