Gay Group Trip: Gay History Tour Of Greece
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LGBT Rights in Greece
The state of LGBTQ+ rights has made significant progress in recent years in Greece, although hardships and inequalities still persist in areas outside of the major cities. The country has undergone a widespread legal and societal transformation that has begun to improve the rights and protections for LGBTQ+ individuals.
When it comes to legal advancements, Greece decriminalised same-sex sexual activity in 1951, and in 2015, the Greek Parliament passed a law that recognised civil partnerships for same-sex couples, granting them legal recognition and many of the same rights as married heterosexual couples. However, marriage equality has still not been achieved, as same-sex marriages are not legally recognised.
The legal system in Greece prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in employment and certain other areas. However, LGBTQ+ individuals continue to face discrimination and social stigma in various aspects of their lives. Homophobic and transphobic attitudes persist in some parts of society, especially in more remote and rural areas.
On a positive note, Athens, the capital city, has a vibrant LGBTQ+ community with a thriving nightlife scene, with an annual Pride parade that attracts thousands of participants from across the globe. LGBTQ+ organizations and advocacy groups in Greece actively work to promote equal rights and social acceptance.
Though LGBTQ+ travellers can enjoy visiting all areas of Greece’s diverse landscape, the gorgeous island of Mykonos is a particular favorite amongst the LGBTQ+ community. In Mykonos, you’ll find a plethora of gay-focused bars and clubs as well as some of Europe’s most beautiful gay beaches.
These tours are led by esteemed Professor Andrew Lear. He combines his passion for travel with his excellent knowledge of gay history.
Holding both a B.A. from Harvard and a Ph.D. from UCLA, he has also published a widely praised book on male-male love in ancient Greek art, as well as a number of important scholarly articles in this area.
After you arrive in Athens, you’ll start by taking a walk through the city. Get your first look at the Acropolis where you’ll find stunning temples in a dramatic setting.
Gay history in Athens is all around you. You’ll see the Ilissos, the river where Plato’s dialogues see Socrates talk about male-male love; the statue of flamboyant Lord Byron and the remains of the temple built by Roman Emperor Hadrian.
Professor Lear will guide you and then impart a lecture on ancient Greek history before you enjoy a welcome meal of traditional Greek food at a roof-top restaurant with beautiful views of the illuminated Acropolis.
Explore the Acropolis today with an archaeologist who will share its secrets. You’ll head to the hilltop to discover its incredible structures before visiting the new museum at its base.
You’ll then continue after lunch to the heart of the ancient city, visiting the Agora which was the city’s central marketplace. Continue to the city’s main cemetery – Kerameikos – where Pericles delivered his now-famous immortal funeral oration.
Today you’ll venture out of Athens on a day trip to explore the sights of the northern Peloponnese, just across the Corinthian Gulf.
You’ll stop at Nemea, the site of one of the ancient Greek world’s four great athletic competitions. Though less well known than Olympia, it’s of special interest because of its homoerotic graffiti from 2500 years ago that still adorn its walls.
After lunch, you’ll visit the ruins of Mycenae which is at the heart of Homer’s Iliad. You’ll learn about Achilles and his possible lover Patroclus.
It’s then on to the world’s best-preserved ancient theatre in nearby Epidauros before you return to Athens for a free evening.
Today you’ll visit the National Archaeological Musem which has the world’s greatest collection of ancient Greek sculpture.
Learn about Professor Lear’s speciality – Greek vases – before this afternoon you are free to explore the tavernas and shops of the city more.
This evening, there is an option to enjoy a traditional Greek cooking lesson with a renowned local chef and then taste your results.
Today you’ll take another day trip to visit one of Greece’s most famous locations – Delphi.
This is where the ancient Greeks came to consult the oracle of Apollo. This vast site will have you awestruck as you discover cult statues of Antinous – Emperor Hadrian’s deified lover.
On your way back to Athens you’ll visit a rarely seen site that is rich in gay history – the lion monument of Chaironeia. It was built to commemorate a warrior unit composed exclusively of couples.
Take the ferry across the Aegean for a stunning view of the Greek islands. Reach beautiful Mykonos at lunchtime where you’ll find whitewashed tavernas and its famous gay beach and nightlife.
Enjoy an evening exploring the quaint alleys and cobbled streets of Mykonos town.
This morning you’ll visit the nearby island of Delos – perhaps the best preserved ancient town in Greece. There are remains of grand houses and temples as well as the famous alley of phallus statues at the temple of Bacchus.
Today you’re free to explore the island. Those who want to join Professor Lear at the archaeological museum will be treated to a vase with one of the most important male-male scenes in Greek vase painting.
This evening you’ll gather for a seafood dinner to say farewell to your new friends and to Greece and its incredible history.
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