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‘Much remains to be done’: Greece tries to go the distance on ...

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‘Much remains to be done’: Greece tries to go the distance on LGBTQ+ rights

It last month banned so-called conversion therapy for minors, a small but significant step in a long journey

Renee Maltezou and Deborah Kyvrikosaios

Raised in rural Greece, queer artist and author Sam Albatros recalls how their mother tried to console them about the bullying at school.

“My mom said: ‘Don’t worry, when you grow up you are going to marry a woman, you are going to have kids and you will show them’ ... The worst thing is that she said this to actually comfort me,” Albatros said.

Last year, Albatros (their artistic name) published Faulty Boy, a book describing the challenges that queer children face in Greece, a largely conservative country where the influential Orthodox Church teaches that being gay is a sin...

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