Male homosexual practice was decriminalized in 1951.
Gay culture is vibrant in capital Athens, particularly in the gay neighbourhood of Gazi, in Thessaloniki and the Greek islands.
Greece and condemned the exemption of same-sex couples from the option of civil unions; the restriction of civil unions solely to opposite-sex couples was thus deemed non-convincing and the state was obliged to give a 5,000 euro compensation to each one of the plaintiffs.
Although there was no official recognition of same-sex couples at that time, a 1982 law that legalized civil marriage between "persons", without specifying gender, acted as a test-case for same sex marriage.
Since 2005, anti-gay discrimination in the workplace is prohibited.
Under the anti-racism bill which was submitted to Hellenic Parliament in September 2014, the law would provide protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. According to law 3896 of 2010, discrimination on the basis of gender identity is considered equal to discrimination on the basis of sex and thus all laws regarding the latter also cover discrimination on the basis of gender identity.