Greece legalises same-sex marriage and adoption in ‘historic moment of joy.’ In a significant victory for its LGBTQ+ citizens, Greece has become the first country with a Christian Orthodox majority to legalise same-sex marriage and adoption.
In a “historic moment” on Thursday (15 February), the south-eastern European nation’s parliament approved a bill by 176 votes to just 76. Despite the change, same-sex couples would still be prohibited from seeking medically assisted reproduction through a surrogate, meaning they can only adopt or arrange surrogacy outside their homeland. The bill will pass into law when it’s published in the official government gazette.
The landmark victory was celebrated outside the parliament building with LGBTQ+ groups holding banners that read: “Not a step back from real equality.”
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GLAAD, the world’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer media advocacy organization, has released its first-ever inaugural ‘State of LGBTQ Inclusion in Video Games’ report.
The report, which comes from the GLAAD Media Institute, in partnership with Nielsen Games Team, is a comprehensive look at LGBTQ+ inclusion in video games and, much like GLAAD’s report on LGBTQ+ inclusion within TV and Film, looks at the current state of queer representation within the industry, as well as educate others on the facts. It also goes on to provide valuable data that doesn’t just focus on characters, but the LGBTQ+ community that surrounds gaming spaces, their thoughts and feelings of where the games industry is at in regards to representation, and the reception they receive, for example, in online multiplayer lobbies.
For the first-ever inaugural report on the state of LGBTQ+ inclusion in video games, GLAAD’s findings are entirely damning. The report confirms something that most marginalized gamers will already know: the video games industry is lagging far behind its film and TV counterparts, both when it comes to representation and inclusion.