Lesbian Travelers Change Hearts and Minds on Lesbos

Author: , September 16th, 2010

Gay Friendly Greece Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

It’s September and for a 10th year, the village of Eressos on Greece’s Lesbos island has drawn lesbians from across Europe to a unique international festival for women. In a country strongly influenced by the Greek Orthodox church and where roughly half the population is against same-sex marriage, the lesbian-run event has been quietly growing in this corner of the Aegean Sea.

Over the past decade, attendance at the two-week International Women’s Festival has jumped from 30 to hundreds of women — mainly German, British, Dutch and Scandinavian, but also Greek and Italian.

Women lay on the beach of the village of Eressos on Lesbos island. Lesbians make up 90 per cent of the villages visitors in September. Photo: AFP
The busy programme of events includes women-only walks and sunset cruises, breathing and drumming workshops, Greek dance classes and lesbian film screenings.

“I’ve been blown away, there’s no unease at all,” says Lauren Bianchi, a Scottish woman in her early 20s who is at the festival for the first time and who had read articles about difficult relations between locals and lesbians.

Full Story from SMH.com.au