A gay medical student made 10 calls to suicide hotlines before he jumped, it was revealed yesterday (6 November).
Italian police acquired ten phone calls made by Simone D, the gay man in Rome who killed himself over homophobia at the end of October.
‘I can understand people who commit suicide,’ he said to the anti-homophobia contact center.
Simone’s phone calls were recorded in the last two months. ‘I study at the university and when I walk along the corridors, my mates call me “faggot”. They joke about me,’ he said in another phone call.
‘I am fed up of jokes and discrimination. It has been happening since I was at the primary school. Then it happened again at the high school and now it’s happening at the university.’
The Roman police is now investigating for incitement to suicide, but a source told Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera ‘it will be very difficult to find the real criminals.’
‘I’m gay,’ he said, in a note discovered after his death. ‘Italy is a free country but there is homophobia. Those who have these attitudes must deal with their conscience.’
Authorities believe the 21-year-old had been suffering harassment at his internship at the Policlinico Umberto, the largest public hospital in Italy.
In the last call, he said: ‘Hi, my name is Simone and I am 21. They always joked about me. Life is really hard.’