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February 26, 2013

Four gay politicians are elected in the two chambers. A gay candidate, Sergio Lo Giudice, enters the Italian Senato for the first time in the last decade

Four gay Italian politicians have become members of parliament in the last general election (24 and 25 February).

Sergio Lo Giudice, Alessandro Zan, Nichi Vendola and Ivan Scalfarotto have now a seat in one of the two chambers of the Italian parliament.

Lesbian politician Anna Paola Concia, who was the only LGBT representative in the last parliament, has not been elected.

Former Arcigay’s president and local councillor with Partito Democratico Sergio Lo Giudice has been elected in the Italian Senato, the higher chamber.

January 31, 2013

At least five openly gay and lesbian politicians have a strong chance of winning seats in the Italian general elections. What will they do when they get there?

At least five openly gay and lesbian Italian politicians are in line to win seats in the next general elections, due on 24 and 25 February, and be part of the Camera and Senato, the lower and the higher chambers of Parliament.

Their victory would significantly strengthen the openly gay presence in the assemblies. The last parliament had only one out politician, Anna Paola Concia in the Camera.

October 25, 2012

Italy's parliament has approved the first draft of a law against gay and trans discrimination

Italy approved the first draft of the country's first law against homophobia and transphobia yesterday (24 October) and the bill will now be debated by the lower chamber of parliament.

It's a first step towards a law protecting LGBT people against hate and the draft has been made possible thanks to Anna Paola Concia, a lesbian Member of Parliament (MP).

The Italian left has been trying to approve a bill against homophobia and transphobia since 2009, through the extension of the law Mancino, which protects the Italians against racial discrimination.

July 15, 2012

PD voted against a document proposed by MP Anna Paola Concia and backing gay civil unions

The Partito Democratico’s (Italian democrats) assembly has refused to vote in a document urging the promotion of civil unions for lesbian and gay couples.

Yesterday the PD split: dozens of furious Democrats gave back their party card, protesting against the abolition of the debate about same-sex marriage, promoted by the lesbian member of parliament Anna Paola Concia.

The party’s leader, Pierluigi Bersani, said that ‘we can not vote the document on gay marriage because we have proposed another document on civil liberties for LGBT people.’

May 4, 2012

With Britain vowing to have same-sex marriages, Italy likely to be pushed into making the leap and France also set to tie the knot under a new president, are gay marriages now unstoppable in Europe?

Italian MP Anna Paola Concia is in a German civil union with her partner Ricarda. But her rights are not recognized in Rome.

It happens to hundreds of couples in the Mediterranean country, who got married and are not recognized by the state.

But Concia is confident Italy will soon change its mind and allow same-sex unions. She told Gay Star News: ‘It will happen in four or five years, marriage equality is an idea that has spread and that now is unstoppable. And the European Union can make a difference.’