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October 10, 2013

LGBT group Kairos of Florence was inspired by Catholic who burned himself alive to protest church’s stance on gays. Now they have received the ultimate blessing

Pope Franics has sent a personal blessing to an Italian gay Catholic group who had been ignored by their own archbishop for years.

The major breakthrough has just been revealed and may have been the inspiration for the new pope’s comments when he said he wouldn’t judge gay people who have goodwill.

Catholic LGBT group Kairos of Florence, gathered signatures from a number of Italian gay Catholics for the letter they sent to Pope Francis.

In the letter they asked Francis to be recognized as people and not as a ‘category’.

April 24, 2013

Stefano and Stefano, from Prato, near Florence, share their emotions online and tell us the best way to get married in New York

Two gay men from Prato, near Florence, Italy, have launched a website with suggestions and tips for gay Italians wanting to marry abroad.

Following their marriage in New York two days ago, Stefano and Stefano posted online the video of their wedding and asked friends and relatives to share their ‘wonderful day’.

Most of the website is a list of tips on how to get married in New York. ‘You need a valid passport and that’s it’, they write, ‘and New York City does not ask you to be a permanent resident.’

February 4, 2013

Alessio De Giorgi, founder and owner of Gay.it, was forced to pull out of Italy's general election with Mario Monti's party because he owns dating websites

He was running to be a member of the Italian parliament with conservative Mario Monti's party. But when the press discovered his gay dating websites and their pornographic and escort-advertising links, he was forced to pull out.

Now Alessio De Giorgi has spoken about the scandal in an exclusive interview with Gay Star News.

The founder and owner of LGBT magazine Gay.it was a candidate of Prime Minister Mario Monti’s party, a centrist movement accused by the Italian left of being 'very close to the Catholic church and very close to the bankers'.

January 23, 2013

Founded in 2011 by Nino Giordano and Fabio Freddi, LGBT comics house Renbooks has now published its first Italian comic and has big plans for the future

A Bologna based LGBT publishing house has launched its first Italian comic – about a gay man who steals and wears women's jewelry.

Renbooks, founded in 2011 by Nino Giordano and Fabio Freddi, has just published Barba Di Perle by Florentine artist Flavia Biondi.

It's the first time the company has published its own title – their previous comics have been imported. But Renbooks has big plans for revolutionizing the gay comic market in Italy and giving LGBT Italians a new voice.

November 20, 2012

Tuscan company Publiacqua ignores law to give employee two-weeks off to marry his husband

An Italian gay man has obtained two weeks leave from his company to marry his husband in Brazil.

The news is making headlines in Italy, a country that does not recognize same-sex unions, partnerships or marriages.

Gioacchino Di Gioia from Prato, near Florence, married his partner at the end of September and, coming back to Italy, asked his company for time off work, which is given by law to every straight couple.

‘I tried but I did not expect to obtain it, because in Italy our marriage is not recognized,’ said Di Gioia.

November 8, 2012

Messy split from an ex-boyfriend had ended his campaign for US Congress

Paul Babeu had originally hoped that on election day he would be celebrating a victory that was going to send him to Washington DC as a congressman from Arizona.

Instead, he was merely happy to be keeping the job he's had since 2008: sheriff of the state's Pinal County. He overcame publicity from a messy split from an ex-boyfriend that resulted in his coming out publicly and dropping out of the congressional race to run for sheriff again.

October 15, 2012

Three days in the 'capital' of Tuscany, Florence, are enough to understand why Italians have always had good taste

Looking at the Ponte Vecchio, the old bridge, is worth the trip to Florence on its own.

This unique city is considered by many to be an open-air museum. And staring at the most famous bridge in Italy is an experience that pays you back for struggling through all the crowds and the confusion that characterize the ‘capital’ of Tuscany all around the year.

Florence’s palaces, churches and museums are home to some of the greatest artistic treasures in the world. 

October 15, 2012

Three days in the 'capital' of Tuscany, Florence, are enough to understand why Italians have always had good taste

Looking at the Ponte Vecchio, the old bridge, is worth the trip to Florence on its own.

This unique city is considered by many to be an open-air museum. And staring at the most famous bridge in Italy is an experience that pays you back for struggling through all the crowds and the confusion that characterize the ‘capital’ of Tuscany all around the year.

Florence’s palaces, churches and museums are home to some of the greatest artistic treasures in the world. 

August 29, 2012

Babeu came out publicly after ex-boyfriend alleged he threatened to have him deported

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, whose messy split from an ex-boyfriend ended his campaign for US Congress, has easily fended off three challengers in the Republican primary in his bid to retain his current job.

Babeu received 61 percent of the 11,208 votes cast. He will next face Democrat Kevin Taylor of Maricopa and independent Ty Morgan of Florence in the November 6 general election.

Babeu was first elected sheriff in 2008 and was a rising Republican star on a national level and was even chairman the Mitt Romney's presidential effort in Arizona.

July 5, 2012

A symbolic same-sex union will be celebrated in Viareggio on Saturday to highlight the lack of rights for LGBT people in Italy

A symbolic gay marriage will be celebrated at the Tuscan Pride in Viareggio, near Florence, on Saturday (7 July).

Pride organizers want to highlight the lack of rights for same-sex couples in Italy.

The marriage will be celebrated by Cristina Scaletti, the tourism and business secretary of the Tuscan government.

The move has been revealed in an interview appeared on the LGBT website Gay.it.

May 16, 2012

From United States to the Fiji Islands and Italy, LGBT associations unite against gay hate and discrimination

Three Italian Catholic cardinals have agreed to prayer vigils held by the religious group Gionata for the victims of gay hate and discrimination for the first time.

LGBT groups will pray for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Milan, Florence and Palermo, in Sicily as part of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) to be celebrated tomorrow (17 May) in an estimated 100 countries around the world.

May 11, 2012

Italy's gay capital is home to hundreds of restaurants, but spaghetti bolognese is not a local recipe

In Bologna, north of Italy, everybody knows that spaghetti bolognese is not an Italian recipe. Tourists who ask for it at the local restaurants have to be told it's not on the menu.

But, with its hundreds and hundreds of restaurants and trattorias, this medieval city in the route from Florence to Venice is certainly the food capital of Italy.

Our two-day trip in Bologna starts from Piazza Maggiore, the main square, home of the San Petronio church, the Town Hall, the statue of the Neptune and palaces dating back to the Rinascimento.

April 23, 2012

Bologna's Pride march will start from the museum of the Holy Mary, once home of the LGBT movement. But the Catholic hierarchy has attacked the organizers

The city of Bologna, northern Italy, is in the center of a struggle between the Church and the rights of its lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens.

The next national Italian gay pride will be held in this medieval city, between Florence and Venice, on 9 June. But the Catholic hierarchy is trying to make the gay activists change the starting point of the march.

April 10, 2012

LGBT group in Tuscany, Italy, promotes play by giving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender theatre lovers discount tickets

An Italian LGBT group is offering lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people discounted tickets for shows at a Florence theatre.

Azione Gay e Lesbica, a Tuscan movement of the Arci network, has decided to promote the show Io Non So Chi Sei (I don’t know who you are) at the Teatro di Rifredi in Florence.

Cristina Banchetti, the theatre’s head of communications, said: ‘The show has been a great success, it has sold out. We gave a lot of vouchers with a €2 discount ($2.60) and the public appreciated this promotion.’

April 10, 2012

LGBT group in Tuscany, Italy, promotes play by giving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender theatre lovers discount tickets

An Italian LGBT group is offering lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people discounted tickets for shows at a Florence theatre.

Azione Gay e Lesbica, a Tuscan movement of the Arci network, has decided to promote the show Io Non So Chi Sei (I don’t know who you are) at the Teatro di Rifredi in Florence.

Cristina Banchetti, the theatre’s head of communications, said: ‘The show has been a great success, it has sold out. We gave a lot of vouchers with a €2 discount ($2.60) and the public appreciated this promotion.’