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October 7, 2013

Guido Barilla, who said 'We will never have gay people in our ads', meets the main Italian LGBT associations and promises some pro-gay policies

Owner of the Barilla pasta company Guido Barilla has met the Italian LGBT associations this morning (7 October) in Bologna, northern Italy.

The man who made the headlines for his anti-gay remarks apologized once again to the LGBT community and proposed ‘some pro-gay policies in the future’.

His remark the firm would never feature gay people in its advertising led to boycotts which are hitting particularly hard in the US where Barilla is a top brand.

July 24, 2013

Parliament is going to vote the draft this Friday or next week, but most of the Italian LGBT activists are not happy with it because 'nothing changes, there's no specific punishment for gay hate'

Italian LGBT activists have slammed the new bill against homophobia, due to be voted on by parliament this Friday (26 July) or next week.

The bill has been approved, in its first draft, by the justice commission of the lower chamber of parliament.

Ivan Scalfarotto, an openly gay member of parliament, was the author of the bill and had cross-party support.

While the purpose of the bill is criminalize gay hate crime, most of the Italian gay rights groups say it is 'useless' and 'dangerous'.

February 7, 2013

Pier Ferdinando Casini says that 'on same-sex marriage we can not follow Europe, because they gave voice to movements campaigning for pedophilia'

Pier Ferdinando Casini, leader of one of Italy’s main political parties, UDC, has compared same-sex marriage to pedophilia.

UDC, Unione Democratici di Centro is a Catholic party and is the successor to the old Democrazia Cristiana, which ruled in Italy for decades until the 1990s.

Speaking on national radio, Casini said: ‘On gay marriage we can not follow Europe. Some northern countries have given voice to movements campaigning for pedophilia.

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.

September 24, 2012

A symbolic but not legally binding marriage for two lesbian women, one seriously sick, has been condemned by the church and local parties

A symbolic same-sex marriage in Bologna, north of Italy, has split the city’s political parties and been condemned by the church.

Two days ago, local councillor Sergio Lo Giudice, a former president of LGBT organization Arcigay, 'married' two women at the Hospice Seragnoli, a hospital for terminally ill patients.

Ida and Mariagrazia, the latter hospitalized for a severe illness, became wife and wife thanks to Lo Giudice, who was wearing the official outfit of the local mayor.

June 6, 2012

Italian MP Massimo Polledri, Lega Nord, says that 'homosexuals have to go to the psychologist to feel better'

‘A gay son? It would be worse than my daughter wanting to be a nun or to marry someone from Morocco.’

That's the comment from Italian MP Massimo Polledri, of Lega Nord Party, who also said that a gay son ‘would be the worst thing it could happen to me.’

Interviewed by the radio programme La Zanzara, on Radio 24 on Monday (4 June), the Italian politician, also a psychiatrist, added that ‘homosexuals are not happy. They go to psychologist and that’s the only way to feel better.’

May 15, 2012

Italia dei Valori party has launched a campaign following US president Barack Obama's support for gay marriage

For the first time in history, an Italian party has said ‘yes’ to same-sex marriage.

The move came from Antonio Di Pietro, leader of Italia dei Valori (Italy of Values), early this morning (15 May).

His stance has been relaunched on the IDV’s website by gay activist and member of regional party of Emilia-Romagna for IDV party, Franco Grillini.

Grillini said: ‘Our party has been the first in Italy to follow US president Barack Obama. We invite other Italian parties to support gay marriage. You don’t have to be shy, you have to say yes.’

May 15, 2012

Italia dei Valori party has launched a campaign following US president Barack Obama's support for gay marriage

For the first time in history, an Italian party has said ‘yes’ to same-sex marriage.

The move came from Antonio Di Pietro, leader of Italia dei Valori (Italy of Values), early this morning (15 May).

His stance has been relaunched on the IDV’s website by gay activist and member of regional party of Emilia-Romagna for IDV party, Franco Grillini.

Grillini said: ‘Our party has been the first in Italy to follow US president Barack Obama. We invite other Italian parties to support gay marriage. You don’t have to be shy, you have to say yes.’

April 26, 2012

Carlo Giovanardi of Silvio Berlusconi's party PDL admitted 'persecution' but said: 'The only Holocaust was that of Jews'

The Italian politician Carlo Giovanardi of PDL, former premier Silvio Berlusconi’s party, has denied lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people went through the Nazi Holocaust.

Interviewed by journalist Klaus Davi for the Youtube programme KlausCondicio, Giovanardi said: ‘The “gay” Holocaust has never occurred. They have experienced persecution, of course, but the only Holocaust was that of Jews.’

April 26, 2012

Carlo Giovanardi of Silvio Berlusconi's party PDL admitted 'persecution' but said: 'The only Holocaust was that of Jews'

The Italian politician Carlo Giovanardi of PDL, former premier Silvio Berlusconi’s party, has denied lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people went through the Nazi Holocaust.

Interviewed by journalist Klaus Davi for the Youtube programme KlausCondicio, Giovanardi said: ‘The “gay” Holocaust has never occurred. They have experienced persecution, of course, but the only Holocaust was that of Jews.’

April 11, 2012

As Italian MP Massimo Calearo calls gay kisses ‘disgusting’, LGBT activists move forward their agenda despite political hatred

‘A gay kiss? It’s disgusting. I am normal and I like women. A gay marriage? For God’s sake, no!’ said the Italian Member of Parliament Massimo Calearo (a former democrat and now an independent politician) last week.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens of the Mediterranean country are experiencing hard times. Italian politicians – with a few exceptions – have never been openly LGBT-friendly. But, recently, a new wave of homophobia has been running from north to south.

April 11, 2012

As Italian MP Massimo Calearo calls gay kisses ‘disgusting’, LGBT activists move forward their agenda despite political hatred

‘A gay kiss? It’s disgusting. I am normal and I like women. A gay marriage? For God’s sake, no!’ said the Italian Member of Parliament Massimo Calearo (a former democrat and now an independent politician) last week.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens of the Mediterranean country are experiencing hard times. Italian politicians – with a few exceptions – have never been openly LGBT-friendly. But, recently, a new wave of homophobia has been running from north to south.