For the first time in history, an openly lesbian activist has become a local councillor in Rome, the city of the Holy See.
And she wants to unite the LGBT population of the city to make the eternal city a gay capital in the style of London, New York or Berlin.
Imma Battaglia, 53, has been elected for the Sinistra, Ecologia e Libertà party, led by gay Puglia governor Nichi Vendola.
Battaglia organized the first official Italian pride in 1994. And she was also in charge of the World Pride 2000, organized in Rome in the year of the Catholic Jubilee.