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February 23, 2015

Italians respond in the best possible way

Islamic State militants have threatened to take over Rome and throw gay people from the 'Leaning Tower of Pizza.'

The militant group made the threat Saturday (21 February) on Twitter, seemingly unaware of the glaring spelling mistake – or the fact that the tower is 200 miles outside of the Italian capital.

'#We_Are_Coming_O_Rome, we will conquer & establish the justice of #shariah. We will use your leaning tower of pizza to throw off homosexual,' the tweet reads.

'#We_Are_Coming_O_Rome with slaughter,' said a second.

February 19, 2015

Head of the Catholic Church claims those who transition are opposing 'God's order of creation'

Pope Francis has appeared to compare trans and genderqueer people to nuclear weapons, saying both do not 'recognize the order of creation'.

The head of the Catholic Church has claimed people who 'manipulate' their bodies are similar to 'Herods' that 'destroy, that plot designs of death, that disfigure the face of man and woman, destroying creation.'

The comments were made in a new book published in Italy, Pope Francis: This Economy Kills, calling on Christians to safeguard God's order of creation.

February 11, 2015

In a special event to mark LGBT History Month, author Peter Dobson discussed his new biography of one of London's iconic gay artists.

Stepney, in the London borough of Tower Hamlets, is perhaps not an obvious place to be marking LGBT History Month, but this is the neighbourhood where Cornelius McCarthy lived and worked.

Born in Stepney in 1935, McCarthy grew up here in East London. Although he travelled extensively and eventually moved to East Anglia, it was clear that he never forgot his links with Stepney, it's historic buildings, and its people.

February 4, 2015

The Eurodance act from the 90s are still touring and still travelling

Formed in 1987 by Italian producer Gianfranco Bortolotti, Cappella were of the Eurodance wave that defined the 90s. Their biggest hit was 'U Got 2 Let the Music' (which reached number two on the UK charts in 1993); other hits included 'U Got 2 Know' and 'Move On Baby'.

After many line up changes, it's husband and wife team Lis Birks and Marcus Birks belting out Capella's tracks today, and we caught up with them recently to share some travel stories. 

February 4, 2015

The Eurodance act from the 90s are still touring and still travelling

Formed in 1987 by Italian producer Gianfranco Bortolotti, Cappella were of the Eurodance wave that defined the 90s. Their biggest hit was 'U Got 2 Let the Music' (which reached number two on the UK charts in 1993); other hits included 'U Got 2 Know' and 'Move On Baby'.

After many line up changes, it's husband and wife team Lis Birks and Marcus Birks belting out Capella's tracks today, and we caught up with them recently to share some travel stories. 

February 2, 2015

A poll has revealed that although most Italians now support civil unions, many remain opposed to gay marriage or adoption – while being in favor of legalizing prostitution

A public poll carried out in Italy has found that opposition to same-sex marriage has risen in the past 12 months and that many in the country remain opposed to the idea of gay adoption, reports ANSA.

January 26, 2015

On the road with the Chatty Man star, from caravanning in Devon to slumming it in the Costa Rican jungle with his boyfriend...

Last night, we caught up with Chatty Man host Alan Carr at the InterLaw Diversity Forum Winter Carnival to benefit the Albert Kennedy Trust, where he hosted an auction to help raise money for homeless LGBTI teens.

January 14, 2015

Boss told chef he needed to 'prove' he was straight

A gay Italian chef has said he was forced by his boss to go and pay for sex from a woman to 'prove' he is straight.

The restaurateur in Rimini allegedly told the 40-year-old chef to go to a prostitute or he would lose his job, local media reported this week.

Arcigay, Italy's main LGBTI rights charity, condemned it by comparing it to what Nazis did during World War 2.

'Even if someone denies there’s homophobia in Italy, it certainly exists,' said Marco Toni, founder of Arcigay’s Rimini branch.

January 9, 2015

Proposal was made in Rome

Michael Sam is engaged to his long-term boyfriend Vito Cammisano – the man he famously kissed when he became the first openly gay footballer to be drafted into the NFL.

The proposal was made in Rome, a source confirmed to Page Six, but it is unclear who popped the question.

Sam, 25, and swimmer Cammisano have been traveling in Europe since December 30, ringing in the new year in Spain and seeing the sights in Italy.

In an Oprah special aired last month, Cammisano said their relationship was just like anyone else's.

January 8, 2015

Ruling challenges the country's official stance on marriage only being between a man and a woman

An Italian court has challenged the country's official stance on marriage and recognized a child born to a gay couple for the first time.

The child was conceived by artificial insemination and born in Barcelona in 2011 to a Spanish and Italian lesbian couple.

Turin appeals court overturned a 2013 verdict and ruled that the birth of the child should registered in the town where the Italian woman lives.

The ruling gives the child Italian citizenship and the right to live in Italy to with the mother, who is now divorced from her Spanish ex-wife.

January 8, 2015

Ruling challenges the country's official stance on marriage only being between a man and a woman

An Italian court has challenged the country's official stance on marriage and recognized a child born to a gay couple for the first time.

The child was conceived by artificial insemination and born in Barcelona in 2011 to a Spanish and Italian lesbian couple.

Turin appeals court overturned a 2013 verdict and ruled that the birth of the child should registered in the town where the Italian woman lives.

The ruling gives the child Italian citizenship and the right to live in Italy to with the mother, who is now divorced from her Spanish ex-wife.

December 17, 2014

He was protesting against a cardinal who said he believed gay people didn't exist

A gay Italian teacher is being forced to hang a crucifix on his classroom wall after the school cited a Mussolini fascist-era law.

Professor Davide Zotti, a philosophy teacher in the city of Trieste, northeast Italy, took down the crucifix in protest of homophobic statements made by the Catholic Church.

He said he was especially offended by Cardinal Camillo Ruini, who in October claimed he had no reason to support 'imaginary rights' as he believes gay people do not exist.

November 24, 2014

Pink Iceland founder and local DJ reveals she'd take a Reykjavik virgin to a geothermal pool!

This week Eva Maria Thorarinsdottir Lange, founder of LGBTI travel specialists and wedding planners Pink Iceland, takes us on a tour of her one-of-a-kind hometown – from outdoor art galleries to humbling natural beauty...

I moved here in…
…1996, when I moved from Naples, Italy. So I went from one volcano to a more active one!

November 14, 2014

Another senior figure in the church has lashed out at gay people who wish to marry and start families

A Catholic Cardinal in Italy has said this week that gay couples that wish to have children are undermining traditional families and are ‘irresponsible’.

Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, who is the Archbishop of Genoa and the President of the Italian Bishops Conference, is regarded as a senior figure in the church.

Addressing a meeting of Italian bishops in Umbria on Monday, he spoke out against same-sex civil unions, saying that they ‘confuse people’, especially if children are involved.

‘It is irresponsible to weaken the family by creating new forms.’

November 4, 2014

Italian schoolteacher fails at actually teaching her pupils facts

October 21, 2014

If prosciutto factories and wine lofts are your idea of heaven, check out the nine best up and coming wine destinations to experience in the New Year

There’s nothing wrong with booking a holiday solely for the sake of soaking up some booze, especially if it means exposing yourself to new wines and new destinations that weren't on your radar before.

Whether you prefer the taste of a robust red or enjoy a dry white vintage, the selection of wines available for purchasing these days is magnificent.

While specialty stores and super markets try to out do each other with sales and deals on the cheapest bottles, surely the best place to try your favorite wine is the source.

October 8, 2014

Several cities say they will not obey

Italian Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said yesterday he would stop the registration of gay marriages contracted abroad because it was against the law.

He told RTL radio station that he had sent out a circular ordering cities to remove gay marriages from their registries, and if they did not comply the government would step in and annul them.

October 3, 2014

There’s a gelato university where students learn the art behind the Italian dessert, and guests can experiment with their own flavors (and eat to their heart’s content)

The mention of Bologna and food typically conjures images of spaghetti – Spaghetti Bolognese to be precise.

A family favorite since the 1970s, and a staple of today’s student diet, it’s an adopted favorite of us Brits. But what about Spaghetti Bolognese in Bologna itself?

That’s something different.

There is no shortage of tratorrias serving up all manner of pasta treats in the city. Dishing up some of the best food from the region, it’s difficult to go wrong when dining out in Bologna.

But Bologna also has a foodie secret.

September 30, 2014

'We had a friend of a friend who knew a dude who had a castle' and Elton John sang

George Clooney's Italian wedding may have gotten all of the attention over the weekend but Neil Patrick Harris points out that he got married in Italy first.

'Take that Clooney! I don't see you showing pictures of your wedding on talk shows!' Harris joked Monday (29 September) during an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman.

Harris and his partner of 10 years David Burtka were married over the summer in a small Italian town near Perugia in front of about 50 guests which included Elton John.

September 29, 2014

The youth wing of the Liberal Party of Canada are campaigning to end their country’s exclusion of gay men as blood donors if they have had sex with another man in the last five years

The Young Liberals of Canada have begun a campaign to overturn their country’s policy of excluding gay men from donating blood, saying the LGBTI community should be allowed to play their part in ensuring Canada has an adequate blood supply.

Canada currently bans gay men from donating blood if they have been sexually active any time in the last 5 years regardless of whether they practice safe sex or are in a monogamous relationship.

September 18, 2014

'I wasn't a crying mess ... but they're important words that need to be heard by the person that you're speaking them to'

Neil Patrick Harris didn't think he was the kind of guy who would get emotional saying his wedding vows.

So the Tony and Emmy winning star says he was surprised when it happened to him during his recent wedding to David Burtka in Italy.

'It was so crazy,' he told Rosie O'Donnell and Whoopi Goldberg during an interview this week on The View.

'When you watch other people say their vows and they get all choked up you think, "Come on, pull it together." Then when you're standing there and it's you, you can't help but get super duper choked up.'

September 8, 2014

The couple, who have been together ten years and have a son and daughter, tied the knot in Italy

Actor Neil Patrick Harris has revealed via Twitter that he has married his long-term partner, David Burtka, in a ceremony in Italy on Saturday.

His tweet simply said, ‘Guess what? @DavidBurtka and I got married over the weekend. In Italy. Yup, we put the "n" and "d" in "husband".’

September 1, 2014

Oliviero Toscani – the photographer responsible for some of the controversial Benetton advertising images in the 80s and 90s – has threatened to take action over a political party misappropriating one of his images

A famed Italian photographer has reacted with anger after a right-wing political party in Italy used one of his photos, without his permission, to condemn the concept of gay couples adopting children.

September 1, 2014

Oliviero Toscani – the photographer responsible for some of the controversial Benetton advertising images in the 80s and 90s – has threatened to take action over a political party misappropriating one of his images

A famed Italian photographer has reacted with anger after a right-wing political party in Italy used one of his photos, without his permission, to condemn the concept of gay couples adopting children.