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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.

August 31, 2014

Stuart Hatton Jr, from the UK, was announced as Mr Gay World last night

The search for Mr Gay World came to an end last night when one lucky man was chosen for the award.

Stuart Hatton Jr, from the UK, took the title at the ceremony in Rome, Italy.

Hatton Jr, from South Shields, wrote a jubilant status on Facebook after his win.

‘I WON MR GAY WORLD!!!’ he wrote.

‘I am still in a complete daze about it and overwhelmed. But this is just the BEGINNING. Now it's time to show the world what we as a global gay community are made of.

August 27, 2014

Four gay men say they will never come back to a pizzeria after they were described as 'faggots'

When four gay men had just finished a meal in a pizzeria in Italy, they asked for the bill like normal.

But when they got the receipt, they were shocked to see it read 'I'm warning you they're faggots'.

The insult - 'mi raccomando so ricchioni' - was printed on the itemized bill in the pizzeria in Maruggio, a province of Taranto.

'Initially, we did not want to believe our eyes,' one of the men told Brindisloggit.It. 'We went to the owner of the restaurant for an explanation.

July 26, 2014

The second biggest bank in Italy will give gay employees the same marital rights as straight employees, despite gay marriage being illegal in Italy

One of the biggest banks in Italy, Intesa Sanpaolo, will give their LGBTI employees the same marital benefits as their heterosexual colleagues.

Gay marriage is illegal in Italy, however, the bank will give marital benefits to gay and lesbian employees who have been married in countries where same-sex marriage is legal.

‘The importance of the agreement serves to reinforce the group’s commitment to politics of non-discrimination and equal opportunity,’ said Intesa Sanpaolo.

July 25, 2014

The Italian city of Bologna will recognize its citizens' same-sex marriages that were performed in jurisdictions where they are legal, becoming the latest local government area in Italy to act on the issue while the national government fails to do so

The mayor of Bologna has paved the way for gay couples to have their foreign marriages registered in the city, the latest step in a growing movement for the legalization of same-sex marriage in Italy.

Bologna Mayor Virginio Merola announced Tuesday that same-sex marriages performed outside of Italy will be recorded in the city’s civil register.

July 8, 2014

Paparazzi photos have sparked rumors of romance between the two film stars

Michelle Rodriguez and Zac Efron a hot item?

It could be.

The Fast and the Furious actress, who recently confirmed that she is bisexual, was photographed kissing the shirtless young actor while both were on holiday in Italy.

At 35, Rodriguez is nine years older than Efron who most recently starred in the hit comedy Neighbors.

When coming out as bisexual, Rodriguez said: 'I've gone both ways. I do as I please. I am too f–––ing curious to sit here and not try when I can. Men are intriguing. So are chicks.'

June 30, 2014

Back in 2010, Berlusconi was infamously quoted as saying ‘my passion for woman is better than being gay’

Media tycoon and former Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi has come out in support for gay rights.

Following a series of homophobic gaffes, one of the most powerful people in the world said everyone should be responsible for ensuring LGBTI people have equal rights.

‘The [fight] for civil rights for homosexuals is a fight that in a truly modern and democratic country should be everyone's responsibility,’ Berlusconi said, according to La Repubblica.

June 30, 2014

Back in 2010, Berlusconi was infamously quoted as saying ‘my passion for woman is better than being gay’

Media tycoon and former Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi has come out in support for gay rights.

Following a series of homophobic gaffes, one of the most powerful people in the world said everyone should be responsible for ensuring LGBTI people have equal rights.

‘The [fight] for civil rights for homosexuals is a fight that in a truly modern and democratic country should be everyone's responsibility,’ Berlusconi said, according to La Repubblica.

June 19, 2014

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has announced that his government will move forward with legislation to allow same-sex couples to enter into civil unions and to recognize same-sex marriages performed overseas

Italy’s Senate will debate bills to allow same-sex couples to enter into civil unions and to recognize same-sex marriages legally performed in other jurisdictions.

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi announced his party’s intention to move forward with legislation so debates on the bill can begin in September.

The Italian model has been based on civil partnership schemes in Britain and Germany but the proposal in Italy is that same-sex spouses will only be allowed to adopt their partner’s children if the other parent dies.

June 4, 2014

The mayor of Naples has announced his city will recognize the marriages of same-sex couples who have legally wed elsewhere just weeks after an Italian court ruled the city of Grosseto had to register the marriage of a couple who married in New York

Naples mayor Luigi De Magistris has announced plans to record same-sex marriages that have been performed in countries where they are legal in his city’s civil register.

He announced the plans just weeks after an Italian court ruled that the Tuscan city of Grosseto must register the marriage of a couple who married in New York in 2012 and may be the start of a trend of local governments recognizing same-sex marriages while the Italian Government refuses to.

May 20, 2014

Carlotta Trevisan posted a picture of two lesbians and two soccer stars kissing to support gay rights, and Facebook deleted her profile claiming the picture violated their community standards

A Facebook user had her account deleted after posting a picture of two lesbians and two soccer players kissing to support the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT).

Facebook have since claimed the deleting of her profile was a mistake and had nothing to do with the photo.

Carlotta Trevisan, 28, from Turin, Italy posted the picture in support of gay equality on her profile on 15 May.

May 19, 2014

We knew Italy was gay, but who knew some regions are dedicating official tourism web pages for the LGBTI traveler? Things are looking up, belli and belle!

On paper, Italy may not come off as the most gay-friendly place.

In Italy, criminalizing discrimination on the grounds of gender identity and sexual orientation is currently under debate.

In September 2013 Amnesty International included reports from an Italian NGO (AGEDO) revealing LGBT people have been called 'sorcerers' or sexually abused by their relatives in order to 'fix' their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Yet Italy continues to rank as one of the most popular destinations with LGBTI tourists, with good reason.

May 1, 2014

Celebrity designer couple Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have pledged to appeal a Milan appeals court ruling that could see them both jailed for 18 months over alleged tax evasion

Celebrity designer couple Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana could spend 18 months in jail after they lost an appeal in a tax evasion case where it is alleged they failed to pay about €40 million (US$55 million) in taxes to the Italian Government.

It was a surprise verdict when even the prosecutor who had brought the case had asked the judges to acquit the pair.

Prosecutors alleged that the pair had sold their Dolce & Gabbana and D&G brands to Luxembourg-based holding company Gado Srl in 2004 to avoid paying taxes in Italy.

April 28, 2014

La Demence Cruise offers a sexy and intimate alternative to American gay super-cruises, taking half the number of people to European destinations unreached by larger ships

La Demence proves it is the size of the boat, not the motion of the ocean that really matters.

Their smaller Horizon and Zenith sister cruise ships, half the size of traditional gay ‘super-cruises’, can access the Mediterranean’s hidden gems larger ships can’t reach.

La Demence will take about 1,400 passengers through exclusive locations through France, Italy and the Mediterranean from 19 to 26 July.

April 16, 2014

Romance your way to the heart of a bello or bella with our English-to-Italian translations

Italians are infamous for succulent food and mouthwatering natives.

While religion and macho culture make the country less than gay-friendly, Italy has been a hugely popular destination for LGBTI travelers.

Whether you’re headed to the rolling hills of Florence, the stylish streets of Milan or the stunning coasts of the Amalfi, you’re certain to encounter that Italian hospitality and natural beauty, and we haven’t even gotten to the natives!

April 14, 2014

Gay marriage isn’t legal in Italy, but Simona Tolisano recognizes the rising demand for same-sex weddings and honeymoons in the country of romance

‘We don’t care who you’re in love with.’

The new website Italy Gay Wedding wants to help you celebrate your love, but in a country where the legal celebration of that love is prohibited, how does it work?

Though Italy has long-been a favorite destination for romance, particularly weddings and honeymoons, the homo- and transphobic attacks that continue to occur within state borders mean Italy repeatedly ranks low with human rights organizations like Amnesty International.

April 10, 2014

An Italian court has ruled that the 2012 New York same-sex marriage of an Italian gay couple must be legally recognized in a legal first

An Italian court has recognized the marriage of an Italian same-sex couple in a legal first – finding that there is no reference to the genders of who can marry in Italy’s civil code.

The couple took the municipality of Grosseto to court after its registrar refused to register their overseas marriage in New York in December of 2012 – finding that Italian jurisdictions should recognize any marriage that was legally conducted abroad.

March 27, 2014

Archbishop of Genoa has responded to the Italian government's campaign to stamp out homophobia in schools after a series of high profile deaths and suicides

An Italian cardinal wants parents to fight schools' efforts to prevent anti-gay bullying, saying they are 'brainwashing' kids into being LGBTI friendly.

Archbishop of Genoa Angelo Bagnasco likened anti-homophobia state education in Italy to a totalitarian dictatorship.

He also said the efforts were turning schools into ‘indoctrination and re-education camps’.

March 18, 2014

After the boy was bullied for being different, his unsympathetic parents took him back to the adoption home because he had ‘too many problems'

An Italian teen boy was given up by his adopted Italian family for being gay, it was reported today (18 March).

The boy, 14, was abandoned by his biological parents as a baby. Described as ‘sweet, shy and insecure’, other children bullied him because of his sexuality.

But instead of providing support, his unsympathetic adoptive parents disowned him and took him back to the adoption home as it created ‘too many problems’.

March 12, 2014

Chairman had said Barilla could never use gay people in their ads as they were in favor of the 'traditional family'

It was enough to make some people change pasta brands.

Last September, Barilla Pasta chairman Guido Barilla said in an interview that the Italian company could never use gay couples in their ads as they are in favor of the ‘traditional family.'

He added that if gay people do not like it, then ‘they can always go eat someone else’s pasta.'

There was instant backlash, public apologies and aggressive PR damage control.

March 7, 2014

Forest-spas, igloo hotels and hammocks in the bedroom are some of the creative features helping Austria dominate the hospitality industry with these cool accommodations

Austria (not to be confused with Australia, there are no kangaroos here) is a commonly underrated holiday destination, especially for the LGBTI traveller.