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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.

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 7, 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.