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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.

February 27, 2014

Nicole Bonamino, 22, is the first Italian sportsperson playing at the top level to come out. She tells GSN: 'I want a family and children'

The first person playing top-level sport in Italy to come out as gay has rapidly become a hero to the country's LGBTI community.

Nicole Bonamino, a 22-year-old girl from a small town close to Alessandria, in Northern Italy, is little known outside her home country. But her revelation she is lesbian sent a shockwave through the Italian sports scene last month (February).

Bonamino's speciality is in-line roller hockey, playing as a gatekeeper. She competes for two local teams and the national Italian team.

February 21, 2014

Mattia Perin, Alberto Gilardino and Gianluigi Buffon have spoken out about the taboo of homosexuality in football

Two players for Italy’s national soccer team have spoken out on the taboo of homosexuality in football.

Mattia Perin, a 21-year-old goalkeeper who has played in friendly matches for Italy, says it would be incredibly difficult for a gay player to come out.

Many football pundits, and gay fans of the game, predict 2014 will be the year when a top soccer star will reveal their sexuality and continue to play.

The world of soccer came to support former German national Thomas Hitzlsperger after he came out late last year.

February 19, 2014

Berlin’s guardians of the Rainbow Flame appeal for people to show solidarity to the LGBTI protestors in Russia

One brave trans woman has stood up to Russia’s gay hate in Sochi, and it’s time to say thank you.

Vladimir Luxuria’s story has spread worldwide after she defied the Russian authorities at the Olympics and openly spoke out for LGBTI people.

February 18, 2014

Italian trans former MP was taken away by police then later released in the Russian countryside  

Trans activist Vladimir Luxuria was arrested for the second time in two days on Monday - this time for trying to enter an arena where an Olympic hockey game was being played.

Luxuria, a former member of the Italian parliament, was wearing a rainbow colored outfit and a large rainbow headdress when she was detained by police as she entered the Shayba Arena.

February 17, 2014

Vladimir Luxuria was arrested in the southern city of Russia for holding up a sign for saying 'Gay Is OK'

While she may have just spent a few hours detained in a Russian police station, the trans activist and former MP is determined to continue making a political statement against anti-gay laws.

Vladimir Luxuria, a former politician in the Italian parliament, was arrested in Sochi while holding a waving flag saying ‘Gay Is OK’ in Russian.

‘I've been freed and tomorrow I'll watch the Games,’ the 48-year-old advocate wrote in a text message, according to the ANSA news agency.

February 16, 2014

Vladimir Luxuria, a member of the Communist Refoundation Party, is allegedly 'alone in a room with neon lights on the face'


Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2014/02/16/218337/italian-media-transgender-ex-government.html#storylink=cpy

Various media outlets are reporting that Vladimir Luxuria, Italy's first out transgendered elected official, has been arrested in Sochi.

According to the McClatchy Washington Bureau, Vladimir Luxuria was allegedly arrested after holding a rainbow colored banner that said 'Gay is OK' in Russian.

Luxuria took a photo, holding the banner, outside of Olympics' Medal Park. She put the picture on Twitter.

February 16, 2014

Vladimir Luxuria, a member of the Communist Refoundation Party, is allegedly 'alone in a room with neon lights on the face'


Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2014/02/16/218337/italian-media-transgender-ex-government.html#storylink=cpy

Various media outlets are reporting that Vladimir Luxuria, Italy's first out transgendered elected official, has been arrested in Sochi.

According to the McClatchy Washington Bureau, Vladimir Luxuria was allegedly arrested after holding a rainbow colored banner that said 'Gay is OK' in Russian.

Luxuria took a photo, holding the banner, outside of Olympics' Medal Park. She put the picture on Twitter.