LGBTI global news 24-7

Content about Italy

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:

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:

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 10, 2014

New research has tracked the huge divide in acceptance of social issues such as gay marriage and abortion between Catholics in the developing and developed worlds and shows Spain leading the way

A Voice of the People poll has found that close to one-in-four Spanish Catholics would like their church to start marrying same-couples as part of a global snapshot of where ordinary Catholics stand on social issues.

Only 27% of Spanish Catholics still say they oppose civil same-sex marriages though another 9% did not answer the question.

February 4, 2014

Have you ever wanted to ditch your current life and start somewhere new? Say hello to the two gay men who left their city lives to set up award-winning hotels in their dream destinations of Italy and Spain

We all have that vacation spot.

The one we left and said to ourselves: ‘I could leave everything and move here tomorrow.’

Further Afield, the company that handpicks gay-owned places to stay, meets people everyday who have done just that: Left their cities and jobs to live in their very own paradise.

The move is never easy, and it does not happen overnight, but after much work and dedication these individuals set up their own hotels.

January 10, 2014

Deputy Prime Minister Angelina Alfano threatens to pull party out of power if equal marriage is proposed

Italy's Deputy Prime Minister has threatened to pull his party out of coalition government is equal marriage is proposed.

Angelino Alfano, the Italian New Centre Right party leader, has said they would want to oppose any legislation at any cost.

He said: ‘If they propose gay marriage, we'll bolt for the door, denouncing the move before the public.’

Alfano’s party are currently debating policy for 2014 .

January 8, 2014

A 28-year-old man was found days after his death in Rome, discovered stripped from the waist down and with two bullet holes in his neck and pelvis

A gay man is believed to have been thrown in a ditch after he was raped and murdered in Italy.

Daniele Fulli, 28, was found dead yesterday (7 January) on the banks of the Tiber - days after the alleged attack.

Authorities believe the young hairdresser died on 4 January after he had met someone for a date in Magliania, a south-west town near Rome.

Investigators say everything about the incident implies murder but they will still be considering other options.

When discovered, Fulli was badly bruised and he was stripped from below his waist.

December 30, 2013

A 28-year-old trans woman spent four years living on the Italian streets before she was beaten to death with sticks and thrown on a train track

A trans woman, murdered five months ago, has finally been given a proper funeral in Rome.

Back on 29 July, Andrea Quintero was discovered on a train track in the Italian capital’s main Termini station.

While at first it appeared to have been a suicide, an investigation found she was beaten to death with sticks and thrown off the platform.

The 28-year-old Colombian fled to Italy four years before, due to her family not accepting her gender identity.

December 19, 2013

These Preferred Hotel Group stays are more than hotels… they are homes away from home and represent the top in gay-friendly luxury

For some LGBTI people, checking into a hotel with their partner could be considered a luxury.

The most scandal one should face when arriving to a hotel is learning a 1800’s pyramid scheme helped pay for the room you are booking.

While LGBTI travellers may expect the money they are spending on accommodation will also include fair and appropriate treatment, the sad truth is not all hotels and staff are trained to ensure a flawless experience for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender guests from check-in to check-out.

November 14, 2013

In this week's Around the World in 7 Questions feature we turn lemons into travel-friendly lemonade and talk beaches with George Carrancho, who serves as the LGBT and ethnic minority champion for American Airlines

Caring for LGBT employees and their families has increasingly become an integral part of the way the biggest companies do business.

For years, American Airlines has been named one of the best companies to work for by leading LGBT rights and minority organizations, showing to the global travel industry the importance and benefits of not only ensuring, but also promoting diversity.

October 31, 2013

Hundreds gathered in most gay friendly area of Rome to pay tribute to the 21-year-old medical student who condemned Italy's homophobia before jumping off a roof

Hundreds gathered together in Rome to pay tribute yesterday to a young man who chose to kill himself.

They held a candlelit vigil for the Italian medical student who climbed onto the roof of a former pasta factory and plunged to his death.

The 21-year-old, only known publicly as Simone D, killed himself because of homophobia in Italy.

‘I’m gay,’ he said, in a note discovered after his death.

October 28, 2013

A young medical student climbed up onto the roof of a former pasta factory and jumped over the homophobia he faced

A 21-year-old man has killed himself by jumping from the 11th floor of an Italian building.

In the early hours of Sunday morning (27 October), the young Italian climbed onto the roof of a former pasta factory and threw himself off onto the busy streets of Rome.

Police have identified the man as Simone D (his surname is unknown), a medical student at the University La Sapienza.

‘I’m gay,’ he said, in a note discovered after his death.

October 18, 2013

Police are investigating after a group of young thugs had attacked a photo exhibition, an installation already the subject of protest by the Catholic Church

A gay kiss exhibition was attacked in Rome, Italy, by a gang of young vandals yesterday (17 October).

Police are investigating after, at around 7pm, the group of thugs entered the L’Opera art Gallery, in Monserrato Street, and sprayed paint on the pictures and photos of the Trialogo exhibition.

The owner of the gallery, Andrea Iezzi, told the Italian newspaper la Repubblica: ‘I’m stunned. This is violence and censorship, against art and against the artists.’

October 16, 2013

The Emilia Romagna regional assembly passes a resolution to guarantee a new life to Russian gay activists escaping from their country

An Italian regional assembly has passed a resolution to protect and host Russian gay refugees escaping from their country because of the new anti-gay laws.

The left-wing Emilia Romagna assembly has voted the bill thanks to the Partito Democratico and Italia dei Valori (Italy of Values) parties.

Now the region, one of the most gay-friendly in Italy, will accept Russian LGBT people wanting to change their lives.

October 9, 2013

A biologist from Bari was pictured alongside LGBT activists at Palermo's airport, after the national gay pride parade. Now he has sued la Repubblica newspaper and asked for compensation

A biologist is so upset about being pictured next to LGBT activists returning from Palermo Pride he is suing Italy's main newspaper over the photo.

The man from Bari, southern Italy, said he even had to explain to his girlfriend that he had not actually taken part in the gay and trans parade in the Sicilian capital.

By strange coincidence he was just coming back from a conference on animal sexuality when he was caught in the snap.