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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.

September 9, 2013

From Russia to Rome: Fronte Nazionale released hundreds of banners saying 'I agree with Putin'. Roman LGBT associations ask the mayor to ban the campaign

An Italian far right movement has started campaigning in Rome in favor of Russian anti-gay laws.

Fronte Nazionale party released hundreds of banners in the Italian capital with the motto ‘Io sto con Putin’ (I agree with Putin).

The party’s founder, Adriano Tilgher, wrote on Facebook: ‘We stand by the Russian president because he said “no” to the war in the Middle East and because he is fighting the gay lobbies.

July 24, 2013

Parliament is going to vote the draft this Friday or next week, but most of the Italian LGBT activists are not happy with it because 'nothing changes, there's no specific punishment for gay hate'

Italian LGBT activists have slammed the new bill against homophobia, due to be voted on by parliament this Friday (26 July) or next week.

The bill has been approved, in its first draft, by the justice commission of the lower chamber of parliament.

Ivan Scalfarotto, an openly gay member of parliament, was the author of the bill and had cross-party support.

While the purpose of the bill is criminalize gay hate crime, most of the Italian gay rights groups say it is 'useless' and 'dangerous'.

July 23, 2013

Italy's lower house is debating a bill that would criminalize homophobia

Italy's Chamber of Deputies (lower house) began debating a bill that would criminalize homophobia this afternoon.

Yesterday the bill was given approval to be debated and voted on by a parliamentary commission, with support from Prime Minister Enrico Letta's center-left Democratic Party (PD), center-right People of Freedom (PdL) party and the Left Ecology Freedom party (SEL), Ansa reports.

May 15, 2013

Deputies in the lower house of parliament given health benefits for gay partners. But other Italians are angry they are getting rights normal same-sex couples don't yet enjoy

The Italian Camera dei Deputati (the lower chamber of the Parliament) has approved a new rule which extends its politician's health benefits to their gay partners.

Now LGBT ‘deputati’, or members of the parliament (MPs), who pay for their insurance, can have their rights extended to the men or the women they live with.

The move was pushed for by gay deputati Ivan Scalfarotto who wanted his own partner protected.

April 25, 2013

The small town of Arcore, near Milan, is where the 'bunga-bunga' prime minister owns his enormous villa

Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s hometown has introduced an official register for its same-sex couples.

The small town of Arcore, near Milan, northern Italy, is where Berlusconi lives most of the year.

In the sprawling villa, surrounded by enormous grounds, he allegedly organized his ‘bunga-bunga’ parties.

The register was voted in by the left-wing majority of the council, but the mayor, Rosalba Colombo, refused to intervene or comment.

February 26, 2013

Four gay politicians are elected in the two chambers. A gay candidate, Sergio Lo Giudice, enters the Italian Senato for the first time in the last decade

Four gay Italian politicians have become members of parliament in the last general election (24 and 25 February).

Sergio Lo Giudice, Alessandro Zan, Nichi Vendola and Ivan Scalfarotto have now a seat in one of the two chambers of the Italian parliament.

Lesbian politician Anna Paola Concia, who was the only LGBT representative in the last parliament, has not been elected.

Former Arcigay’s president and local councillor with Partito Democratico Sergio Lo Giudice has been elected in the Italian Senato, the higher chamber.

February 22, 2013

Two candidates with Fratelli D'Italia party released a video on YouTube saying Italians 'should vote with their hearts and brains' against same-sex marriage

Two Italian politicians have gone on YouTube to beg voters to keep the country 'clean' and not 'vote with your ass' by supporting same-sex marriage.

LGBT associations have branded the video by the right wingers as homophobic.

‘Vote with your heart and with your brain. Don’t vote with your ass,’ is what Alberto Romano Pedrina and Raffaele Zanon say in the video.

It has been released for their campaign for the general elections, which will take place in Italy this Sunday (24 February).

February 7, 2013

Puglia's governor Nichi Vendola says that 'Rome is a dangerous city for gays and lesbians.' Rome's mayor replies: 'Vendola is offending an entire city.'

Italian region Puglia’s governor Nichi Vendola has said that ‘life in Rome is too dangerous for gays and lesbians.’

Interviewed by Italian newspaper Il Fatto Quotidiano, Vendola, who has been openly gay since he was 18, said: ‘I fear going out alone at night in Rome.’

But Rome’s Mayor Gianni Alemanno attacked the SEL – Sinistra Ecologia Libertà Party – leader’s words.

February 7, 2013

Pier Ferdinando Casini says that 'on same-sex marriage we can not follow Europe, because they gave voice to movements campaigning for pedophilia'

Pier Ferdinando Casini, leader of one of Italy’s main political parties, UDC, has compared same-sex marriage to pedophilia.

UDC, Unione Democratici di Centro is a Catholic party and is the successor to the old Democrazia Cristiana, which ruled in Italy for decades until the 1990s.

Speaking on national radio, Casini said: ‘On gay marriage we can not follow Europe. Some northern countries have given voice to movements campaigning for pedophilia.

January 13, 2013

The Catholic hierarchy and the right-wing parties said that 'a child should have a father and a mother, not two gay parents'. The high court said that gay parents are 'as good as straight ones'

The Catholic Church and the right-wing parties in Italy have reacted angrily to the decision of the Italian high court stating that gay parents are as good as straight ones.

CEI, Conferenza Episcopale Italiana, the Catholic bishops’ conference, wrote on the Avvenire: ‘This sentence is ambiguous and it goes against the common sense and the common knowledge on children’s welfare.’

January 7, 2013

The former prime minister says he's in favor of same-sex marriage and he will introduce it if he wins the next general election, but gay groups doubt his words will be followed by action

‘Action, not words’ demand Italian LGBT groups of former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi after he promised same-sex marriage if he wins the country's next general election.

Last Monday Berlusconi said:

‘I’m in favor of granting legal status to couples who live together, including gays, if there is a majority that makes it possible to change the civil code’.

But Italy’s gay groups are expressing concern and ‘disillusion’.

January 4, 2013

Lega Nord party, famous for its homophobic stance, is asking gay men to vote for its leader Roberto Maroni, who is running for the presidency of Lombardy

Italian party Lega Nord has started campaigning on the gay dating mobile application Grindr.

Lega Nord, which wants ‘more freedom’ for the north of the country and to separate from the poorer south of Italy, is well known for the homophobic remarks of some of its politicians.

An advert appeared on Grindr two days ago, promoting the Lega Nord leader’s run to be president of the Lombardy region. The elections are due early this spring.

Lega Nord leader Roberto Maroni is asking gay men to support his policies and his ideas.

January 1, 2013

Italy's candidate for Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, makes an anti-gay jibe during his campaign -saying gays 'are funny'

Berlusconi, the 76 year-old tycoon and Italy's Prime Ministerial candidate, said during an interview on Radio Capital that ‘the left accuses me of everything except being gay and stealing money from Italians.

‘But I have a lot of gay friends. They're friendly and funny’,he said on 31 December, 2012 according to AFP.

November 15, 2012

Andrea Di Pietro, local councillor in Vigevano, is now running for the primaries of Silvio Berlusconi's PDL party

An Italian local councillor, who made headlines for a gay slur last week, has decided to run for the primaries of PDL, former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s party.

Andrea di Pietro, councillor for Popolo delle Libertà in Vigevano, in the northern region of Lombardy, attacked Puglia’s governor Nichi Vendola, one of the few openly gay Italian politicians.

‘Vendola is as unctuous as the lubricant he uses,’ Di Pietro tweeted, launching a debate on the homophobia of the right-wing Italian politicians.

October 30, 2012

Rosario Crocetta from Partito Democratico became the first openly gay governor of Sicily when he won last Sunday's election

Rosario Crocetta, an openly gay politician from the Italian Partito Democratico party, has become the first openly gay governor of Sicily.

He won last Sunday’s election on the Italian island with more than 30% of the votes, winning over the right-wing PDL (Popolo delle Libertà), which has governed in Sicily for last decade.

Crocetta is Italy's second openly gay governor, after Puglia’s Nichi Vendola, who now is running for the leadership of the entire left parties.

October 27, 2012

An extreme right wing movement left an insulting banner in front of the headquarters of Italy's main gay association

Italy's main LGBT association, Arcigay, headquarters situated in Bologna Northern Italy, has been defaced by men belonging to an extreme right wing movement Forza Nuova.

The group, which call for ‘a new Fascist era in Italy’, left a banner in front of the association's headquarters stating: ‘Perversions must be cured’.

In response, Bologna’s politicians have expressed solidarity with the Arcigay.  

Mayor Virginio Merola said: ‘It’s simply disgusting.’

October 4, 2012

The capital of Sicily is going to host the LGBT event, despite books and newspaper reports saying the island is dangerous for gays

Palermo, ‘capital’ of Sicily, is going to host the national Italian Gay Pride in the summer of 2013.

It is the first time that a national Pride is going to be held in the southern Italian island. It has been chosen as host by Italy's leading LGBT association Arcigay.

The pride committee said: ‘This country is changing and, for the first time, Sicily will host a pride. This is a sign of the new era that has started in Italy.’

September 28, 2012

Giuliano Pisapia started a new era by launching the Registro delle Unioni Civili and defending the same-sex couples' right to adopt children

Right-wing parties in Italy have attacked Milan’s mayor Giuliano Pisapia for recognizing gay couples and supporting their right to adoption.

His new Registro delle Unioni Civili is a sort of civil partnership, valid only locally.

Mario Mantovani, regional councillor for PDL party, former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s movement, said: ‘Milan’s mayor is not caring about the real problems of this city.

September 24, 2012

A symbolic but not legally binding marriage for two lesbian women, one seriously sick, has been condemned by the church and local parties

A symbolic same-sex marriage in Bologna, north of Italy, has split the city’s political parties and been condemned by the church.

Two days ago, local councillor Sergio Lo Giudice, a former president of LGBT organization Arcigay, 'married' two women at the Hospice Seragnoli, a hospital for terminally ill patients.

Ida and Mariagrazia, the latter hospitalized for a severe illness, became wife and wife thanks to Lo Giudice, who was wearing the official outfit of the local mayor.

July 5, 2012

Member of regional parliament of Veneto Santino Bozza calls gays 'sick perverts' that need 'a cure'

‘Gays are ill and perverted and need a cure. They should not walk in the street in the daylight. Our children would be scared,’ said Italian politician Santino Bozza.

The new attack against LGBT people in Italy comes from the member of the regional parliament of Veneto in the north of the country.

Interviewed by the radio national programme La Zanzara, Bozza said: ‘In my party, the Lega Nord, there are no gay or lesbian politicians, that’s sure.

June 6, 2012

Italian MP Massimo Polledri, Lega Nord, says that 'homosexuals have to go to the psychologist to feel better'

‘A gay son? It would be worse than my daughter wanting to be a nun or to marry someone from Morocco.’

That's the comment from Italian MP Massimo Polledri, of Lega Nord Party, who also said that a gay son ‘would be the worst thing it could happen to me.’

Interviewed by the radio programme La Zanzara, on Radio 24 on Monday (4 June), the Italian politician, also a psychiatrist, added that ‘homosexuals are not happy. They go to psychologist and that’s the only way to feel better.’

May 14, 2012

But PD leader Pier Luigi Bersani says gay marriage is not allowed by the Italian constitution

Pier Luigi Bersani, leader of the Italian PD (Democrat Party) has called for more rights for LGBT people in an interview by the national newspaper l’Unità.

Bersani said: ‘If we’ll ever win the elections and form a cabinet, we’ll have to do something to recognize same-sex unions. But don’t call it “marriage”, because our constitution does not allow it.’

Polls show PD is currently Italy’s most popular party. Bersani’s move came in response to Barack Obama’s stance on gay marriage.

April 18, 2012

Romano La Russa, Lombardy's secretary of security, attacked LGBT citizens but the Milan assembly refused to censor him

An Italian politician has launched an unprecedented attack against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens of the Mediterranean country.

Romano La Russa, the secretary of security for the Lombardy region, said: ‘Gays are ill. If everyone becomes gay, our society will disappear. We need couples made of men and women: only straight couples can procreate.’

La Russa is also the brother of the former national defense secretary Ignazio La Russa. Both are in the PDL party, the movement founded by the former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi.