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February 20, 2014

'It appears you would be happier in a less integrated neighborhood surrounded by people who think the way you do'

Syndicated advice columnist Dear Abby, long known for common sense answers and support of gays, let a reader signed 'Unhappy in Tampa' have it this week for being a homophobe.

A woman explained that she and her husband had relocated to Florida and after being quickly welcomed into the neighborhood social scene, they quickly found themselves on the outside looking in.

January 9, 2014

A 31-year-old man has been taken into custody by the authorities. He was already known to police. Gay Center: 'Italy is still a homophobic country'

Italian police have arrested a man suspected of murdering a gay activist discovered in a ditch.

Andrea Troisio, 31,  was taken into custody by the Roman police for the alleged murder of Daniele Fulli, 28, the gay man found dead on the banks of the Tiber river last Tuesday (7 January).

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.

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 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.

December 8, 2013

To placate the far-right's anger over Rome dedicating their Christmas lights to a dead gay man, the tribute has now been changed to Nelson Mandela

A Christmas tribute to an Italian gay student who killed himself has sparked a row in Rome.

The gay rainbow flag lights sparkling over one of the Italian capital’s most bustling streets Via del Corso has been described as ‘provocative’ and ‘ideological’ by right-wing politicians.

City assemblywoman Imma Battaglia, a leftist Sel party member who also leads a LGBTI campaigning group, said the lights were intended to be against homophobia.

November 18, 2013

Gay-friendly Preferred Hotel Group’s Preferred Pride collection shares their favorite markets and neighboring LGBTI-welcoming hotels. Take in the aroma of freshly baked sweets, the glow of sparkling lights and the tunes of holiday music you can only find at these popular seasonal markets

There is just something about Christmas that turns a city into a transformed, magical place.

While the winter holidays may be a hectic time to travel, they’re also the one time a year you can justify a weekend getaway with a trip to 'the market'.

Christmas markets, started in Europe but quickly adopted throughout the rest of the world, cast your favorite city in a different, holiday light and can expose you to some new customs you may end up adopting into your own holiday traditions.

November 7, 2013

Before a Rome medical student jumped off an 11 story building, he made frequent calls crying for help over the homophobia he faced at university

A gay medical student made 10 calls to suicide hotlines before he jumped, it was revealed yesterday (6 November).

Italian police acquired ten phone calls made by Simone D, the gay man in Rome who killed himself over homophobia at the end of October.

‘I can understand people who commit suicide,’ he said to the anti-homophobia contact center.

Simone’s phone calls were recorded in the last two months. ‘I study at the university and when I walk along the corridors, my mates call me “faggot”. They joke about me,’ he said in another phone call.

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 31, 2013

‘Gay brain’ scientist Simon LeVay’s new book is historical fiction but can the real homosexuality of past pontiffs encourage Pope Francis to embrace LGBTI equality?

Homosexuality is a good thing – and that’s as true for popes as it is for regular mortals. But because the Catholic Church considers homosexuality a ‘moral disorder’, we’re not likely to hear good things about gay popes. If we hear anything about them at all, it’s in the context of shocking misdeeds.

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 22, 2013

When a gay actor moves to Rome, he discovers he is not the only one living in his apartment in a new movie getting a cinema release for Halloween – meet the star and the director

Having just moved to Rome, Pietro (Elio Germano) has dreams of becoming a successful actor. He finds a very beautiful old apartment, which despite being in need of a little repair has an unbelievably cheap rent. This place seems just so perfect!

But soon after settling in, he notices that objects get moved around and there are strange noises coming from the empty rooms. It soon becomes clear he is not living alone.

October 20, 2013

Michael Morrill says his dream is to establish an NGO for Asia’s marginalized LGBT community

A 35-year-old American school teacher, who had seemed the odd man out among professional dancers and models, was chosen Mr Gay Hong Kong 2013 by a panel of judges as well as voters with his pledge to found a non-profit organization for Asia’s marginalized LGBT community.

Morrill, who has been living in Asia for over a decade, was described by the organizers of the five-year-old event as being on a “powerful mission to shed light on the realities of people living with HIV”.

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 2, 2013

The Vicariate of Rome has forced an Italian art gallery to cover up a photo exhibit where straight actors share a gay kiss on the altar

The Catholic Church has threatened ‘legal action’ against a gay-themed photo exhibit.

Religious officials expressed outrage at the photos of gay photographer Gonzalo Orquín, who staged different shots in various churches throughout Rome.

‘I didn’t do it to provoke the Church,’ Orquín told Gay Star News, revealing the majority of the people photographed were not even gay and lesbian couples, they were heterosexual actors and volunteers who signed up for the project.

‘I did it to demonstrate a union between God and two people.

September 29, 2013

Five finalists will vie to become the new icon of the special administrative region’s LGBT community at the 19 Oct grand finale

What’s stronger than Super Typhoon Usagi that smote the Asia Pacific on Monday?

The resolve of the aspirants to the Mr Gay Hong Kong 2013 title who, along with the organizers of the pageant and their guests, turned up en masse for the penultimate round of the five-year-old event.

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.

August 28, 2013

At least 34 people are under investigation for being illegal parking wardens. Four in the gang tried to beat up an undercover cop dressed as a beggar

Rome’s Gay Village has been targeted by a local mafia gang, Italian police have revealed.

It's nothing to do, however, with Sicilian ‘padrini’, Al Capone, guns or bombs. Instead the criminals were involved in a massive fraud.

The commercial area in the city suburbs, where gay clubs and LGBT shops and associations open every summer, was being targeted by illegal parking wardens.

They used to offer parking spaces, which are supposed to be free, and demand money which was not due.

August 14, 2013

Study by LGBT association Gay Center reveals the turmoil of dozens of young gay boys and girls. Last week a Roman 14-year-old boy jumped from his window after leaving a dramatic letter to his parents

One Italian gay teen in three has considered suicide in the last 12 months, a survey by Roman LGBT association Gay Center has revealed.

Gay Center’s president Fabrizio Marrazzo told Gay Star News: ‘We interviewed 4,000 teenagers and more than a thousand told us they have thought about suicide at least once in their lifetime.

‘Homosexuality can be a hell when combined with bullying at school or with families not accepting their sons and daughters.’

The study comes after the case of a 14-year-old boy who committed suicide last week in Rome.

June 18, 2013

GSN talks to Imma Battaglia, just elected as a Rome city councillor, who angered Pope John Paul II in 2000 by hosting a 'weird' World Pride

For the first time in history, an openly lesbian activist has become a local councillor in Rome, the city of the Holy See.

And she wants to unite the LGBT population of the city to make the eternal city a gay capital in the style of London, New York or Berlin.

Imma Battaglia, 53, has been elected for the Sinistra, Ecologia e Libertà party, led by gay Puglia governor Nichi Vendola.

Battaglia organized the first official Italian pride in 1994. And she was also in charge of the World Pride 2000, organized in Rome in the year of the Catholic Jubilee.

June 17, 2013

Lesbian and gay voters were left disappointed after the newly elected left-wing mayor of Rome, Ignazio Marino, did not attend Saturday's parade

LGBT voters in Rome are angry with the newly elected mayor because he failed to attend Saturday’s pride parade (15 June).

Despite being a left-wing and socially involved politician, Ignazio Marino from Partito Democratico (PD) said he could not go to the pride for ‘family reasons’.

He released a videomessage to the LGBT community, saying he stood for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender cause.

‘But this is not enough’, Andrea Maccarrone, LGBT association Circolo Mario Mieli’s president, told Gay Star News.

June 16, 2013

Provoking a nation already torn over gay marriage, the head of the Roman Catholic Church urges French politicians not to follow ‘fashions of the moment’

Pope Francis encouraged French politicians to take matters into their own hands in a speech apprently directed at gay marriage.

Speaking to a delegation of French politicians and representatives at the Vatican yesterday, Pope Francis called France a ‘nation to which the eyes of the world often turn,’ pointing to the controversial Marriage for All Bill that split the country into in an unprecedented show of public discord between gay marriage opponents and supporters.