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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.’

October 19, 2014

Mayor Ignazio Marino on Saturday performed the first ever ceremony of its kind at the city hall in the Italian capital sparking anger from the interior minister and the Roman Catholic Church

On the same day bishops in the Roman Catholic Church voted (118 to 62) to remove language that was earlier hailed as a historic warming of attitudes towards gay people, the mayor of Rome transcribed 16 same-sex couples’ marriages onto the city’s registers on Saturday although the predominantly Catholic country does not allow for the recognition of such unions.

The 11 male and six female couples were legally married abroad.

October 18, 2014

'Personally I would have been very worried and saddened if there hadn't been these ... animated discussions ... or if everyone had been in agreement or silent in a false and acquiescent peace'

Catholic bishops failed to pass paragraphs supporting a more tolerant attitude toward gays.

Senior church officials were in Rome for the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family. The softer stance toward LGBTI Catholics could not gain the required two-thirds majority to pass.

October 14, 2014

Church does not want to create 'the impression of a positive evaluation' of same-sex relationships

The Vatican has backtracked a bit on a document leaked this week which stated that a gay Catholics' orientation should be 'valued' and that they have 'gifts and qualities' to offer parishes.'

The interim report from the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family in Rome also stated that same-sex couples can give 'precious support' to one other.

October 11, 2014

US Cardinal Raymond Burke’s comments came in an interview during the Pope’s Synod of the Family in Rome, in which he also commented on the ‘aggressiveness of the homosexual agenda’

A leading Vatican cardinal has given an interview in which he says parents should not allow their children to have contact with gay people who engage in ‘wrong, evil’ and ‘intrinsically disordered’ relationships.

Cardinal Raymond Burke’s comments come during Pope Francis’ Synod of the Family in Rome, in which senior catholic figures have gathered from around the world to discuss family issues, including same-sex marriage.

October 2, 2014

Horseback rides, foodie markets and private wine cellar parties are just a few ways Winerist takes wine tasting to the next level

The only thing more delicious than wine, is pairing a wine tasting experience with local food and culture from the region.

Whether you’re into deep, robust reds or sparkling bubbles, wine tasting should be a fun and approachable experience.

Winerist, founded by two wine-loving women from Moldova, elevates the wine-tasting experience by putting guests in the hands of the coolest wine-related guides, restaurants and hotels, and putting together exciting packages for oenophiles (aka lovers of wine).

September 24, 2014

Sushant Divgikar is a housemate in the country's version of Big Brother

Mr Gay India has said he hopes to change perceptions of LGBTI people while on the country's biggest reality TV show.

Bigg Boss is the Indian version of Big Brother and always has a representative from the LGBTI community.

Model Sushant Divgikar placed in the top 10 at this year's Mr Gay World in Rome.

He told the Indo-Asian News Service before entering the house, 'I think I can sensitize the people about my community by being the face of LGBT community in Bigg Boss.'

September 15, 2014

Leader of the Catholic Church has married 20 'modern' couples. While they were all straight, it could still signify a change

Pope Francis has redefined marriage within the Catholic Church, blessing 20 couples at the Vatican that would have been banned under previous doctrine.

He welcomed 40 people from different social backgrounds, including a man about to enter into his second marriage and a woman with a daughter from a previous relationship, to St Peter's Basilica in Rome yesterday (14 September).

The mother, Gabriella Improta, said she did not feel 'worthy or able to meet the requirements of a good Catholic couple'.

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 30, 2014

A court in Rome has approved the step-child adoption of a girl by the female partner of her biological mother

For the first time in Italian history, a court has granted permission for the adoption of a child living with a gay couple. The child is the biological daughter of one of the women, and her partner has been allowed to legally become her co-parent through adoption.

The couple have been living together in Rome since 2003, and the decision was taken by the city’s Juvenile Court. It’s believed that the child was conceived through IVF treatment abroad – where the couple also underwent a marriage ceremony.

August 1, 2014

Sushant Divgikar will represent India at the Mr Gay World competition in Rome this month, becoming only the second Indian to take part in the pageant

24-year-old model and psychology masters degree holder Sushant Divgikar has been named Mr Gay India and will represent his homeland at the 2014 Mr Gay World pageant in Rome this year.

Divgikar was named Mr Gay India on 13 July and on top of counseling young LGBTIs he also hosts a show on the UTV Bindass channel.

Divgikar wanted to compete in the competition last year but was still finishing his degree.

But after applying to become Mr Gay India 2014 he received a call from Mr Gay India 2013 Nolan Lewis telling him he’d won the role.

June 30, 2014

Thousands responded to homophobic attacks and gay suicides in Rome by holding one of the biggest Prides in the city ever

A gang is being accused of throwing faeces at the office of a gay charity in Rome, while shouting death threats against people inside.

Di Gay Project (DGP) in southern Rome was attacked last week, with the crime being reported on Friday.

According to Corriere della Sera, the mob threw excrement and other items, such as wooden boxes and vegetables, at the organization’s office.

Members of the gang, estimated to be aged between 15 and 40, also shouted threats.

June 12, 2014

Alessandra Bernaroli, a banker, says she and her wife deserve to continue their happy marriage of nine years

A trans woman is challenging Italy’s refusal to allow her to stay married to her wife.

Alessandra Bernaroli, a banker, says she and her wife deserve to continue their happy marriage of nine years.

Her wife, also named Alessandra, wishes to remain married.

The Bernarolis, from Bologna in northern Italy, took the case to the courts after their local council ruled they could no longer be identified as married when they tried to renew their identity cards.

The Constitutional Court in Rome will decide on the case this week.

June 9, 2014

200,000 people took to the streets of the Italian capital on Saturday to demand that lawmakers provide the means for same-sex couples to formally register their relationships with the state

200,000 marchers took to the streets of Rome on Saturday to call for Italian lawmakers to finally pass legislation to create civil unions for same-sex couples.

Several civil union bills have been introduced in the Italian Parliament over the last two decades but none has been passed despite a 2010 Italian Constitutional Court ruling that committed same-sex relationships are a ‘legitimate social formation, similar to and deserving homogeneous treatment as marriage.’

March 13, 2014

‘Ex-gay’ author and professor Robert Oscar Lopez has likened gay couples using surrogates to birth their children to the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade and says they are either buys or stealing their children despite the surrogate mothers not being related to the babies

California State University English professor and ‘ex-gay’ Robert Oscar Lopez has compared surrogate mothers birthing children for gay men to slavery in an article published Tuesday on AmericanThinker.com.

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.