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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.

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.’