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How gay porn forced one politician to quit his election race

How gay porn forced one politician to quit his election race

He was running to be a member of the Italian parliament with conservative Mario Monti’s party. But when the press discovered his gay dating websites and their pornographic and escort-advertising links, he was forced to pull out.

Now Alessio De Giorgi has spoken about the scandal in an exclusive interview with Gay Star News.

The founder and owner of LGBT magazine Gay.it was a candidate of Prime Minister Mario Monti’s party, a centrist movement accused by the Italian left of being ‘very close to the Catholic church and very close to the bankers’.

But De Giorgi sticks by his political allegiances. He told us: ‘I believe in Mario Monti and I will keep on campaigning for him.’

Here we discover the whole story.

How did you get in touch with Mario Monti?

‘I’ve been contacted by his collaborators and they told me they had the need to follow the LGBT movement and to work on LGBT rights. I had a strong visibility, because of my campaigning for Partito Democratico’s candidate at the party’s primaries, the Florence Mayor Matteo Renzi.

‘So I decided to run with Mario Monti and I had a real chance of winning a seat in the Italian parliament. But something went wrong.’

What happened?

‘Two Italian newspapers, Libero and Il Giornale, both very close to former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s party, started campaigning against me. They published some photos of me with some drag queens and Libero reported the news of the gay porn websites.

‘As a publisher, I am the shareholder of some websites with links to dating and porn websites. This is my job and there’s nothing strange. But we have to say that the rest of the Italian press did not attack me. The attacks came only from a couple of newspapers and I think that their aim was Monti’s party, not a gay publisher like me.’

Why did it happen?

‘I think that my race for the Italian parliament was very disturbing for someone in Rome. I’m well known in Tuscany, my region, and not only. And I was saying that Italian LGBT people can not rely only on the Italian left. We have to speak with everyone, not only the left, and the Catholic tradition is unavoidable in Italy.

‘It was a historic step towards a new LGBT issue: being gay does not mean voting the left-wing parties. Not always.’

What are your plans now?

‘I will keep on campaigning for Mario Monti’s party, I trust in him. But I will keep on working as a gay entrepreneur as well. I own some clubs in Torre del Lago, a gay resort in Tuscany, where I live, and I have to fight at home as well, since someone does not want a gay life in this area.

‘Then, there’s Gay.it and its world, made of news, chats and dating websites.’