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Italy to vote on bill protecting gay people from hate crime

Italy to vote on bill protecting gay people from hate crime

Italy’s Justice Commission of the lower chamber of the parliament has approved the first draft of a new law protecting gay people from hate crimes.

The bill, which proposes to extend the Italian anti-discrimination law to violence and crimes motivated by homophobia, will now be discussed and voted by the whole parliament from 22 July.

Ivan Scalfarotto, an openly gay member of parliament from Partito Democratico, proposed the bill.

‘This is a good example of good policies. We have done a great job,’ he said.

But not all LGBT activists are happy for the new bill.

Gay-friendly and pro-gay lawyers’ group Rete Lenford wants the draft to be changed as it does not include the definition of gender identity.

According to the association, trans people will not be protected by the law, saying: ‘This lack [of the definition of ‘gender identity’] could discriminate transgender people, because we are not male and female only.’

The Italian anti-discrimination law dates back to 1993 and is named after Nicola Mancino, the former Home Secretary who proposed it.

The Mancino Law protects Italians from nazi-fascist groups, racial abuse and religious discrimination, but does not protect them against homophobia.

In the past, Italian LGBT groups have tried several times to get the government to pass a hate crime law, but it is only now legislation has reached parliament.