Tag Archive | Italy

Italy: Demos planned as LGBT+ hate crime law is considered again

Italy: Demos planned as LGBT+ hate crime law is considered again

When Marlon Landolfo kissed his date on a night out, onlookers started heckling, a fight broke out, and his friend ended up in hospital – the latest in a series of anti-gay attacks in Italy, where plans to combat homophobic violence are hotly contested. “They hurled insults at us,” said Landolfo, 22, describing how he […]

Italy: Famed ancient skeletons buried hand-in-hand revealed to be two men

Italy: Famed ancient skeletons buried hand-in-hand revealed to be two men

A pair of ancient skeletons, known as the ‘Lovers of Modena’ after being found in Italy buried hand-in-hand, were actually two men, Italian scientists have found. Discovered in 2009 in the northern city of Modena, the remains, dating from between the 4th and 6th centuries AD, had degraded so much it was thought impossible to […]

Italy: Family Minister targets same-sex surrogacy

Italy: Family Minister targets same-sex surrogacy

Italy’s Minister of Family & Disability, Lorenzo Fontana, provoked outrage from LGBT groups on Thursday by suggesting same-sex couples who have children via surrogacy abroad should not be recognised as the child’s legal guardian. Fontana, a member of the right-wing League party, said in parliament that Italian family law needed to take into account recent […]

Vatican condemns Catholic radio that said quakes were God’s wrath for gay law

Vatican condemns Catholic radio that said quakes were God’s wrath for gay law

VATICAN CITY, Nov 4 (Reuters) – The Vatican on Friday condemned a right-wing Catholic radio station that said a series of earthquakes that hit Italy in the past three months was “God’s punishment” for the country approving same-sex civil unions. “These remarks are offensive for believers and scandalous for non-believers,” Deputy Secretary of State Archbishop […]

Italy: Civil Unions Bill Approved By Senate, But Not Adoption Rights

Italy: Civil Unions Bill Approved By Senate, But Not Adoption Rights

In a historic vote that approved a Civil Unions bill in Italy yesterday (Feb 25) the Senate voted 173 to 71 in favour. The bill, which was backed by Italy’s Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi, will still need to go through the lower house to become law. However, the bill approved by the Senate was not […]

Italy: Civil Unions Bill Postponed

Italy: Civil Unions Bill Postponed

Yesterday (Wed 17) the Italian government postponed voting on a bill which, it was hoped, would bring in Civil Unions for the gay community. The sticking point appears to be on adoption, as the new legislation would allow gay people to adopt their partners’ children, and whereas 70% of voters would agree to Civil Partnership, […]

Italy: Anti-gay Rally Against Civil Unions

Italy: Anti-gay Rally Against Civil Unions

Yesterday, 30 January, Rome’s Circus Maximus saw a gathering of thousands of people, who were protesting against a new civil unions bill. The bill, if passed, would see LGBT couples have civil partnerships for the first time, and be able to adopt their partner’s children. They would also have residual pension rights.

#WakeUpItaly – Italian LGBTs Ask Irish To Stand With Them In Demonstration Today

#WakeUpItaly – Italian LGBTs Ask Irish To Stand With Them In Demonstration Today

Stefano Pappalardo and #WakeUpItaly have appealed to the Irish LGBT community and its allies, to join them later today to demonstrate outside the Italian Embassy in Dublin, in support of equality for LGBT couples in Italy, ahead of a debate on civil unions on 28 January. “Please join us today, Saturday 23 January, in support […]

Italy: Senators Call For Anti-gay Measures Ahead Of Civil Unions Debate

Italy: Senators Call For Anti-gay Measures Ahead Of Civil Unions Debate

In a move which would rival Russia’s anti-gay legislation, some of Italy’s Catholic senators have called for an amendment to be included in a civil unions bill, which would require LGBT couples with children to prove that they had not obtained them by surrogacy, or face a prison term. The Catholic senators, from the Democratic […]

Stuart Hatton Jr. Wins Mr Gay World 2014, With Ireland’s Robbie Lawlor A Very Respectable Third

Stuart Hatton Jr. Wins Mr Gay World 2014, With Ireland’s Robbie Lawlor A Very Respectable Third

Mr Gay UK won the coveted Mr Gay World title 2014 in Rome last weekend, while Ireland’s Robbie Lawlor came overall third in the Grand Final. Stuart Hatton Jr., representing the United Kingdom in this year’s Mr Gay World competition, is bringing the title back to his hometown of South Shields in north-east England, after winning […]