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LGBT in Italy

Italian group presentation

CESIE Press office

on 27 September 2013

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LGBT organisation in Italy perceive limited media coverage on their issues, and have identified cases homophobia put forward in media, politicians & church leader

Two Italian politicians have gone on YouTube to beg voters to keep the country 'clean' and not 'vote with your ass' by supporting same-sex marriage.
Agrigento, February 20, 2012.

Michelle Santamaria is a 23-year-old transsexual who lives in Licata (Agrigento, Sicily).

On the evening of February 14th, she was dancing in a pub in the city centre. She was approached by a gang of young men and punched in the face before being dragged to the ground and beaten

They are beasts,” Michelle says of her attackers, “I was attacked for being a transsexual man, as I have masculine features. They brutally beat me up in front of everyone present. Nobody attempted to help me, not even the pub owner, who wanted me out of the place as soon as possible."

As she made her escape from the room, Michelle was chased by her assailants who were armed with knives. The chase only ended when she reached the police station, where she made a complaint.

The historical legacy of Italian legislation is characterised by negation rather than repression of homosexuality.

Same-sex relations, as well as homophobia,
remain invisible to state regulation.

There is currently no criminal or civil legal provision in Italy regarding hate speech related to homophobia or discrimination on the ground of sexual orientation.

Criminal law only penalises hate speech
related to discrimination on the grounds of race, ethnicity, nationality or religion.

Moreover, the Italian legal system takes no account either in its legislation or in its case law of whether crime is committed with homophobic intent.

2)LGBTQ events and expression of communities
Social exclusion and marginalization of LGBTQ groups


Italy, Sicily


the Dolce vita ?
The Italian legal system does not recognise same-sex marriage or any other form of heterosexual or LGBT partnership.

There is no opportunity for LGBT couples to adopt children, and no recognition of the relation between children and co-parents in LGBT families

Same sex sexual activity
Anti-discrimination laws in Employment
Application of an European directive
Right to change legal gender
Public opinion
It has been released for their campaign for the general elections, which took place in Italy Sunday 24 February 2013
According to data from the 2010 Italy Eurispes report released Jan. 29,
the percentage of Italians who have a positive attitude towards homosexuality and are in favor of legal recognition of gay and lesbian couples is still growing. In particular, we point out that 82% of the Italian states consider homosexuals equal to all others. 41% of citizens think that homosexual couples have the right to marry in a civil ceremony, and 20.4% agree with civil unions.

In total, therefore, 61.4% are in favor of a form of legal recognition for gay and lesbian couples. This is an increase of 2.5% from last year (58.9%) and almost 10% in 7 years (51.6% in 2003).

"This is further proof that the Italians are ahead of their national institutions. Our parliament hear more people and what they hear as soon approve a law that guarantees gay people the opportunity to publicly recognize their families, as is done in 20 European countries "- said the national president Aurelio Mancuso Arcigay.

The slogan "siamo aperti a tutte le famiglie" (we are open to all families) revives the debate about Lgbt'S rights in Italy.

A new publicity showing two mans hands by hands has been published in 2010 in the Sicilian press for the opening of a new shop Ikea in Catania.
The opponents has seen this advertisement has a provocation with commercial purpose in the purpose of extended visibility.
The image of the rosy-cheeked newborn, with the slogan "Sexual orientation is not a choice", will soon go up on billboards across Tuscany as part of a drive by its regional government to curb discrimination against gays and lesbians.

The Vatican and conservative politicians were quick to criticize the advertisement, images of which have already appeared in Italian newspapers.
Christian Democrat lawmaker Luca Volonte said using a newborn to suggest that homosexual tendencies were innate was "misleading and shameful". Opposition Senator Maria Burani Procaccini said heads should roll over the matter.

The Vatican, which does not consider homosexual tendencies sinful but condemns homosexual acts, called the matter strange.

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