Italy

LGBTI Rights in Italy


ADDED ON: 08/02/2020

Italy is one step closer to protecting LGBT+ people with a new bill, if the far-right doesn’t tear it down first

Although Italy approved same-sex civil unions in 2016, the country still lags behind other European countries in enacting measures against homotransphobia. In fact, 24 years after then-MP Nichi Vendola first proposed an…

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ADDED ON: 07/28/2020

Italy opens historic debate on long-awaited bill to outlaw LGBT+ hate crime

Italy has been divided by debate over the country’s first law that would punish discrimination and hate crimes against LGBT+ people. The proposed legislation would bring Italy in line with its western…

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ADDED ON: 07/26/2020

‘We’re living in fear’: LGBT people in Italy pin hopes on new law

For 15 years, Marco and his boyfriend had lived together fairly peacefully in a town outside Rome. Then, in early June, a neighbour started harassing them. “It began quite lightly, with him…

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ADDED ON: 07/17/2020

Fight over equal rights for LGBT people divides Italy

Three weeks on from the brutal attack in the Italian city of Pescara that left a young gay man needing reconstructive facial surgery, Lorenzo has joined a small gathering on the busy…

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ADDED ON: 05/02/2020

Pope Francis just threw his support behind a small community of Italian transgender sex workers

Sex workers, particularly those who are undocumented, have been badly hit by the pandemic as many are unable to work or claim benefits. This was the case for a group of trans…

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ADDED ON: 09/14/2019

Surge in chemsex parties arranged on ‘hook-up’ apps is fuelling fresh HIV epidemic in European cities, doctors warn

A surge in “chemsex” parties, where some people spend days getting high on drugs and having sex with scores of partners, is refuelling epidemics of HIV among gay men in European towns…

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ADDED ON: 08/27/2019

G7 countries to increase Global Fund contributions

Germany, Italy and Canada have announced they will increase their contributions to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the G-7 summit in Biarritz, France,…

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ADDED ON: 06/16/2019

Legalising homosexuality: Germany did it 25 years ago – what about other European countries?

This week Germany celebrated legalising homosexuality twenty-five years ago. Until June 11, 1994, it was still considered a crime in Germany even though since 1969 homosexuals were no longer prosecuted for “fornication”.…

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ADDED ON: 05/12/2019

Italy won’t recognize gay couple as dads to surrogate babies: top court

A gay couple from Trento who had two children in Canada with the help of an egg donor and a surrogate mother cannot both be named as the children's fathers in Italy,…

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ADDED ON: 04/19/2019

Amnesty to monitor Italian politicians’ social media for hate speech

The Italian arm of Amnesty International said it would be tracking comments posted amid concerns verbal and physical violence is on the rise under Italy's populist government. The global advocacy organisation is…

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ADDED ON: 04/05/2019

Verona protests: Tens of thousands of campaigners march against ‘medieval’ anti-LGBT+ and anti-abortion conference

Tens of thousands of campaigners descended on the streets of Verona over the weekend to show their opposition to an anti-LGBT+ and anti-abortion conference whose self-avowed goal is to establish the “natural…

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ADDED ON: 04/02/2019

International anti-LGBT, anti-abortion congress opens in Verona

The World Congress of Families, an anti-gay and reproductive rights conference organized by a designated hate group, opened in the northern Italian city of Verona on Friday amid tight security. Several prominent…

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