The law prohibits discrimination based on race, gender, ethnic background, and political opinion. It provides some protection against discrimination based on disability, language, or social status. While the government generally enforced these prohibitions, some societal discrimination continued against women, persons with disabilities, immigrants, ethnic minorities such as Roma, and... Expand
The law prohibits discrimination based on race, gender, ethnic background, and political opinion. It provides some protection against discrimination based on disability, language, or social status. While the government generally enforced these prohibitions, some societal discrimination continued against women, persons with disabilities, immigrants, ethnic minorities such as Roma, and LGBT persons.
Anti-discrimination laws exist and apply specifically to LGBT victims of homophobic and transphobic offenses, but there was no provision for a victim’s sexual orientation to be considered an aggravating circumstance in hate crimes, nor is incitement to hatred based on sexual orientation prohibited. In 2013 Gay Help Line, an NGO that runs a hotline dedicated to LGBT persons, received 14,000 calls. Approximately 40 percent of callers under the age of 25 reported problems at school and with their families, while most adults (38 percent) reported discrimination at work. The press reported cases of violence against gay and lesbian couples during the year. On June 25, a group of adults and minors attacked the office of the association Di Gay Project in Rome with excrement, wooden boxes, and vegetables while members were rehearsing for a theater performance. The group made death threats, but no arrests were reported.
Source: U.S. Department of State's  Human Rights ReportContract
Authorities in Turin, northern Italy, have refused to register the baby of a lesbian couple. Chiara Foglietta, a Turin councillor, underwent artificial insemination in Denmark and gave birth last Friday to baby boy Niccolo Pietro. Italian law sets strict rules for fertility treatment, making it available only to stable heterosexual couples. But Ms Foglietta has refused to pretend sex with a man led to Niccolo's birth. In a Facebook post, the centre-left councillor said "the staff [at the public records office] tell me 'you should declare that you had union (sexual intercourse) with a man, to get your boy registered. There is no formula allowing you to say that you had artificial insemination'."
Today, the global research firm IPSOS released the results of a 23 country survey, including the US, on attitudes toward transgender people. The data was collected online between October 24th and November 7th, 2017 and included the following countries: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Ecuador, France, Great Britain, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Poland, Russia, Serbia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, and the United States of America. For the purposes of this summary write-up, however, Ipsos has chosen to focus on findings from the 16 countries where internet penetration is sufficiently high to feel confident that the data is truly nationally representative
An Italian court on Friday ordered a couple in Naples to pay monthly maintenance to their homosexual son who was thrown out of the family home last month when he turned 18. The court said the youth, Francesco, described as "openly gay" should be maintained by his parents "because he had not yet attained economic independence". But the judge did not rule on a request for contact between Francesco and his younger sister made to the court by his lawyer, Salvatore Simioli, from Italy's Archigay association.
Amani Zreba, 36, was forced to flee Tripoli six years ago because of her sexuality. “I had a girlfriend from Egypt, and the whole society was hostile to us. At first I went to Egypt with her. I stayed there for a year, but I had to move even from there,” she told me. Zreba now lives in Milan, and is a volunteer for Immigrazione e Omosessualita,an association supporting LGBT refugees. “I came here as asylum seeker," she said. "It was not easy, but after six months I got my status as a political refugee."
In a landmark moment for Vogue Italia, the September issue features not one, but two, pro-LBTQ covers — sealed with a kiss. Following the example set by the late, great, Franca Sozzaniwho frequently dedicated entire issues to underrepresented minorities in fashion, like plus-size and women of color, new editor-in-chief Emanuele Farneti has chosen to celebrate fashion's biggest month with models locking lips. Lily Aldridge and Vittoria Ceretti on one cover, real-life couple Edoardo Velicskov and Pablo Rousson on another, and yet a third one features Maria Carla Boscono and Federico Spinas.
Gender markings on lavatories are a huge talking point, so it is no surprise an apparently old 'gay' sign for the toilets at an Italian B&B has caused controversy. Le Camporelle di Cavallino, a farmhouse in Lecce, southern Italy, has been criticised for signage which separates users into male, female and gay. Although the photo has only recently been circulated on social media, it would appear that the sign has been around for longer. One person's criticism appeared on travel website Tripadvisor in 2016:
The men were left with several injuries including a broken nose and further head injuries. “They kept beating me up, even after I was bleeding on the ground,” one of the victims said. After the arrests, one of the assaulted men named Michele said: “Now they can’t hurt anyone else. If they are really guilty I am happy they have been caught.” A third man, a friend of the victims, managed to escape and called the emergency services. “The prime motive was to offend and hurt, it was clearly a homophobic aggression,” he said.
An Italian court has recognised two gay men as the fathers of two children they adopted and are not biologically related to either of them, it was reported on Thursday. The couple's two sons were both granted Italian citizenship under the groundbreaking ruling by a court in Florence, which was hailed on Thursday by the men's lawyer as a triumph for LGBT rights. Susanna Lollini of LGBT law firm Rete Lenford said the decision was "undeniably a huge satisfaction from a personal and professional point of view, but even more so from a human point of view."
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