Italy passes gay civil union motion for first time

Measure commits government ‘to promote the adoption of a civil unions law’. The Lower House of Italy’s parliament Wednesday (10 June) passed a motion on gay civil unions for the first time. Several similar measures have been rejected in the past. The motion, proposed by the ruling Democratic Party, commits the government ‘to promote the adoption

Italian university to give trans students option of ‘aliases’ to protect privacy

An Italian university has announced that it plans to give transgender students the option of using an online ‘alias’ to borrow books from the library or register for exams. The Naples Federico II University said students would be able to use the aliases to avoid having their privacy violated. It means students who are awaiting

Italy rejects gay marriage

Highest appeals court denies that gay couples have the right to get married. Italy’s highest appeals court has rejected same-sex marriage. The Cassation Court has said there is nothing in the Constitution that requires the government to extend marriage rights to LGBTI people. However, it did say same-sex couples should have the same rights as

Italy: Street named after gay codebreaker Alan Turing

A street in the city of Catania, Sicily is to be named in honour of gay codebreaker Alan Turing. The gay war hero helped to crack the Enigma machine, before being persecuted for his homosexuality later in life, and eventually driven to suicide. The city – which is the seventh largest metropolitan area in Italy,

Gay Italian man gets driving license back after 15-year legal battle

Italy’s highest court found the Ministry of Defence, and Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport guilty of discriminating against him and violating his privacy. Fifteen years ago, Italian Danilo Giuffrida was disqualified from driving and told by his doctors he was not mentally fit to do so after he came out as gay during his military service.

New volunteers: just arrived and eager to work

Meet the new EVS volunteers who have just joined our team! Within a 10 month project “Promoting Human Rights Activism in Lithuania” under Erasmus+ programme two volunteers will carry out their voluntary service at LGL’s office.    Alice After an intense month of preparations, we finally touched the Lithuanian ground. Reading some information from some

Italian court allows a child to be legally adopted by same-sex couple

For the first time in Italian history, a court has granted permission for the adoption of a child living with a same-sex couple. The child is the biological daughter of one of the women, and her partner has been allowed to legally become her co-parent through adoption. The couple have been living together in Rome since

LGL representative attends Cross-regional Strategy Forum for LGBT leaders

From July 28 to August 1 the Cross-regional Strategy Forum for LGBT leaders in Sub-Saharan Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia took place at the Robert F. Kennedy Training Institute for Justice and Human Rights in Florence, Italy. The event was attended by Vladimir Simonko, representative of the national LGBT rights organization LGL. The forum

Italy: Gossip magazine under fire for giving away homophobic joke book

An Italian gossip magazine, has come under fire for attaching a book with homophobic jokes to its latest edition. The book’s front cover features a cartoon with one man saying, “Do you want to play hide and seek?” and the other replying, “Ok, if you find me you can rape me. If you don’t find me…

The teacher, who gave the name Silvia, claimed that Sacro Cuore school near Trento let her go because she refused to confirm or deny rumours that she was a lesbian.  She told newspaper La Repubblica: “What happened to me is medieval. Maybe I’m a lesbian, maybe I’m not. But asking me about my sexual orientation as a