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Watch the trailer for Luca Guadagnino’s love story Call Me By Your Name

Watch the trailer for Luca Guadagnino’s love story Call Me By Your Name

The latest film from Italian director Luca Guadagnino is garnering much attention, with rave reviews and some unexpected controversy with an old Hollywood star. Call Me By Your Name, based on the 2007 novel by American author André Aciman, follows the story of Elio Perlman (Timothée Chalamet) in 1980s Italy, who meets an academic named […]

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Italian bar criticised for making gay version of The Last Supper

Italian bar criticised for making gay version of The Last Supper

A bar in Salerno Italy has been asked to cancel it’s weekly gay night after people took offence at it’s promotional poster for their weekly night DiverCity. The advert depicted a gay version of The Last Supper. Leonardo Da Vinci’s The Last Supper show Jesus eating with his disciples, the alternative version used in the […]

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Italian Senate passes same-sex unions with amendments

Italian Senate passes same-sex unions with amendments

Italy have made steps towards legalising same-sex unions after making a number of amendments to previously proposed bills. The bill was stalled in Italy’s upper house for many weeks due to a raging debate over a provision which would allow one partner to adopt the child of the other. Lawmakers have removed the adoption clause, which […]

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Thousands protest against same sex unions in Italy

Thousands protest against same sex unions in Italy

Thousands of people have taken to the streets in Rome to speak against a proposed bill that will allow legal recognition of civil unions in Italy. A protest rally held over the weekend attracted large crowds. The bill, which is due to be voted on this month, has been a divisive issue in Italian Parliament […]

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Surrogacy is like a sex crime – Italy’s Minister of the Interior

Surrogacy is like a sex crime – Italy’s Minister of the Interior

Angelino Alfano, Italy’s Minister for the Interior, has compared surrogacy to sex crimes. The conservative politician who is a long time campaigner against gay rights , is also against un-wed heterosexual couples having children. Surrogacy is “the most vile, illegal trade that man has invented,” Alfano told Italy’s Avvenire newspaper. Italy is the last major Western […]

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Debate begins on Italy’s civil union bill

Debate begins on Italy’s civil union bill

Italian parliament has initiated debate on a bill that would legislate for civil unions– one of the last countries in Western Europe to allow legally recognised same-sex and gender diverse partnerships. Senator Monica Cirinna, the author of the bill, is confident that this iteration of the text is strong enough to pass and become law. […]

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Venice Mayor bans Pride Parades

Venice Mayor bans Pride Parades

The mayor of Venice has declared that Pride parades will be banned from the Italian city while he is in power. “There will never be a Gay Pride in my city,” Venice mayor Luigi Brugnaro told a local newspaper. “Let them go and do it in Milan, or in front of their own homes.” The regions […]

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When in Rome: Our guide to Italy’s capital

When in Rome: Our guide to Italy’s capital

There are so many things to do and see in Rome a few days can quickly be filled with sightseeing, great food and endless sampling of gelato. The centre of Rome is filled with cobbled streets that open up on grand boulevards. It’s easy to get one from famous location to the next with a […]

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European Court decrees same-sex partnerships are human right

European Court decrees same-sex partnerships are human right

The European Court of Human Rights have ruled that all signatories of the European Convention on Human Rights should legally recognise same-sex relationships as a human right. ‘Oliary and Others v. Italy’ saw three same-sex couples bring a case against the Italian government, which remains the last country in Western Europe to legally recognise same-sex […]

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Italian Sports Magazine Tackles Homophobia

Italian Sports Magazine Tackles Homophobia

Italian magazine Sport Week has published a bold cover tackling homophobia. The cover features rugby players Stefano and Giacomo and who play for the club Libera, which describes itself as Italy’s first gay friendly rugby club. The cover asks “Who’s Afraid of a Kiss?” The cover has received a mix of positive and negative comments in Italy. […]

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