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Italian court orders town to recognize gay couple married abroad

Thursday, April 10, 2014
ROME, Italy -- An Italian court has ordered a town to recognize the marriage of a same-sex couple who married in the United States. [ Read more → ]
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Gay rights activist wearing rainbow outfit, headdress arrested at Olympic Park

Monday, February 17, 2014
SOCHI, Russia -- An Italian activist shouting "It's OK to be gay" and dressed in a rainbow-colored outfit and large headdress was detained Monday as she entered an arena to watch an Olympic hockey game. [ Read more → ]
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Russia: Activist and former Italian lawmaker was never detained in Sochi

Monday, February 17, 2014
SOCHI, Russia - Italian gay rights activist Vladimir Luxuria said she was detained by police at the Olympics after being stopped while carrying a rainbow flag that read in Russian: "Gay is OK." Police on Monday denied this happened, and the owner of Sochi's gay club said she was at his club that evening "enjoying" herself. [ Read more → ]
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Former Italian lawmaker briefly detained in Sochi for displaying ‘Gay is OK’ banner

Sunday, February 16, 2014
SOCHI, Russia -- A transgender activist and former member of the Italian Parliament was arrested and briefly detained by Russian authorities in Sochi after she reportedly held up a banner that read “Gay is OK,” according to the leader of an Italian gay rights group. [ Read more → ]
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Senior IOC member criticizes U.S. choice of gay athletes for Sochi delegation

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
ROME -- A senior Italian member of the International Olympic Committee criticized the United States on Wednesday for including openly gay athletes in its official delegation for next month's Sochi Olympics. [ Read more → ]
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Rainbow Christmas lights in memory of gay teen spark controversy in Italy

Sunday, December 8, 2013
ROME, Italy -- The rainbow-themed Christmas lights that were illuminated Friday on Rome's main shopping street have sparked controversy in the Italian capital city. [ Read more → ]
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Critics slam Italy’s proposed anti-homophobia law as ‘useless’

Saturday, September 21, 2013
ROME, Italy -- An anti-homophobia bill approved by Italy’s lower Chamber of Deputies (Parliament) on Thursday has been criticized as having loopholes that will continue allow anti-gay hate speech to go unpunished. [ Read more → ]
Students found this message spray painted on that gates out Socrates High School in Rome earlier this year; the message reads, "'Fags we will kill you. Gays at the stake."

Bullied teen’s suicide highlights report that 1 in 3 LGBT kids in Italy contemplate suicide

Friday, August 16, 2013
ROME, Italy -- A 14-year-old teen in Rome, Italy, committed suicide earlier this week as a result of anti-gay bullying, highlighting a recent study that one in three LGBT teens in Italy has contemplated suicide. [ Read more → ]
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Italy’s PM yanks post from deputy minister following anti-gay remarks

Saturday, May 4, 2013
MILAN -- Italy's premier has removed the equal opportunities deputy minister from her post after she said gays invited discrimination by "ghettoizing" themselves. [ Read more → ]
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Openly gay teen in Rome commits suicide because of anti-gay bullying

Thursday, November 22, 2012
ROME, Italy -- A 15-year-old openly gay teen has committed suicide after allegedly suffering repeated anti-gay bullying at school and online, according to Rome's chief deputy prosecutor, Pierfilippo Laviani. [ Read more → ]
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Italian police apologize for labeling homosexuality a ‘deviant’ behavior

Thursday, July 12, 2012
ROME, Italy -- An official of the Italian Carabinieri -- the national police of Italy -- on Wednesday issued a public apology and after being forced to change a training manual that listed homosexuality as a "sexual deviance" in the same category as bestiality, incest and necrophilia. [ Read more → ]
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Lady Gaga performs at massive EuroPride rally, calls for end of discrimination

Saturday, June 11, 2011
Lady Gaga on Saturday evening wowed European audiences with a spectacular performance of her smash hit "Born This Way" and an encore of "Edge of Glory," the culmination of the massise EuroPride in Rome, Italy, in which she called on governments around the world to defend gay rights. [ Read more → ]
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