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(user currently living in ITALY) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex straight readers on 17/07/2014 +5
UNIONI CIVILI. Oggi pomeriggio il sindaco di Pistoia ha autenticato le firme per la registrazione dell’unione civile tra il presidente dell’Arcigay Pistoia e il suo compagno.
Si tratta della prima volta, a Pistoia, che a farlo è il sindaco, il quale ha voluto così testimoniare la sua personale attenzione e quella dell’Amministrazione comunale al riconoscimento delle unioni delle coppie non sposate, siano esse eterosessuali o omosessuali: un altro passo importante per la concreta affermazione di Pistoia come – davvero – “città di tutti”.
“Come ho già avuto di modo dire, anche pubblicamente, penso che i tempi siano maturi perché possa essere finalmente definita una soluzione normativa chiara per il pieno riconoscimento giuridico della molteplicità di famiglie, anche eterosessuali, che già di fatto formano la società italiana.
Per questo motivo sono stato lieto, oggi pomeriggio, di autenticare personalmente le firme per la registrazione dell’unione civile tra il presidente dell’Arcigay di Pistoia e il suo compagno. È questo un atto che rappresenta certamente un passaggio importante nella vita di due persone, ma che purtroppo, al momento, non statuisce alcun vincolo reciproco, non garantisce alcun preciso beneficio, né riconosce alla coppia in quanto tale alcun diritto o opportunità specifica. Anche per questo, forse, quella di oggi è soltanto l’ottava registrazione da quando nel 2005 il Comune di Pistoia istituì il registro.
Del resto, in assenza di una legge nazionale che riconosca le Unioni civili, i diritti che si acquisiscono con tale provvedimento sono di fatto limitati.
Intendo fin dalle prossime settimane, adottare tutti gli atti istituzionali necessari a potenziare lo strumento delle unioni civili, per renderlo finalmente utile a garantire diritti e benefici alle coppie registrate.
Rivolgo infine un caloroso invito a tutti coloro che, non volendo o non potendo sposarsi, volessero comunque ufficializzare la loro unione, a farlo segnandosi nel registro delle unioni civili del Comune di Pistoia”.
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Marco Mazzeschi (user currently living in ITALY) posted for gay lesbian readers on 06/03/2013 tagged with marriage / civil unions
My firm, www.mazzeschi.it, successfully assisted a same-sex US partner of an Italian national in obtaining one of the first long term Permits of Stay issued by the Italian authorities to same-sex couples. The application was filed pursuant to Decree 30/2007 and, to avoid any challenge with the authorities and expedite the processing time, was supported by the Directive of the Ministry of Interior of October 26th validating same-sex marriages as well as the recent judgement of the Reggio Emilia’s Court. The Permit of Stay, valid for five years, has been issued in less than one month. Marco Mazzeschi
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Jorge (user currently living in UNITED STATES) posted for gay lesbian bisexual straight readers on 27/10/2011 tagged with adoption, lgbt families, human rights, laws and leadership , religion +15
Hi, I live in US, but I'm an Italian citizen. My partner and I adopted a beautiful baby 22 months ago. Today he is 22 months old, almost 2!
Well, I was trying to get his Italian citizenship for him. I went to the Italian consulate, they received all the papers and 2 months later they said that they can not proceed with his citizenship, because an Italian law from 1983 (Legge 4 maggio 1983 n. 184, art.44). This means, because Italy doesn't accept gay adoption, my son can not be Italian. I'm very frustrated about it. I'm not looking for an adoption in Italy, I just want my son to be Italian as his father. How should I proceed? any thought? I feel this is a discriminatory act, not just with me, but with my son.
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employed in gay/lesbian/transexual movement and pride organization in Sicily.
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Nicol/Laura (user currently living in ITALY) posted for lesbian readers on 12/10/2010 tagged with human rights, laws and leadership , sexual orientation, religion, marriage / civil unions
If you also consider the psycological one as violence...yes..we are often victims!!!
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(user currently living in ITALY) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex straight readers on 19/08/2010
Good news doesn’t make headlines: 2009 Torino Pride a huge success
50,000 demand equal rights and action against homophobia, transphobia and discrimination
Rainbow banner unfurled at City Hall
Pride season opens to cheering crowds

Heading the 2009 Torino Pride march through downtown Turin were two roll-outs – “Things are Different in Europe” and “Equality not Comprises” – both clearly signalling an urgent need for concerted action to bring forward legislation to combat discrimination. The demonstration drew an estimated 50,000 marchers and onlookers; nearly 5000 attended the post-demo party in the Cortile del Maglio in the Peace Arsenal, a former arms factory, and adjoining Balôn, Turin’s flea market, decorated in fuchsia for the occasion, with partygoers sporting Pride pins, T-shirts, and stickers.

At the focal point of the two weeks of events leading up to Saturday’s demonstration-celebration was the fight against homophobia, transphobia and discrimination. One of the initiatives, the UniPRIDE set for the day before at the Palazzo Nuovo, housing the liberal arts college of the University of Turin, was suspended when the Rector ordered the building closed for security reasons connected with the G8 University Rectors meeting. But thanks to the tenacious efforts of La Jungla, a newly formed LGBT association, a one-day program of seminars, film screenings, and performances was held the following Friday.

This year’s Pride took issue with Italy’s institutions which are still rife with homophobia and transphobia; but it also looked beyond the stalemate at home to see what other European countries and European Community instances have done as benchmarks for obtaining rights and legislation Italy has been reluctant to put on the political agenda.

Supported by the regional, provincial and municipal administrations, all events were fully self-financed by the Coordinamento Tornio Pride, which will publicly disclose a financial statement of its activities. True, it takes money to do politics and culture. But even more so, it takes people who are ready to pitch in with donations or by volunteering their time and energy.

The Coordinamento Torino Pride therefore wishes to thank:
- the countless people who rallied in support of equal rights and against discrimination, but also demonstrated the emotive-cohesive force of music and dance inherent in political action.
- the regional councillors of both the majority and the opposition who participated in a meeting with LGBT associations to explain why the draft of the regional bill against discrimination has not yet been discussed in the Regional Council. The outcome of this first-ever encounter holds promise for real change.
- the President of the Region of Piemonte, Mercedes Bresso, for keeping her promise to formally request that the bill be put on the agenda for the Regional Council’s next meeting.
- the mayor of Turin, Sergio Chiamparino, for granting permission to unfurl the 50-meter long rainbow banner from the balcony of City Hall where the enthusiastic crowd in the square below could proudly witness the final moment of the march.
- the Association of Workers in the Metallurgical Industries for having sent an official delegation to take part in the demonstration, as well as the General Federation of Italian Trade Unions, ARCI, the associations under the Council for Laicality of State Institutions, numerous other associations, social youth centres, political parties, personalities from the world of culture, entertainment, national and regional clubs and associations, the Public Assistance Organizations of Piemonte, Blackcat Italia Cheerleaders, and Hydra Service.
- the representatives of the immigrant communities in Turin, who responded to our appeal to join in the fight against homophobia and transphobia.
- the many, many volunteers who made the event possible.

The Coordinamento Torino Pride opens the Pride season in Italy in the hope that with the growing broad-based engagement in the fight against discrimination directed at gay, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual persons will come an adequate political response.

Coordinamento Torino Pride
May 2009
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(user currently living in ITALY) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex straight readers on 19/08/2010 +5

Hatred toward homosexuals and transexuals has been the cause of acts of aggression and violence and murders all over the world.
During 2008, Italy has witnessed 9 murders, 45 aggressions and numerous acts of vandalism and bullying based on hatred against homosexuals and transexuals.


Homophobia and transphobia have a common origin in the hatred for whoever is considered different, whether because of their skin colour, ethnic origins, religious or personal beliefs, age, gender, or the different abilities or disabilities they might have.

We want Europe to be free of discrimination, racism, exploitation,
and to acknolwedge everybody's rights!

We believe that the fight against homophobia and transphobia should become a common objective for all those who have a more just and inclusive society at heart.

All of you are invited to the Turin Pride
on Saturday 16 May

at starting point: piazza Solferino
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Kat (user currently living in UNITED KINGDOM) posted for lesbian readers on 24/02/2010 tagged with tourism +5
My wife and I honeymooned in Rome in 2009 and found it to be very accepting as a cultural environment
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Valentina Vandilli (user currently living in ITALY) posted for lesbian readers on 19/01/2010 tagged with marriage / civil unions +10
Appeal Italian boys: 16° days hunger strike for the acknowledgment of homosexual wedding.

My name is Valentina Vandilli from Rome,
I’m an Italian lesbian who has decided to act in first person in the fight for rights, believing that direct participation is essential.

I would like inform about the case of Manuel and Francesco, two gay men of Savona who have decided to do a hunger strike from January 4 to request the scheduling of a law on civil marriage in Italy.

Italian media gave little attention to an initiative such blatant obscuring literally a couple who have decided to put to the corner Italian politics fasting until MPs agree to consider one of the dozens of laws that lie in Parliament for the recognition of marriages between persons of the same sex.

This would be an important step to begin to ensure to all the citizens the fundamental principle of equality and equal social status, as stipulated in our Constitution, enshrining the right to register their union, regardless of their sex and their sexual orientation.

Finally, I think that striving for such recognition is an affirmation of freedom to all those who share aspirations inclusive, secular and based on equal rights, fighting against all forms of prejudice, exclusion or discrimination, the same as the Charter of Fundamental Rights’ European Union prohibits in any form!

I invitate you to take acquaintance of the event, reading the article attached (link) and also published on my site, and to spread it more wide possible!

Thank you for the help.

You found the full story and the documents here: http://www.blog-show.com/vandilli/?p=349

Valentina Vandilli
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