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This is what people are saying about life for LGBTI people in ITALY...
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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
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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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Elianu (user currently living in ITALY) posted for intersex readers on 20/01/2010 tagged with lgbt families, health, gender identity, sexual orientation +0
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My story isn't a complete story yet. Officially, at italian Anagraphic Office, I'm a girl born in 1989. My body has shown me that I am intersexual; I don't think semen pollution is normal for young women. More on, in the last year my body is changing; something is developing and growing out where it wasn't before. I never had a diagnosis or medical help for this issue; I know that if I try to catch the attention of doctors, simply telling them "I think I'm intersexual" the more they will do will be sending me to a psychiatrist, specialized in people who don't want to recognise themselves. I don't think one of them will believe me. In Italy, as far as I know, there isn't any active association who helps intersexual people on the ground of medical help and assistance, neither in the legal and social one. My story is simply that I don't have a story; I don't have where to start it. Just to say, if I am a man, and if my semen is fertile, if in any way I can be the father of my son, I already know whose mother son's father I will be. This is a good reason for going on fighting, for she, for me, for our baby. Hope to send you another story, complete, the sooner possible...
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