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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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Elianu (user currently living in ITALY) posted for intersex readers on 20/01/2010 tagged with lgbt families, health, gender identity, sexual orientation +0
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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Valentina Vandilli (user currently living in ITALY) posted for gay straight readers on 09/01/2010 tagged with hate crime and violence prevention, human rights, sexual orientation, marriage / civil unions, illegality of male to male relationships
Francesco Zanardi, 38, entrepreneur in the computer industry, founder of the movement “Gay Italiani”, and Manuel Incorvaia, 22, precarious are living together since 2007 in Savona. They are very active and engaged, and some days ago they decided to make an extreme gesture: an hunger strike.

The two boys are not new to the press: their public battle began when Francesco was
attacked by unknown assailants outside a gay nightclub in Mykonos

continued managing to get an audience with the mayor of Savona Berruti, hoping to marry in Municipality

in October they wrote a memoir to the same Berruti and

chose a letter to the President of the Republic Giorgio Napolitano.

In October they invitated to hang to balconies and windows a blue flag from balconies from dawn to dusk throughout the city of Savona, as an invitation for all people who truly believe in the cause of their union, the first civil union between two homosexuals in Italy,
they deposited an appeal to the court of Savona to declare the illegality because of the measure with which the official of marital status of the Municipality of Savona has rejected the demand for wedding publication (http://www.ivg.it/2009/12/12/savona-matrimonio-negato-a-coppia-gay-ricorso-in-tribunale), and received the official support of Paola Concia

On January 4, 2010 they began a hunger strike in Montecitorio,
continued at their home in Savona. It can be monitored 24on24h on http://www.glbt-tv.it.

On January 6, 2010 was released a medical bulletin with certificates attached of one of two boys, Francesco Zanardi, because of an illness stress:

<< 'Medical bulletin issued on the third day because of an illness during the night.
Yesterday evening at 23.37 there was the intervention of an ambulance and to order a precautionary intensive care units due to anaphylactic shock in which I was the victim of illness that I am aware that I happens very rarely, especially in times of stress. I enclose the medical certificates, the note has only the aim to inform you that the incident will not affect the hunger strike. Marco Visconti, the doctor who assist us during the strike was briefed 10.05 hours of 6 January 2010. Sincerely Francesco Zanardi.'>>).
Despite the ill they don’t give up and continue with their protest!

All that these two guys ask is the recognition of their union as a civil marriage.
Their gesture may seem extreme, some have called it stupid or useless.
What is certain is that these guys were left alone, neither the institutions or associations or the media deal with their case.

We are facing a case of widespread conspiracy of silence, almost as if to justify this silence,
the same that the media and major organizations are adopting LGBT Italian with the case of Manuel Incorvaia, Francesco Zanardi.

Manuel and Francis have also sent an appeal up to suggest some ways to help them concretely.

Facebook group for practical support:

<< "I indicate in such event a few ways we can helped, thank you from Manuel and me to be offered so many. The main problem is visibility, media are limiting what we do within the GLBT community; it’s necessary to get her out because we all know perfectly what happens, the problem is that the others don’t konw and the press is silent.

In this regard, it could also take part making many small demonstrations of solidarity, if it is succeeded to come down in public square would be the ideal, otherwise there are other ways such as writing to newspapers denouncing what is happening.
Another way would be to write via email to the President of the Republic, the Council of the House and Senate, in this case should send a copy to me so that we can rely on the initiative, my address is f.zanardi@gayitaliani.eu, below I show you the addresses of the presidents.

Any other initiative you think you can propose!
For now we thank: FraManu.

President of the Republic:
President of the Council: berlusconi_s@camera.it
President of the Senate: schifani_r@posta.senato.it
Speaker of the House:fini_g@camera.it

I remind you to send mail even to f.zanardi@gayitaliani.eu">>

Among the supporters of the strike indicated by Zanardi there are:

- Don Franco Barbero, a member of basic Christian communities;
- Sergio Rovasio, Secretary Radical association Certi Diritti;
- Donatella Poretti, radical Senator - Pd;
- Anna Paola Tanning, MEP Pd;
- Vladimir Luxuria, former parliamentary;
- Franco Grillini already parliamentary Director of Gaynet;
- Alessandro Cecchi Paone, journalist;
- The regional representatives of the movement Gay Italiani and of the movement Europa Intervieni.

Certainly there are many reports which give daily attention, but as ever, to date, associations as important as Arcilesbica, Arcigay and Mario Mieli have not written anything on their sites?

Arcigay National
Top News: Trip to Gay & Lesbian Life in the city
hosting the XIII National Congress Arcigay.
Yet they speak of their courage in the year of homophobic violence!

Arcilesbica National
Top News: Pride 2010 in Naples - Europride 2011 in Rome.
Yet they published an article on a pair of lesbians, that did appeal to the District Court of Bologna for the recognition of their wedding!

Mario Mieli
Luxuria anti scanner: the question of security at airports.

Top News: I've always loved with the same intensity, 'both men and women.

Few people are interested:

GayLib Tuscany
Requests that will ignite the spotlight on the initiative of Francesco and Manuel, an initiative for the civil rights.
All. Luisella Audero, National Councilor GayLib

Secretary of Bari KE
the indignation of the secretary of KE Bari, asks us to stop the strike, is very worried.

And after a brief review national press:

* http://roma.repubblica.it/dettaglio/unioni-gay-sciopero-della-fame-in-piazza/1820347
* http://roma.corriere.it/roma/notizie/cronaca/10_gennaio_5/matrimonio-gay-sciopero-fame-desantis-1602246629473.shtml
* http://roma.corriere.it/roma/notizie/cronaca/10_gennaio_4/gay-sciopero-fame-xmatrimonio-1602241634472.shtml
* http://www.gay.it/channels/foto_articolo.php?id=27808
* http://www.gaywave.it/articolo/savona-francesco-zanardi-soccorso-dal-118/8863/
* http://www.savonanews.it/it/internal.php?news_code=67229
* http://www.parmadaily.it/Notizie/Dettaglio.aspx?pda=PGY&pdi;=28718
* http://www.barimia.info/modules/article/view.article.php?23149
* http://www.savonanews.it/it/internal.php?news_code=67188
* http://www.cittadigenova.com/Genova/Cronaca/Sciopero-della-fame-per-una-coppia-gay-17707.aspx
* http://www.gaynews.it/view.php?ID=83822
* http://www.gaywave.it/articolo/coppia-gay-savona-inizia-lo-sciopero-della-fame/8793/
* http://www.newnotizie.it/2010/01/06/sciopero-della-fame-sul-web-francesco-e-samuel-vogliono-sposarsi/

And an international press review:

* - commentArea
* http://www.eradio.com.mx/enews/?noticia=5751
* http://www.sentidog.com/lat/?p=26661


It isn’t this a good opportunity to try to mend
the various divisions within the national movements trying
to bring a cohesive and constructive
"Scheduling for Parliament proposed laws on civil unions and gay marriage,"
as reported by the two boys?

For many this may seem a mere fiction staged for a moment of visibility. I instead believe that we would not have an ulterior lacked occasion:
without instrumentalizing in some way the suffering and insisting on the suggestion of the case, I consider that if they decided to arrive to a so extreme gesture
it is because it was no longer confidence in those representatives and those same institutions
which should give a serious and concrete answer!

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