“They all know I am a footballer as well but they like me because I am discreet” he said, “In an interview on TV station La 7″….!!
“In April Luciano Moggi, A former managing director of Juventus, claimed there are no gays in the game.”
….. and the Earth IS flat and the Moon really is made of Cheese!!!!!!
How on earth did such a moron become managing director of a successful club …. maybe the ‘former’ says it all!!!?
Just like there are no gays in Saudi Arabia, right?
Andy, sadly that is the Italian straight mentality on sexual orientation. A no-no, that’s why Italy has no universal equality for its LGBT people and the Roman religious cult makes sure it stays that way. Its a regressive society anyway much like Greece, Poland, Russia and the baltic states among others.
Don’t they always start the game with a toss?
“The football world is not designed for them, it’s a special atmosphere, one in which you stand naked under the showers.”
Sorry, how is that scenario NOT designed for gay people?!? That is about the only part of football that’s completely designed for gay people, otherwise the showers would be one man only cubicles! Luciano Moggi obviously doesn’t have a clue what constitutes gay design!
anyone who says there are no gay people about any of the professional sports is 1. stupid 2. lying 3. probably in the closet 4. some mix of all three 5. working for the CIA
Robert: Really?! Is it actually like that in Italy? I always hear about how Europe is generally liberal as far as sexual orientation goes, so reading articles like these surprise me. I should probably read more international news.
Casey, I would imagine Italy’s not the easiest place to be openly gay in Europe, which is one of the reasons why so many gay italians move to London, but i reckon is a lot easier there than the former communist countries….
Robert and andy are quite right Casey – most of Europe is generally liberal about being gay, and getting rapidly more so, but the states of Italy and Greece and many of the Eastern European nations are still very backward in this respect and have a lot of catching up to do.
Whilst countries like the UK, Holland, France, Germany & the Scandinavian states have experienced a gradual but steady trend towards acceptance over the last 40 years, others like Spain and the Republic of Ireland, the process has been much more recent and much more rapid, from being very homophobic just 20 years ago to overtake countires like the UK in terms of equality legislation – so there is hope for Italy!
Casey , italians are the biggest machos in the world.
I really doubt they are ok with gay people.
Casey, sadly…yes. Though being gay has never been illegal in Italy, the machismo of Italian males and the heavy involvement of the RC cult in the daily lives of Italians as well as its power over the government thwarts any attempt to move in the direction of equality for LGBT Italians. Some small inroads have been made but I doubt if Italy, like Greece among others will ever have any national equality legislation for many decades. If the EU had any guts it would mandate equality across the board but it doesn’t because it doesn’t want to be seen upsetting the applecart of the state religions that have a stranglehold on government which for example is one of the reasons why UK gay couples aren’t allowed to marry if they so choose, unless they leave the country.
Casey, I’ve just learned that RAI2, one of Italy’s major television stations has censored all sex scenes in the inaugural showing of Broke Back Mountain in that country. Yet another example of rampant homophobia in the Italian psyche. Need I say more?
I think you guys are being very superficial in your analysis of the perception of homosexuality in Italy. Sure, Italy is backward from this point of view but things aren’t as clear-cut as you may perceive.
I had my transgender phase as a teenager in Italy and although I can’t claim it was a walk in the park, I wasn’t bullied or threatened. I wore make-up to school and although it wasn’t unnoticed, I wasn’t ostracised either. In fact, I had lots of friends and many teachers were openly supportive of my sexual orientation in front of my class, and this at a time where in UK schools it was illegal for a teacher to even talk to students about homosexuality.
Surely you can’t compare Italy, that simultaneously hosted World Gay Pride and the catholic church’s holy year, to a country like Russia where gay events are not even allowed. Italy, where the only transgender MP in Europe has recently won the popularity vote in a celebrity tv show against more traditional macho and girly celebs.
Surely there’s lots of idiots in Italy, and it’s generally linked with the fact that it seems very difficult to get rid of the older generations there than it is elsewhere in Europe but before you pass judgements on other countries, look at all the hate crimes going on in the UK, homophobic chanting on the football pitch and murders of gay teens.
Italy certainly isn’t perfect but what country is?
To all that replied to my comment: Thanks for the info! I live in the US so news like this is unheard of in national media. I’ll definitely pay more attention to stuff like this now!
What is the name of the book and where can I buy it?