6th January 2013
Mario Monti: Decision on Italian marriage equality should be made by parliament 9
4:38 PM — The Italian Premier, Mario Monti, who is backed by the Vatican for his re-election bid, has said that gay rights issues, including marriage equality, should be decided by parliament, not his governement, if he is successful.
31st December 2012
Silvio Berlusconi: “I have a lot of gay friends, they’re friendly and funny” 26
3:41 PM — Italy’s former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi says his opponents have accused him of everything “except being gay and stealing money from Italians.”
14th December 2012
Pope uses ‘peace’ day message to attack same-sex marriage 103
6:43 PM — In a message for World Day of Peace 2013, Pope Benedict XVI has described same-sex marriage as a threat to justice and peace, adding that it will spark harm for society.
29th November 2012
Study: More than half of LGBT Italians believe ageing is harder for them than for heterosexuals 9
3:14 PM — In a survey of LGBT Italians 55% said they are concerned about their future in Italy, and 52% said that being gay and ageing is more difficult for them than it is for straight people.
22nd November 2012
Italy: 15-year-old believed to have killed himself after homophobic bullying 7
7:22 PM — A 15-year-old boy in Rome is believed to have committed suicide after suffering anti-gay bullying in Italy.
8th October 2012
Italy: Police break trans prostitution ring 10
4:21 PM — Italian police say they have broken a prostitution ring which brought transgender people from Latin America into the country.
8th August 2012
Vatican rejects Bulgarian lawyer for job over gay sex book 5
5:17 PM — A 39-year-old lawyer has seen his hopes of becoming a new aide to the Pope dashed. According to the Independent, Bulgaria’s Kiril Maritchkov was turned down from an ambassadorial position after the Vatican became aware of his literary past.
23rd July 2012
Milan: Catholic Church in polygamy warning over gay civil union register 39
4:15 PM — Following the mayor of Milan's promise of a register of gay civil unions, the Catholic Church has warned it could legitimise polygamy.
20th July 2012
Footballer Antonio Cassano fined €15,000 after hoping for ‘no gays on Italy squad’ 25
4:08 PM — Italian striker Antonio Cassano has been fined €15,000 for anti-gay comments he made in the run-up to the Euro 2012 championships.
12th July 2012
Italy: Police apologise after manual dubs homosexuality ‘deviant’ 9
12:31 PM — The national police force in Italy has apologised after a training manual listed homosexuality alongside bestiality, incest and necrophilia as a 'sexual deviance'.
26th June 2012
Audio: Phil Brown accidentally dubs Italian midfielder ‘homophobic’ 7
4:04 PM — The former Hull City manager Phil Brown accidentally dubbed an Italian midfielder 'homophobic' this week, seemingly intending to suggest he was homesick.
18th June 2012
Italian footballer Claudio Marchisio backs equal marriage 13
5:02 PM — Claudio Marchisio, a midfielder on Italy's national squad has spoken out in favour of equal marriage rights for gay couples, a week after a team-mate said he hoped there were no gays on their team.
13th June 2012
Italian footballer ‘regrets’ hoping there were no gays in Euro 2012 team 40
11:03 AM — An Italian striker has apologised after telling a press conference he hoped there were no gay men in his team at the Euro 2012 football championships.
19th April 2012
Video: Turin’s gay film festival ad highlights unusual taboo 14
11:47 AM — The citizens of a progressive Italian town face the ultimate public taboo in the surprise ending to a video promoting the Turin GLBT film festival.
6th April 2012
Italian Catholic group calls for boycott of new gay-themed film 36
4:16 PM — A Catholic political group in Italy, calling themselves the Militia Christi, are calling for a boycott of a new gay-themed film.
27th March 2012
Uruguayan man given landmark residence permit to live with husband in Italy 23
12:52 PM — Authorities in northern Italy on Monday issued a residence permit to a Uruguayan man whose application was initially rejected because his marriage to an Italian man - which took place in Spain - is not recognised by the country's laws.
15th February 2012
Video: Italian gay marriage film shows unequal laws 8
2:45 PM — An Italian marriage equality video shows the preparations for a gay couple's wedding as a reminder that the country provides no legal recognitions for same-sex relationships.
27th July 2011
Italy rejects anti-homophobia bill 127
9:49 AM — Italy's parliament has rejected a bill to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people from discrimination. The Chamber of Deputies voted yesterday 293 votes to 250 not to approve the legislation.
12th November 2010
Elton John concert paid for by EU development funds 5
5:15 PM — The European Union is investigating why its development funds were used to pay for an Elton John concert in Italy last year. John performed for thousands of people at the Piedigrotta festival in Naples in September 2009.
8th November 2010
Travel companies ‘need to do more to be gay-friendly’ 16
7:12 PM — Although plenty of travel companies now advertise themselves as being gay-friendly, a survey shows that many need to do more to justify the claim.