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26 Sep 2022

Nationalist victory in Italian election bad news for the LGBTQ community

Giorgia Meloni and the coalition led by the Brothers of Italy have campaigned against any moved towards LGBTQ equality.

Giorgia Meloni has claimed victory in Italy’s elections. The rightwing coalition that she leads appears to have won a clear majority - ushering in Italy's most rightwing government since the facism that gripped the country during WWII.

Meloni - the leader of the Brothers of Italy party - will become Italy's first female prime minister. The surge in support for conservative and nationalist candidates indicates a significant move to the right for the country, and is a further indicator of a rising tide in rightwing nationalism across Europe.

Meloni has consistently advocated hardline views against LGBTQ equality.

What's life like for LGBTQ people in Italy?

What’s life like for LGBTQ people in Italy? Let’s take a look at some of the key equality indicators.

Is homosexuality legal in Italy?

Yes. Same-sex sexual activity was decriminalised in 1890.

The age of consent is 14, regardless of sexuality.

Are there anti-discrimination protections in place for LGBTQ people in Italy?

Not really. It’s a bit of a confusing picture but in general LGBTQ people in Italy do not have the same level of protections against discrimination on the grounds of sexuality that other countries offer.

Is there Marriage Equality in Italy?

No, but there has been legal recognition of same-sex relationships since 2016.

What’s life like for LGBTQ people in Italy?

With the Catholic Church continuing to play a key role in shaping public opinion and perceptions, Italy remains a socially conservative country.

Broadly, there is general acceptance of LGBTQ people, and there is a vibrant and visible LGBTQ community in the major cities.

Reader's Comments

1. 2022-09-28 00:13
Sad to see this in Italy. They need to keep a very close eye on this new elected official. She is dangerous.

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