Mercoledì, 19 Settembre 2018
ROME

Napolitano denounces 'intolerable' homophobic attacks

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Rome, November 23 - President of the Republic
Giorgio Napolitano on Friday reiterated his concern over the
"persistence of intolerable homophobic attitudes that damage
individual rights and dignity" and reaffirmed the centrality of
the principle of equality to the Italian Constitution.
"At this time of economic crisis that has a strong impact
on our society it is all the more necessary to remain vigilant
to prevent the exacerbation of discrimination and social
exclusion fuelled by prejudice and intolerance," he said in a
message to the congress of the Italian LGBT rights group
Arcigay, calling for the battle against homophobia to carried
out not just by a "praiseworthy vanguard" but on the level of a
broader civil commitment.
His comments came as the friends and relatives of a young
student who took his life on Tuesday night after being derided
for being gay gathered in Rome to pay their final respects.
The 15-year-old, nicknamed 'the boy with the pink
trousers', had been the object of taunts and insults on
Facebook.

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