Martedì, 16 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Italy's 'macho, homophobic' culture persists, says Speaker

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Rome, May 17 - Italy is still overrun by a
widespread "macho and homophobic culture," the country's House
Speaker said on the International Day Against Homophobia Friday.
It is a culture that reduces "women to objects and
homosexuals to caricatures, making them isolated groups who are
simply tolerated as long they do not claim their rights and
their identity," Boldrini said.
When women and homosexuals ask for their rights to be
respected is when they become open to "attacks at all levels,
verbal and physical," Boldrini, a centre-left former United
Nations refugee chief, said.
According to Boldrini, homophobia is fought in three ways.
"By implementing more guarantees for rights, punishing
perpetrators of homophobic violence or aggression and by
battling cultural prejudices and stereotypes," Boldrini said.
Recognizing women's and homosexuals' rights "does not mean
stripping them from others," she said.
"Are we equal or not? The Constitution says we are,"
Boldrini said.
The International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and
Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) was set up in 2004 to mark the day in
1990 when homosexuality was removed from the International
Classification of Diseases of the World Health Organization
(WHO).

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