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Italian equal opportunity minister preparing gay protections

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Rome, June 4 - Italian Equal Opportunity and Sports
Minister Josefa Idem reiterated that she was working on
presenting a law against homophobia on Tuesday.
Her comments came after the House unanimously approved
adoption of the Istanbul Convention on combating violence
against women on last Tuesday - a measure Idem has pushed for
since she became minister five weeks ago.
"From the beginning of my mandate I have spoken of a law
against homophobia and when we have studied it, we will present
it," said Idem on the sidelines of Rome initiative against
homophobia hosted by the prime minister's office, which involved
school children.
Idem also said that preparing the law was a complex process
and she did not know when it would be ready.
In her address to the audience, Idem said, "Unfortunately
the (economic) crisis increases the propensity toward violence
against those who are different. One must sensitize (people) on
this subject and on the LGBT world," making reference to the
abbreviation for the lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender community.
At the basis of the violence, she said, was "ignorance"
deep inside people.
"It is important, therefore, to count on young people, to
train them to be sensitive regarding stereotypes and to value
diversity, which isn't seen as enriching. Congratulations,
therefore, to the entire scholastic world that got involved (in
this initiative)....But sensitizing is not enough. One must aim
very much at rights. And measures must be much more effective
regarding the excesses of homophobia".

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