Venerdì, 19 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Suicide of homosexual boy triggers concern

English
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Rome, August 12 - The suicide of a 14-year-old boy
in Rome who was bullied because he was gay triggered calls on
Monday for quicker government action to pass laws against
gay-bashing.
The boy, who jumped to his death from a terrace at the
apartment building where his family lived, said he was tired of
being harassed and misunderstood.
Reaction was swift.
"It is boys and girls like this that you have to think
about," when debating laws to protect gays, said Flavio Romani
president of the Arcigay support group.
Failure to create sound laws to protect human rights will
mean more pain and trauma, he said.
"Because this is the reality".
The boy, an only child, left a note before he jumped on
August 7 that said he had been tormented, according to published
reports.
His parents reportedly told police that they were not aware
of how much he was suffering.
Police said Monday they would be examining his computer to
see if he had been the victim of cyber-bullying, and also
interviewing his classmates at school to better understand what
drove the boy to take his own life.
The Italian parliament has been debating a controversial
bill that would make homophobia a criminal offence.
But several Catholic figures within the centre-right People
of Freedom (PdL) political party are unhappy about the bill,
fearing it could curtain their freedom of speech and opinion.
The Catholic Church considers homosexuality a sin.
A PdL member suggested Monday that "no law itself is enough
to solve a complex social phenomenon".
Elena Centemero called instead for more work on promoting
diversity in schools through a program of information and
education,
"Our country needs a strong cultural change in relations
between the sexes, in consideration of women and in social and
civil rights".
However Laura Boldrini, speaker of the Lower House, said
she hoped the incident would spur politicians to move on
legislation against gay-bashing to bring Italy's laws in line
with the rest of the European Union.
"The tragic story of a 14-year-old boy who took his own
life in Rome because he did not feel accepted as a homosexual is
a new, dramatic cry of pain," she said.

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