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When a Gay Man Set Himself on Fire at the Vatican: VIDEO


A new Kickstarter-funded documentary looks at Alfredo Ormando's 1998 action against the Catholic Church in which teh gay Italian writer set himself on fire in Saint Peter's Square to protest the church's anti-gay policies. He died eleven days later.

Check out the Kickstarter trailer, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. "Spark" a change?

    Posted by: Tim | Mar 13, 2013 3:52:25 PM

  2. It is almost inconceivable to me that anyone would kill themselves over anything Catholic...but this is a film that must be supported.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Mar 13, 2013 4:12:25 PM

  3. Only an idiot would take the Catholic church so seriously that they would self immolate. Once this criminal outfit lost the right to kill dissenters they became irrelevant...what we are witnessing now is just a very slow death. In the end they will only have illiterate, third world savages buying their schtick.

    Posted by: pedro | Mar 13, 2013 5:13:55 PM

  4. Bit melodramatic to set yourself on fire, don't you think? Sad story, and kids, don't try this at home.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Mar 13, 2013 5:23:45 PM

  5. What a waste. The whole point is that life is so's all we get, so far as anyone knows. And that the RCC needs to be buried so it doesn't make our short mortal existence any more miserable than absolutely necessary. Living well, abundantly, in spite of the church--not self harm--is the answer.

    Posted by: J.M. | Mar 13, 2013 5:37:55 PM

  6. Things that I don't think of when I'm trying to make a point:

    Lighting myself on fire.

    Posted by: D.R.H. | Mar 13, 2013 5:40:53 PM

  7. Who do we respect? Those who killed themselves and whose names we do not know? Or those who persevered and survived or died trying to outlive their oppressors?

    Spare me your martyrs.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Mar 13, 2013 6:18:58 PM

  8. There's actually a very long tradition of set oneself on fire as a form of political protest.

    The most famous instance happened at the ancient Olympic Games.

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Mar 13, 2013 6:37:36 PM

  9. The guy was an idiot for killing himself. I won't donate. By the way Andy, spell check is a wonder!

    Posted by: James | Mar 13, 2013 8:45:56 PM

  10. Setting yourself on fire? Not smart

    Posted by: Whatever | Mar 13, 2013 10:19:58 PM

  11. Just donated. The point isn't whether his choice was valid. The point is that this is part of our collective history. For a donation equal to about the cost of two cans of spray poppers, you get access to the final film online.

    Posted by: Danny | Mar 13, 2013 11:22:25 PM


    Posted by: unokhan | Mar 14, 2013 12:43:05 AM

  13. Being Italian, especially in Rome, the Catholic presence must be extraordinarily oppressive to a sensitive gay person. Hard for an American to understand I am sure. Still, as the lady says in the film, his immolation was the Italian Stonewall and, I think, should be respected as such. Better of course to think outside the box and laugh even at the titanic presence and history of Catholicism, easier said than done.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Mar 14, 2013 7:43:31 AM

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