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Homophobic Mob Attacks Gay Organization In Rome, Throws Excrement At Offices

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Southern Rome’s Di'Gay Project (DGP) was attacked Wednesday night when an anti-gay mob threw excrement at the organization’s offices. DGP provides community, youth and cultural services to the LGBT community.

Earlier this month, Mayor of Rome Ignazio Marino promised the approval of a Civil Union Register for same-sex couples and registration of overseas same-sex marriages.

According to Italian news website The Local, the homophobic gang, estimated to be aged between 15 and 40, also threw wooden boxes and vegetables as people inside rehearsed for a theatre performance.

Before running away, gang members were heard to shout "we give you fire, you deserve to die.”

Speaking to Corriere Della Sera, politican and honorary president of DGP Imma Battaglia said that the attack is part of a recent increase in homophobia that must be addressed. 

Battaglia has since requested a meeting with the mayor to discuss solutions to increasing homophobia in the city.

Actress and director Maria Chiara Cucinotta said:

"We have not suffered physical or structural damage, but certainly in the heart, yes."

Performers vowed to return to rehearsals last night.

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  1. Get even. Don't worry your heart. Don't let homophobes think you are a victim.

    Posted by: Rowan | Jun 28, 2014 12:05:28 PM

  2. This is why we still need Gay Pride celebrations, and why it's important for people to turn out. Community is strength.

    Posted by: Dback | Jun 28, 2014 1:08:56 PM

  3. Italy is about as gay friendly as Mississippi and with a terrible economy to boot.

    Posted by: Brian W. | Jun 28, 2014 1:40:58 PM

  4. You can't even begin to imagine the cultural abyss most of the Italian population wallows in. I lived in Florence for a number of years, I know.
    It's a mean, narrow-minded, deeply cynical society.

    Posted by: Pandion | Jun 28, 2014 2:00:24 PM

  5. Somebody give the GDP at least one illegal flame-thrower so that they can 'give' fire back to the anti-gay mobs who say "We give you fire..."

    Posted by: Deth | Jun 28, 2014 3:02:22 PM

  6. Any bets that this attack was aided and abetted by the reactionary elements of the Catholic Church? So much for Francis being the, um, "good pope".

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jun 28, 2014 7:09:05 PM

  7. Catholic-church inspired, most likely.

    Posted by: Richard | Jun 28, 2014 7:17:35 PM

  8. i'm sure that if suspects are caught, the religious nuts will say they're being persecuted for disagreeing.

    mark my words.

    Posted by: alguien | Jun 28, 2014 9:20:37 PM

  9. i'm sure that if suspects are caught, the religious nuts will say they're being persecuted for disagreeing.

    mark my words.

    Posted by: alguien | Jun 28, 2014 9:20:37 PM

  10. I'm very sad to hear this happened in Rome.

    Posted by: Joe in Ct | Jun 28, 2014 10:56:20 PM

  11. Of course, just because nobody was injured (this time) doesn't make it a lesser crime!

    Posted by: Gay Guy | Jun 29, 2014 12:48:36 PM

  12. The Pink Pistols never got the credit they deserve. Minorities have more cause to arm themselves than anyone else.

    Posted by: Nathan | Jun 29, 2014 5:31:14 PM

  13. The best thing that could happen is if someone dropped a nuke on Vatican City.

    Posted by: Liam | Jun 30, 2014 10:30:29 AM

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