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Silvio Berlusconi Comes Out In Support of Gay Rights

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Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is reportedly changing his stance on LGBT rights, according to La Repubblica, one of Italy’s left of center newspapers:

“The [fight] for civil rights for homosexuals is a fight that in a truly modern and democratic country should be everyone's responsibility,” Berlusconi said, translated here by The Local. "As a liberal, I believe that through a broad and in-depth debate we can reach a reasonable objective for justice and civilization.”

Berlusconi’s new position on Italy’s queer population comes on the heels of Francesca Pascale, his girlfriend, and Vittorio Feltri, a prominent journalist at Il Giornale, a Berlusconi family-owned newspaper, joining Arcigay, Italy’s largest LGBT rights organization.


Putin: 'No One Would Lift a Finger Against' Berlusconi if He Were Gay — VIDEO

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Russian President Vladimir Putin is making international headlines for his defense of former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, Reuters reports:

Russian President Vladimir Putin rallied behind his old friend Silvio Berlusconi on Thursday, saying the former Italian prime minister would not have faced trial for having sex with a minor if he were gay.

"Berlusconi is being tried because he lives with women. If he were homosexual, no one would lift a finger against him," he told a gathering of journalists and Russia experts.

Putin's comment provoked laughter in the audience over what appeared to be a reference to criticism abroad over a law he signed this year banning the spread of "anti-gay propaganda" (sic) among minors in Russia.

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Last Monday Berlusconi said:

‘I’m in favor of granting legal status to couples who live together, including gays, if there is a majority that makes it possible to change the civil code’.

But Italy’s gay groups are expressing concern and ‘disillusion’.

Fabrizio Marrazzo, Gay Center’s leader, said: 'The three governments Berlusconi led between 1994 and 2011 did nothing for LGBT people. Concrete proposals are certainly necessary.'

Leading LGBT association Arcigay’s president Flavio Romani said: 'I have legitimate suspicions about such a sudden change of course. Berlusconi should put his pledge in black and white.'

Enrico Oliari, president of a right-wing LGBT association, welcomed Berlusconi’s remarks: ‘Berlusconi’s opening-up over the recognition of gay couples is a piece of news you cannot fail to take account of.’


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First Gay Couple Ever Married Creates Dead Berlusconi Artwork Called 'The Dream of the Italians'

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Antonio Garullo and Mario Ottocento, who are described as the first-ever married gay couple and tied the knot in Amsterdam in 2002, have created a new artwork which is being displayed in a shrine at the Ferrajoli Palace, close to the Palazzo Chigi, the official residence of Italian prime ministers, ANI reports:

The name of the installation refers to what Berlusconi apparently called himself on the phone to one of his girlfriends, according to Italian media. The former prime minister, who is still very much alive at 75, is seen smiling as he lies in a glass coffin with his eyes closed. Bizarrely he is wearing giant Mickey Mouse slippers as he lies on a satin pillow in a double-breasted blue jacket. There is also one hand inside his unzipped trousers while the other hand rests on the History of Italy.

Positioned in a shrine at the Ferrajoli Palace, the shocking installation is available for all Italians to see and is just yards from Berlusconi's former stomping ground, the Palazzo Chigi, the official residence of Italian prime ministers.

Said Garullo and Ottocento to the UK's Daily Mail tab: "We put Berlusconi’s body into a glass case to emphasise the personality cult that he has been creating for all these years and which will possibly remain for years to come. At the same time we put a screen between the contingent reality and historical judgment. If Italians are ultimately ''a people of saints, poets, seafarers'' then the arch-Italian Silvio is a worthy simulacrum of this people."


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