|Roma Pride 2012|
“Vogliamo tutto” (We want it all) was the simple slogan of Roma Pride 2012 – we want the same rights as heterosexual couples and the right to marry – with a clear message to Italy's politicians that if they want the votes of the gay community they need to start listening to our demands. Italy, meanwhile, doggedly remains one of the few EU Member States which refuses to recognise civil partnerships for same-sex couples. There is also no law against homophobia in Italy, and after a new spate of vicious homophobic attacks in the city the need for tough new laws to combat homophobia can no longer be ignored. With only one political party - Italia dei Valori – participating yesterday, however, with Beppe Grillo's increasingly popular MoVimento 5 Stelle conspicuous by its absence, the road ahead for gay rights in Italy looks still to be a long one.