Countdown to Rome Pride!

RomaPride, the capital's Gay Pride Parade has suffered a last minute bureaucratic attack and been refused permission to conclude the march at Piazza San Giovanni in Laterano only days before the event (last year saw a huge gathering in the square which is traditionally used for large demonstrations and the annual 1st May rock concert).

The final route should be confirmed later today, but the STARTING point is at least certain - be at Piazza della Repubblica at 16.00 this Saturday, 7th June, 2008 if you'd like to lend your support. Italy’s new minister for equal opportunities has angered gay rights groups by refusing to back a gay pride march because, she said, gay people no longer suffer discrimination in Italy...Given that the centre-left government which collapsed earlier this year, failed spectacularly to honour pre-election promises and to win legal status for same-sex unions, ostensibly because of opposition from Roman Catholic politicians, discrimination against gay people in Italy is, regrettably, still very much a fact of life here.

Further details in English on the Roma Pride Web site