Roma Pride Parade 2009

Whilst Barack Obama recently declared June 2009 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month with the words:
I call upon the people of the United States to turn back discrimination and prejudice everywhere it exists
Italy remains in the grip of increasing homophobia - once again this year both the Mayor of Rome Gianni Alemanno and Italy's Equal Opportunities Minister Mara Carfagna refused to endorse the annual Gay Pride march (although Ms Carfagna seemed perfectly happy to meet with Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi earlier in the week).

Given that Roma Pride 2009 was poorly publicized and quite literally, mentioned only in passing in local news reports, the event was a remarkable success with 250,000 people marching from Piazza della Repubblica to Piazza Navona.

Here are a few highlights!