ITALY: Venice Mayor Says There Will Never Be A Gay Pride In His City

  • metta

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    Aug 28, 2015 5:34 AM GMT
    Venice Mayor Says There Will Never Be A Gay Pride In His City


    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/venice-mayor-gay-pride_55df1d91e4b029b3f1b1b9de
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    Aug 28, 2015 10:31 AM GMT
    Normally I'm sort of vaguely annoyed by towns in the US named after cities of other countries, but for the first time, I can rather say I prefer Venice, California over Venice, Italy right now.

    At least for a few minutes, until the logic kicks in--this is the mayor's opinion, and doesn't necessarily reflect the ideas of modern Italians, or Veniciens in general.

    ...though it is a very conservative country, and does have that big catholic multi-billion dollar crime syndicate attached to it.
  • Dobu

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    Aug 28, 2015 12:29 PM GMT
    Not sure why but the mayor seems to have changed his mind: he is now proposing the first gay pride on the sea in Venice next year.
    For those who can read Italian:http://www.ilfattoquotidiano.it/2015/08/28/venezia-la-marcia-indietro-di-brugnaro-disponibile-al-primo-gay-pride-sullacqua/1990109/
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    Aug 28, 2015 12:47 PM GMT
    Dobu saidNot sure why but the mayor seems to have changed his mind: he is now proposing the first gay pride on the sea in Venice next year.
    For those who can read Italian:http://www.ilfattoquotidiano.it/2015/08/28/venezia-la-marcia-indietro-di-brugnaro-disponibile-al-primo-gay-pride-sullacqua/1990109/


    And for those who can't:
    After doing so much talked about for its conservative views and have banned books by gender Venetian schools , the mayor Luigi Brugnaro engages reverse gear. In two days he went from "never a gay pride parade in Venice" to provide availability to the "first gay pride parade on the water." The mayor says he does not love the demonstrations over the top while "the right to demonstrate is for everybody and I respect that." Absurdly, the mayor explained precisely Venetian, would also "available to the first gay pride parade on the water along the Grand Canal is also open to heterosexual and perhaps with Elton John who participates and plays for us. " "It seems - he said - that everything has to be exploited but this is not my purpose."

    Always at this time Brugnaro gave the sponsorship of an initiative, which takes place collaterally to the Venice Film Festival of the Biennale, to promote a culture of respect of different sexual orientation, gender and homophobia. The initiative is linked to the "Queer Lion Award", the award that is annually awarded to the "Best Film with Thematic Homosexuals and Queer Culture" among those presented at the Venice Film Festival.

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    Aug 28, 2015 3:31 PM GMT
    Dobu saidNot sure why but the mayor seems to have changed his mind: he is now proposing the first gay pride on the sea in Venice next year.
    For those who can read Italian:http://www.ilfattoquotidiano.it/2015/08/28/venezia-la-marcia-indietro-di-brugnaro-disponibile-al-primo-gay-pride-sullacqua/1990109/


    I think the Chamber of Commerce kicked his butt into one of the fouler canals... Venice is a prime destination for gay tourists, and it's simply stupid to let bigotry trump revenue.

    If you want to see Venice, gay, you should go for Carnival in Feb/Mar. Source: I've been there, and the amount of cruising on the streets (sidewalks by the canals) was phenomenal.
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    Aug 28, 2015 3:32 PM GMT
    And now I'm just confused in general.

    Still prefer Venice, California though. More muscular guys, and less shady dudes trying to get you into dark alleyways to do some, discreet currency conversion (note: not a euphamism).

    Anywho, I'm great with people changing their minds, but...I wonder, actually. Maybe the dude was just quoted, semi-out-of-context the first time, maybe he was speaking personally. I don't know, but whatever this is...it is.

    Anyway.
  • davfit

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    Aug 28, 2015 7:57 PM GMT
    His creepy 2 chin thing going on ...seems more of the problem he should worry about...lol
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    Aug 29, 2015 1:51 AM GMT
    Translation... he secretly fantasizes about sucking dick.
  • KissTheSky

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    Aug 29, 2015 4:06 AM GMT
    He probably figured out he would lose the next election if he held onto his outdated views.
    Hopefully he gets voted out anyway.
  • buddycat

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    Aug 29, 2015 10:10 AM GMT
    Seems like a lot of anti-gay sentiment coming from Italy lately whether it is from this major or gay internally homophobic fashion designers. Just go to Paris. It is not called gay Paree for nothing. Sweden or other Scandinavian countries seem very gay friendly, check out there.
  • aax_aax_aax

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    Aug 29, 2015 3:16 PM GMT
    Kodiak saidAnd now I'm just confused in general.

    Still prefer Venice, California though. More muscular guys, and less shady dudes trying to get you into dark alleyways to do some, discreet currency conversion (note: not a euphamism).

    Anywho, I'm great with people changing their minds, but...I wonder, actually. Maybe the dude was just quoted, semi-out-of-context the first time, maybe he was speaking personally. I don't know, but whatever this is...it is.

    Anyway.


    Wow, are you being serious? I've been to Venice like 10 times and never ever had anyone trying to trick me there (ok, i always had italian lira or later euro, so never needed 'cambio').

    Italy has a strange taste in politicians. They had Berlusconi for most of last 20 years. Sometimes he won elections as leftist, sometimes as right wing politician!?! You don't even need to take stuff out of the context, they have no problem speaking one thing, and minute after something completely different. So I'm absolutely sure that the same mayor will start the pride in Venice in a year or two. If he stays mayor that long.

    Btw, Italians are not (that) conservative. Yes, they are catholics by vast majority, same as Spanish or Polish.. Yet Spanish people are very liberal, Italians mostly, and Polish people are very conservative. Not so black and white...
  • Sincityfan

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    Aug 29, 2015 8:46 PM GMT
    I think this was all just a publicity stunt to get people talking about "the first gay pride parade on water." Need to bring in those touri$t$.