The website Gay.it published a homotransphobia research. The data about Italy in 2021 is scary, especially after the latest discriminatory episodes. In fact, the study portrays the picture of a country were acts against the LGBTQI+ Italians happen too often. As often as one in every three days.
The homotransphobia research
From January 2021 to July, the website has received 70 reports of attacks, of any form and kind. This, in only seven months. Meanwhile, in 2021 the reports had been 64. But in 365 days. So, this year, there is an attack every three days, at least.
The research of Gay.it suggests that the Law Zan against homophobia is more urgent than ever. However, the government has postponed the discussion and vote in the Parliament to September. And, in September, nothing guarantees politicians will vote against discrimination. While the institutions stall and press “pause,” the people victim of these crimes scream for justice and equality. To them, this is the time to make a move and a statement.
When the first aggression started
Nicolò recently became another scary statistic in the homotransphobia research. He was in the beach town of Cesenatico, in the Riviera Romagnola. Usually, he lives in London, but there is nothing like an Italian summer. Nicolò and his friends decided to celebrated the evening at the bar Molo 95, with music, dance, and views over the Mediterranean. There, he met another boy and the two kissed.
“That’s when the first aggression started,” Nicolò said to Corriere Romagna.
It all happened fast. First, two punches, one in the face and the other in the stomach. Then another punch to the face, when Nicolò lost his glasses. The aggressor soon ran and he called security. He was so upset, he threw his glass on the floor and some drops reached another person at Molo 95. That’s when the second aggression happened.
“I apologized right away,” said Nicolò, “but it wasn’t enough. He started to verbally attack me with homophobic slurs and then he threatened to beat me. My friends and I left, but they followed us.” Nicolo’s friend, a girl, tried finding the reasons behind the violence and hate. Without fear or shame, the other man replied he was “a declared homophobe.” Scared, Nicolò calls the police at 3:50am.
He was on the phone for seven minutes, scared of going to his car alone. On the line, the officer was asking him to leave Molo 95 but they couldn’t assure Nicolò that someone was actually coming. Screaming on the phone, Nicolò hang up in frustration. The officers never called back to check on him. He made it home, but he didn’t leave for two days.
Deciding to speak up
After the aggression, Nicolò didn’t want to go to a doctor or to report the events. Then, he turned for help to the organization Arcigay. Now, he has a lawyer by his side and he’s thinking about reporting and finding justice.
“The aggressors needs to be educated, not the other way around,” said Nicolò, “we all have the right to be ourselves and of going out with high heels, perfect nails if we want to. Without having to risk our safety.”
Unfortunately, he was another number in the homotransphobia research. But it doesn’t have to be that way, not for the LGBTQ community in Italy.