Sunday, 17 June 2007
Gay Pride 2007: The interview (part one)
This comes from Il Messaggero, the Rome-based national daily. I was interviewed at the beginning of the march yesterday and said an awful lot, as you can imagine. (If you can't, just click on the label homophobia.) The comment quoted, which means "I feel threatened, a few years ago there was a greater sense of freedom", was part of a larger attack on the impunity with which homophobic comments are made in Italy in ever increasing numbers, with no political response in favour of gay (human) rights, and the way this shameful silence chipped away at our hard-won social space. As it stands in the article, it sounds more whiny than I'd intended, above all since I've never felt particularly threatened on a personal level (although this may now change as a result of the article: I seem to be the only marcher whose surname and, in part, address has been provided in any of the three newspapers I've read today).
I particularly like being described as colourful, happy and innocuous... as of course I am. Although I'm not quite sure about innocuous... I like to think I can be a little dangerous when the occasion demands. In any case, you can see for yourself in this photo, taken by Michaela. Thanks, Mike!)