You might remember Venice’s mayor, Luigi Brugnaro, as he banned several gay children’s books & books on disability from schools back in July. Now he has moved to say there will be no gay pride in Venice.
He said: “There will be no gay pride in my Venice.” He then went on to claim that the event is “farcical” and “kitsch”. Brugnaro made this comments while speaking to a newspaper about Elton John, who previously described the mayor as “boorishly bigoted”.
“It’s arrogant that for three years he has not set foot in Venice,” Brugnaro said. “His family, two men and children, is unnatural.”
When the newspaper asked him about the chances of holding Pride in Venice, he called it “a joke, the ultimate in kitsch. Let them go at it in Milan or at home.”
Despite these comments, gay activisits are determined to have a gay Pride in Venice next year.
Flavio Romani, who is the President of Arcigay, had this to say: “Venice is not his city. At the moment he is governing it, but he won’t last long given the fool he is making of himself. He is becoming obsessive about this. Venice does not deserve it.”
“We will be back next year and we invite the mayor to march at the head of the parade with us… That way he will see what a Gay Pride really is.”