Italy’s gay rights pledge as hate crimes rise

As tens of thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Italians prepared to demonstrate tomorrowagainst a string of homophobic attacks, Silvio Berlusconi’s government announced a ground-breaking €2m media campaign against discrimination.

After meeting representatives of more than 20 gay rights associations, the equal opportunities minister, Mara Carfagna, said Italy’s rightwing government would make “an unprecedented commitment to get across our message”. The money would pay for TV commercials, newspaper advertisements and posters to be put up on hoardings and in buses and trains.

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