Far right puts brakes on a new law that aims to stamp out homophobia in Italy

Published Apr 04 2021 at 9:00 AM GMT
  • Attacks on gay people continue unchecked as activists step up their 25-year battle to win LGBT rightsDaniela Lourdes Falanga has had her fair share of battles.
  • The first was to survive a brutal upbringing as the firstborn son of a mafia boss in Naples.
  • Falanga, 43, had been expected to follow in the footsteps of her father, currently serving a life sentence, into the powerful Camorra organised crime syndicate.
  • Instead, she found the courage to break ranks, and in 2019 was elected the first trans woman president of a branch of Arcigay, Italy"s largest LGBT activist group.
  • I was not the boy who could adapt to that family, and it brought me so much suffering", Falanga, who leads Arcigay in Naples, told the Observer.


  • Published Apr 4, 2021 9:00 AM GMT