The capital is tinged with the colors of the rainbow of rights. Thousands from the early afternoon in Piazza della Repubblica from where shortly after 16:30 pm the LGBT pride parade started with the floats of the 2023 edition entitled Queeresistenza.
A Pride preceded by some controversy after the revocation of the patronage by the president of the Lazio Region Francesco Rocca and the recordings of children of two couples of mothers made yesterday by the mayor Roberto Gualtieri criticized by Fdi.
Gualtieri marched at the head of the parade. At the parade also Maria Elena Boschi and the secretary of the Pd Elly Schlein.
Gualtieri: those who asked for prefect intervention are wrong
"Transcriptions are made throughout Italy, those who asked the prefect to intervene are wrong a very normal thing was done". This was said by the mayor of Rome, Roberto Gualtieri, at the head of the Roma Pride parade.
Schlein: I am here because it is important and right to be there "I am here today because it is important, because the Democratic Party will always be
in the places of protection and promotion of LGBTQ+ rights. Starting from marriage equality, adoptions and recognition of the children of same-sex couples. We are here because it is important and right to be there. And it is wrong that there is no Lazio region. We are there with our bodies and we are here in the midst of the associations to support Pride, as we are in support and we have joined as PD to the whole Pride wave". This was said by the secretary of the Democratic Party Elly Schlein arriving at the Roma Pride parade. "Let us not forget that those who govern Italy today are the same ones who have sunk with applause, difficult to forget, a law of civilization like the Zan law - he recalled -. A law that exists throughout the rest of Europe, a law against hatred and discrimination also on sexual orientation that exists in all countries of Europe".
Roma Pride, Schlein: 'We are there, wrong there is no Lazio Region'
The organizers of Pride: 'We are a million, never so many'. Police sources speak of 40 thousand.
"We are a million, but I see so many people at Pride." So the organizers from the float that opens the Roma Pride on the notes of Paola and Chiara, godmothers of the 2023 parade. Together with the two singers, gay friendly icons, also the mayor of Rome Roberto Gualtieri. Many slogans are rhythmic in the long and colorful procession counterpointed by rainbows and fuchsia, queer color. "Long live love", "Long live Pride. Now it's always resistance", some irreverent motto against the president of the Lazio Region Rocca (- Rocca + Rocco) and against Minister Roccella, many rainbow flags as well as sequins, sequins and feathers. Some moments of tension at the beginning of the procession between some activists and the 5 Star Movement, when at the arrival of the mayor of Rome Roberto Gualtieri, some raised the pentastellate flags turning them towards the cameras. So the scream against the grillini began: "lower them. You don't carry party flags at Pride."
Instead, about 40 thousand people are taking part in Roma Pride 2023 according to data provided by the Police Headquarters.
Colamarino: our resistance to this government starts"From today the resistance of our community to this right, to this government
and to Meloni starts. What happened with the patronage of the Lazio region is yet another proof of how homophobic and stupid this right is. It is a disgrace. And all this on the skin of the citizens of Lazio and our community". This was said by Mario Colamarino, spokesman for Roma Pride and president of Mario Mieli, before the departure of the parade in Piazza della Repubblica
Prides around the world, from Los Angeles to Kathmandu - Foreground
Images from international parades (ANSA)
Bonino and Magi on the bandwagon of +Europa with Venere Botticelli LGBTI+
+Europa at Roma Pride 2023 with her float: on board the leader Emma Bonino, the secretary Riccardo Magi, the deputy Benedetto Della Vedova, the treasurer Carla Taibi, the deputy secretary Piercamillo Falasca, leaders and militants of the party. On the bandwagon also the journalist and scientific popularizer, Alessandro Cecchi Paone with his partner Simone Antolini, the hard actress Roberta Gemma, exponents of the Iranian and Belarusian community who parade in solidarity with their peoples oppressed by dictatorships. There is also a Venus by Botticelli used by the government in the "Open to wonder" campaign in LGBTI+ version: Venus wears a +Europa t-shirt with the words "Open to love". "Today is a beautiful celebration and I hope that someone realizes that individual freedoms and civil rights are not a crime, they are not deviances. They are ways of being. We are not all the same, but we must respect each other," said Emma Bonino. "We have always been convinced that civil rights are the quality of a democracy. We see it in the countries of Eastern Europe, in Hungary, in Poland, not to mention Russia: it is on these issues - underlined the secretary of +E Magi - that democracies slide towards authoritarian systems. And we think that this is a garrison, a barrier to be strengthened. According to the polls - added Magi - Italians are in favor of equal marriages and adoptions for same-sex couples and singles: so we must send a message to this government". "Pride is a celebration of freedom. We defend and promote rights and rules of freedom," said +Europe MP Benedetto Della Vedova.
In Pordenone the parade of Fvg Pride, 'resistance in progress' - Friuli V. G.
Opened by the banner "Resistance in progress #proudenone" began in Pordenone, starting from the Fvg Pride village set up at the Galvani park, the parade of the 4th edition of the Fvg Pride, the LGBTQIA + pride march. (ANSA)
Pride: Woods, important to be there, here not second-class
citizens "As a deputy of Rome it was essential to be here today especially when the Region has withdrawn the patronage of Pride. As a representative of the institutions I wanted to be there to say that the people who demonstrate peacefully and cheerfully here are there, they are part of our State, they are not second-class citizens and they need our support". So the deputy of Italy Viva Maria Elena Boschi during the Roma Pride parade and added: "If there is a law on civil unions it is due to the Renzi government that had the courage to put confidence in that law and approve it. However, there is still much to be done on the issue of rights, on an educational and cultural level to combat all discrimination".
Maiorino (M5s): in the square for communities under attack
"I am really happy because this is the first time we participate with flags, we have never done it for fairness because it is the demonstration of everyone. But we believe that in this circumstance it is important to give support that is visible since the LGBT community is under attack". So the senator of the 5 Star Movement, Alessandra Maiorino, present in Piazza della Repubblica, together with a delegation of Roman and Lazio elected representatives, such as the Capitoline councilor Paolo Ferrara, and the regional councilor Valerio Novelli.