#Italy

Italian Teacher Told His Students That Being Gay's A Disease Cured By "Self-Respect"

An Italian teacher is receiving complaints after he told his young teenaged students that homosexuality is an evil “physical malformation,” or disease, cured by “self-respect.”

According to Italian gay news blog Gayburg, 60-year-old math teacher Armando Baldissin is facing criticism for teaching his eighth grade students a homophobic lesson on sexuality.

Baldissin, who works at the Catholic school La Traccia in the town of Bergamo, gave a lecture titled “Immature and Unfinished Sexuality.”

In the lecture, Baldissin told his male students, “An erotic drive aimed at people of their sex own sex is considered a disease if it involves suffering.” Baldissin added other thoughts such as homosexuality being a “contradiction between the attraction that one feels and the one the body naturally has,” and being “caused by the perception of inadequacy of one self with respect to one’s own sexual identity.”

Baldissin then suggested that if the boys ever feel attraction to another man, they should reach out to a good psychologist. Essentially, Baldissin suggested gay conversion therapy to his 13 and 14-year-old students.

While Italy is considered a gay-friendly country with several protections for LGBTQ people, the country deals with several instances of homophobia like any other. In addition, there is currently no law banning conversion therapy on minors.

 After news got out of this lecture, several LGBTQ advocates condemned the lesson by Baldissin and the school for allowing it.

In addition, many have pointed out how La Traccia school receives funding from the government due to state law “guaranteeing an educational project in harmony with the principles of the Constitution.”

Many say that the school should not be supporting lessons so polarizing as Baldissin’s, if government money is involved.

While the school has not responded to the controversy, students say that the program has been canceled.

h/t: Gayburg

New Limited Series Will Depict A Young Gay Leonardo da Vinci

This historic figure is getting a tv show where his sexuality will be explored

A new limited TV show will explore the life and love of Leonardo da Vinci.

According to Variety, Hollywood producer and executive Frank Spotnitz (The Man in the High Castle) and Sherlock writer Stephen Thompson are working on a limited series titled Leonardo.

As you might have guessed, the series will focus on the life of Italian engineer and artist Leonardo da Vinci. This story will be portrayed through the eyes of “a girl called Caterina, who was one of his models,” and “will allow us to get inside his soul and his secrets,” says producers.

The series plans to truthfully depict all aspects of Leonardo’s life, this includes his sexuality. Leonardo had no known romances with women, but is believed to have had a male lover by the name of Salaì. In addition, da Vinci was arrested at the age of 24 on a charge of sodomy, which was later dropped.

Spotnitz and Thompson were recruited by Italy’s public national broadcaster RAI to create the English-language series.

“He was a real outsider for those times. He was an illegitimate child, gay, vegetarian and left-handed,” said RAI Head of Drama Eleonora Andreatta.

The series will be made up of eight episodes and will be supported by The Alliance, a multi-national co-production group formed by Rai, France Televisions, and Germany’s ZDF as a way to combat streaming sites Netflix and Amazon. That said, RAI is taking lead with the project and the other countries can decide or not if they want to participate.

So far, the plan is for the series to debut next year before the 500-year anniversary of Leonardo’s death.

h/t: Variety

Italian Doctors Invented A New Device To Pull A 23-Inch Dildo Out A Man's Butt

Doctors used a lasso to pull out a 23-inch dildo from an Italian man’s butt.

According to a published British Medical Journal Case report, an unnamed man appeared at an Italian hospital with a 23-inch dildo stuck inside of him. After trying to get the dildo out of himself for 24 hours, the man decided to seek professional help at ASST Great Metropolitan Hospital in Niguarda, Italy.

When he got there, he only shared that he had mild abdominal paid. Of course, the truth came out quickly after X-rays were taken.

But then came the problem of trying to get the dildo out of the man.

“Medics in Milan were unable to get the rubber dildo out using standard methods, complaining it was too big and smooth,” wrote The Daily Mail.

Because of this, the doctors decided they needed to build a new device for this specific task. And that device was… a lasso.

“We finally succeeded in the endoscopic extraction of the device, catching the distal edge of the dildo with this guidewire lasso.”

“This device showed a technical advantage as compared with ordinary polypectomy snares, due to its much higher stiffness.”

The report added:

"Our new ‘handmade’ device proved to be harder than an ordinary snare used for polypectomy [a procedure normally used to remove polyps] and allowed us to grab the foreign body," Dr Lorenzo Dioscoridi wrote in the BMJ case report.

"The choice of a relatively large diameter of the catheter (2.8mm) allowed us to avoid an excessive kinking of the loop inside the catheter that could limit a correct opening of this snare-like device.”

"In our opinion, this new technique is easy and reproducible in most endoscopy rooms, and we suggest it as a valid option to remove large foreign bodies from the colon and rectum when standard endoscopic devices fail in foreign body extraction."

As for the patient, he walked away from the hospital on the very same day as the procedure. He later wrote a note of thanks to the doctors for getting him out of that situation (and getting it out of him).

This is yet another story of someone shoving something random up their backside. The other most recent case being when a man high on GHB shoved 15 eggs up his butt.

h/t: BMJ case report, The Daily Mail, GayPopBuzz

Pack Up Because An LGBTQ Touring Company Is Offering A "Call Me By Your Name" Tour

Are you a fan of Call Me By Your Name? Well, it might be time to live out the movie you so wonderfully enjoy.

Quiiky Tours is the first Italian company to specialize in LGBTQ-themed travel. According to NewNowNext, the company has announced that they’re now offering a Call Me By Your Name themed tour.

Call Me By Your Name was an Oscar winning film from last year that focused on a Jewish-Italian boy named Elio (played by Oscar nominee Timothée Chalamet) as he explored his sexuality and fell in love with a man, 24-year-old graduate student Oliver played by Armie Hammer, for the first time.

Now, fans of the movie can explore the real-life backdrops from scenes in the movie like Milan, Crema, Garda Lake, Verona, Venice, and Bergamo.

Fans will be able to sit at the same table where Elio and Oliver relaxed in Crema’s Duomo Square. They’ll also get to take bicycle tours in the Lodi countryside before dancing to “Love My Way” in Bergamo. Heads up though, you won't be able to visit the villa where Elio's family lived because that building's being sold.

If this all sounds interesting to you, here’s some info you'll need to know before you start planning your tour.

Tour prices start at €1,990 (about $2,300) per person. That price includes 9 days and 8 nights in Italy, hotel stays, car rental for driving around, 8 buffet breakfasts, a guided tour through most of the cities and towns, entrance to museums, entrance to archeological sites, wine tastings, and other accommodations.

If all of this sounds interesting to you, you can click here to start your Call Me By Your Name tour.

h/t: NewNowNext

An Italian Gay Couple Were Told They Couldn't Join A Beach Party Because They're Not A Couple

Two gay couples were denied entry into a beach party because they were gay.

This past Saturday, 37-year-old Guiseppe Pitirollo and 28-year-old Daniele Bauilio were enjoying dinner with friends. While they dined in Bacoli, Italy, they could hear dance music from the nearby beach.

The two sets of couples decided to walk over and see if they could join the festivities but were soon outraged to find that they could not.

Once they’d reached the party at the Lido Turisitco Beach Park, they were told that only straight couples were allowed.

“The guy at the door told us we couldn’t as we were not with women and the event was couples-only," Giuseppe told Gay Star News.

“The bouncer replied a couple is only made of a woman and a man,” Giuseppe claimed.

Then, the owner of the venue joined the argument and denied the couples entry with the excuse that they were drunk.

Giuseppe and Daniele then tried to to prove that they were completely sober to no success. After being denied again, the men left and went to the central police station to report the incident.

“We felt humiliated. They diminished us in front of other people,” lamented Giuseppe. “Seeing our rights being denied in such a blatant way was just shameful.”

Same-sex marriage is not legal in Italy, but civil unions are. The law was passed in 2016, but there’s still some stigma towards gay romance.

News of the situation quickly spread as Italian Senator Monica Cirinnà, who also penned the same-sex union bill, told the Italian news source La Repubblica, ‘If true, this would be a very serious incident.”

The venue then later released a statement saying that the men were using their sexuality to exploit the party and those involved.

“Some exploit their sexual orientation to blame other people. We’re respectful of every choice, but we reserve the right to refuse anyone entry if they’re not in line with our policy of kindness and respect to others,” wrote owner Luciano Santini.

The Vatican Received a 1200-Page Dossier Outing Hypocritical Gay Priests

We have the latest sex scandal to take over the Vatican (that’ll probably be swept under the rug like all the others).

A gay escort working near Naples, Italy has released a list of 34-40 priests and seminarians that he’s had interactions with.

Through a 1,200-page dossier, gay escort Francesco Mangiacapra has tried to accuse the multiple priests of having gay sex (or, at least, attempting to). That said, he wanted to point out that none of the men are pedophiles, just hypocrites.

"We’re talking about sins, not crimes,” as the Associated Press heard from him.

To back up these claims, the dossier contains WhatsApp chats and other evidence.

The evidence seemed so plausible that the archdiocese of Naples eventually sent the dossier over to the Vatican.

As the Associated Press reports:

“In a statement on the diocesan website, Cardinal Cresenzio Sepe said none of the identified priests worked in Naples. But he said he decided to forward the file to the Vatican because ‘there remains the gravity of the cases for which those who have erred must pay the price, and be helped to repent for the harm done.”