donatella versace at Milan Fashion Week September 2023

Donatella Versace criticises government’s anti-LGBTQ stance

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Donatella Versace criticised Italy’s right-wing government for its recent actions against LGBTQ rights. She was speaking at Milan Fashion Week while receiving the Humanitarian Award for Equity and Inclusivity.

Versace voiced her concerns about the government’s efforts to curtail the rights of LGBTQ individuals. She emphasised the importance of championing minority voices in Italy, stating the government is attempting to limit people’s freedom to live as they choose.

“Here in Italy, it has never been more important for us to champion minority voices. Our government is set on taking away the rights of individuals to live as they wish. We all must fight for freedom.”

She also shared a personal anecdote about her late brother Gianni Versace coming out as gay when she was 11. “For me this changed nothing. I loved him, and I didn’t care who he loved,” she said. “His love and encouragement made me who I am.”

Watch Donatella Versace’s speech here:

Under Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni’s leadership, the Italian government has endorsed measures that restrict LGBTQ rights. These include preventing the automatic inclusion of both parents in same-sex couples on city registers and promoting legislation that criminalises Italian citizens using surrogates in countries where it’s legal. This has been seen as an attempt to penalise non-traditional families.

In June, a state prosecutor in northern Italy demanded the cancellation of 33 birth certificates of children born to lesbian couples dating to 2017. The prosecutor said the names of the non-biological mothers should be removed.

Donatella Versace said Sunday that in the current environment in Italy, “children of same-sex couples are not considered their children” and “transgender people still suffer terrible violence.”

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