Sveglia Perugia, sveglia Umbria»: il corteo arcobaleno a Perugia per le unioni civili
City centres yesterday from Trento in the north to Palermo, Sicily and at all points imbetween in Italy were filled with joy as reportedly over one million Italians marched for equal rights, civil unions and stepchild adoptions. I joined in the march in our local regional capital of Perugia where over forty organisations were participating in demanding basic equal rights for gay, lesbian and transexuals, rights that are enjoyed by almost every country in Europe excepting Italy. Omphalos and Arcigay the national gay organisations that support the gay, lesbian and transgender population were to the fore in organising these rallies in every city centre throughout the country.
I was proud to be amongst the marchers, who in Perugia numbered several hundreds and surprisingly for me the age range was huge from pensioners, to youths, couples, families with strollers, guys and girls, clearly many of the marchers were couples, really all inclusive, no age range was un-represented. Starting in Piazza Italia the march progressed through the centro storico of this medieval city up Corso Vanucci to the Piazza 4 Novembre in front of the cathedral and national gallery of Umbria where speaches were made by leaders of the various organisations and some of the major political parties.
Whilst marching I managed to post some photos on the Facebook page and Instagram feed of Bellaugello Gay Guest House, one of the first comments from a guy in Australia where they too are marching for equal rights and recognition of same sex relationships. Parisian guests of Bellaugello were in Bologna for the weekend and they too participated in the march there and sent their best wishes, Italian guests from up north also were marching, friends in Rome also, it was so amazing to be part of such a global network.
The senate is to start discussing ‘diritti civili per tutti cittadini’ on Thursday next, so these huge manifestations were timeous. I just hope the politicians take note and vote to bring Italy into the 21st century. Sadly next Saturday the contra marches are planned with the absurd title of “la giornata “per la famiglia – Family Day” and also there is a very unhappy Catholic church to contend with……
As they said at the rally “Svegliati Umbria” to which I would add “Svegliati Italia” Wish us luck!