Italian gay cops to stage mass coming out
By 365gay Newscenter Staff
Milan’s deputy mayor, Riccardo De Corato, said Caiazza will likely receive a slap on the wrist.
But Caiazza says the entire investigation is tainted with homophobia and will result in gay officers staying in the closet out of fear.
“Many policemen don’t come out because of the enmity they would face from colleagues and the isolation they would be put in by superiors,” he told Britain’s Observer newspaper.
The investigation has prompted the formation of Italy’s first organization for LGBT cops, called Polis Aperta.
The group will hold its first meeting on Sept. 26 and organizer Nicola Cicchitti says dozens of gay cops will come out publicly at the meeting.
“We’re coming out against creeping discrimination,” Cicchitti told the Observer, adding that the organization already has about 200 members.
Cicchitti said the group will seek official recognition from the government.
The idea won the backing of Vladimir Luxuria, a transgender former member of the Italian parliament.