Hundreds of thousands of Italian gays and tourists gathered to celebrate Europride in Rome.
Hundreds of thousands of people paraded through central Rome in a gay pride parade on Saturday, with many criticising Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s government for failing to grant same-sex rights.
“I want to tell the world, Europe and above all Italy, which is a bit closed, that we have the right to be treated like human beings,” said 22-year-old Nikita, who wore a silver dress with high heels and feathers.
Slogans at the parade read “Different People, Same Rights” and “Equality and Human Rights for All!” as people waved rainbow flags in a festive atmosphere.
There were also more provocative displays including a man dressed as a bishop who had the words “paedophilia” and “sex abuse” scrawled on his costume.
“Italy is the only country that does not recognise LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual) rights,” said Franco Grillini, a member of the opposition Italy of Values party and historic gay rights activist.
“Italy should adapt to the rest of the Western world,” he said.
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