LGBT activists in Rome. Photo: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP A property confiscated from a Naples mafia boss is to be put to better use as a shelter for LGBT people fleeing persecution in Italy and overseas. A gay rights group won permission this month to turn a lakeside villa in the town of Castel Volturno, north of Naples, into a regional refuge for people suffering discrimination for their sexuality or identity, both Italian nationals and migrants arriving on Italy’s southern shores. “It was very emotional,” said Bernardo Diana, head of the Rain Arcigay Caserta group that has spent nearly three years seeking authorization to use the premises and is seeking crowdfunding to complete the project. The three-storey building, unused since police seized it from the commander of a local Camorra clan in the 1990s, will be renovated to include housing, a public kitchen and dining room, co-working area, events space and roof terrace. Photo: Rain Arcigay Caserta Once it’s completed, the Mediterranean LGBT Centre will be the second of its kind in the entire country, and the first in Italy’s deep south where thousands of migrants live and work (currently the only other is in Rome). While LGBT Italians continue to face… Read full this story
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