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DDL Zan part two: warring factions and an endless saga

The pros, cons and the middle ground: will we ever see a light on LGBTQIA + rights in Italy?

By Francesca Parravicini

Pride Month is over, joy is over: It seemed that a breach was finally opened on the now mythological DDL Zan and instead the situation seems even more tangled than before: will we ever get out of it? Will there ever be a solution? To this it seems we can say: the arduous sentence to posterity.

Or at least, to July 13, when the law will finally be discussed in the Senate, after being approved on November 4 by the House and having spent a few months blocked because of the obstruction of some right.winged parties.

DDL Zan, apparently a basic law for a country that wants to be defined civilized from the point of view of rights is unleashing a real battle of factions, similar to a duel in the Far West or any episode of Game of Thrones.

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On one hand, we observed how the world of culture and entertainment has sided in favor of the DDL in an absolutely unprecedented media movement. And then, the category most demonized by the Italian media: young people.

Young people in the italian mainstream are this mysterious category, always in disarray, confused, with no ideas or with many misconceptions.

Yet, if you have had the opportunity to participate on the many Pride of this post-Covid June, you will have noticed them. Groups of people who express their participation in the values and themes of the LGBTQIA+ community with such fresh enthusiasm that it can only be contagious. For them this is the norm now and certainly their future is in color.

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On the other side of the fence we have such absurd positions that they seem to come out of a hallucination rather than of real life. In a decidedly basic lack of understanding of the text, it seems that admitting individual freedom, education for diversity means reaching a sort of anarchy, in which one can wake up in the morning and decide whether to be a man or a woman depending on the mood.

Not just respecting the fact that, quite simply, everyone can decide to live their life as they want, without having to risk their own life. And then we have statements such as that of the Guarantor for the Infancy of Umbria, Maria Rita Castellani, who sees in the approval of the DDL Zan, an opening towards things like zoophilia, incest, polygamy (this seems straight out of Dante's infernal circles) and then the senator of Lega Massimiliano Romeo for whom the law serves to introduce "the neutral gender" to "sell black nail polish to men" (?????). The idea of a free world is obviously terrifying.

And then, as in any typical Italian situation, we have the compromise: as reported by Il Corriere della Sera, Italia Viva, Matteo Renzi's party presented a counter-proposal that would actually modify the acts of the DLL contested by the right-winged parties, namely article 1 on gender identity, 4 on freedom of expression, 7 on the national day against homophobia, taking a cue from the Scalfarotto proposal of 2018.

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Therefore, the mentions on the dreaded gender identity are erased, the national day against homophobia in schools becomes a totally optional choice and the discriminations punished are against homophobia and transphobia, with the elimination of the discrimination on the basis of sex (hello misogyny) and then, a small note, how do you talk about a matter as delicate and multifaceted as transphobia, if any mention of gender identities is eliminated?

Renzi, who sees in this proposal a possibility of passing a law similar to the DDL, rather than seeing it completely run aground, has been criticized by various public figures including Chiara Ferragni who, love her or hate her, sometimes uses her gigantic platform to say things right and to express opinions. Renzi's response was quick, bringing up political apathy and speeches on followers.

But why should Italian politicians care so much about the opinions of influencers and show business personalities? Perhaps they should respond with greater zeal to the real requests of people and associations that are fighting to bring these issues forward.

This is the current scenario. The situation is confused, fragile, not too encouraging. At this point, the only thing we can wish for this strange and bizarre country, which has laid its foundations on compromise, for once, is to show some courage, looking towards the future and the lives of its citizens.