Arcigay is Italy's first and largest worldwide gay organisation.[1][2] The association was first founded as a local association in Palermo in 1980, then nationally established in Bologna in 1985.[1] The organisation became known throughout Italy for its campaign for civil unions. The President of Arcigay is Luciano Lopopolo;.[3] Franco Grillini is honorary president.

Arcigay
Named afterARCI
Founded1980; 42 years ago (1980) (Palermo)
FounderMarco Bisceglia
TypeGay rights
HeadquartersBologna, Italy
Location
  • Bologna, Italy
President
Luciano Lopopolo
Secretary
Gabriele Piazzoni
Key people
Franco Grillini, Nichi Vendola
Main organ
Congress
AffiliationsILGA, ILGA Europe, IGLYO, TGEU, ALDA, Aids Action Europe
Websitewww.arcigay.it

Arcigay has often protested against the Vatican's opposition to homosexuality and LGBT rights.[2]

HistoryEdit

The creation of ArcigayEdit

The first nucleus of what later became Arcigay was formed in Palermo on December 9, 1980 as ARCI Gay, partly on the emotional wave of a demonstration organized in Giarre for a crime that had occurred about two months earlier. Two young men, Giorgio Agatino Giammona and Antonio Galatola, were killed on October 17 with a bullet each in the head for being gay. It was Antonio's 13-year-old nephew who shot, forced by the two in order to escape the "shame" that their condition as homosexuals procured for themselves and their families.

After Palermo in many other cities in Italy people started to reunite in small groups. Nonetheless, the national association to which everyone referred did not yet exist as an independent entity, but referred to the ARCI association which grouped together various Italian cultural entities and for the first time gave space to issues pertaining to the homosexual world. Among the first leaders of those movements we need to mention Massimo Milani, Gino Campanella and Marco Bisceglia, tha latter being a priest who was already an adherent of so-called liberation theology, a homosexual himself and a forerunner of gay marriage in Italy, having celebrated in 1975 a so-called "union of conscience" religious union between two men. This caused the priest a suspension from his Catholic Church.

In 1982, again in Palermo, a national meeting of ARCI Gay was held, considered the association's first congress in that it was attended by the national leadership of the ARCI; two years later ARCI Gay posed the problem of institutionalizing and stabilizing its presence throughout the country, which led to the first constituent summit held in late 1984.

OrganisationEdit

Arcigay is divided into several subsidiary associations scattered throughout Italy. The creator and first president of M.I.A. Arcigay Imperia is the Italian mathematician Marco Antei[4] Here we present the list updated to 2022:[5]

  • Ancona - Arcigay Comunitas Ancona - Comitato Territoriale Arcigay
  • Aosta - Arcigay Valle d'Aosta Queer VdA - Comitato Territoriale Arcigay
  • Arezzo - Arcigay Arezzo "Chimera Arcobaleno" - Comitato territoriale Arcigay
  • Asti - Love is Love - Associazione Aderente Arcigay
  • Avellino - Avellino - Associazione Aderente Arcigay
  • Bari - Arcigay Bari "L'arcobaleno del Levante" - Comitato territoriale Arcigay
  • Barletta-Andria-Trani - Arcigay Bat "Le Mine Vaganti" - Comitato territoriale Arcigay
  • Bergamo - Arcigay Bergamo "Cives" - Comitato territoriale Arcigay
  • Bologna - Cassero LGBT Center - Comitato territoriale Arcigay
  • Bolzano - Centaurus Arcigay dell'Alto Adige Südtirol - Comitato territoriale Arcigay
  • Brescia - Arcigay Orlando Brescia APS - Comitato territoriale Arcigay
  • Campania - Arcigay Campania - Coordinamento Regionale Arcigay
  • Caserta - Rain Arcigay Caserta - Comitato territoriale Arcigay
  • Castelli Romani - Castelli Romani - Associazione Aderente Arcigay
  • Catania - Arcigay Pegaso Catania - Comitato territoriale Arcigay
  • Chieti - Arcigay Chieti - Sylvia Rivera - Comitato territoriale Arcigay
  • Como - Arcigay Como - Comitato Territoriale Arcigay
  • Cosenza - Arcigay EOS Cosenza - Comitato territoriale Arcigay
  • Cremona - Arcigay Cremona "La Rocca" - Comitato territoriale Arcigay
  • Cuneo - Arcigay "Granda Queer" Cuneo - Comitato territoriale Arcigay
  • Ferrara - Arcigay Ferrara - Comitato territoriale Arcigay
  • Firenze - Arcigay Firenze Altre Sponde - Comitato Territoriale Arcigay
  • Foggia - Arcigay Foggia "Le Bigotte" - Comitato territoriale Arcigay
  • Frosinone - Frosinone - Comitato Territoriale Arcigay
  • Genova - Arcigay Genova - Approdo Lilia Mulas A.P.S. - Comitato territoriale Arcigay
  • Imperia - M.I.A. Arcigay Imperia. Comitato territoriale Arcigay
  • L'Aquila - Arcigay "Massimo Consoli" L'Aquila - Comitato territoriale Arcigay
  • Latina - SEIcomeSEI - Comitato territoriale Arcigay
  • Le fate ignoranti - Le fate ignoranti - Associazione Aderente Arcigay
  • Lecce - Arcigay Salento - Comitato territoriale Arcigay
  • Livorno - L.E.D. Libertà e Diritti - Comitato territoriale Arcigay
  • Mantova - Arcigay "La Salamandra" Mantova - Comitato territoriale Arcigay
  • Messina - Arcigay "Makwan" Messina - Comitato territoriale Arcigay
  • Milano - Centro d’Iniziativa Gay - Comitato territoriale Arcigay
  • Modena - Arcigay Modena "Matthew Shepard" (ODV) - Comitato territoriale Arcigay
  • Molise - Arcigay Molise "Lambda Identità Libere" - Comitato Territoriale Arcigay
  • Napoli - Arcigay "Antinoo" Napoli - Comitato territoriale Arcigay
  • Padova - Arcigay Tralaltro Padova - Comitato territoriale Arcigay
  • Palermo - Arcigay Palermo - Comitato territoriale Arcigay
  • Pavia - Coming-Aut LGBTI+ Community Center - Arcigay Pavia - Comitato territoriale Arcigay
  • Pesaro Urbino - Arcigay Agorà - Comitato territoriale Arcigay
  • Pescara - Mazì - Comitato Territoriale Arcigay
  • Piacenza - Arcigay Piacenza Lambda - Comitato territoriale Arcigay
  • Pisa - Pinkriot Arcigay Pisa - Comitato territoriale Arcigay
  • Potenza - Arcigay Basilicata "Marco Bisceglia" - Comitato territoriale Arcigay
  • Prato Pistoia - Arcigay Prato Pistoia l'Asterisco - Comitato territoriale Arcigay
  • Ragusa - Arcigay Ragusa - Comitato territoriale Arcigay
  • Ravenna - Arcigay Ravenna Elio Venturi - Comitato territoriale Arcigay
  • Reggio Calabria - Arcigay IDM "I Due Mari", Reggio Calabria - Comitato territoriale Arcigay
  • Reggio Emilia - Arcigay Reggio Emilia "Gioconda" - Comitato territoriale Arcigay
  • Rieti - Rieti LGBT+ - Comitato Territoriale Arcigay
  • Rimini - Arcigay Rimini "Alan Turing" - Comitato territoriale Arcigay
  • Roma - Arcigay Roma Gruppo Ora - Comitato territoriale Arcigay
  • Roma - Divine Ostia - Associazione Aderente Arcigay
  • Rovigo - Arcigay Rovigo "Politropia" - Comitato territoriale Arcigay
  • Salerno - Arcigay "Marcella di Folco" Salerno - Comitato territoriale Arcigay
  • Savona - Arcigay Savona "APERTAMENTE" - Comitato territoriale Arcigay
  • Siena - Movimento Pansessuale APS - Comitato Territoriale Arcigay
  • Siracusa - Arcigay Siracusa - Comitato territoriale Arcigay
  • Taranto - Stambopoli - Comitato Territoriale Arcigay
  • Teramo - Arcigay Teramo - Associazione Aderente Arcigay
  • Torino - Arcigay Torino "Ottavio Mai" - Comitato territoriale Arcigay
  • Torino - Casa Arcobaleno Torino - Associazione Aderente Arcigay
  • Trento - Arcigay del Trentino - Comitato territoriale Arcigay
  • Trieste - Arcigay Arcobaleno ODV Trieste Gorizia - Comitato territoriale Arcigay
  • Udine - Arcigay Friuli ODV - Comitato territoriale Arcigay
  • Varese - Arcigay Varese - Comitato territoriale Arcigay
  • Verbania - Arcigay Nuovi Colori ONLUS - Comitato territoriale Arcigay
  • Vercelli - Arcigay Rainbow Vercelli - Valsesia - Comitato territoriale Arcigay
  • Verona - Pianeta Milk - Verona Lgbt* Center - Arcigay/Arci - Comitato territoriale Arcigay
  • Vicenza - Arcigay Vicenza APS - Comitato territoriale Arcigay
  • Viterbo - Viterbo - Associazione Aderente Arcigay

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Aldrich, Robert; Garry Wotherspoon (2001). Who's who in contemporary gay and lesbian history: from World War II to the present day. Psychology Press. p. 170. ISBN 9780203994085.
  2. ^ a b Malagreca, Miguel Andrés (2007). Queer Italy: contexts, antecedents and representation. Peter Lang. ISBN 9780820488165.
  3. ^ "Arcigay, il nuovo presidente nazionale è il pugliese Luciano Lopopolo".
  4. ^ "First Civil Union, Article of La Stampa".
  5. ^ "Arcigay, le sedi".

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