As Swedish gays fight an underground war, Italian conservatives are fighting a battle of the umbilical variety. Tuscany’s local government caused a stir this week when they unveiled a new tolerance campaign
Posters of a rosy, puffy cheeked newborn baby have provoked controversy in Italy because the infant is shown wearing a wristband name-tag with the word “homosexual” written on it.
The photograph of the baby is part of a anti-discrimination campaign launched by Tuscany’s regional government and is accompanied by the slogan: “Sexual orientation is not a choice.”
“Homosexuality is not a vice and hence should not be condemned nor marginalised, or worse still persecuted,” [said Tuscany's] civil rights councillor Agostino Fragai.
While Fragai supports the campaign, parliamentarian Lucio Volonte’s crowing foul…
Says Volonte, “Exploiting newborns to suggest that homosexual tendencies are innate is a misleading and shameful act.” Volonte goes on to say the posters are too “biology-based”. “Of course for a homosexual it is natural to be gay, but I’m not too sure it is determined by genetics.”