A gay chef in the seaside town of Rimini says he was told by his boss that he had to prove his heterosexuality by having sex with a prostitute — or he would lose his job.
Italy’s The Local reports that Arcigay, the country’s largest national gay rights organization, likened the incident to tactics used by the Nazis in World War II. “It’s forcing him by taking advantage of the need [to work], with threats of dismissal, to act cruelly against a person that only wants to do their work to earn a living,” said Marco Toni, founder of the organization’s Rimini branch, in an online statement.
David Sassoli, vice-president of the European Parliament, also spoke out about the incident, calling it a “horror” on Twitter.
We certainly wouldn’t condone such practices. However, if the chef looks anything like last year’s Mr. Gay Italia (pictured above), we’ll gladly volunteer to prove he’s not straight.
“Even if someone denies there’s homophobia in Italy, it certainly exists,” added Toni, , who asked local restaurants to consider hiring the chef as a way of showing their support.
Wherever he lands, we hope he’ll be choosy about the pasta he cooks with.