Somewhere, in a bathroom deep in Southern Italy, a bathroom sign has succeeded in causing a considerable ruckus among the LGBTQ community — particularly since it has three separate icons: a woman, a man, and a “gay.”
“The word had been covered up but somebody decided to uncover it and make it visible again,” the owner told Il Quotidiano, which doesn’t explain why the word was there in the first place. (He claims it’s been there since the “previous administration,” according to Italian periodical Repubblica.)
The owner promises the third icon will be painted over.
Italian LGBTQ rights group The Associazione LeA (Liberamente e Apertamente) released a statement sharply condemning the three bathroom icons:
“It is frankly shocking that in 2017 there are still cases of this kind, where there is a great confusion between gender identity and sexual orientation and it is flaunted by communications in such a misleading and homophobic manner in public places, which only humiliates and hurts people.”
This story follows another recent incident in southern Italy in which two Italian teenage men were asked to stop hugging.
Managers were concerned children might see two men being affectionate with one another.