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PHOTOS: What All Those Italians Were Doing Lying on the Ground

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You don’t need this rough news report translation to understand what took place over the weekend in Rome: a flash mob to raise awareness about a recent string of anti-gay violence there. The photos say it all.

From attacks on a gay singer to an arson attempt on a gay club to violent attacks on a gay couple, Rome’s Gay Street is not as gay-friendly as you’d expect. Last month, there was a vigil; over the weekend, it was a flash mob at the city square Piazza del Popolo — partly to generate attention about the attacks, but also to call on lawmakers to move on a bill specifically criminalizing anti-gay violence.

(Photos via Queerway)