Italian PM Giorgia Meloni has announced “Family Pride Month” as a counter to LGBTQ Pride Month.
Social media users and websites recently claimed that the Italian PM Giorgia Meloni has announced “Family Pride Month” as a counter to LGBTQ Pride Month.
Misbar investigated the circulating claim and found it to be fake. PM Giorgia Meloni’s office made no such announcements. Moreover, no governmental or reliable media outlet reported the announcement.
Italy's Lazio Region Withdraws Support from LGBTQ Parade
In a controversial move, the right-wing government of Italy's Lazio region, centered around Rome, recently announced its withdrawal of support for the annual LGBTQ parade in the capital city. This decision has sparked strong reactions from rights activists, opposition politicians, and the LGBTQ community. Italy has been grappling with issues of LGBTQ rights and gender equality since the rise of Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni's right-wing government, which has openly declared its opposition to what it terms the "LGBT lobby."
The Lazio region, under the leadership of President Francesco Rocca and with the backing of Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni's Brothers of Italy party, made the announcement of its withdrawal of support for the "Roma Pride" event. The decision was based on the organizers' public endorsement of surrogate pregnancy, which is currently illegal in Italy. The regional government, through an official statement, expressed its inability to support an event that publicly advocates for an activity that goes against the country's laws.
Giorgia Meloni, the leader of Italy's far-right party Brothers of Italy, became Italy’s first female prime minister in October 2022. Despite her party's post-fascist origins, Meloni has attempted to present a moderate image to appeal to a wider range of voters. Her coalition government, which includes the far-right League party and Silvio Berlusconi's center-right party Forza Italia, has a strong majority. Meloni has emphasized her commitment to traditional family values, secure borders, and maintaining the status quo in foreign policy. However, there are concerns about the far-right elements within her party and potential conflicts within the coalition.