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Italy moves to criminalise violence against LGBTQ+ people

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LGBTQ+ activists in Italy are celebrating after the lower house of parliament voted to pass a bill which would make violence against LGBTQ+ people and disabled people a hate crime punishable by imprisonment.

It would also criminalise misogyny and is due to be officially enforced in early 2021. According to The Guardian, the bill was drafted by Democratic party politician, Alessandro Zan, as an extension of an existing law that punishes racist violence, hatred and discrimination.Zan said: “If we succeed in definitively approving this law, Italy will finally be a country that accepts LGBTQ+ rights, because right now we are among the last countries in Europe for the social acceptance of LGBTQ+ people.

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