Bill Zan, right cause and wrong answer to sewer rubbish

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Citizens and associations in the streets to support the battle for LGBTQ rights after the sinking of the Zan DDL in the Senate . on 28 October 2021 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Andrea Ronchini/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Ruggero, a friend to whom I love and of whom I have esteem, writes me an email in which he talks to me about two men, Marco and Valter, his neighbors who “have been together for sixteen years” and with whom he has consolidated a friendship of those that matter and especially since some of their relatives do not want to know about their homosexuality. Marco and Valter expected a different vote from the Senate, Ruggero writes to me. I reply that a large part of the blame falls on those who have taken to heart the (sacrosanct) cause of the sexual identity of Marco and Valter but have not been able to shoot on goal and score goals. I do it naturally not because I have a sensitivity to that identity of theirs for a single comma different from that of Ruggero, but because this is my opinion on what happened in the Senate.

It was a political affair, on both sides, the respective sensitivity on homosexual identity had little to do with it: this is my opinion. The opinion of one whose most fraternal friend, the one who witnessed my marriage, is a homosexual and I am also ashamed to point this out when talking about him, who has a hundred thousand particularities that really matter. As if you needed to get your hands on. I recently recounted the emotion that caused me in my early thirties to have attended one of the very first gatherings of the Italian homosexual community; I said “emotion” and I underline it. Nor do I think I should spend half a word more on my feelings on the subject.

I was struck by the expression that Francesco Merlo, a journalist / writer who usually does not miss an accent, used in relation to the choice of Matteo Renzi, who instead of going to the Senate to put his vote in favor of the Zan bill, yes he boldly went to do his own business in Saudi Arabia. According to Francesco, Renzi has “disrespected” homosexuals, he offended them. I wrote to him that in my opinion in politics there are no “offenses” but only the choices of one content rather than another, of one option rather than another. And Renzi had said it in an Italian understandable to all that in two or three points the text of the Zan bill had to be amended, an opinion shared by the only openly homosexual senator, Tommaso Cerno. Very well to say that the hatred against homosexuals is sewer rubbish, only that the web is overflowing with this sewer rubbish, and just yesterday they caught a 51-year-old non-commissioned officer of the Navy who had expressed the desire to “behead” Beppe Sala, the mayor of Milan. Junk on junk, digital offenders to rape and of all types and all causes and all political channels. Leonardo Sciascia wrote that when he went out to meet an intelligent man, he had to go through seven idiots. I don’t know if in the meantime, and because of the web, this proportion has not worsened. I’m afraid so.

Let alone if when you find someone who has expressed that hatred to perfection, he shouldn’t be kicked in the ass. Different if he has expressed his ardent opinion in favor of the traditional family, these are his own bad things. In the Zan bill the boundary between the two attitudes, digital crime or adherence to a “traditionalist” culture was not clear. And as for modern rhetoric, it is undeniable that the one on “gender identity” is overabundant and sometimes even threatening, as the inexhaustible novel relating to that cancel culture, the horrors of which Giulio Meotti exposes in the “Sheet”, explains well, day by day.

Does saying these things mean putting the veil on the mental and linguistic bullying that Italian homosexuals are often subjected to? But not even by idea. If anything, it means bringing back to normality and common sense all that in this matter is still divisive in the common feeling of Italians, a common feeling that you do not abolish by voting for a grim bill in being in their favor. For someone like me, whether that bill is approved or not by the Senate, nothing changes, nothing changes, nothing changes inside of me, I mean. Nothing at all. Only I would not like it to aggravate the state of tension that exists in real Italian society on the subject in question. Where, however, we are certainly not half a century ago, when one of the greatest Italian writers of the twentieth century, Aldo Palazzeschi, not once in his life admitted the very simple fact (as well as completely irrelevant) of being a homosexual. I said very simple. I said irrelevant, very irrelevant. Ddl Zan yes or no, what should I add to be at my best in today’s Italian society which is mine?

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