The Italian Almanac
Italian News - June 30
City employees in Rome are taking seminars to give them a better understanding of gays and the gay community. Called a preventative measure against homophobia, participants in the six-session course are workers from the office for relations with the public (URP).
The course is the brainchild of Mariella Gramaglia, city councilor responsible for communications and equal opportunities, who has over the years led a series of anti-discrimination measures in the Eternal City. Gramaglia hopes to export the program in the fall to another 19 towns in Italy.
"Rome isn't just an city open to art, but it is a city with an open mind," she said. "We targeted people who are on the front lines for dealing with the public, it is a first for Italy."