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    Homosexuality
    ✔ Legal
    Gay Marriage
    ✔ Civil unions
    Censorship
    ✔ No censorship
    Changing Gender
    ✔ Legal, surgery not required
    Non-binary gender recognition
    ✖ Not legally recognized
    Discrimination
    Illegal in some contexts
    Employment Discrimination
    Sexual orientation only
    Housing Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
    Adoption
    Ambiguous
    Military
    ✔ Legal
    Donating Blood
    ✔ Legal
    Conversion Therapy
    Ambiguous
    Age of Consent
    ✔ Equal
Suggest Public Opinion Data

Public Opinion

Views on same-sex marriage or other legal recognition

Ranked #8 out of 27 regions surveyed. (Source: Ipsos, April–May, 2021)
(10%) Against
Support (83%)

Views on same-sex couples' right to adopt

Ranked #19 out of 27 regions surveyed. (Source: Ipsos, April–May, 2021)
(36%) Disagree
Agree (59%)

Acceptance of homosexuals as neighbors

Ranked #21 out of 79 regions surveyed. (Source: World Values Survey, 2017-2020)

Question: "On this list are various groups of people. Could you please mention any that you would not like to have as neighbors?"

(11.8%) Mentioned homosexuals
Did not mention homosexuals (81.6%)

Justifiability of homosexuality

Ranked #20 out of 79 regions surveyed. (Source: World Values Survey, 2017-2020)

Question: "Please tell me for each of the following statements whether you think it can always be justified, never be justified, or something in between."

(22.1%) Not justifiable
Justifiable (43.7%)

Opinion on same-sex couples as parents

Ranked #37 out of 74 regions surveyed. (Source: World Values Survey, 2017-2020)

Question: "Homosexual couples are as good parents as other couples"

(42.2%) Disagree
Agree (26.9%)

"Should society accept homosexuality?" (2019)

Ranked #10 out of 34 regions surveyed. (Source: Pew Research Center, May–October, 2019)

Question: "Should society accept homosexuality?"

(20%) No
Yes (75%)

Perceived prevalence of discrimination against transgender people (European Union)

Ranked #28 out of 28 regions surveyed. (Source: Eurobarometer, May 2019)

Question: "For each of the following types of discrimination, could you please tell me whether, in your opinion, it is very widespread, fairly widespread, fairly rare or very rare in (OUR COUNTRY)? Discrimination on the basis of: Being transgender"

(66%) Widespread
Rare (23%)

Acceptance of same-sex relationships (European Union)

Ranked #15 out of 28 regions surveyed. (Source: Eurobarometer, May 2019)

Question: "To what extent do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?: There is nothing wrong in a sexual relationship between two persons of the same sex"

(34%) Disagree
Agree (59%)

Perceived prevalence of discrimination against sexual orientation (European Union)

Ranked #26 out of 28 regions surveyed. (Source: Eurobarometer, May 2019)

Question: "For each of the following types of discrimination, could you please tell me whether, in your opinion, it is very widespread, fairly widespread, fairly rare or very rare in (OUR COUNTRY)? Discrimination on the basis of: Sexual orientation (being gay, lesbian, bisexual)"

(69%) Widespread
Rare (26%)

Support for transgender people changing legal gender (European Union)

Ranked #19 out of 28 regions surveyed. (Source: Eurobarometer, May 2019)

Question: "Do you think that transgender persons should be able to change their civil documents to match their inner gender identity?"

(42%) No
Yes (43%)

History

Homosexual activity in Italy

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Homosexual activity in Italy is legal.

Current status
Since 1890
Legal
No laws against homosexual relationships anywhere in Italy's Penal Code
Added by brennen  ·  3 accurate votes  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

Same-sex marriage in Italy

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Same-sex marriage in Italy is civil unions.

Current status
Since May 11, 2016
Civil unions
Italy's parliament has backed same-sex civil unions. MPs in the lower house voted 369-193 for the government, ensuring that the civil unions bill will become law. Same sex marriage pending.
Added by bjb  ·  0 accurate votes  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

1942–May 11, 2016
Unrecognized
Some symbolic civil unions are recognized in select regions though no full and meaningful recognition is given.
Added by leomorello  ·  1 accurate vote  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

Censorship of LGBT Issues in Italy

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Censorship of LGBT Issues in Italy is no censorship.

Current status
No censorship
In Italy, there are no laws restricting to discussion or promotion of LGBTQ+ topics.
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Right to change legal gender in Italy

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Right to change legal gender in Italy is legal, surgery not required.

Current status
Since Jul 23, 2015
Legal, surgery not required
A Supreme Court decision overruled the surgery requirement to change one's legal gender.
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Apr 14, 1982–Jul 23, 2015
Legal, but requires surgery
Surgery is required
Added by leomorello  ·  0 accurate votes  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

Legal recognition of non-binary gender in Italy

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Legal recognition of non-binary gender in Italy is not legally recognized.

Current status
Not legally recognized
Italy does not yet legally recognize non-binary identities.

However, a breaking decision on March 7, 2022, had the Italian court rule in favor of a non-binary person to have their gender recognized.

They are currently the only example of this recognition.
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LGBT discrimination in Italy

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LGBT discrimination in Italy is illegal in some contexts.

Current status
Since Jul 9, 2003
Illegal in some contexts
Only discrimination in workplace banned.
Added by leomorello  ·  0 accurate votes  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

Jul 9, 2003–Sep 1, 2018
Illegal in some contexts
Full discrimination protections pending.
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LGBT employment discrimination in Italy

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LGBT employment discrimination in Italy is sexual orientation only.

Current status
Since Jul 9, 2003
Sexual orientation only
Discrimination protection is afforded on the grounds of sexual orientation
Added by vviet93  ·  1 accurate vote  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

LGBT housing discrimination in Italy

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LGBT housing discrimination in Italy is no protections.

Current status
Since Jul 9, 2003
No protections
Currently, only employment discrimination is in place.
Added by vviet93  ·  1 accurate vote  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

Same-sex adoption in Italy

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Same-sex adoption in Italy is ambiguous.

Current status
Since Jun 26, 2019
Ambiguous
Adoption and foster care are regulated by the Legge 184/1983. Adoption is in principle permitted only to married couples who must be of the opposite sex. According to Italian law, there are no restrictions on foster care. In a limited number of situations, the law provides for "adoption in particular cases" by a single person, however, and this has been interpreted by some courts, including on the appeal court level, to include the possibility of stepchild adoption for unmarried (opposite-sex and same-sex) couples.
Added by Ro_Guy  ·  0 accurate votes  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

Until Jun 26, 2019
Illegal
Some courts have recognized foreign joint adoption. Some receptions are also made for step-children. Gay adoption legalizing pending.
Added by Ausyk  ·  0 accurate votes  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

Until 2015
Illegal
The couple applying for adoption must be a married, different sex couple. Custody has been granted to a same-sex parent on the basis of the "child's best interest," but this is very rare.
Added by leomorello  ·  2 accurate votes  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

Serving openly in military in Italy

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Serving openly in military in Italy is legal.

Current status
Since Dec 22, 1947
Legal
Added by brennen  ·  0 accurate votes  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

Blood donations by MSMs in Italy

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Blood donations by MSMs in Italy is legal.

Current status
Since 2001
Legal
Italy uses a risk-based donor selection system that treats MSM and heterosexual partners equally.
Added by leomorello  ·  0 accurate votes  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

Until 2001
Ambiguous
Italy legalizes blood donations as Health Minister lifts blood ban. However, Italy still denies men who engaged in "risky behaviors"
Added by RonnieFernando  ·  1 accurate vote  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

Until Jan 1, 2000
Banned (indefinite deferral)
The Italian Health Minister Umberto Veronesi lifted the gay blood ban in 2001.
Added by Simo  ·  0 accurate votes  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

Conversion therapy in Italy

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Conversion therapy in Italy is ambiguous.

Current status
Since 2013
Ambiguous
There is no explicit ban. However, the national psychological association officially stated in 2013 that conversion therapy goes strictly against its code of ethics and therefore is not allowed

Equal age of consent in Italy

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Equal age of consent in Italy is equal.

Current status
Equal
Age of consent: 14
Added by leomorello  ·  0 accurate votes  ·  Report Error  ·  Log