Italy: MP writes open letter to ‘suicidal’ gay teen

In a public exchange of letters that has touched many Italians, the speaker of the parliament has asked to meet a young gay man who says he feels suicidal in one of Europe’s most homophobic societies.

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The letter published in La Repubblica newspaper on 25 May, by Davide Tancredi, said: “I am gay, I am 17-years old and this letter is my last alternative to suicide in a troglodyte society; in a world that does not accept me even though I’m born that way.

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“Not everyone is fortunate enough to be born heterosexual. If there was a little less discrimination and a little more sympathy or Christian charity, people would stop hating.”

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