Gay couple forbidden from hugging at beach resort in Italy

Accusations of homophobia have resurfaced in southern Italy after a teenage couple were told they could not hug in public at a beach resort in Caserta last Friday.

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A 17-year-old and an 18-year-old man were “intimidated” by the life guard at the Lido Arcobaleno beach resort in Caserta, in the Campania region, while they hugged in the pool.

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“We were in the pool like everyone else,” one of the young men, who was not named in the story, told Repubblica. “While we were in the water, like everyone else present, we also embraced, a spontaneous embrace, but we are two men and it was not appreciated.”

The 17-year-old Caserta resident says the lifeguard then approached and asked them to refrain from hugging as “there are children present in the facility.” The lifeguard asked the young men to remain more “composed”, reports.

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