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Gay Teen’s Letter to Newspaper “Last Alternative to Suicide”

Gay Teen’s Letter to Newspaper “Last Alternative to Suicide”

17-year-old Italian Davide Trancredi doesn’t want to take his own life.

He recently had a letter published in La Repubblica, one of Italy’s main left-leaning newspapers, in which he wrote a desperate plea for tolerance because, as a gay kid, he feels like suicide may soon be his only option to end the social stigma he endures.

He reportedly wrote:

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.

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.

Laura Boldrini, the Italian House Speaker, read Trancredi’s article and swiftly issued an open letter in which she stressed how much she wanted to help:

I have a daughter not much older than you, and I’m deeply disturbed by your cry for help. [...]

A country that considers itself civilised cannot afford to live without a law against “homophobia,” an evil that drives many young people to take their own lives.

She went on to invite Davide Trancredi to visit her in the legislative chamber to discuss gay rights issues.

Boldrini, despite her position requiring a neutral stance, has angered the Italian right-wing by making several statements on so-called social issues.

For instance, on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia in May, she gave a speech condemning what she perceives as macho culture reducing “women to objects and homosexuals to caricatures.”

Italy currently lags behind many European countries in terms of its LGBT rights laws.

While Italy does have gay-inclusive workplace protection provisions and allows gay people to serve in the military, Italian law has been very slow to go beyond these provisions.

Currently, Italy does not enumerate LGBTs for hate crime tracking. It also makes very little provisions for recognizing same-sex couples, meaning that same-sex couples have no way to share rights to property, social security and inheritance.

They also cannot jointly adopt or adopt each other’s children via second parent adoptions.

In 2010, the Constitutional Court (Corte Costituzionale) issued a landmark ruling that recognized same sex couples have a “legitimate social formation, similar to and deserving homogeneous treatment as marriage.”

This indicated that same-sex partner recognition should be legalized. So far no real action has been taken. However, it appears that David Tancredi’s story may spawn change.

A member of Silvio Berlusconi’s conservative People of Freedom Party (PDL) has said he will introduce legislation to allow same-sex couples to enter into civil partnerships, the Independent reports.

While marriage will not be part of the bill PDL senator Galan, who was reportedly “moved by the words of David Tancredi,” has predicted wide support for the bill and that, in time, a move toward marriage equality would be possible.

Galan has also issued a challenge to the Vatican, whose influence has been credited as the main force opposing gay rights in Italy, that it should not concern itself with matters of politics like these because they do not affect religious freedoms.

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7:37AM PDT on Oct 30, 2013

Cindi S. “Bravo, Tim M. You have presented the case perfectly.” Is it that you have a very odd understanding of presenting a perfect case … or was your comment tongue in cheek? A good case would be one with facts and references. An emotive case can be quite good, but it still needs the foundation of substance to which people are to be persuaded.

Authoritative presentation of dogma never suffices.

7:36AM PDT on Oct 30, 2013

Tim M. The church = McDonalds … mmm; interesting. Just the same, really; good analogy?

Actually, they are closer than you realize. A great deal of work has gone into understanding addiction and for many of us relying upon either fits within that category. Are you up with the science that makes the “will power” argument a little simplistic?

“we always find someone else to blame” I don’t ALWAYS find someone, but sometimes, it is someone else who is to blame. But I applaud you for being able to share with us that it is your mum who has engendered the sharing of these opinions with us. The first step to fighting addiction is to admit you have a problem. Well done!

I am impressed you supported Davide Trancredi … “that person makes a decision to stand up and seek help and to move forward with their own being” … and that is what he did.

7:36AM PDT on Oct 30, 2013

Tim M. “Responsibility for your own being and happiness starts by looking in the mirror.” / “If I was made to feel unwelcome or unloved by the church I would not go there.”

Not everyone can live by these two fancies. Children for example should not be on their own for happiness … by looking in the mirror.” Nor those with severe brain damage, nor those who have lives other than the safe, middle class lives that we have … who endure starvation, rape, murder, on a daily basis as their countries disintegrate. Here in Australia we are turning away those who make the decision to leave such countries; to “not go there”.

It seems that many here find you unwelcome, and you are unloved … does this mean you will stop posting? I hope not.

7:35AM PDT on Oct 30, 2013

Tim M. I find it hard to understand what you have written … But I’ll do my best to unravel it. I need to know what you mean by “The church”.

If you are talking about Catholicism you don’t have to look further than the Borgers to see a church “bend to the will of the people on moral issues” … ie, the Popes. But I’m not sure that is what you are talking about … “The Church” is such a broad term; and I’m sure I probably could find one that is set up to follow the input of its members. Does an atheist gathering qualify to be called “The Church” http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/feb/03/atheist-church-sunday-assembly-islington.

Another problem I have … “Allan Y., why should they bend.” I don’t seem to be able to find the part of Allan’s comment that leads to your response.

6:17AM PDT on Jun 7, 2013

We should all be more tolerant. People are people.

9:11PM PDT on Jun 6, 2013

heart-breaking

4:11PM PDT on Jun 6, 2013

If a person claims to be christian that doesn't really mean they are.

1:08AM PDT on Jun 6, 2013

He states: "not everyone is fortunate to be born heterosexual" - that says a lot about how he sees himself, he does not accept himself. He needs help.

4:51PM PDT on Jun 5, 2013

I agree with Svetlana B.

6:17AM PDT on Jun 5, 2013

May God grant Davide peace and the will to live. As a lesbian I feel for this young man and as a teacher I promote not just tolerance but acceptance. It is time for civilized countries to promote acceptance for the LDBT community and then pull the under developed countries kicking and screaming into the 21st Century.
While we are at it we should try pulling the USA`s GOP along with the under developed countries. They act like they are part of the old koots society.

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