Italy’s first openly lesbian MP, Paola Concia, married in Frankfurt Friday, the first time an Italian politician has married someone of the same sex. Concia, gay spokesperson for the centre-left Democratic Party (PD), exchanged vows with Ricarda Trautmann, a criminologist from Cologne, Germany. Concia said she would have tied the knot “sooner” but a “pile” of documents from her previous marriage, to a man, had been buried in 2009’s devastating earthquake in L’Aquila.
“Unlike others I want to get married,” Concia announced on Italian radio last year. “And we must work in parliament to win rights equivalent to marriage in Italy too”.
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano’) about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
His scribblings have appeared in various publications from Woman’s Weekly to Gay Times, and he wrote the ‘Danza in Italia’ column for Dancing Times magazine.