LGBT activists snap protest picture with anti-LBGT Salvini

As Italy's Deputy Prime Minister of Italy and Minister of the Interior Matteo Salvini posed for a photo with the two women, he did not expect them to kiss in an act of protest against his notoriously anti-LGBT views. 

Eliza Archer
Eliza Archer NewsMavens, Europe
LGBT activists snap protest picture with anti-LBGT Salvini - NewsMavens
Gaia, Matilde and Matteo Salvini. Instagram

Why this story matters:

At an election rally in Caltanissetta, Sicily, two LGTB activists tempted an unknowing Matteo Salvini with a request for a photo. As Salvini smiled for the camera, the two activists kissed -- making a stand against Salvini’s anti-LGBT opinions voiced during the World Congress of Families (WCF).

At the conference, Salvini actively defended what he claimed was the right for children to “a mother and a father”.

When speaking to Euronews the pair said,  "We made a provocative instinctive gesture, not at all premeditated. On stage, Salvini did not expect us to take a picture like this. When we kissed, an agent I think, separated us sharply and Salvini then told us 'I wish you luck' so we took off thanking him ironically."

In a separate interview the activists stated, “This provocative idea came to our mind because he was clearly standing for Verona’s WCF. We have achieved our goal. we made ourselves heard and this is important.”


The women, Gaia and Matilde, took to Instagram to publish the photo, captioning the moment “Ciao amico @matteosalviniofficial”.

Details from the story:

  • The WFC -- a group supported by Christians from the US -- held a three-day conference in the Italian city of Verona last month.
  • The conference’s call was to restore the “natural family order”.
  • Italy’s far-right has actively supported the group and the conference.
  • Salvini has made little effort to hide his controversial opinions.

Project #Femfacts co-financed by European Commission Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology as part of the Pilot Project – Media Literacy For All

The information and views set out on this website are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official opinion of the European Union. Neither the European Union institutions and bodies nor any person acting on their behalf may be held responsible for the use which may be made of the information contained therein.

NewsMavens is a media start-up within Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland's largest liberal broadsheet published by Agora S.A. NewsMavens is currently financed by Gazeta Wyborcza and Google DNI Fund.
Is something happening in your country that Newsmavens should cover?
Zuzanna Ziomecka
Zuzanna Ziomecka EDITOR IN CHIEF
Lea Berriault-Jauvin
Lea Berriault Managing Editor
Jessica Sirotin
Jessica Sirotin EDITOR
Ada Petriczko
Ada Petriczko EDITOR
Gazeta Wyborcza, Agora SA Czerska 8/10 00-732, Warsaw Poland
The e-mail addresses provided above are not intended for recruitment purposes. Messages concerning recruitment will be deleted immediately. Your personal data provided as part of your correspondence with Zuzanna,Lea, Jessica and Ada will be processed for the purpose of resolving the issue you contacted us about. The data provided in your email is controlled by Agora S.A. with its registered office in Warsaw Czerska 8/10 Street (00-732). You can find more information about the processing and protection of your personal data at