Italy elects its first transgender mayor

Recent elections bring an unexpected result for a small right-wing-oriented town.

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Why this story matters:

In a small town in the province of Pavia, Gianmarco Negri has been elected to hold the position of mayor. The 40-year-old lawyer, who won with almost 38% of the votes, was born Maria. For years he has been a strong advocate for the rights of the transgender community. This result was unexpected, considering that the majority of citizens of the same town voted for the Lega during the last European elections. Fabrizio Marrazzo, spokeperson for the LGBTQI+ organisation Gay Center, commented:

“We give Negri our best wishes and we hope that many more lesbian, gay and transsexual people will be elected, to build a more inclusive and freer Italy”.

Details from the story:

  • Negri won over Antonio Pavia, the candidate for the right, and Renato Cappa, candidate for Lega
  • During the European elections, the Gay Center launched the campaign #TransVote to raise awareness concerning the discrimination transgender people who have not yet changed their sex in the registry face when voting

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