Nine days before Gay Pride is supposed to take place in Rome (Saturday, 7 June), the organisers have discovered that the march can no longer end in Piazza San Giovanni, despite authorisation having been granted in April. Why not? Because it would coincide with a choral performance and convention in the Lateran Palace, next door to St. John Lateran. The Lateran Palace has extraterritorial status, which means it doesn’t actually belong to Italy or come under Italian jurisdiction, fiscal or otherwise, but that’s clearly less important than ensuring the discomfort of the many thousands of Italian taxpayers who’d expected to end their annual march (sorry, vulgar exhibitionist display) in a square traditionally associated with civil rights and the left.
Alemanno strikes again.