Home' South Florida Gay News : SFGN 090215 Contents 14 • 9.2.2015
(SFGN) The Guardian Reports (http://bit.
ly/1hkRGaR ) an Italian author’s children’s
book, examining different types of families
was banned by the mayor of Venice, but
blessed by the Pope.
In Francesca Pardi’s book Piccolo Uovo
(Little Egg,) “the egg encounters a pair of
gay penguins, lesbian rabbits successfully
bringing up a family, as well as other family
models, including a single parent hippo, a
mixed race dog couple, and kangaroos that
have adopted polar bear cubs.
The book, however, was met with
disapproval by Venice’s new mayor, Luigi
Brugnaro, who in June banned Piccolo Uovo
and about 50 other titles from schools. The
decision led more than 250 Italian authors
to demand their own books be removed
from the city’s shelves, a move one writer
described as a “protest against an appalling
gesture of censorship and ignorance,’ ” says
the Guardian story.
But according to a report in the Daily Beast
(http://bit.ly/1PHeA7z ) Pardi responded by
sending a few of her books to Pope Francis,
to receive his blessing. Later, Pardi detailed
the Pope’s response in a Facebook post:
Fact one: I received a letter that was
written on behalf of Pope Francis.
Fact two: the Vatican has confirmed to
me that my letter had been read,” she wrote.
Fact three: I was told that the gift of the
books and the letter were a delicate gesture
and [that] they appreciated the sentiments.
Fact four: it was expressed that we
continue our activities in the service of the
younger generation and dissemination of
human and Christian values.
Fact five: it is a private expression of
respect for us and for our business.
Fact six: Meri and I have received the
apostolic blessing. These are the facts. The
rest are interpretations.
(AP) Sam Stanley became the first
professional English rugby union player
to come out, it was reported today in an
interview in the Sunday Times.
The Guardian reported (http://bit.
ly/1JHeGYa) that the 23-year old England
Sevens player “revealed he contemplated
suicide because he was scared telling the
truth would ruin his rugby career.”
“I was standing on a bridge about four or
five years ago, overlooking a motorway in
Essex,” Stanley told the Times. “However,
looking back, the idea that I would jump was
ridiculous but it was as if I was thinking that
I could get rid of the pain in one go. You are
so worried about what people will think and
I thought I couldn’t be a macho rugby player
the way I was, and there was nothing else I
wanted to do with my life.”
“Stanley’s decision to come out comes
nearly six years after the former Wales
captain Gareth Thomas revealed he is gay,”
states the Guardian story. “Two years before
that, the referee Nigel Owens did likewise.
Earlier this month Keegan Hirst became
the first British rugby league professional
to come out as gay. ‘It is going to be an issue
until more people and athletes come out,
until it is not an issue at all. It might take
years but hopefully, lots of people will find
the courage,’ added Stanley.”
Earlier this year Stanley wrote [Cyd
Zeigler, the co-founder of Outsports:] “It’s
awesome to see so many athletes being true
to themselves now. The thing for me was
never that I wasn’t ready it was more how to
do it. I was going to put it on Twitter but my
other half convinced me not to. I’m happy
with how it’s all gone.”
Watch Sam Stanley get naked and [sing]
James Bay’s ‘We are on Fire:’ (http://bit.
Compiled by Jillian Melero
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