There’s this place between my town and the next big one, just in the middle. It’s a very big place, the old railway station, renovated and open to all groups of people, even if it’s a private club (but you just have to pay a few bucks and get a pass that last all year and it’s valid also for all the clubs like this in Italy).
It’s called “Fuori Orario” – out of schedule/after hours – and you can have a seat outside or inside. Inside there’s also an old train, always crowded (especially in winter) when you can seat and have something to eat and to drink (it’s also a restaurant, nothing too pretentious but their paella is wonderful!). Almost every night there’s music played there, either live or mixed by a DJ and you can dance. It’s usually packed with young but sometimes the average age rises up according to the occasion.
Last week there was one of the special nights…so I went with my daughter, her friend with her mom and other friends….the official version is that they took us with them!
There was a group performing and they were very good, but the main reason we were there was this woman
“Woman” is how she call herself and everyone else doesn’t behave in a different way, but actually she’s a transgender, Vladimir Luxuria, an Italian actress, writer, politician and television hot. Luxuria was a Communist Refoundation Party member of the Italian parliament, and the first openly transgender member of Parliament in Europe, and the world’s second openly transgender MP after New Zealander Georgina Beyer. She lost her seat in the election of April, 2008.
Luxuria has long been a strong advocate for gay rights and a participant in events promoting equality for homosexuals. She helped organize Italy’s first gay pride festival in 1994 and continued her activism throughout her tenure as a politician; in May 2007, she took part in the second Muscovite gay pride parade. She used her prominence in Italian politics once elected as a platform for advocating gay rights. In the lead-up to her election, Luxuria made gay rights an issue of her campaign and felt herself to be a representative of the LGBT community, saying, “We don’t want privileges – we want our rights.” In addition, Luxuria called for civil unions to be enabled for gay couples and for Italy to accommodate political asylum for “all gays who try to get into Italy from countries where homosexuality is punishable by death”. Luxuria also campaigned prior to the elections for gays to have cohabitation rights, and had helped campaign by winning the support of Italy’s left. Furthermore, Luxuria outlined her long-term support for full gay marriage rights, comparable with Spain’s implementation of the law. In September 2006, she stated that the Vatican’s ongoing influence in politics, specifically in regards to gay marriage, contravened clauses of the Italian Constitution. Luxuria reacted to Pope Benedict XVI’s end-of-year speech in 2008, when he compared protecting the environment with saving humanity from a “blurring of gender” (homosexual or transsexual behaviour), by saying that such comments were “hurtful”.
It was so interesting to listen to all the proposals she has for assuring that everyone has the right to be who he/she is no matter what, and to learn how other countries have dealt with the subject. The night was organized by the club itself with the help of a couple of lesbians married abroad who are fighting the italian system in order to get egual rights for all. Their experience was such a eyes opener to me.