“I am gay, it is fair to say “. Vincenzo Spadafora, former minister of 5 Star Movement, fa coming out in studio a What’s the weather like, gives Fabio Fazio on Rai3. And he is moved. “I think that people’s private lives should remain that way – he begins, already visibly excited – but I also think those who have a public role, a political role, have some more responsibilities”.
Declaring one’s homosexuality is a choice that “I made for myself, it is important to love and respect each other”. Fazio seems surprised, in front of his host’s shining eyes he is almost tempted to stop him, while the audience in the studio applauds with conviction.
Spadafora talks about his homosexuality in his book, Without reserve. “It was a way for me – he explains – also to testify my political commitment. I am also very Catholic, it may seem in contradiction but it is not at all. Homosexuality comes into politics also used to hurt, to hit the opponent, with a buzz that I wanted to turn off tonight. I hope to be considered for what I do, for what I am, and from tomorrow I will perhaps be happier because I will feel freer “.
In fact, for some time we have been talking, in shameful terms, of “lobby gay” inside the 5 Star Movement. Luigi Di Maio himself, in his autobiographical book A love called politics, wanted to remember when on social networks he was identified as gay “to discredit me”. A phrase that had also attracted the (rather instrumental) indignation of Lilli Gruber, who with Di Maio guest at Half past eight he had seen fit to “try” him: “Excusatio non petita? How can we talk about homosexuality as a discredit in 2021?”.