“Here someone has mistaken communism for a menagerie where everyone brags about their sexual itches…. is clean people“. It’s just one of the comments addressed on Facebook by a university professor of Messina a Davide Curcuruto, a 25enne originally from the city and student of Sociology in Bologna. It all started when the teacher, who teaches Chemistry, on April 7th he shared a post by Curcuruto on catcalling, accompanied by an eloquent comment: “E the idiot of the week is… “. The post, public on the social network until Sunday evening, needless to say, triggered homophobic comments and violent against the boy. “Breathe it same oxygen of these people disturbs me deeply “, writes one of the commentators, to whom the teacher of the city of the Strait does not fail to put a like. “Lost fagot“,” To the south so tanned you get beaten to blood ”. On the other hand, he himself unleashed and participated in the chaos of messages against the young man: “Yeah your profile picture says it all … ‘let’s strike from the genre’ … when you don’t know how to keep the desire to get caught and you must necessarily let the world know ”, reads another comment in his own hand.
Faced with all this, Davide decided to report: “I also did it to give a strong signal to the city”. Reached on the phone, his voice is serene: “I realized it because at a certain point I got gods comments from friends we had in common. It happened in the past that this gentleman and I met in political meetings, from communist formations from which I then came out: now I am an activist of Queer Liberation, in Messina. As soon as I read it I immediately compared myself with the other members and then I went in police headquarters in Bologna to report everything and also to ask for protection when I return home “. On the other hand, reasons to fear for his safety already had them: “When I was 17, on the bus that takes me from Messina to a small town on the coast, Villafranca, they attacked. After threatening me with death, four of them grabbed me and tried to throw me off the bus saying I should crash into the bus. overhang and die there. In the face of all that gratuitous violence, which I could not understand, I did not know how to react. Worst of all though was seeing anyone on that bus (from the driver to the last passenger) completely indifferent”.
Only 17 years old. As soon as he was able, Davide went away: “One of the reasons for sure that pushed me and I cannot deny that I went away with grudge, being a queer teenager in Messina has been one of the hardest things in my life, and I can finally say it now without resentment. Now that, being away, I have learned to again love the place that I left, In the meantime I realized that even if in different forms, homophobia lurks everywhere. Today I have a greater awareness and I wanted to give this strong signal to my city ”. There, that is, where still a minor has experienced an episode of violence among those that could sanction the Zan law: “A law that is only the beginning of an important social path”, he comments. But Davide now finds himself attacked by a professor from the university of that same city from which he had left with rancor. “When I saw the post I thought: what if he did it again? – has continued -. If he did it again with a smaller one, with fewer networks, exactly like me 7 years ago? Other devastated lives? For this this time I decided to report, because today I am in a community, today at my side there are Liberazione Queer + and Arcigay Messina together with other realities: I am not alone, never again ”.
“The University of Messina has always been open and tolerant”, the president of Arcigay Messina, Rosario Duca, is keen to underline. And the rector, Salvatore Cuzzocrea, immediately spoke of “unacceptable homophobic behavior“. Cuzzocrea also met the associations and then issued a note announcing measures: “Rosario Duke was received by the Rector and the Deputy Vice Rector, and was invited to send all the necessary documentation in order to activate the necessary disciplinary procedures”.