Myriam Cristallo

Coming Out. Ten years of omosexual struggles in Italy: 1971-1981

introduction by Ivan Scalfarotto

afterworld by Benedetto Della Vedova

THE BOOK: FUORI! was the first Italian Omosexual Association born in 1971 thanks to the commitment of someItalian activists. It is is the historial memory of the movement and the promotor of a literature award which brings the same denomination. The author brings in the book her personal life experiences, inside the FUORI! Association also, getting back to those years in which the first and pioneeristic struggles against the “respectable” system to obtain civil rights in the Seventies when being omosexual was considered a social tabu and a topic dealt with ignorance and prejudice. Myriam Cristallo shares her experience of FUORI! talking about the relationships with the left wing parties and Partito Redicale, as well as about Pierpaolo Pasolini and Umberto Eco speeches covering a period that goes from the first unprejudiced struggles, the fight against the Church up to the homophobe assassinations. This is an essay that pushes the reader to read, re-read and think.

Myriam Cristallo, was born in Turin. She taught Italian literature and History at secondary schools. In 1970 she was the only heterosexual founder member of FUORI!. In 1972 she cooperated with the Milan
magazine Utopia which dealt about Marxian philosophy whose editor in chief was Mario Spinella. Afterwards, she wrote and published non-fiction essays.

Ivan Scalfarotto (Pescara, 1965) is a politician, writer and activist. Graduated in Law in Naples, he worked in the Banca Commerciale, Banco Ambrosiano Veneto and Citigroup. She is in politics since 2009 and is currently Officer in the Italian Ministry of Economic Development and International Trade. He’s a
civil rights activist, in 2015 and 2016 his name is listed in the “Global Diversity List” amongst the influential 50 people that promote “diversity” culture and equal opportunites.

Benedetto della Vedova (Sondrio, 1962). Italian politician. Ha graduated at “Bocconi” Univerity in Milan in economic matters and cooperated with Radicale Radio and the most important Italian financial newspaper, Il Sole 24 Ore. He was member of the Italian and of the European Parliament. Currently, he’s Officer in the Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Ministry.

«Siamo quello che siamo, viviamo in un Paese migliore, perché qualcuno ha parlato quando era più comodo tacere, si è esposto quando era più comodo nascondersi, ha preso posizione quando era più facile mettersi da parte».

Ivan Scalfarotto

«Questo libro è bello per la freschezza. Comunica un’immediatezza, a livello anche espressivo, che conquista il lettore. È un libro che mi è piaciuto molto».

Fabrizio Petri

Presidente Associazione Globe-Mae

«Quando ho letto questo libro mi è sembrato di fare un tuffo nel presente. Tante tematiche, persone, racconti che Myriam ha fatto in questo libro sono tuttora attuali. Una ricostruzione fondamentale per i giovani, affinché conoscano la storia, di cui spesso ci dimentichiamo».

Mario Colamarino

Presidente Circolo di Cultura Omossessuale Mario Mieli

author: Myriam Cristallo
title: Coming Out. Ten years of omosexual struggles in Italy: 1971-1981
introduction by Ivan Scalfarotto
afterworld by Benedetto Della Vedova
pages: 208
price: 16,00 €
ISBN: 9788899918057

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