Italy’s far-right Premier Giorgia Meloni firmly responded to criticism from her Canadian counterpart during the G7 Summit regarding her government’s stance on LGBTQ+ rights. Speaking at a news conference in Hiroshima, Japan, where the annual summit of leaders from seven of the world’s leading industrialized nations is taking place, Meloni addressed the issue raised by Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau.
Trudeau expressed concern over Italy’s positions on LGBTQ+ rights moments before their private bilateral talks during the summit. Meloni, visibly irritated, maintained her composure as Trudeau switched to French to summarize his remarks. Once the cameras departed, the two leaders embarked on their closed-door discussions.
Earlier this year, Meloni’s government issued a directive to city halls, altering the automatic registration process for both parents in same-sex couples. The change restricted the recognition of parental rights solely to the biological parent, sparking protests by gay rights activists who labeled the move as homophobic.
In response to Trudeau’s remark, Meloni dismissed it as misinformation and propaganda, asserting that it did not align with reality. She emphasized that dialogue is crucial to understanding the Italian government’s true stance on LGBTQ+ rights.
Italy’s Premier Giorgia Meloni’s firm response to LGBTQ+ rights criticism at the G7 Summit reflects the ongoing dialogue and attempts to dispel misconceptions surrounding her government’s position. As Italy navigates these discussions, the importance of understanding different perspectives and fostering open conversations remains paramount in addressing LGBTQ+ rights on a global scale.