Italian Mafia Now Accepts Gay Members

by Sam Cronin

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Tuesday December 10, 2019

A new article by the New York Post details a striking revelation about the Italian mafia — it's now no longer fiercely homophobic and accepts gay members.

Nicola Gratteri, an anti-mafia investigator in Calbria, told the Times of London: "The mafia have evolved along with society. Gays can be accepted now, even as foot soldiers, so long as they don't parade it in public."

Gratteri claims to have seen letters describing "'passionate' letters between a crime boss and a young lieutenant, and has eavesdropped on phone conversations revealing many mafia foot soldiers enjoy transvestite bars," according to the New York Post.

The Post goes on to say "the scion of one crime family is living as a drag queen under the name 'Lady Godiva.'" Homosexuality, however, is still taboo among the older crime bosses.

"It undermines their image of themselves as tough, virile guys," Gratteri said.

Times of London subscribers can read the original report with Gratteri at the link here.

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