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Forza Nuova hangs offensive banner on LGBT community center

Extremist group against 'gender bender' event in Bologna

Forza Nuova hangs offensive banner on LGBT community center

Bologna, October 26 - Members from the neo-fascist Forza Nuova (FN) political party claimed responsibilty for an offensive banner hung on the wall outside an LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community center in the north-central city of Bologna overnight Thursday. A sign reading "perversions must be cured" was signed Forza Nuova and the group posted pictures of the banner on their Facebook page. Exponents of FN said that they were targeting in particular the 10th edition of an educational event focusing on sexual identities sponsored by the city of Bologna and the region of Emilia-Romagna starting Saturday called Gender Bender. "Municipal councilors and provincial and regional authorities confuse the meaning of the word culture," the group said on their Facebook page, showing a picture of the banner and calling their operation a "blitz". They also condemned the Jewish community and Israeli embassy for supporting the event that they called "offensive to religion and the Catholic Church".

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