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Italian Gay Center Targeted, Robbed

A CCTV camera caught bulglars stealing goods and donations from an LGBT+ center in Rome, according to Pink News.

Italy's LGBT+ association assists LGBT people by providing services such as a hotline for victims of homophobic attacks. The association needs donations to keep the center running, but a group of people broke into the association's headquarters during the night between the 24th and the 25th and stole the equivalent of $11,400 in goods and donations.

The Gay Center's Facebook page created a post that denounced the bulglars and said that stealing donations which are used to temporarily shelter LGBT people and test for HIV and other STIs, is an act of cowardice. 

Fabrizio Marrazzo, the spokesperson for the Gay Center, said that there was emotional damage as well as financial damage. He noted that it was difficult for him to watch as the bulglars violating the rooms that the center uses every day to help people. He said, “The CCTV footage shows the thieves comfortably walking around and calmly pillaging whatever was available.” He believes that whoever was responsible for this crime must have planned it, as they seemed to know where they were going.

The thieves damaged property and stole several laptops and cellphones. To recover from the losses, Marrazzo launched a crowdfunding campaign to gain back the money that was lost and during the first few hours of the campaign being announced, people donated about €600, or approximately $683.

The Gay Center has been previously targeted by the far right group "Forza Nuova" (New Force) after a civil union bull was approved by Italian lawmakers. 

It's upsetting that donations were stolen because they do provide vital services, but Marrazzo is not going to stop assisting the LGBT+ association because he will not let bulglars destroy the center.


h/t: Pink News