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Making LGBTQ+ memories and histories

A dialogue with the activists

Add to calendar 2022-04-08 16:00 2022-04-08 18:00 Europe/Rome Making LGBTQ+ memories and histories Palazzo Strozzi YYYY-MM-DD


08 April 2022

16:00 - 18:00 CEST


Palazzo Strozzi

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As part of the first LGBT+ History Month Italia, the Queer and Feminist Studies Working Group and the Scuola Normale Superiore (in the joint group called FIG - Florence Intersectionality and Gender Working Group) organize a public event in the city of Florence entitled Costruire Memorie e storie collettive LGBTQ+. Un dialogo con lз militantз (Making LGBTQ+ memories and histories. A conversation with activists), in cooperation with two local LGBTQ+ associations IREOS and Azione Gay e Lesbica.

The making of LGBTQ+ histories and memories involves a variety of actors and experiences in an ongoing and lively dialogue. Historical chronologies and narratives are time and again defined, modified, pitched, contested – it is a continuous process, rarely free of tensions and ruptures.

The event looks at the dynamics that shaped LGBTQ+ histories and memories in Italy. Three activists (with different backgrounds in terms of genders, biographies, and politics) accepted our invitation to share their views on the topic: Angelo Pezzana, Porpora Marcasciano, and Nerina Milletti. All of them have had a crucial role in Italian LGBTQ+ political and cultural life since the 1970s in different organizations and regions.

Angelo Pezzana, Porpora Marcasciano, and Nerina Milletti will be joined on the panel by Riccardo Bulgarelli, Irina Aguiari, Anna Lavizzari, researchers from the European University Institute and the Scuola Normale Superiore, as well as by two representatives of the local LGBTQ+ associations Azione Gay e Lesbica and IREOS and Maurizio Gelatti, co-president of the Fondazione Sandro Penna/FUORI! of Turin.

Activists’ profiles:

Angelo Pezzana was one of the leaders of the Fronte Unitario Omosessuale Rivoluzionario Italiano (FUORI!), founded in 1971, in which he was active throughout the 1970s. He has founded the Fondazione Sandro Penna/FUORI! that from the early 1980s has promoted LGBTQ+ history and culture with books, events and publications.

Nerina Milletti has participated in the women’s movement and in lesbian groups since the second half of the 1970s. She has been working on lesbian history since the 1990s, creating an online repository of historical materials and writing a variety of essays and books on lesbian and gender history.

Porpora Marcasciano was active in the NARCISO (Nuclei Armati Rivoluzionari Comunisti Internazionali Sovversivi Omosessuali) since the mid-1970s and in 1979 she contributed to the foundation of the Movimento Identità Trans (MIT) she chaired between 2010 and 2016. She is the author of many works on transgender history and of several autobiographies. She is now part of the city council of Bologna.

The event will be in person, open to the public and broadcasted on the Scuola Normale Superiore’s online channel. The discussion will be in Italian.

For further information please contact Riccardo Bulgarelli

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The event will be held in person at Palazzo Strozzi, open to the public and broadcasted on the Scuola Normale Superiore’s online channel. The discussion will be in Italian.



Porpora Marcasciano (Movimento Indentità Trans)

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