My research project's main aim is to highlight the difficulties and the changes that a young Italian queer person may experience in their life and how those events affect their lifestyle, while also analysing how moving to a more tolerant reality than their original living context might change these individuals' perceptions of themselves. First of all, I depict the ways the Italian sociopolitical context affects people who belong to the local LGBTQ+ community. As a matter of fact, Italy can’t be considered one of the most gay-friendly countries in the world. The main reason behind local homophobic trends might be considered to be the presence of strong patriarchal and religious beliefs. Generally, these trends are upheld mostly by elderlies living in small towns, who are strongly attached to conservative Christian worldviews. On the other hand, most youths, who have come to know more open mindsets, are trying go beyond the traditional sexual and gender standards of the society they live in. Italy, as a matter of fact, is denoted by polarised views on gender and sexuality. This state of affairs has a huge influence on young queer people who have just started to develop what will be their future identity. The challenges that queer individuals have to deal with are many, due to being often ostracised by the society they live in. Close-minded people, as a matter of fact, are harming them in different ways, at times verbally, other times through direct violence, which they try to normalise. For this reason, many queer teenagers dream of leaving Italy, in order to find friendlier environments, where they will be accepted for who they are, and often move to Northern Europe, as this region is known, also statistically, to be more open-minded and accepting of LGBTQ+ people. Through my project's interviews, I look at how moving to Northern-European countries influenced the lives of some young queer Italians, changing their ways of expressing themselves and living their daily lives, assessing whether these adoptive countries actually represent a more queer-friendly reality than the Italian one.
Arianna Zampa
I am Arianna Zampa and I am from Italy. I study at Sapienza University and follow the course of Global Humanities

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