Italy: Pope Francis Dines with Gay and Transgender Inmates in Naples Prison

Pope Francis on Saturday met with 10 gay, transgender and HIV-positive prisoners during a daylong visit to the Italian city of Naples. Andrea Miluzzo, director of LGBT News Italia, told the Washington Blade the inmates were among the 90 prisoners with whom the pontiff had lunch during his visit to an overcrowded prison in the city’s Poggioreale neighborhood.

Members of the local affiliate of Arcigay, an Italian LGBT advocacy group, were among those who were allowed to stand along the streets of Scampia, a poor Neapolitan neighborhood overrun with crime, earlier in the day as Francis passed through in his open-air car known as the pope-mobile. Read More