Italy: 'Improper' use of transgender photo by Italian political party

A student from Bristol is taking legal action after a picture of her friend was "misrepresented" by an Italian political party campaigning against transgender education in schools. Rose Morelli, 17, said it was "hugely distressing" to see the photo of Alex Elliot on the leaflet by the right-wing Fratelli d'Italia.

She is now taking legal action after her lawyer said Alex's image had been "misrepresented" and may have breached copyright issues.

Italian law does not currently legislate against crimes motivated by the sexual orientation or gender identity of the victims. On its website, the Trentino branch of the Italian gay rights group, Arcigay, described Fratelli d'Italia's use of Ms Morelli's photo as "an insult".

In a message on Twitter, Fratelli d'Italia said the use of the photo had been "improper". However, the party maintained that "it is right to campaign against gender teaching in school".  Read More via the BBC