Watch: Italian Politician Vincenzo Spadafora Comes Out on Live TV

by Emell Adolphus

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Tuesday November 9, 2021

Vincenzo Spadafora
Vincenzo Spadafora  (Source:Screenshot via Twitter /@chetempochefa)

A prominent Italian politician is proving there is no formula to coming out and sometimes the moment comes during live TV.

Vincenzo Spadafora, a member of the Italian Chamber of Deputies, appeared on an episode of "Che Tempo Che Fa" ("What the Weather is Like") when he chose to come out, revealing he is gay, reports the New York Daily News. The moment was captured live on the Italian public broadcasting channel Rai 3 and posted to the show's Twitter account.

Spadafora was on the show to promote his upcoming book, "Senza Riserve: In Politica e nella Vita" ("No Reservations: In Politics and in Life"). He is a practicing Catholic and said he chose to come out to show that his sexuality was not "in contradiction" with his faith.

He also said that he wanted to set an example "because I learned perhaps too late that it is important to love and respect each other."

It was recently reported that the Italian Senate killed a bill that would have made anti-LGBTQ violence and misogyny a hate crime. The bill would have protected victims of violence against LGBTQ individuals, women and people with disabilities. It also would have extended an existing law that punishes violence and discrimination based on a person's race or religion.

When the legislation was killed, videos of the Italian legislature erupting in celebration reportedly appeared online.

Still, undeterred by those recent events, Spadafora felt it was time to live in his truth.

Watch the moment below.