In Rome, « Gay » Christmas Lights Sparkle over Via del Corso
Dec 08 2013
by Marc Dedonder

In Rome, « Gay » Christmas Lights Sparkle over Via del Corso

Christmas Lights on one of the busiest shopping streets in Rome, Via del Corso, were swiched on Friday. The huge colorful electric banner covers the street nearly over a mile and is much talk : Rome’s Mayor Rome is said to have chosen these colors to send a message against homophobia, after the suicide this year of a gay teenager in Rome.

One of Rome’s councilors believes that with these illuminations, " Rome wants to send a clear message: this is the capital of rights."

In the opposite side, to the right, this gesture is denounced by some who see it as a provocation.

To try to defuse controversy, the company behind the illuminations now indicates that they are ultimately a tribute to late Nelson Mandela...

It’s up to anyone to see what he wants to see here. Let’s just note that these lovely illuminations include 7 colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. But the true rainbow flag, the LGBT flag, does include only 6 colors (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet).