Italy’s anti-discrimination head embroiled in gay sex club scandal

John Russell

Nobody does a sex scandal quite like the Italians! A public official. Tens of thousands of misused taxpayer euros. Secret gay sex clubs. A TV show called The Hyenas. The Hyenas!

Reuters reported Monday that Francesco Spano, the head of Italy’s National Office Against Racial Discrimination (UNAR), has resigned after The Hyenas, an investigative news show, claimed that the anti-discrimination office funneled 55,000 euros to three gay venues that offer male sex workers and dark rooms for sexual encounters.

According to the UK’s Pink News, Spano was also listed as a member of one of the clubs, a fact which he could not explain.

The scandal has reportedly lead to homophobic backlash against the department in Italy, while LGBT rights org GayLib’s Daniele Priori had called for the Italian government to verify who receives UNAR funds, but not to shut the department down.

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