Italy: Bullied teen put into care for being gay

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A bullied gay teenager in a small Italian town was put into care because of his sexuality.

According to the Il Messaggero website, the foster parents of the bullied 14-year-old were not sympathetic, and eventually put the teen back into care because of his sexuality.

The parents were quoted to have said: “It created too many problems – we can’t handle it, at school his classmates don’t accept it. Everyone says to us why do you bother?”

The teenager was put up for adoption, and back into care, because the parents did not wish to keep him on.,

Italy remains weak when it comes to LGBT rights.

The country currently has no protections against anti-gay discrimination in public, in the provision of goods and services or against hate speech.