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ASSOCIATIONS

Arcigay is one of the most important gay associations in Italy . Its registered office is in Bologna, Via Don Minzoni 18, Tel 051/6493055 Fax 051/5282226. The national president is Sergio Lo Giudice, and the honorary president is Franco Grillini (www.francogrillini.it), the most popular gay politician in Italy, also member of the national Parliament since 2002.
Arcigay has 33 local political groups throughout the country : the largest and more active ones are in Bologna (www.cassero.it), Milan (www.arcigaymilano.org) and Tuscany (www.gaytoscana.it).
Arcigay can also boast 57 recreational private groups like bars, saunas and discos among its members.
Please consult the official website, www.arcigay.it for the complete directory. For faster consulting we suggest you the following addresses: http://www.arcigay.it/local for the political groups and http://www.arcigay.it/ricreativi for the recreational associations members of Arcigay. To access to these groups groups (even in the Arcigay's bars , saunas and discos) the costumer, also when foreigner , must be member of the national association: the membership card can be made directly in these places, and costs 14 euro. Please note that a membership card dedicated to foreigners, at much cheaper price, is available. This card is only valid for a short term instead of the hole year, hence the bargain price, so it perfectly suits the needs of the traveller.
Arcilesbica is the womens' national association and has registered office in Bologna, Via Don Minzoni 18, Tel 051/6493055. Please consult the official website at www.arcilesbica.it.
Several associations that are not members of the above mentioned are also very important; it's the case of an historical group in Rome under the name Mario Mieli, www.mariomieli.org, who was the organizer of the World GLBT Pride in year 2000.
Gays' and lesbians' parents and friends have formed an association under the name of AGEDO, with official website at www.agedo.org .
Transexual community is represented by MIT, please visit the officil website at www.mit-italia.it for further infos.

 
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