A prominent Mafia-like group based in Italy's southern Calabria region is becoming more inclusive of LGBTQ members in its ranks after a top crime boss learned his son was living as a drag queen named Lady Godiva.
“The Italian Mafia has opened its doors to gay men for the first time after it emerged that a mob boss’ son is living as a fabulous drag queen.”— mannaknews (@mannaknews) December 10, 2019
Does this count as positive news?https://t.co/WpTwdzjJFB
According to a report in The Times, anti-mafia prosecutor Nicola Gratteri discovered that the ‘Ndrangheta mafia organization is relaxing its rules even though homosexuality is still considered taboo among its older members.
Gratteri eavesdropped on communications between the organized crime group, including letters that revealed a relationship between a boss and a young lieutenant and foot soldiers enjoying drag bars.
"The Mafia have evolved along with society," Gratteri said in the report. "Gays can be accepted now, even as foot soldiers, so long as they don’t parade it in public.”
tags I never thought I'd see together: 'Ndrangheta, Calabria, drag queen, Italy, mafia, Organised crime— Z (@syncytio) December 10, 2019
Historically even rumors of homosexuality in the Mafia were enough to get members killed. In 1992, head of New Jersey's DeCavalcante family was shot dead for having relationships with men.
Even though being gay or trans could undermine their image as "as tough, virile guys," Gratteri says they're evolving with the times.
As a long-time anti-mafia investigator, he's had to live under police protection from death threats. But instead of receiving threats for revealing the ‘Ndrangheta's relaxed LGBTQ rules, Gratteri received letters of criticism for likening homosexuality to being soft.
But the main factor behind the organization's newfound tolerance appears to be the crime boss' drag performing son, Lady Godiva. Despite this, social media users uncomfortably found themselves praising the Mafia for being progressive.
the fucking italian mafia is more progressive than my father in lgbt+ rights LMAO— Noah Cyrus Slovakia (@SexyNoahCyrus) December 11, 2019
The mafia is now inclusive. What's your excuse?— competitive binge-watcher (@plsleaveamsg) December 10, 2019
<<The Italian Mafia has opened its doors to gay men for the first time after it emerged that a mob boss’ son is living as a fabulous drag queen.>> https://t.co/09RaQuBk4m
The Italian mafia is more progressive than Malaysia. https://t.co/M9oEofNiOi— Mark The Xmas Grinch™ (@MG92__2) December 10, 2019
While the news was fascinating to many, others felt it was glorifying crime organizations.
jesus christ are people seriously trying to pinkwash the ‘ndrangheta and mafia https://t.co/yJ6ojcOpSp— werner herzog crying over baby yoda (@MissPavIichenko) December 10, 2019
This is the era of glamourising cartels and other parasitic organised crime— béton brut (@crbl3k) December 10, 2019
Disappointed but not surprised
The ‘Ndrangheta is one of the most powerful organized crime groups in Italy that allegedly dominates illegal activity worth billions, including cocaine smuggling and money laundering.
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