The courage of Maria Silvia Spolato, the first woman to come out (public) in Italy

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It all starts with a personal question. “What would my life have been like if it hadn’t been for the courage of Maria Silvia and all those and those who came before?”. To have it is Sara Poma, author, who wanted to tell the life of Maria Silvia Spolato, the first woman to have made a public coming out in Italy, in her new podcast, “Before” per Chora media.

Six episodes (available on major podcast platforms) starting from 1972, when Maria Silvia decides to take to the streets with a sign.

Mathematics teacher, activist of FUORI !, the first Italian association and magazine for LGBT rights, following her coming out and her militancy, Maria Silvia lost her job as a mathematics teacher and started living on the street until when all traces of her have been lost. Until the beginning of 2o00, when in Bolzano she was welcomed by a retirement home where she will die in 2018, forgotten by everyone despite the symbolic importance of her gesture.

Before, as Sara tells in the video above, wants to celebrate the courage of those people, like Maria Silvia Spolato, who, by exposing themselves, have opened new paths and made life easier for the generations that came after.

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