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Stefano Bucaioni

Stefano Bucaioni

HRD, Vice President
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Our fight is for full equality and we'll not stop until we get that

Stefano Bucaioni is a human rights activist working for Arcigay, the foremost Italian LGBTI non-profit organization. Arcigay, founded in 1985, operates all over the country through its local branches and affiliated clubs. Its aim is the equality between individuals regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Arcigay is made of groups of volunteers, the local branches, composed by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and also straight people. From its headquarters, it coordinates the national activities on information, prevention, and advocacy for the LGBT community. It works for the growth and expansion of its branches that are working at regional, provincial and local level.


During his fifteen-year experience as an LGBTI activist, Stefano has constantly worked to promote and protect the right to equality for everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, to fight against all forms of violence, discrimination and human rights violations against LGBTI people and to promote the visibility and full participation in social and civic life of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people.

He was elected to Arcigay’s national executive board in 2007 and 2010 as Treasurer. He also had responsibilities for the international relations and cooperation with other NGOs, EU bodies and foreign embassies. From 2015 Stefano is Arcigay's national vice-president.


Desite being a member of the Europrean Union and having generally good human rights standards, Italy does not recognize same-sex marriages, nor does it give legal status to same-sex couples.  LGBTI HRDs face increasing social pressure and harassment from right-wing elements in society.


In Process - Stefano Bucaioni, Italy