On April 5, 1972, the 1st International Congress of Sexology of the CIS, the Italian Center of Sexology, began at the casino of Sanremo, on the theme “Deviant behaviors of human sexuality”.
Il FUORI! (Fronte Unitario Omosessuale Rivoluzionario Italiano, Italian Revolutionary Homosexual Unitary Front) born in Turin less than a year before, took the news as the first concrete opportunity to go public, both as people and as a movement.
They presented themselves in front of the Congress building on the morning of the meeting inauguration and welcomed the delegates with flyers, posters and slogans, in Italian, English and French.
For the first time homosexuals women and men presented themselves no longer as victims but as protagonists of their lives, determined to “no longer allow” that others could decide for them.
Today Sanremo 1972 is considered the first demonstration in Italy for the defense of the dignity and rights of homosexual people, or, as it was said at the time, against oppression and for the liberation of the revolutionary homosexual.
The Italian Stonewall, as some have defined it.