Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Gabriella Romano
    Pages 1-12 Open Access
  3. Gabriella Romano
    Pages 27-34 Open Access
  4. Gabriella Romano
    Pages 35-47 Open Access
  5. Gabriella Romano
    Pages 67-95 Open Access
  6. Gabriella Romano
    Pages 97-101 Open Access
  7. Gabriella Romano
    Pages 103-106 Open Access
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 107-110

About this book


This open access book investigates the pathologisation of homosexuality during the fascist regime in Italy through an analysis of the case of G., a man with "homosexual tendencies" interned in the Collegno mental health hospital in 1928. No systematic study exists on the possibility that Fascism used internment in an asylum as a tool of repression for LGBT people, as an alternative to confinement on an island, prison or home arrests. This research offers evidence that in some cases it did.

The book highlights how the dictatorship operated in a low-key, shadowy and undetectable manner, bending pre-existing legislation. Its brutality was - and still is - difficult to prove. It also emphasises the ways in which existing stereotypes on homosexuality were reinforced by the regime propaganda in support of its so-called moralising campaign and how families, the police and the medical professionals joined forces in implementing this form of repression.


sexual deviance psychiatry mental health LGBTQ history fascism Open Access

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Independent ScholarRomaItaly

About the authors

Gabriella Romano is an independent scholar from Italy. She received Wellcome funding for her MRes at Birkbeck, University of London, UK, and was awarded full Wellcome funding for her PhD. Previous publications include I Sapori della Seduzione (2006) and Il mio nome è Lucy (2009).

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Pathologisation of Homosexuality in Fascist Italy
  • Book Subtitle The Case of 'G'
  • Authors Gabriella Romano
  • Series Title Genders and Sexualities in History
  • Series Abbreviated Title Genders and Sexualities in History
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • License CC BY
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Pivot, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-00993-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-00994-6
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 110
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
  • Topics History of Italy
    Cultural History
    Gender and Sexuality
    History of Science
    Social History
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