Meet Giorgia Meloni, Italy’s New anti-homosexuality Prime Minister

She worked as a nanny, waitress, and bartender at Piper Club, one of the most famous nightclubs in Rome.
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Giorgia Meloni was born in Rome on 15 January 1977. Her father was from Sardina and her mother is from Sicily. Her father, a tax advisor, was convicted of drug abuse and sentenced to 9 years in a Spanish prison in 1995. He left the family when she was 11 years old in 1998, by moving to the Canary Islands.

She grew up in a working-class district of Garbattella. She has a sister, Arianna Meloni, who was born in 1975. 

Meloni is married to Andrea Giambruno, a journalist who works for Silvio Berlusconi’s Mediaset TV channel. They together have a daughter, Ginevra.

In 1992, at the age of 15, Meloni joined the Youth Front, the youth wing of the Italian Social Movement (MSI), a neo-fascist political party that dissolved in 1995. During this time, she founded the Student Coordination Gli Antenati (The Ancestors), which took part in the protest against the public education reform promoted by minister Rosa Russo Iervolino.

In 1996, she became the national leader of Student Action, representing this movement in the Student Associations  Forum established by the Italian Ministry of Education.

Meloni graduated from Rome’s Amerigo Vespucci (AVI) in 1996. In 1998, she was elected councilor of the province of Rome, holding this position until 2002.

She was elected national youth leader in 2000 and became the first woman president of Youth Action in 2004. During these years, she worked as a nanny, waitress, and bartender at Piper Club, one of the most famous nightclubs in Rome.

In the 2006 Italian general election, she was elected to the Chamber of Deputies as a member of the National Alliance, where she became its youngest-ever vice president. In the same year, she started working as a journalist.

In December 2012, Meloni, La Russa, and Crossetto founded a new political movement, Brothers of Italy (FDI), whose names come from the words of the Italian national anthem. She became the party president in March 2014 and she was nominated for the 2014 European Parliament election in Italy but she didn’t win the election.

On 30 January 2016, she participated in Family Day, an anti-LGBT rights demonstration declaring herself against LGBT adoption. On the same Family Day, she announced that she was pregnant; her daughter Geneva was born on 16 September.

In October 2021, Meloni signed the Madrid Charter, a document that describes left-wing groups as enemies of the Ibero-America involved in the “criminal project” that is under the umbrella of the Cuban Regime. It was drafted by Vox, a Spanish ultra-nationalist party.

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