Paola Concia

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The Honourable
Anna Paola Concia
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Member of the Italian Chamber of Deputies
Incumbent
Assumed office
April 14, 2008
Personal details
Born ( 1963 -07-04) 4 July 1963 (age 51)
Avezzano, L'Aquila, Italy
Political party Democratic Party
Domestic partner Ricarda Trautmann

Anna Paola Concia (born 4 July 1963; Avezzano) is an Italian politician and gay rights activist. She was the first openly lesbian member of the Italian Chamber of Deputies.[1]

Biography[edit]

Concia was born in Avezzano, and she graduated in sports science from L'Aquila's Istituto Superiore di Educazione Fisica; following her graduation, she has worked as a physical education and tennis instructor.[2] She first became involved with politics while at ISEF, and she was initially a member of the Italian Communist Party.[2]

Concia moved to Rome in 1992 following the death of her mother and the collapse of her marriage.[2] She worked as a parliamentary assistant before working as an adviser to Anna Finocchiaro, the minister responsible for equal opportunities.[2] Concia later advised Giovanna Melandri after her promotion to Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities in 1998.[2] Following the 2001 general election, Concia left politics to pursue her work in tennis.[2] She came out a year later.[2]

Concia was named as the Democratic Party's spokesperson on homosexuality, and she used her position within the party to become a prominent activist for equal rights.[1][2] She was first elected to the Chamber of Deputies in the 2008 general election.[3]

In August 2011 she registered her partnership with Ricarda Trautmann in Frankfurt.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Alexander Chancellor (13 August 2010). "Italy's 'summer of homophobia'". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 August 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Paola Concia - Biografia" (in Italian). paolaconcia.it. Retrieved 19 August 2010. 
  3. ^ "Deputati - CONCIA Anna Paola" (in Italian). camera.it. Retrieved 19 August 2010.