Luca M Damiani
Author/Artist - Kiss&Arrow : "A Kiss to the Way We Are - An Arrow for Direction" - [Art + Op:Poetry&Questions]

Gay Pride Kisses…but you forgot the Jews…

'Gay Pride Kisses..but you forgot the Jews' - Luca M Damiani - Kiss and Arrow 2024 -
'Gay Pride Kisses..but you forgot the Jews' - Luca M Damiani - Kiss and Arrow 2024 -

Hey Italy, Hey Rome, Hey Gay Pride – nice to see you the other day on the Roman streets.

What a Day, what a Week, what a Month.

We welcome all Pride kisses all the time, not only on Pride Month.

We welcome all Pride arguements of rights, and we clearly have supported many.

We welcome all Pride colours, even when you keep adding more that it feels a bit confusing.

We welcome it all…we truly do, and we only want to share the love.

But, dear Gay Rome…why aren’t you welcoming Gay Italian Jews and Gay Italian-Israelis in your Pride?

Where is your love there?

Where is your inclusivity?

Are you sure that you get what you are doing?

Are you really sure?

And mostly…are you proud now?

About the Author
Luca M Dami­ani is an Artist, Author and Uni­ver­si­ty Fel­low, focus­ing his ongo­ing cre­ative prac­tice and research on dis­abil­i­ty, neu­roscience, technology and nature. His work also crosses over with human rights and social design. Luca has a neu­ro­log­i­cal dis­abil­i­ty (52% impair­ment of cen­tral ner­vous sys­tem func­tion) and has had var­i­ous visu­al art books and aca­d­e­m­ic arti­cles pub­lished, as well as being exhib­it­ed inter­na­tion­al­ly. Luca has worked and col­lab­o­rat­ed with insti­tu­tions such as BMJ Med­ical Human­i­ties, Mozil­la, Amnesty Inter­na­tion­al, BBC, Sci­ence Gallery, Com­put­er Arts Soci­ety, Dis­ney, Uni­ver­si­ty of the Arts Lon­don, Yale Uni­ver­si­ty, Jewish Book Council, TATE, V&A and more.
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