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Which Toilet for Drag Queen MP? 2006-10-28

Posted by clype in Europe, Intolerance.

An Italian opposition MP and former showgirl has expressed outrage after meeting a ‘transgender’ colleague in the parliament’s ladies’ toilets.

Ms.Elisabetta Gardini, spokesman for former-PM Mr.Silvio Berlusconi’s party, said she felt ill after the encounter during a break in Friday’s session.

The incident led to heated debate about which toilet the MP, known as ‘Vladimir Luxuria’, could use.

‘Vladimir Luxuria’ says he has been using ladies’ toilets for years; using the men’s would have created even bigger problems, he said.

The matter has now been passed to parliamentary procedural officials to resolve.

‘Sexual violence’

Ms.Gardini said she had been horrified to find ‘Vladimir Luxuria’ in the toilets.

[Picture of Elisabetta Gardini]
‘It never entered my mind that I’d find him in there’, she said.

‘It felt like sexual violence; I really felt ill.’

Centre-right MPs backed her call for the creation of a third ‘transgender’ toilet, ‘Reuters news agency’ said.

  • But ruling coalition deputies accused Ms.Gardini of discrimination tantamount to racism.

‘Vladimir Luxuria’ said he had not expected such aggression in the parliament.
[Picture of Vladimir Luxuria]
Born Mr.Wladimiro Guadagno, ‘Vladimir Luxuria’ wears women’s clothes but has not had sex-change surgery.

A 40-year-old former drag queen and prominent ‘GAY-Rights activist’, he was elected MP for ‘The Communist Refoundation’, a member of Prime Minister Mr.Romano Prodi’s centre-left coalition, in 2006-04.



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