a blog with cultural bulimia.

Tuesday, December 23, 2003

This is a Christmas story

But this is a Christmas story with a difference.

Its hero is a man whose first name is Natale, which in Italian means Christmas.

In the words of his nephew, Angelo, Natale Morea is "an oddball: a homosexual and a transvestite". He was born almost exactly 57 years ago in a village near Taranto, in the "heel" of Italy, and to be born a homosexual, let alone a transvestite, into a poor, socially conservative, southern Italian village, is to begin life already bearing a heavy cross...

Read his story here.