Italian Prosecutor on Gay Mafiosi

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The Telegraph quotes Italian prosecutor Antonio Ingroia on the subject of gay Mafia bosses in Italy who, he says, are afraid to come out of the closet because they might get clipped. “Being gay is still a taboo for Italian society in general, let alone the Mafia, which is an archaic organisation. These bosses have to cover their homosexuality; they’re afraid because they risk being ridiculed and killed,” says the prosecutor.

It’s hard to tell if it’s the Telegraph or Ingroia contributing the positively Einsteinian insights here, but the publication further quotes Ingroia: “[The American Mafia has] a more broad-minded attitude towards gays and so gay bosses can come out.”

The Telegraph’s sole example is the 2003 case of Johnny Boy D’Amato, a Capo of the New Jersey DeCavalcante family (on which the Sopranos is loosely based). D’Amato was the acting boss of the DeCavalcantes, hand-picked by John Gotti; rumors were spread that he had relationships with men, and he was killed by his own family. The Telegraph uses this as proof that “times have changed,” but the “this is now” part of it seems to have eluded them. What’s the situation now for these illusionary “gay bosses?”

My guess it’s exactly where it was with D’Amato, as filtered through the general growing La Cosa Nostra disarray through the first decade of this century. When the talent pool shrinks, and personnel problems abound, as they have for the Mob as law enforcement and other gangs have closed in , management gets less picky. I’m sure a few guys have gotten made with what mobsters from previous eras would consider questionable experiences in their backgrounds. But a gay boss? I don’t think so.

D’Amato, as far as I can tell, wasn’t gay by a longshot; the story from his girlfriend, who also happened to be seeing another mobster as well, was that he was a into swinging and, maybe, bisexual. The girlfriend had just had a fight with him when she made the claim, incidentally. Furthermore, D’Amato was already suspect among the DeCavalcantes because it was suspected he’d been hand-picked by the Gambino family. In the Mob, murder by underlings is a common way to die, and if D’Amato swung both ways — which so far I’m not convinced he did — that would be, in the Mob hierarchy, considered a better excuse than most.

But “Times have changed?” Who in the Mob has been coming out since 2003? Are Brooklyn social clubs playing Cher and Madonna instead of Sinatra? Is the NYC Craigslist M4M overrun with ads stating “Capo di Tutti Capi seeks cut bear 4 mutual J/O”?

For The Telegraph to report this kind of non-story on non-comments by Ingroia claiming a difference between Italy and the States that quite simply does not exist — that’s at best ignorant, at worst offensive because it portrays a level of liberalism that does not exist in the American mob — it pretends that La Cosa Nostra is something it’s not. The story is news because gay mobsters are newsworthy, by virtue of being gay and therefore weird — even if, based on the information the Telegraph provides, they don’t exist. Until the Telegraph’s willing to out an American Capo at the very least, their story remains a vapid and damaging unstory.


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