Elton John slams Italian mayor for banning same-sex children’s books

Sir Elton John has taken aim at the mayor of Venice, Italy, for banning books that educate children about homosexuality from schools in the city.

The Rocket Man singer, an outspoken gay rights advocate, took issue with Luigi Brugnaro, who recently banned 49 publications that teach children about homosexuality and discrimination, as well as gay marriage and families.

Elton John’s Instagram post attacking a book ban in Venice.Credit:instagram

Sir Elton, who has two sons with husband David Furnish, criticized Brugnaro’s actions on Instagram by sharing a picture of his children’s favorite story, ‘The Family Book’, which covers many different forms of family units .

“This is one of the Furnish-John family’s favorite storybooks. It champions an inclusive world where families come in all shapes, sizes and colors. And most importantly, families are about love . Our boys love it,” Elton wrote.

Elton John with his partner David Furnish.

Elton John with his partner David Furnish.Credit:Gareth Cattermole

He then shot Brugnaro.

“And in the opposite corner we have Luigi Brugnaro, the extremely stupid-looking mayor of Venice. He foolishly chose to politicize children’s books by banning titles that talk about gay families living happily ever after.

“So, instead of encouraging a world based on inclusiveness, tolerance and love, he defends a future society that divides and promotes ignorance… Beautiful Venice is indeed sinking, but not as faster than bigot Brugnaro,” he said.

Brugnaro has since defended the decision on Twitter