Rose Morelli, a British student, is taking legal action against the Italian political party Fratelli d’Italia. The party used a picture, in which her friend Alex Elliot modelled, for one of their ads against transgender education.
Fratelli d’Italia have started distributing the photograph in over 70 Italian schools now that the school year has started.
Morelli’s lawyer, Alexander Schuster, defines this as a “gaffe” and a possible case of a copyright breach. He has highlighted, as Il Fatto Quotidiano reports, that Fratelli could have acted in bad faith, given that the origin and meaning of Morelli’s photo were “clearly indicated.”
The photo was inspired by the death of Leelah Alcorn, who killed herself last year. It was part of an art project. Morelli has not taken kindly the fact that the picture was used in an anti LGBTQAI+ campaign. “The last thing we ever wanted to do was inflict harm on the members of the LGBT community,” said Morelli, as Pink News reports, “to find out it was being used against them in such a malicious way was horrible.”