The son of the Mafia boss who became transgender: Italian activist reveals how she reconnected with her father after meeting him in prison after being ignored for decades because he & # 39; female & # 39; could not accept identity
- Daniela Lourdes Falanga, 41, would take over the job from her Mafia boss father
- She was born as his only male heir and was intended to take over the family business
- Instead, she switched to a woman and became a transgender activist
- The activist has now revealed how her father finally accepted her after 25 years
A transgender activist who was born as the only male heir to her fearsome Mafia boss father, revealed how he finally accepted her identity.
Daniela Lourdes Falanga, 41, from southern Italy was expected to take over the family business, but instead became the first trans woman to be elected president of a chapter of Arcigay, the oldest LGBT organization in Italy.
She grew up in Torre Annunziata near Naples in the 1980s and revealed how her father ignored her and her mother & # 39; would react badly & # 39; on any & # 39; feminine traits & # 39; which she showed.
Her father left them shortly after she was born and he was imprisoned for life in the mid-80s.
She says he finally accepted her identity after they first made contact again in 25 years.
Although he is serving a life sentence, she says she does not want to identify him.
Daniela Lourdes Falanga, 41, from southern Italy was born as the only male heir to her Mafia boss before she switched
Daniela told the Huffington Post that her work as an activist brought them back in contact.
They were both invited to an anti-violence event in Naples, she was asked to appear as president of Arcigay Napoli and he as an actor in a play with other prisoners about discrimination and violence.
Daniela says he & # 39; finally recognized her as a woman & # 39; and it helped to restore their relationship.
Their relationship was always tense, with her father with four girls with another woman after she left Daniela & # 39; s mother.
However, both families were still expected at the villa of the Mafia boss gathered for a Sunday meal.
Here, Daniela's father made it clear that he expected her to succeed him as a mafia boss, since she was born to be his only son.
Her father had been ignoring her for decades, but she says he finally accepted her identity after they first reconnected in 25 years
Daniela & # 39; s partner, Ilario, 24, is a transgender man and the couple would like to have a child (pictured together)
She had a sex confirmation operation in her twenties in the San Camillo hospital in Rome and legally changed her name
She says he ignored her differently and that he considered a & # 39; lifeless object & # 39; used to be.
Her mother, on the other hand, would grow her & # 39; up & # 39; to grow up.
Daniela often thought of suicide and was bullied at school, while other children her & # 39; queer & # 39; labeled.
One evening, however, she saw the transgender actress and singer Eva Robin perform on TV.
She said she immediately saw & # 39; the life that had been refused until then & # 39 ;.
Daniela went to school in women's clothes, although her family tried to stop her.
She had a sex affirmation operation in her twenties at San Camillo Hospital in Rome and legally changed her name, baptized herself Daniela Lourdes Falanga, a name inspired by her faith in God, she said.
Now she also works as a social worker who guides LGBTQ prisoners in the Poggioreale prison in Naples, and campaigns on behalf of people with & # 39; the most marginal experiences & # 39 ;.
Daniela & # 39; s partner, Ilario, 24, is a transgender man and the couple would like to have a child.
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