Here is your Mafia Valentine story. Ugo Gabriele, 27, a mafia boss in Naples who ran a huge drug, prostitution, and murder racket has been arrested. Police were surprised, however, to find that he insisted on being called Kitty and was now a transvestite. It appears that the mob has finally dropped its long discriminatory hiring practices and removed the glass ceiling for gay, lesbian, and transsexual mobsters.
The Harvey Milk of the Mob was arrested this week wearing plucked eyebrows and lipstick.
The United States mafia remains a hostile place for gay, lesbian, and transsexual mobsters who are trying to come out of the closet while staying in the shadows. John “Johnny Boy” D’Amato was reportedly gunned down in New York in 1992 for being homosexual. His killer Anthony Capo of the New Jersey-based DeCavalcante family said: “Nobody’s gonna respect us if we have a gay homosexual boss sitting down discussing La Cosa Nostra business.” His co-conspirator Stefano Vitabile and Capo arranged to take D’Amato out from some lunch and then shot him in the car.
Well, Tony, Kitty was doing quite well in Naples with stiletto heels and stiletto knives.
The case is thought to have been the inspiration of the story on the Sopranos where Vito Spatafore was killed for being gay. To show the progress that the La Costa Nostra chapter of Lambda, just consider the exchange between Vito and Tony on his own sexual awakening, here.
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