It’s looking like the mafia’s goodfellas are increasingly likely to be gayfellas.
The Cosa Nostra has relaxed their rules about allowing admitted homosexual members, and one Godfather’s own son is a drag queen named Lady Godiva, a top prosecutor has revealed.
In the past, even the suspicion a mobster was gay could be mean death, as homosexuality was regarded as undermining the gangsters’ tough-guy image. But while older mafia bosses are still staunchly gay-unfriendly, younger gangsters are moving with the times, says Nicola Gratteri.
The public prosecutor told the Times: “The mafia have evolved along with society. … Gays can be accepted now, even as foot soldiers, so long as they don’t parade it in public.”
Gratteri has spent his career chasing mobsters in Calabria, in south Italy, home of the feared ’Ndrangheta crime group.
He claims to have intercepted “passionate” letters between a mafia boss and a young lieutenant, and has listened in on phone conversations that reveal a taste among mafia foot soldiers for transvestite bars.
He also learned about the heir to one leading crime family who is a drag queen, although he did not disclose who.
It would have been unthinkable only a few years ago and homosexuality is still taboo among older bosses, he says. “It undermines their image of themselves as tough, virile guys, ” he explained.
In 1992, New Jersey mob boss John D’Amato, former head of the DeCavalcante family, was shot dead by his own soldiers after coming under suspicion of being bisexual.
Shooter Anthony Capo later told a court: “Nobody’s going to respect us if we have a gay homosexual boss sitting down discussing La Cosa Nostra business.”