In 1989 he married a woman, and they had a son and a daughter. From 1991 he was the organist at the Lecce Cathedral, but without a contract.
After the death of his father, he could not die without being himself. In 2008 Della Gatte decided to transition to Luana Ricci. Luana was dismissed as the organist at Lecce Cathedral.
in 2010, she helped trans woman Emily De Salvo in her audition for the Bari Tito Schipa Conservatory by providing piano accompaniment, and was the organist for the ordination of female priest Maria Vittoria Longhitano.
- Francesca Mandese. “Cacciato dalla Curia perché cambia sesso Luana si veste da uomo e torna al Duomo”. Corriere del Mezzogiorno. 08 settembre 2009. http://corrieredelmezzogiorno.corriere.it/lecce/notizie/cronaca/2009/8-settembre-2009/cacciato-curia-perche-cambia-sessoluana-si-veste-uomo-torna-duomo-1601744723284.shtml.
- Carol Driver. “Transsexual singer wins top music school place after switching his voice from baritone to a soprano”. The Daily Mail. 20th Feb 2010. www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1252478/Transsexual-singer-wins-music-school-place-switching-voice-baritone-soprano.html.
- John Hooper. "Female Priest Ordained in Italy by Rebel Catholics". The Guardian. 23 May 2010. www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/may/23/female-priest-ordained-italy-maria-longhitano
- Luana Ricci – Musicista. Facebook. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Luana-Ricci-Musicista/63497528913.
- Luana Ricci. Myspace. http://www.myspace.com/luanaricci.
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