Crowds attended a Paris protest to denounce assaults on lesbian, homosexual, bisexual and transgender folks on Sunday (October 21) after a sequence of high-profile incidents which have rattled NGOs and frightened politicians.
Actor and LGBTQ rights activist Guillaume Melanie was on his means dwelling from dinner a stone’s throw from town’s homosexual neighbourhood on Tuesday when a passer-by barged into his dinner companion.
When Melanie referred to as him out for his lack of manners, a second man intervened, punching him within the face, breaking his nostril and showering him with homophobic insults.
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Regardless of being in a state of shock, Melanie took an image of himself within the ambulance and posted it on Twitter.
“I didn’t steal something, I didn’t insult anybody, I didn’t assault anybody. I’m simply gay,” he instructed Reuters on the demonstration, his eye nonetheless bruised.
Melanie is certainly one of a lot of victims to have come ahead in Paris in current weeks with activists mobilising to sentence the assaults and the federal government vowing to do extra.
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Police figures truly present that homophobic assaults have dropped within the metropolis with 74 incidents reported within the first 9 months of 2018 versus 118 in the identical interval in 2018 – a fall of 37 %.
Jeremy Faledam of campaigning organisation SOS Homophobie mentioned that though the problem was receiving extra media consideration, many victims had been nonetheless unwilling to go to the police for worry of the response they’d obtain.
SOS Homophobie is looking on the federal government to launch an anti-homophobia marketing campaign and to supply coaching to policemen on the right way to take care of victims.
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NGOs are significantly anxious as parliament prepares to debate a potential legislation change that might permit lesbians entry to fertility remedy at present solely open to straight .
Throughout the debate over homosexual marriage in 2012-13, SOS Homophobie mentioned there was a 78 % spike in homophobic assaults and Faledam mentioned he feared a repeat.