“We are afraid of being attacked”, denounce participants confronted with the trivialization of verbal and physical violence


Several thousand people are taking part this Saturday in Paris in the LGBT+ pride march. The objective of the organizers is in particular to protest against the trivialization of violence, too often ignored, according to them, by the public authorities.

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A colorful and joyful procession with rainbow flags, floats and a slogan that animates this Pride March: “Our bodies, our rights, your faces!”. In Paris tens of thousands of people are gathered, Saturday, June 25, in the procession to meet at Place de la République and attend a concert. The associative collective Inter-LGBT denounces the trivialization of verbal and physical violence. Many share their bad experiences here. Me, I don’t live in Paris but near Le Havre, explains Sandra. In her city, the young girl confesses to hiding her homosexuality.

“I know that if I were to take my girlfriend’s hand in the street, I would feel a little embarrassed because there are always malicious looks.”

“We are afraid of being attacked toocontinues Sandrine. I feel more comfortable in Paris than in my own city.” Violence too often ignored by the public authorities. The associations ask the government to go beyond simple poster campaigns.

The decision of the American Supreme Court to revoke the right to abortion also feeds concerns here. This shows that no rights are ever acquired for women or for minorities. “This setback, it’s super violent, Adele laments. I think that we are still very, very, very many in the West, who did not anticipate this at all and had the impression that these rights were now set in stone.

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“If these rights no longer exist for half the population, points out Adele what happens to minorities who are even fewer in number? Which makes this Pride march even more symbolic.




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