“Defend our rights so that nothing is taken away from us”, the LGBT Pride march under the sign of the issues of the legislative election

“Defend our rights so that nothing is taken away from us”, the LGBT Pride march under the sign of the issues of the legislative election
“Defend our rights so that nothing is taken away from us”, the LGBT Pride march under the sign of the issues of the legislative election

The pride march marched joyfully in Rouen with more participants than last year. Behind the rainbow hustle and bustle, the hot topics are serious in the LGBT community: youth mental health, suicide prevention. The upcoming election worries many.

“This year, there are a lot more colors, flags, smiles”, rejoices Anthony Poupard, elected official and volunteer of the association fighting for the health and rights of people affected by HIV “Aides” Normandy. In Rouen, the procession was particularly numerous.

Lots of signs, political speeches, and calls to vote. The LGBT community has shown its mobilization at a time when many gay and trans people feel more threatened.

We fear violence, rejection, beatings, we fear but we are proud.

Anthony Poupard, volunteer association “Aides” Normandy

This year, throughout France, pride marches are highlighting solidarity with transgender people. “Attacks against them are exploding” continues the representative of “Aides”.

The defense of rights is on everyone’s lips “so that nothing is taken from us. I am a citizen like everyone else, I pay my taxes like everyone else, I don’t see why I couldn’t get married.” said Christophe soberly.




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Lots of signs, political speeches, and calls to vote. The LGBT community has shown its mobilization at a time when many gay and trans people feel more threatened.



©L. Ann Le Roux. E. Stenfeld/ France Televisions

On June 18, during commemorations on the Ile de Sein, President Macron, speaking bluntly to residents, described one of the new Popular Front’s proposals for people in gender transition as “ubiquitous”:

Authorize the change of civil status freely and free of charge in front of a civil status officer” (source, page 19)

The President’s opponents and LGBT representatives were outraged by these comments. Ministers and former ministers like Marlène Schiappa and Aurore Bergé wanted to qualify what Emmanuel Macron had said. “He says that he is in favor of supporting people so that they can ultimately move towards a simplified procedure.. (June 19, 2024, on LCI)

In the Rouen Pride March, the medical and administrative aspect of gender transitions concerns young people who are going through this phase:

You should know that you don’t wake up transgender at 18. We need support and help.”

Another young participant wants to say that “Transition saves lives.”

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