BBC | 17073
The BBC have discovered that 20% of their sample of French gay men,many of whom are in same sex relationships, will be voting for the Front National in the French Presidential election this weekend.
They are more concerned about immigration and other cultural issues than any threat to end gay marriage in France.
“There are priorities in France other than homosexuality. I myself am in a same-sex couple and there have been many advances in this area,” Cedric explains. “But for me there are more pressing issues like the economy, the national debt and unemployment.” He thinks the anti-gay marriage policy of the FN is a ploy to win conservative voters over to their cause.
Polls suggest the party is now more popular in the LGBT community than perhaps many would want to admit. Of the 3,200 gay French men the dating app Hornet spoke to, one in five said they would be giving Marine Le Pen their vote.
Why does Marine Le Pen appeal directly to some LGBT voters? For many, it’s her tough stance on immigration.
“Where are the gays most in danger? In Islamic countries,” says Pascale, who doesn’t want to be photographed. “Gay people are being crucified – it’s a danger and I don’t want it coming to France, definitely not.” But further north, in the poorer and more multicultural suburb of Pont-de-Flandre, it’s a different picture. “The FN supporters you spoke to, were they white?” house DJ Kiddy Smiles asks us, “Yes? I’m not surprised.”
The first round of voting in the French Presidential election takes place this Sunday.
Twitter/ Lise Gregoire | 17065
In Holland, straight politicians are sending out a powerful message to homophobes after two gay teenagers were brutally attacked while holding hands. The couple were attacked in Arnhem while returning home from a night out over the weekend. The attackers screamed homophobic abuse and launched a brutal attack on the couple who were taken to hospital. A 14-year-old boy was among the men arrested over the attack.
Politicians in The Netherlands took to the streets to hold hands with their colleagues to show solidarity. Lodewijk Asscher, the country’s Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Labour Party took part in the campaign, which has even seen police officers getting involved.
Straight politicians hold hands in solidarity with gay couple beaten in homophobic attack
Germany’s cabinet has backed a bill to clear men handed sentences for homosexuality after World War Two under paragraph 175 of the penal code, which was eventually relaxed in 1969. 50,000 men were convicted under paragraph 175.
Many were sent to jail and some took their own lives because of the stigma.
Justice Minister Heiko Maas said it was a flagrant injustice and those still alive would be given compensation.
The German cabinet decided today to back the bill annulling the sentences and proposing paying compensation to survivors affected. If passed, every man convicted who is still alive will receive a €3,000 lump sum plus a further €1,500 for each year spent in jail.
Only 5,000 men are thought to be eligible for compensation as most have since died.
Gay Marriage became legal in Finland this year, and on the day the law came into effect, there were many same-sex marriage ceremonies which in some cases were held in groups.
A 23-year-old Kurd who identified himself as Ziryan and from the Kurdistan Region got married to a Finnish man named Tomi on March 1, 2017.
“I have decided to marry a man. It is neither acting nor something artificial. This is my nature which I am proud of,” Ziryan said. “I am not a stranger. It was the society that didn’t accept me.”
He smuggled his way all the way to Finland, taking him two years to get there. He has been living in Finland for one and a half year.
“I am proud to be the first gay Kurd in Finland to hold the ceremony on this historic day, being one of those whose names were written in the history of this country,” he added.
Ziryan told Rudaw that his relatives had tried to kill him in the past.
“I was beaten up twice and injured, trying to kill me.”
An Italian court has ruled that two gay partners should be legally recognised as the fathers of two surrogate children.
In a landmark ruling, the Court of Appeal in the northern city of Trento decided that both men can be officially named as the father, not just the parent who is biologically related.
The judges said in Italy parental relationships should not be determined only by the biological link. “On the contrary, one must consider the importance of parental responsibility, which is manifested in the conscious decision to raise and care for the child.”
Francesco Spano | ImagoEC | 17045
Francesco Spano, the head of Italy’s anti-discrimination office, has resigned following accusations that government funds meant to promote diversity projects and tackle racism had been earmarked for gay sex clubs masquerading as cultural centres.
An investigative TV programme showed his department had authorised funding of up to 55,000 euros each for at least three businesses which housed male prostitutes and offered their members so-called “dark rooms” for sexual encounters.
Opposition parties called on the government to explain its funding program. Rightist leader Giorgia Meloni said UNAR, the anti-discrimination office, should be shut immediately. “Not one more euro of tax payers’ money should be thrown away on paying their salaries,” she wrote.
The government said in a statement that while UNAR would stay open, Spano had resigned “out of respect” for the work his office was carrying out.
Emmanuel Macron | EPA | 17037
Emmanuel Macron, a contender in the French presidential election, saw his poll lead vanish after he made controversial remarks on gay marriage.
Mr Macron had overtaken François Fillon, the conservative candidate and former favourite who is embroiled in a corruption scandal, but the latest polls indicate that the two candidates are now neck-and-neck.
Mr Macron provoked outrage by describing former French colonial rule as a “crime against humanity” during a visit to Algeria.
Mr Macron then infuriated Left-wing supporters by trying to reach out to Right-wingers who opposed gay marriage, saying they had been stigmatised and “humiliated” under President Hollande’s Socialist government.
Mr Macron and Mr Fillon ended the week level-pegging on 20 per cent, with both men trailing Ms Le Pen, on 26 per cent in one poll, while another poll places Mr Macron and Mr Fillon both on 18.5 per cent.
The first round of the French Presidential election is on April 23rd.
French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has pledged to end same-sex marriage, despite gaining support from the country’s gay voters.
The far-right leader said she would abolish same-sex marriage in a long list of 144 pledges released this week.
Le Pen, who is currently leading the polls for the spring elections, said the reversal of the same-sex marriage law would not be retroactive, and she would revert back to the system in place prior to 2013 with gay couples only being able to enter into civil partnerships.
Perhaps gay couples in France should reconsider who they should vote for.
Laszlo Toroczkai | BBC | 17027
A village in Hungary which is hoping to create a haven for people with traditional views about society has passed a local law which outlaws public displays of affection by gay people. There are other measures directed at other sections of the wider community, especially people of Muslim faith.
“We primarily welcome people from western Europe – people who wouldn’t like to live in a multicultural society,” Mayor Laszlo Toroczkai told the BBC. Mr Toroczkai is mayor of Asotthalom, a remote village in the southern Hungarian plains, situated around two hours from the capital Budapest. “It’s very important for the village to preserve its traditions.”
Emmanuel Macron | Lyon.fr | 17026
The name Emmanuel Macron may not be familiar yet to British readers, he is the currently leading candidate in the forthcoming Presidential Election in France. He is married to his former high school teacher, but has been forced to deny he is involved in a gay extramarital affair.
He took the lead in the opinion polls two weeks ago after his conservative rival, Fançois Fillon, became embroiled in a scandal centring on alleged misuse of public funds to pay his British wife for a job for which she allegedly did no work.
Mr Macron appeared on Monday at a local Paris meeting of activists from his On the Move movement and laughed off the persistent rumours of a homosexual relationship with Radio France chief executive Mathieu Gallet. “If you’re told I lead a double life with Mr Gallet it’s because my hologram has escaped,” he said, referring to a rival candidate making an appearance as a hologram at a rally last weekend.
Mr Macron has previously dismissed claims he is gay, but his latest comments may have been sparked by a report in the Russian government controlled news site Sputnik in which a French MP from Mr Fillon’s Les Républicains party said he was backed by a “gay lobby”.