231 anti-LGBTI attacks in France in 2018

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Guillame Melanie was just one victim of homophobia in France last year | Photo: Facebook

231 LGBTI people suffered homophobic, biphobic or transphobic physical assaults in France last year.

LGBTI rights groups SOS Homophobie reported a 66% increase on the previous year.

Darkest year for LGBTI people in France

‘2018 was a dark year for LGBT people,’ said SOS Homophobie co-presidents Véronique Godet and Joël Deumier in the yearly report.

Towards the end of the year, the group reported they were hearing of an assault every single day.

Over 1,900 people gave statements to say they witnessed abuse of the gay community.

There was a 42% leap in reporting of violence against gay women. Roughly two in thirds of the victims were men.

‘It’s because of you we have terrorism’

These are three examples:

Sofia and Christelle shared a kiss on a bus in Paris. A man and woman spotted them and yelled, ‘It’s because of you we have terrorism! There are private rooms for that!

When the young same-sex couple responded they were not the issue, the woman then spat on the couple.

In Île-de-France, Messaoud, in his thirties, lives with roommates. Since he came out, his roommate began to act erratically.

One night, while in bed with a man, the roommate stormed into the room and assaulted Messaoud.

Elena, 30 of Pas-de-Calais, fled France after she was stabbed in the face for being transgender. She left with a scar several inches along the level of the jaw.

Politicians have condemned the attacks but little has changed.

Former Mayor Bruno Julliard said ‘homophobia is doing very well’ in France these days.

He said: ‘It is no longer bearable, it requires a general mobilization: police, justice, school, associative actors, quickly.’

LGBTI rights are declining in Europe, campaigners have warned.

The Rainbow Europe 2019, released on Monday (13 May) has seen, for the first time in 10 years, countries are moving backwards.

France is 9th on the list – down three places from the previous year.

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