France creates new LGBTQ rights ambassador post

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French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne announced Thursday the creation of a new position of ambassador for LGBTQ rights in an effort to fight discrimination around the world.

Borne spoke while visiting an LGBTQ center in Orleans, central France, on the 40th anniversary of the country’s decriminalization of homosexuality.

Borne said an ambassador will be appointed by the end of the year and will notably be in charge of pushing for the universal decriminalization of homosexuality and trans identity.

He also announced the creation of a fund of 3 million euros ($3.05 million) to finance ten new LGBT+ centers, in addition to the 35 that already exist in France.

Borne’s announcements followed criticism of the government after a minister made comments that were seen as stigmatizing homosexuality and LGBTQ people.

Asked about her opposition to France’s 2013 law authorizing same-sex marriage and adoption, Minister Caroline Cayeux said: “I have a lot of friends among all those people. Last month’s comments shocked many LGBTQ people and anti-discrimination and abuse activists, prompting calls for her resignation.

On Thursday, Borne said that “the approach of the President of the Republic, my approach, the approach of the government is not ambiguous: we will continue fighting to advance the rights of LGBTQ people.”

Borne added that the minister “made unfortunate comments, she apologized.”

(AP)



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