Massive Protests in France to Denounce Transphobia

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Protests against transphobia in France

Nationwide Mobilization Against Transphobia in France

Over 10,000 people participated in protests across France to condemn discrimination against transgender individuals. These gatherings took place in around fifty cities, including Paris, where 2,500 individuals assembled, according to figures from the Ministry of the Interior. These protests were a response to what participants describe as a “transphobic offensive” aimed at eroding transgender rights.

Strong Presence in Paris and Reactions from Organizers

The Place de la République in Paris saw a significant gathering, with slogans like “Anti-patriarchy, anti-capitalist, solidarity with trans people worldwide!” echoing among the crowd. The protesters also called for more resources for transition-related care. According to organizers, similar events also occurred in other major cities such as Lyon, Marseille, and Montpellier, and even beyond the borders, in Brussels and Liège.

Incidents in Montpellier and Call for Solidarity

In Montpellier, the number of participants varied between 400 and 550, depending on the sources. The event was marked by a sit-in and speeches under the banner “Trans and Feminist Counterattack.” However, the event was slightly overshadowed by minor incidents, with stone throwing reported by witnesses. Elsa and Anaïs, two of the organizers, expressed their concerns about the urgency to protect the rights of trans people, particularly against attacks and misinformation spread by some elected officials.

Condemnation of Initiatives Deemed Transphobic

Protesters also targeted a senatorial report and a bill accused of promoting conversion therapies, an accusation that the authors deny. The publication of the book “Transmania,” criticized for its positions considered dangerous on transgender identity, was also denounced. Actions by JCDecaux to remove advertisements for this book at the request of the Paris City Hall were applauded by the protesters.

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Debate Scheduled at Panthéon-Assas University

Despite calls for cancellation, a controversial conference is to be held at Panthéon-Assas University, featuring the authors of “Transmania.” The university president has stated that the event would proceed in a spirit of free speech, while warning that any transphobic statements could lead to legal or disciplinary action.

These protests and subsequent events highlight the ongoing tension in France regarding the rights and recognition of transgender people, in an increasingly polarized climate.


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