The Gay Pride day parade in Paris, the biggest political event in France with over half a million participants, promotes equal rights for (LGBT), lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transsexual individuals.
"2012 - Equality is waiting!
This Saturday, June 30 saw the LGBT (Gay) Pride March in Paris. It's the biggest political event in France, each year, with over half a million participants. It will be the first major event of the new Socialist Government's term. A year ago we found ourselves behind the slogan "Equality, in 2011 I walk, bur, I will vote in 2012." It is clear that since the French Socialist majority Victory, in May and June The political context is unique!
For the first time in its history, France has a president in favor of measures supporting equal rights for LGBT people. President Francois Hollande and the Government now have a parliamentary majority sufficient to debate and pass bills for which we advocate. In this context, the impatience of LGBT is all the stronger.
Our voice was heard at the LGBT Pride March, as it has already done, many times before.
If political parties have evolved considerably since the early 2000s on the topics that we propose, it's also because they know that our society is changing so quickly. The acceptance and the trivialization of PACS (partnership contract law), (today signed by 96% by heterosexual couple)s, shows the universality of LGBT rights, that also securing some heterosexual couples, out of wedlock. LGBT Associations maintain their role of experts, and will continue to fuel political and institutional leaders of their experience and their reflections. The opening of marriage and gay parenting will advance society toward an equal life together. It is the role we intend to play in the period ahead. The LGBT Pride March in Paris in 2012 marked a starting point for this new political period.
A government open to our LGBT issues!
On LGBT issues, this government has, sent us several positive signals: marriage equality and adoption, or, revision of the exclusion criteria for blood donation. However, apart from statements of intent, has yet to begin. Inter-LGBT requested an appointment with the President of the Republic and the Prime Minister, in order to discuss the timing and scope of reforms to come on LGBT issues.
If the texts on equal marriage rights or adoption by same-sex couples are already written, provided we remember that "marriage and adoption" can not, by themselves, meet our demands, particularly with for same-sex parents (PMA, co-parenting, reform of filiation ...). Secondly, we want to obtain commitments from the new majority of other subjects, less visible in election campaigns, but very important in our view, such as the rights of trans people, LGBT health (including the fight against HIV) and the fight against homophobic discrimination (school, work, violence).
LGBT associations demands:
We wish to begin work on major issues include:
1: gender couples
2: gender families
3: Rights for Trans people
4: a national plan to fight against discrimination
5: end discrimination at work
6: educating against prejudice and gender stereotypes
7: Promoting LGBT health - the fight against HIV-AIDS
8: active international diplomacy on LGBT issues
On all these issues, we have developed a list of demands (available in the press kit). We believe it is possible to make concrete progress on each of these major points. We have to do it quickly. We make ourselves available to assist in the work and thoughts of ministries and parliamentarians. We will remain fully mobilized in the coming months: equality is waiting!" (LGTB Organization Website)