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French police filmed brutally beating injured HIV-positive man at yellow vests protest

An investigation has been launched after video footage emerged of a French police officer brutally beating an injured HIV-positive man as he lay pinned to the ground at a yellow vests protest. The incident occurred at an anti-government gilets jaunes (yellow vests) event in Paris on Saturday, January 18, where around 60 people were arrested in violent clashes with police. Filmed by another protestor, a man with a bloodied face can be seen lying on his back as an officer kneels on him and repeatedly punches him in the face....
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Iconic LGBT+ bookshop Les Mots à La Bouche forced out of Paris gay district by rising rents

France’s most well-known LGBT+ bookshop, Les Mots à La Bouche, has been forced out of the gay district in Paris due to the increasing cost of rent. The 40-year-old bookshop, widely considered one of the best LGBT+ bookshops in the world, is a focal point of the historic gay neighbourhood of the Marais district of central Paris. But in recent months, it’s had a poster in the window stating “Cultural heritage in danger”, with an urgent note on the door adding: “We need your help!” Sébastien Grisez, manager at Les...
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Les Mots à La Bouche, Top LGBTQ Bookshop in Paris, Forced Out by Rising Rents

Google Les Mots à La Bouche, the top LGBTQ bookshop in Paris, is being forced out of the Marais due to rising rents, to be replaced by a Doc Marten shoe shop, according to reports. It’s a knife in the heart of the area’s cultural identity, say residents, and the district’s gay heritage. La librairie “Les Mots à la Bouche” sera remplacée par une chaine de vêtements. Paris doit agir pour protéger les lieux LGBT+ !Avec @RaphaelleRL future maire de #ParisCentre, nous continuerons à défendre Paris comme ville de culture,...
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LGBT-friendly art show under fire for partnership with Qatar, a country that criminalises homosexuality

A French gallery has sparked outrage in the art world after it announced a partnership with a state-run museum in Qatar, a country where it’s illegal to be gay. The Palais de Tokyo in Paris is collaborating with the Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art on an exhibition called ‘Notre Monde Brûle’ (Our World Is Burning), as part of the Qatar-France 2020 Year of Culture. The show will offer a “fully political view of international contemporary creation seen from the Gulf,” according to Palais de Tokyo’s website. But critics have noted...
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Evian has the best response to a homophobe who claimed water bottle design was ‘gay propaganda’

Fellas, is it gay to drink bottled water? That’s the question Twitter users asked after a user dumped a bottle of Evian with an LGBT-inclusive design in the bin. The French company released a design of the bottle featuring a chic queer couple holding hand-in-hand as part of their ‘Prestige’ range last year. When the line was first announced, it became a magnet for homophobic backlash. Some critics denounced the brand for “promoting homosexuality” while others called for a boycott. But even an entire year on, people remained enraged that...
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