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Pro-trans protests erupt across France as lawmakers consider healthcare ban

Pro-trans protests erupt across France as lawmakers consider healthcare ban

Pride Scene in Paris in 2019

Pride Scene in Paris in 2019 Photo: Shutterstock

Thousands of people across France rallied for trans rights on Sunday following calls from right-wing senators to ban hormone therapy and puberty blockers for trans youth.

A coalition of LGBTQ+ activists, left-wing parliamentarians, trade unionists and young people took part in demonstrations in Paris, Lyon, Marseille and Montpellier, the Interior Ministry reported. More than 10,000 protesters demonstrated, with the largest group gathering at Place de la République in Paris, an 8.4-acre public square popular for demonstrations.

“Anti-patriarchy, anti-capitalism, solidarity with trans people around the world! » Protesters chanted in the French capital, according to The world. The Socialist Party and the left-wing La France Insoumise party were among more than 800 groups and individuals calling for protests.

“It’s our daily life,” said one of the organizers in Montpellier, who asked not to be identified for fear of reprisals. “Today, there is an urgent need to defend the rights of all, at a time when right-wing and far-right politicians are attacking trans rights and spreading misinformation about trans child identification. »

Anti-trans legislation has been introduced in the French Parliament following a report on trans minors commissioned by fringe lawmakers from the right-wing Les Républicains party, according to French publications. Le Figaro And Point » reported on March 18. The legislation calls for a ban on gender-affirming hormone therapy and puberty blockers, commonly prescribed to trans youth to combat gender dysphoria. Most major American medical associations consider this care to be safe, effective and necessary for the well-being of trans minors.

Senator Jacqueline Eustache-Brinio called gender-affirming care for trans youth “a growing phenomenon in the media and in public life,” while asserting that “all” foreign countries reject life-saving treatments. Their statement is false.

“Today, this is happening too quickly, young people are being guided too quickly towards a transition. Rather, we must support them in their discomfort and encourage them to seek psychiatric care,” declared the senator.

The aforementioned report, written by the Little Mermaid Watch, an organization notoriously opposed to gender-affirming care for minors, is full of alarmist rhetoric, calling the practice a “health scandal” and a “social scandal.” contagion”, while emphasizing the painful “de-transitions”.

Conservative lawmakers’ calls for “psychiatric care” echo the report’s recommendations. Trans advocates say such care “amounts to a thinly disguised endorsement of ‘conversion therapy,'” a claim the report’s authors deny.

The bill implementing the report’s recommendations is due to be debated on May 28.