(Blogmensgo, May 2nd, 2012) Believing that Nicolas Sarkozy puts his weight against LGBT rights while “François Hollande makes clear commitments to equal rights,” Inter-LGBT name to vote for the Socialist candidate. It is not to vote for / against a political party, says the Inter-LGBT in a press release of April 25, 2012, but to vote for / against a personality and a vision.
Recalling that Nicolas Sarkozy has not kept his key promises of 2007 for the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community, the collective of French associations notes that the right-wing candidate “uses LGBT issues (and its opposition to equal rights) in its campaign to reassure the most conservative fringe of the electorate and coax voters attracted by the ideas of Le Pen in the first round” of the presidential election.
Francois Hollande, however, is ostensibly more favorable to LGBT rights, particularly gay marriage, homoparental adoption, simplification of marital status change for the trans community and the fight against transphobia.
This is the first time since 2002 (where the candidate of the extreme right, Jean-Marie Le Pen, had arrived in the second round of presidential elections) that Inter-LGBT gives an instruction to vote. Nicolas Gougain, spokesman for the group, recalls not having advocated a choice in 2007 as the Socialist candidate, Ségolène Royal, was far less proactive on LGBT rights than his now ex-partner François Hollande. But the call to vote Holland is not “signing a blank check to the candidate,” he warns.
Inter-LGBT take this opportunity to point out that the main French Gay Prides have the slogan “2012, equality is just waiting.”
Comment. The campaign team of François Hollande includes a cell dedicated to LGBT issues, hosted by Gilles Bon-Maury and Michael Teychenne. Nothing alike in the candidate Sarkozy.
Philca & Matt / MensGo
(via NouvelObs.com of 25 April 2012)