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Paris Selected As Host of Gay Games X

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Paris beat out Limerick, Ireland and London and will host the Gay Games X in 2018.

Organizers report via press release:

The international delegates and board of directors of the Federation of Gay Games voted at the end of a three-day meeting featuring site inspection reports, question-and-answer sessions, committee reviews and, a highlight of the event, the oral presentation by each bidding organization. This meeting was held in Cleveland, host with Akron, of the 2014 Gay Games, presented by the Cleveland Foundation next year from 9-16 August.

David Killian, co-chair of the FGG Site Selection Committee, noted some factors that may have influenced voters in their choice: “The vote is the result of dozens of individual choices, but some points stood out for many voters. Paris proposed a wide range of sports in quality venues, many of which offer good visibility for the event. French LGBT sport organizations already have a great deal of experience hosting international multisport tournaments, and their LGBT community presents outstanding cultural events. They are already well advanced in planning, for example, with the designation of a dedicated sports manager. They arrived with demonstrable political support, including Minister for Sport Valerie Fourneyron and five-time Olympic fencing medalist Laura Flessel, who were part of the presentation team. And of course Paris is a great destination to visit or revisit.”


Fish Known For Gobbling Man Parts Caught in the Seine in Paris

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A pacu, a South American fish known for its propensity to bite off male testicles, has been caught in the river Seine in Paris, The Local reports:

Friday’s discovery, reported in the Paris police’s weekly newsletter on Tuesday, might cause concern for Parisian men, especially after a piranha was fished out of the Canal Saint Martin in the capital, last summer.

After a 21 cm pacu was found lurking off the coast of Sweden last month, Danish fish expert Henrik Carl warned our colleagues at The Local Sweden about the species’ tendency toward testicles.

"The pacu is not normally dangerous to people but it has quite a serious bite. There have been incidents in other countries, such as Papua New Guinea where some men have had their testicles bitten off,” he said.

"They bite because they're hungry, and testicles sit nicely in their mouth," he explained.

Be forewarned.


Photographer Captures The Lives Of Transgender Parisians In 1950's Black-And-White Collection

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Christer Strömholm, a Swedish photographer living in Paris in the late 1950's, befriended and photographed the transgender communities of the place Pigalle and place Blanche neighborhoods, providing us with a glimpse at life on the margins.  

Transparis2Buzzfeed reports:

A little-known Swedish photographer, Christer Strömholm, visited Paris to experiment with a new style of night-time street photography. He immersed himself in the red-light district of Place Blanche where he beautifully captured through his lens the wide variety of young trans women struggling to make a living.

In 1983, Strömholm published his book, Les Amies de Place Blanche, with the photographs from his visit.

Inside he wrote a powerful introduction:

“This is a book about insecurity. A portrayal of those living a different life in the big city of Paris, of people who endured the roughness of the streets.”

“This is a book about humiliation, about the smell of whores and night life in cafés.”

“This is a book about the quest for self-identity, about the right to live, about the right to own and control one’s own body.”

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“These are images of women—biologically born as men—that we call ‘transsexuals.’ As for me, I call them ‘my friends of place Blanche.’ This friendship started here, in the early 60s and it still continues.”

New attention has been brought to Strömholm's subjects as the photos have been released in a new version of the 1983 book, this time with stories and essays to accompany them.  

The complete collection of photographs can be found here.

Photos courtesy of Buzzfeed (Source:  © C.Strömholm/ Agence VU  /  via: messynessychic.com)


Eiffel Tower Celebrates Marriage Equality on Bastille Day: VIDEO

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The Eiffel Tower was bathed in rainbow colors during yesterday's Bastille Day celebration in Paris to mark the legalization of same-sex marriage in France this year.

Check out a gorgeous video, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Skinhead Attack on French Gay Rights Activist Clément Meric Caught on Video: REPORT

Though none were initially thought to exist, French police reportedly have surveillance video which documents the fight with skinheads that killed gay rights activist Clément Meric in Paris three weeks ago. A radio station, RTL, reported on the existence of the video, The Local reports.

MericMeric was killed after an angry exchange of words between left-wing activists and right-wing skinheads when they met by chance at a private clothing sale in an apartment on Rue Caumartin in the 9th arrondissement of Paris on June 5th.

As the confrontation escalated, Meric was punched unconscious. He was pronounced brain dead in hospital the following day.

It was initially believed that there were no CCTV images of the attack, but now it has emerged that a street surveillance camera belonging to transport company RATP, captured the fatal clash.

According to RTL, the video appears to show that Meric confronted his attacker, apparently intending to strike him. As he approached, the alleged attacker turned and threw a punch, striking Meric in the face. The blow knocked him unconscious.

He immediately fell to the ground but did not receive further punches and kicks as he lay on the ground as was initially believed, RTL claims.

Listen to the RTL claims (in French), AFTER THE JUMP...

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Gay Film Posters Too Hot for the Parisian Suburbs

Linconnu_du_lacPosters for the gay French thriller L’Inconnu Du Lac (Stranger By The Lake), which screened at Cannes, are being pulled by French municipalities because of its depiction of gay love, Deadline reports:

But on the eve of its release in France, where expressions of sexuality are de rigueur and where gay marriage was recently legalized, the film’s advertising (left) proved too much for some. In the Parisian suburbs of Versailles and Saint-Cloud, a series of promotional posters was pulled at the request of the individual town halls, ad firm JC Decaux told AFP. The mayor’s office in Saint-Cloud said it had been “harassed” by phone calls and emails about the poster since it went up last week. Versailles says it did not contact JC Decaux, but a rep told French media it was understandable that the image “could shock people who find themselves disarmed by posters in the street that address sexuality.”

Check out the trailer here.


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