Guillaume Mélanie, President of Urgence Homophobie, an organization that assists LGBTQ people with asylum, was violently assaulted on a Paris street in the fifth reported homophobic attack in recent weeks. The attack happened near the Etienne Marcel Metro station in the 1st arrondissement of Paris.
“Tonight it is my turn,” wrote Mélanie. “Homophobic attack after leaving a restaurant. Broken nose. Shocked. Blood everywhere. I am gay, and it’s 2018.”
Said Mélanie to local news: “I was leaving the restaurant with friends, we were celebrating the fact that one of our refugees had been granted residency [in France] and as we were leaving, during the time we were saying goodbye we were getting in the way on the path. And a gentleman who must have seen that we were gay, wasn’t happy about it. He pushed one of our party to get past, he was told to go ‘gently’ and that’s when he started directing crazy homophobic insults at me. He called me a faggot (PD in French) and he gave me a big punch on the nose.”
Mélanie told AFP: “We were somewhat obstructing the way in the street and a man pushed us rather violently. I said ‘Go easy’ and then another man who was with him said ‘You’re just a dirty faggot’ and ‘You should all be burned’ and punched me hard.”
The attack follows four separate anti-gay attacks.
The Local reports: ‘On October 6th, a homophobic assault took place in the capital’s 19th arrondissement when two men were violently attacked by two people over the fact that they were kissing, with each suffering injuries in the ribs and face. Then on October 8th, two young women were beaten up in public for the same reason and on October 13th a man was attacked in the 15th arrondissement for wearing make-up. In his tweet about the incident the victim of this attack said: “I never thought that I would tweet something like this but it doesn’t only happen to others: I was a victim of homophobic aggression last night in the 15th arrondissement of Paris because I wore make-up 🙃”‘
Je pensais jamais que je ferais un tweet comme celui là mais ça n’arrive pas qu’aux autres: j’ai été victime d’une agression homophobe hier soir dans le 15e arrondissement de Paris parce que je portais du make-up 🙃 pic.twitter.com/FKZCt3SejV
— ✨ Elle Hadi ✨ (@itsellehadi) October 14, 2018
Arnaud Gagnon, a young actor, was attacked by six people in September after hugging his boyfriend outside the theater.
Said Gagnon on Instagram: “I knew that one day it would happen to me. Violent homophobic aggression in the street…Last night, with my boyfriend, we went to see a friend in a play in the 20th arrondissement of Paris. When we went out to get a breath of air after the show we gave each other a hug. A hug. Just a hug. It was 10:00. A group of three young people about 20 meters away saw us. They stopped us. As we ignored them, they got closer. A flood of homophobic insults was coming out of their mouths. They demanded that we leave “their neighborhood” where “there is no PD here”. As we refused to leave, the insults became more serious, more hateful. Then a fourth joined them. A kid who seemed 12-years-old. And he’s the one who called for reinforcements. A scooter with the fifth and sixth attackers. Insults, shoving, threats. We do not give in. The scooter driver unhooks his helmet, removes it, and strikes me with it. Two blows to the head. Everything is going very fast. Spectators at the theater see the scene, run over, make them leave and shelter us. My friend was not injured, fortunately. For me a facial trauma, with bruise and edema, seven stitches and several days of ITT. We made the choice to share this picture and our story. We made the choice to file a complaint. In hope that this violence finally ceases…”
Face à la succession d'agressions LGBTphobes des dernières semaines, nous voulons adresser un message simple aux victimes : Vous n'êtes pas seul·e·s, nous sommes là, appelez-nous.
Du lundi au vendredi de 18h à 22h, le samedi de 14h à 16h et le dimanche de 18h à 20h. pic.twitter.com/YlAVPZPEdx
— SOS homophobie (@SOShomophobie) October 17, 2018