France OKs bill legalizing IVF for lesbians, single women

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PARIS (AP) | France’s lower house of parliament on Tuesday overwhelmingly passed a bill that aims to give single women and lesbian couples legal access to in vitro fertilization, egg freezing and fertility medication.

The assisted reproduction measures are part of a broader bioethics bill voted by the National Assembly, the lower house, where French President Emmanuel Macron’s government has a majority. The bill passed 359-114. It must still go to the Senate for debate.

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France ponders giving lesbians, single women access to IVF

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PARIS (AP) | Single women and lesbians in France won’t have to go abroad to have babies anymore under a proposed new law that would give them access to medically assisted reproduction for the first time.

French President Emmanuel Macron’s government has presented a draft law on bioethics that includes expanding the eligibility for treatments such as artificial insemination and in vitro fertilization, or IVF. French law currently restricts assisted reproduction to infertile heterosexual couples.

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Megan Rapinoe gives special birthday shoutout to brother after World Cup win

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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ABOVE: Megan Rapinoe at the World Cup. Photo courtesy Rapinoe’s Facebook page.

Megan Rapinoe took the time to give her brother Brian Rapinoe a birthday shout out right after leading the U.S. Women’s National Team to its second straight World Cup win.

While giving a post-game interview to Fox News, Rapinoe directly addressed her brother.

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France looks at assisted reproduction for lesbian couples

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PARIS (AP) | The French government is drafting legislation to give single women and lesbian couples access to assisted reproduction in France instead of having to seek it abroad.

French law currently restricts the technology to infertile heterosexual couples.

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France reports record number of homophobic attacks

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the Natioan LGBT Media Association
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A record number of anti-LGBT assaults were reported in 2018, according to French non-profit association SOS Homophobie.

SOS Homophobie’s anonymous hotline for victims to report assaults saw a 66 percent increase in reports with 321 reported cases in 2018, up from 139 in 2017. 231 physical attacks were reported in 2018 which beat out the 188 reported cases from 2013 which was correlated to France’s same-sex marriage legislation.

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US opposes UN resolution against death penalty for same-sex relations

By : MICHAEL K. LAVERS of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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The U.S. on Sept. 29 voted against a U.N. Human Rights Council resolution that condemns the death penalty for those found guilty of committing consensual same-sex sexual acts.

The resolution — which Belgium, Benin, Costa Rica, France, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia and Switzerland introduced — passed by a 27-13 vote margin.

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Macron discusses gay Chechnya crackdown with Putin

By : MICHAEL K. LAVERS of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday said he discussed the crackdown against gay Chechens with his Russian counterpart.

“We discussed the situation of LGBT people in Chechnya,” wrote Macron on his Twitter page after he met with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Palace of Versailles outside Paris. “I very specifically told President Putin what France’s expectations are.”

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Paris officer killed in Champs-Elysees attack was a proud gay man

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PARIS (AP) – The Champs-Elysees gunman who shot and killed a Paris police officer just days before France’s presidential election had a note with him defending the Islamic State group, France’s anti-terrorism prosecutor said Friday.

Police investigating Thursday’s attack found a note praising IS that apparently fell from the pocket of French assailant Karim Cheurfi, Paris Prosecutor Francois Molins said. Cheurfi also had addresses of police stations written on bits of paper in his car, he said.

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Protesters march in Paris against same-sex marriage

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PARIS (AP) – Tens of thousands of people have marched in Paris to call for the repeal of a law allowing same-sex marriage, six months before France’s next presidential election.

The protesters ended up at Trocadero Plaza, near the Eiffel Tower. Police estimated the crowd at 24,000, while organizers gave a figure of 200,000.

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Gay French ambassador switched from Holy See position to UNESCO

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Paris (AP) – France’s government has named a respected diplomat who is said to be gay as the country’s ambassador to UNESCO, several months after he was nominated as ambassador to the Vatican – a job he never started.

Laurent Stefanini was confirmed by France’s council of ministers as the country’s top diplomat at the Paris-based U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

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French group helps young Muslims bridge gap between sexuality, religion

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Marseille, France (AP) – Growing up in Algeria, Shaira had almost everything a young man could wish for. But he also had a big secret.

In a land where homosexuality is still a crime and a sin, he was forced to live a secret life, hiding that he was gay from everyone – even his closest family.

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Obama’s marriage equality celebration, Caitlyn Jenner’s introduction make top 10 tweets of 2015

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San Francisco (AP) — Messages of love and gratitude shared by the boy band One Direction topped Twitter’s charts this year, eclipsing President Barack Obama’s celebration of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision legalizing gay marriage.

One Direction members accounted for half of the 10 most recirculated tweets, including the three most popular.

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