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Canada The mayor of Paris has decided to double the subsidies granted to LGBT + associations

21:30  24 september  2020
21:30  24 september  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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As a guide to "strong sign, to catch up with the delay ”accumulated by the mayors of Paris of the right, the deputy of Anne Hidalgo Jean-Luc Romero indicated that the city had voted to multiply by two the financial support granted to LGBT + associations. He said that the latter will increase from 200,000 to 400,000 euros per year after a recent vote by the city council.

Deputy mayor of Paris Jean-Luc Romero has announced that the amount of subsidies granted by the Municipality to LGBT + associations will be doubled. “Our financial support […] will increase from around € 200,000 to € 400,000 per year” , said the person in charge of human rights, integration and the fight against discrimination, quoted by Le Monde and also relayed by the Huffington Post .

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The city council has in fact voted to allocate a contribution of € 382,650 to the functioning of 25 organizations defending the rights of homosexual, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer people. It comes in addition to other financial backers decided last July after the re-election of Anne Hidalgo as head of Paris. At the end of her campaign, the candidate said she wanted to make “love at first sight between Paris and LGBTQI” .

"Paris is not the city that gives the most money"

The right-wing municipal opposition is far from welcoming this sharp increase in support for LGBT + associations and deplores a lack of transparency. "We are now made to vote on packages bringing together dozens of associations, some of indisputable public utility, others much less, for example when they promote community withdrawal" , denounces Paris councilor LR Nelly Garnier.

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Among the associations that will benefit from the grants are the Center LGBT Paris-Ile-de-France, Le Refuge, SOS Homophobie or even Inter-LGBT, organizer each year of the "pride march" . Jean-Luc Romero concedes, however, that "Paris is not the city which gives the most money to associations of this type, far from it" .

The elected socialist nevertheless notes that "in the days of the right, there was not a penny for LGBT associations. The first actions, the first subsidies arrived with Bertrand Delanoë, from 2001, and Anne Hidalgo amplified the movement ”. The deputy qualifies the doubling of funding for "a strong sign, to catch up" .

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