How the government plans to tackle violence targeting LGBT people

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How the government plans to tackle violence targeting LGBT people




The government is unveiling a plan on Wednesday to make life easier for LGBT + people. A large component concerns the school with, in particular, training for teachers. Other measures concern the adoption and more inclusive adaptation of administrative documents.


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The government is unveiling a plan on Wednesday to make life easier for LGBT + people. A large section concerns the school, in particular with training for teachers. Other measures concern the adoption and more inclusive adaptation of administrative documents.

The Minister Delegate in charge of equality between women and men and diversity, Elisabeth Moreno, presents this Wednesday “a national action plan for equal rights against hatred and anti-LGBT + discrimination” for the period 2020-2023. With 180 measures, it is intended to improve the daily life and access to rights of LGBT + people. One of its major objectives is to fight against homophobic violence which has jumped 36% in one year, with particular attention paid to schools.

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Homosexuality concerns one in thirty children, that is to say about one per class on average, according to the associations. Harassment is believed to be the cause of many school failures. Importantly, it would lead to a risk of suicide four times higher for homosexuals and seven times higher for transsexuals. The minister therefore decided to provide teachers with tools to fight homophobia in the form of a website, as there is already for racism or anti-Semitism. This site could suggest classroom activities or ideas for working on registered homophobia, starting with grade 1.

Less careful teachers

Transphobia, on the other hand, is part of the program starting in college. The situation at school for these young people who are born girl or boy but feel the opposite gender is delicate. Elou, born a boy, explains for example that she had to face teachers who were not very careful and badly hiding their astonishment when she answered “present” to the call: “The whole class looked at me, I had to dodge looks “, she tells the microphone of Europe 1. The minister plans to send a guide to teachers to better welcome trans people at school. This would include calling them by the first name of their choice, but also the pronoun of their choice, “he or she”.

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Among the other measures proposed are the facilitation of adoption by same-sex couples, legal since 2013, or the adaptation of administrative forms to include same-sex families.

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