Great things are often said very simply. By the way… Clément Beaune, Secretary of State for European Affairs, speaks publicly for the first time about his homosexuality in the magazine Stubborn which appears this Wednesday, December 9.
“I am gay and I take it,” he said soberly when asked about LGBT rights in Europe. By making this public statement, he who seems to have not encountered any family or student difficulties – contrary to several accounts published by the quarterly -, Clément Beaune wants to show that this part of him “is not an obstacle” to become a minister. “Today it seems trite to say it, but it is not obvious. The beatings, the violence, the rejection, that exists in 2020. To say today my sexual orientation, it is not indecency or the setting in scene of the intimacy ”, justifies the former adviser of Jean -Marc Ayrault, who joined Emmanuel Macron at Bercy in 2014 before following him in his ascent and then to the Elysée.
“I have an additional responsibility”
Asked about the homophobic decisions taken in Poland – a hundred municipalities have declared themselves “non-LGBT zones” without the very conservative government reacting – or in Hungary, which he has criticized, the Secretary of State refuses to do so. a “community struggle”. “I come from a family in which people were deported because they were Jews, only two generations ago. It resonates with me. However, I would not like people to say that I fight against “LGBT-free” areas because I am gay. It would be insulting to say that I am fighting this fight for myself. […] On the other hand, as Secretary of State for European Affairs, I have an additional responsibility. I have to fight to spread tolerance, ”he believes.
He promises to go to Poland “at the beginning of next year” in one of these zones and to go “to support one of the associations which defend the right to abortion”, whereas the Constitutional Court recently gave its agreement to a law toughening women’s right to choose. Thus, it is no longer possible to abort in the event of a malformation of the fetus.
Unlike Polish society, corseted in its ultra-Catholic traditions, or others, French society has evolved on these questions. When Têtu was launched in 1995 by Pierre Bergé, “it was a bit like Radio Londres. It was the only media that really talked about homosexual issues, ”its editorial director Romain Burrel told AFP. “There was not yet triple therapy against HIV, the Pacs had not yet been voted, and we were far from marriage for all. So many fights that this magazine has carried. In 25 years, society has changed enormously ”for LGBT people, he says. But this anniversary issue – which put Mylène Farmer on the front page – also lists “the battles that remain to be waged”, including assisted reproduction for female couples. “If Emmanuel Macron had had to learn a lesson from our experience, it would have been to get the PMA to vote at the start of his mandate,” said ex-President François Hollande on this subject. Who had not digested a tackle from Emmanuel Macron on the Manif pour Tous.
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