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Queer Canadian couple attacked in Paris

Queer Canadian couple attacked in Paris

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Homophobic and transphobic insults shouted while children watched
Two Canadians are in a French hospital after being targeted in an attack that has been described as transphobic and homophobic.
 
Montrealers Marie-Eve Baron and Claire Giroudeau were in Paris for a two-week vacation with their young girls, one six, the other seven, when they were attacked by two motorists. Speaking to French gay and lesbian website Yagg, the couple said the incident started after a car cut them off in downtown Paris.
 
Baron, who was driving, honked in surprise. The other car pulled alongside them and the couple inside spat on the Montrealers when they rolled down their window. The two started spouting anti-gay and anti-trans slurs, calling Baron “a man with his balls cut off” and insulting the couple because they are Canadian.
 
As Baron and Giroudeau’s children watched from the backseat, the man kicked Baron violently in the face. He threw her to the ground, punching her in the face, then rounded on Giroudeau when she tried to intervene. The attackers also rolled down the windows of their car so their pitbull and rottweiler could threaten the couple.
 
Baron and Giroudeau fled before the police arrived.
 
“Nobody came to help us!” Baron posted on her Facebook page
 
The couple isn’t holding out hope that the police will be much good. “The police tried to blame me by saying that I got out of my vehicle,” Baron said.
 
The two spent seven hours in hospital but don’t appear to have any lasting injuries.
 
Baron says that they are deeply shaken by the incident and that it’s destroyed their image of the French capital. “This city is cold and cruel; it lacks humanity and civility,” she writes. “We miss Quebec and we’re proud to be from there.”
 
Dany Morin, associate NDP LGBT critic, has called the attack a “wake-up call.”
 
“The fact is, a transgendered person is reported murdered somewhere in the world every three days,” Morin said in a statement. 

Comments

"opportunities"
Daniel, why don't you go hang out with the right wing Orthodox extremists settlers in East Jerusalem, see what they think of homosexuality? I've interacted with them before and I assure you, if you are actually queer, they will hate you very much. Or for that matter, go spend some time with York's own homophobic police chaplain Rabbi http://www.xtra.ca/public/Toronto/Police_back_scriptural_reading_gays_an_abomination-9731.aspx Of course, in reality I have no desire for you to do these things because I actually would be concerned that you might get hurt (again assuming that you are actually queer). The majority of these religious extremists are assholes in case you haven't figured that out yet. But you see Daniel, despite the fact that you link to a hate-filled article (that is written *BY* a religious extremist) that calls me violent, absurd names, I still don't wish any harm on you Daniel. At this point, I just wish I could say that that sentiment went both ways.
An opportunity for Savannah and QuAIA
Savannah, I realize that you often make postings against woka and ron for their comments against homophobic Muslims and QuAIA. As a transgendered member of QuAIA, you have an opportunity to show up woka and ron this coming August 18 at Queen’s Park during the rally for International Al-Quds Day. The rally will be a demonstration against Israel. See: http://www.torontosun.com/2012/08/09/controversy-over-al-quds-day-at-queens-park You and other LGBT supporters of QuAIA could go to the rally holding your Queers Against Israeli Apartheid banners and signs and wearing your Pinkwashing wife beater shirts. See http://quaiatoronto.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/photo.jpg You could even take your sign that states (quote) The beautiful trans woman holding this sign is against Israeli apartheid and queerer than you (end of quote). See: http://eyecrazy.blogspot.ca/2011/07/al-qaaia-takes-new-name-and-suicide.html. Since you and other QuAIA supporters hate Israel with the same passion as those who will be present at the Al-Quds Day rally, I assume you will be welcome. Then you will be able to show woka and ron that LGBT people can flaunt it around radical Muslims without being taunted. If I’m wrong, the television and video cameras present will likely restrain any homophobe from taunting you – since the tape will provide the police with evidence of any hate crime.
@ David in London
Since you live in London, let's restrict it just to the UK (but you can find links on this for every city in Europe with a large Muslim population): ---- http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/may/07/muslims-britain-france-germany-homosexuality ---- http://www.huffingtonpost.com/johann-hari/can-we-finally-talk-about_b_828037.html ----- In September 2008, a young gay man called Oliver Hemsley, is walking home from the gay pub the George and Dragon when a gang of young Muslims stabs him eight times, in the back, in the lungs, and in his spinal column. In January 2010, when the thug who did it is convicted, a gang of thirty Muslims storms the George and Dragon in revenge and violently attacks everybody there.
Well?
It's quite common for Muslims to insult and even attack homosexuals in Paris. Everyone who has lived there, or even visited there for a few weeks, knows to be very careful. Is it Islamophobic to point this out?? It's something obvious, like saying the Jamaican community in Toronto has a problem with gun crime. Indeed, the conflict between Muslims and gays is a problem in many European cities. If these attackers were Muslim, then THIS IS NOT NEWS AT ALL.
go read the original story!
"curious" AGAIN, go read the original story in French; it makes the timeline of events more clear. Apparently the name calling and spitting started *after* they got out of the car to discuss the road incident. As for the person saying it is just road rage, you don't know that and you have no evidence what would have happened under different circumstances... baring dogs at someone who has their children with them? That is an extreme form of hate. And it's calculated, not spontaneous.
go read the original story
"curious" AGAIN, go read the original story in French; it makes the timeline of events more clear. Apparently the name calling and spitting started *after* they got out of the car to discuss the road incident. As for it just being road rage, you don't know that and you have no evidence what would have happened under different circumstances.
Road Rage
Sounds like just road rage to me. The gay slurs would have been racial slurs if they were black. They would have been anti-american slurs if they were Americans. Etc.
Woka's trans hate is real
Additionally, I am going to stand behind my criticism of the two trans-hating trolls "ron" and "woka" above. For example, there is this Xtra! story on which Woka makes multiple comments attempting to conflate trans women going to the washroom, just like any other woman, with sexual predators: http://www.xtra.ca/public/National/Conservative_MP_links_trans_people_and_sexual_predators-11803.aspx
something odd about this story
Savanahh, if someone spat in my window, called me homo or trans phobic slurs, I would NOT in any circumstances get out of my car especially if my young children were present. I would lock the door and window and drive to the nearest police station. Getting out to "discuss" the situation with people spitting on you and calling you hate slurs, was incomrehensible. The story does not add up to me.
stop with the victim blaming
Can you stop with the victim blaming crap? If you read the French version, it seems that the altercation started after the attackers cut them off on the road. Apparently one of the two women who were attacked got out of the car to discuss the road incident, and that's when things really took a turn for the worse. In any case, getting out of your car is not a crime; kicking someone in the face and intimidating them with dogs however *is* a crime.

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