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17 October 2013

GALA Meets with French First Lady and Minister of Justice

GALA Meets with French First Lady and Minister of Justice

On 14 October, seven representatives from LGBTI and HIV organisations, including GALA's Nomancotsho Pakade and Anthony Manion, met with French First Lady Valerie Trierweiler and French Minister of Justice Christiane Taubira to discuss a number of issues.

The wide-ranging conversation included same-sex marriage, hate crimes and hate speech against LGBTI people in South Africa, HIV/AIDS and other issues. The agenda for the discussion was very open, and it allowed for a very frank and substantial conversation.  

The First Lady and Minister of Justice expressed concern at the high levels of violence against LGBTI people in South Africa. It was clear from the discussion that advancing LGBTI right both in France and in other parts of the world was a key part of the agenda of both women.


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