Anti-LGBT attacks in France hit record high in 2018

Written by on 17/05/2019

2018 was the worst year on record in France for anti-LGBT+ attacks, according to charity SOS Homophobie, who called it “a dark year.”

Members of the LGBT+ community in France can report anti-LGBT+ attacks to the charity, who release yearly stats.

231 physical attacks on members of the LGBT+ community were reported to SOS Homophobie in 2018. Before now, the worst year on record was 2013, during which the charity recorded 188 anti-LGBT+ attacks.
SOS Homophobie recorded a significant jump in anti-LGBT+ attacks in France

The new statistics found that assaults on LGBT+ people jumped by 66 percent over the course of 2018 in France, and there was a spike towards the end of the year. By the end of 2018, SOS Homophobie was receiving daily reports of anti-LGBT+ attacks.

SOS Homophobie collected 1,905 separate statements from people who had witnessed anti-gay attacks, up 15 percent from the previous year.

62 percent of those who experienced anti-LGBT+ attacks said it was linked to rejection. Meanwhile, 51 percent said they were targeted with insults, 38 percent discrimination and 20 percent experienced harassment. 13 percent were linked to physical assaults.

They also found that anti-lesbian attacks were up by 42 percent from 2017, with 365 anti-lesbian attacks reported in 2018.

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