Make sense of... LGBT prides and rights

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As the first LGBT pride events of the year get under way, we take stock of the situation for lesbian, gay, bi and trans people in France

Like many capitals, Paris has a large LGBT pride event attracting thousands of participants and spectators – not so surprising, you may think; it is a cosmopolitan city with a long history of tolerance.

What you may not know is that dozens of provincial towns have parades too, such as Angers and Grenoble on May 26 (see below for more details).

France was not always so gay-friendly… A plaque at the corner of rue Montorgueil and rue Bachaumont in Paris commemorates the last men executed for homosexuality, burned to death at what is now place de l’Hôtel de Ville in 1750.

Homosexuality was legalised in 1791 – 175 years before the UK – and France’s comparative tolerance was one reason Britons such as Oscar Wilde took refuge here. The Vichy regime then raised the gay age of consent to 21 before it was equalised with heterosexual people again in 1982.

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