FRANCE: LGBT Activists Object After Paris Police Cut Pride Parade Route In Half Due To Terrorism Concerns

The Local reports:

The Orlando massacre on a gay club this month is among the reasons that police are cutting short the annual Paris gay pride parade on Saturday, much to the anger of the LGBT community.

The Paris gay pride parade (or la marche des fiertés as it’s known in French) will still take place on Saturday – but the course will only be half as long as in previous years.

Authorities have reportedly cited concerns for the safety of the participants in the march, following the attack in Orlando in the US earlier this month that saw 49 people killed.

“We received this news with a slight dose of anger,” Amanda Miguel of gay rights group Inter-LGBT told BFMTV.

The decision comes after two weeks of negotiations between gay rights groups and the Paris police, who initially tried to postpone the event until September.

With the event already set to take on a less vibrant tone after the Orlando massacre – indeed participants are being encouraged to wear black armbands in memory of the victims – some members of the gay community are irate that French authorities appear to be giving in to fear.

“Giving in to fear, giving in the LGBT-phobes, this is just giving up on our struggles, our battles, our rights to live, and our diversity,” read a note on the LGBT rights group Acthe.



  • KT

    Fear, fear, fear! Let’s all give into fear!


      “So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we
      have to fear is…fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified
      terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.”

  • 2karmanot

    Why? SF went on without a hitch and nearly a million folks participated

    • BobSF_94117

      What happened with the security restrictions at Civic Center?

      • Lane

        There were long lines and much confusion, but it seemed to go well-enough. I really had to pee and wasn’t willing to wait in a queue 20 people deep, so I wandered around the corner where I was second in line and it went fine. I was also there about 12:30pm, still very early while the parade was happening (my group marched on the earlier side). The festival crowds were a bit lighter than usual, I thought, but I don’t know if it was the time of day (still early) or fears or the hassle or what. When I left, I passed a queue at least 30 people deep to get in. Lots of police, lots of security folks, but also lots of portapotties and free water stations too.

        • BobSF_94117

          Thx for the info.

    • Octavio

      Yeah, But only a handful of attendees knew how to speak French. So there’s that.

      • NO MORE GOP!

        Quite a lot of them do French though. 🙂

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    What this article doesn’t say is that France has been having massive demnonstrations/strikes against Hollande’s proposed labor reform law almost every day for weeks, and huge problems with soccer hooligans during the European championships, which are still going on. And France and Belgium are pretty much Daesh’s declared #1 targets in Europe since even before the Bataclan. And then Orlando happened.

    So France is getting it from all sides and I feel for them, but is it good to change the way you live? Isn’t that giving in?

    • Silver Badger

      No, its not good to give in. I can understand the authorities worries but you can’t give in to terrorists, now matter what flavor they are.

    • Mark

      It’s not the length of the parade, its the pride that shines through regardless of all the hate and fear. We’ve done more with less – and for today, a little less now could play to our benefit later.

      • Lars De

        That’s right, it’s not the size it’s what you do with it that matters! But lets be honest, for some queens that is never going to be true!

        • Marinda Surrett


    • JustSayin’

      There is a difference between common sense and giving in.

      If you do not realize that nothing can teach you.

      The question then becomes, when an attack does happen, will you be in the crowd of keyboards warriors, with no dog in the fight, sitting online blaming the authorities for not doing enough?

      At least half of you on here whining about not living in fear will be. Those of you who live their lives online, safe and secure, Internet Muscles at the ready, always ready to take on a paper tiger but never willing to face a real danger in person.

    • Nic Peterson

      A nice, safe closeted Is not a life worth living and this is a parallel. The authorities probably gave as much ground as they could reasonably figure they could control. From the picture provided, French men and women have chosen to live out and proud.

      Vive la France!

    • NancyP

      Could it be a matter of insufficient police personnel to cover all the events?



    • Max_1

      Give me Liberty or give me death…

  • hiker_sf

    It’s a tough call, and the government isn’t known for being homophobic. But I totally understand why people would be pissed.

    I noticed that they didn’t curtail the Euro Championship.

    • Hue-Man

      Euro 2016 has probably scared French officials even more. Despite intense and intrusive security at the soccer stadiums, this happened:

      “The Euro 2016 match between Croatia and the Czech Republic was halted
      on Friday after Croatian fans threw fireworks and flares onto the

      In a terrifying moment, one firework exploded directly in front of a steward who was working to clear the field.”

  • Six Pins Delores


    Vive La France.

    “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”

    • JustSayin’

      All you people taking quotes out of context are pretty pathetic. Read more and you will that sense above abject obstinence is the true victor in that context..

  • Sam_Handwich
  • shellback

    When I first saw the photo, I thought it was a NOM March.
    OMG. Sometimes I make myself laugh.

  • Octavio

    I totally agree. The police are giving in totally to fear and allowing the potential terrorists a big win. Au diable les lâches du gouvernement.

  • Hue-Man

    I think the French should copy the Father of ISIS, George W. Bush, and invade Uzbeckybeckybeckystan! The French government is operating in a siege mentality, extending the state of emergency through to the end of July, following the attacks in November, 2015. Earlier this month, 12 terror suspects were arrested in Belgium which was the staging grounds for the November attacks. Reading between the lines, the French government is powerless to prevent these attacks, particularly against high visibility targets.

    To my way of thinking, the length of the Parade route is almost irrelevant; the Bataclan attack in Paris (and the attack in Orlando) led to multiple deaths and terror by seizing control of one venue. The only safe Pride Parade is one that is canceled and no one wants to see that.

  • JustSayin’

    There is a difference betweeen cowering in fear and having the sense nature gave a turnip.

    If the police do not protect the route and some asshat causes harm, then the same people spewing shit about not living in fear will be protesting and harming the POLICE.

    There are only so many cops available and millions of Parisian Pride goers. You do the math, and if you still come up whining about a shorter parade route then you are a moron.

  • Natty Enquirer

    Vive la peur.

  • Todd20036

    What is it with France and surrendering, anyway?

    • johncAtl

      Their flag is red, white and blue….but sometimes they use too much bleach.

  • richard

    How about cutting “The Tour De France” race in half?

    • agcons

      Tour de Vichy?

  • Joseph Miceli

    Here in NOLA we did no such thing. Our Pride was bigger than its been in years. You can’t let the terrorists win!

  • Max_1

    I’m still wondering how Paris was affected by what happened in Orlando…

  • PeteLI

    The New York City pride march was 9 hours long this year.

  • DonnaLee

    It’s not the size of the parade, it’s mingling with everyone after it that makes it for me!