Le Manif Pour Tous*

25 Mar

I wanted to title this post “Crowd of Bigots Descends on Paris, Mucks up Tourist Destinations” but I figured that’d be too mean. Oh wait.

haters to the left at concordeApparently, it’s never too early to teach hate.

This past weekend, some friends of mine were in town from London. We did some of the tourist sights: the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, the Tuileries, Invalides. Unfortunately, we left off the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Elysees for Sunday. Turns out, the bigots (oh, I’m sorry, should I call them gay marriage opponents?) were having a parade.

Something like 300,000 people came out in support of hatred, despite the absolutely freezing weather. Lovely. One of the more appalling signs I saw (and could translate, odds are there was a lot more offensive stuff) was “Children are not a right”, opposing adoptions for gay couples. I also especially enjoyed the quartet of priests in full collar for obvious reasons.

The three of us turned to each other and unanimously decided to spend money in a non-French, gay friendly business, so of course we ended up in the Starbucks across the road from the Louvre. Take that, bigots.



*Ironically, the name of this march was Le Manif Pour Tous or “the Demonstration For All”. Nothing says inclusivity like shitting on a minority.


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