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French Minister Clément Beaune Comes Out

French Minister for European Affairs Clément Beaune publicly came out as gay in an interview with French gay magazine Têtu, in which he also promised to support LGBT+ communities in Poland.  

“I am gay, and I have no problem saying it,” he told the magazine, prompted by a question on LGBT+ rights in Europe. He said he wanted to show his homosexuality was “not an obstacle” to becoming a minister.

Beaune promised he would visit a Polish “LGBT-free” zone early next year, as well as bringing his support to a Polish abortion rights organisation, as ‘Politico’ reports. 

Hundreds of Polish municipalities have declared themselves “LGBT-free” zones. “I wouldn’t want people to say I am fighting against “LGBT-free” zones because I am gay,” said Beaune, “It would be insulting to say I am leading that fight for myself.”

“However, as European affairs minister, I have an additional responsibility. I must fight for tolerance,” he added.

Beaune’s predecessor as European affairs minister, Amélie de Montchalin, wrote in a saement that “Europe should be leading by example” and denounced rising discriminations against LGBT+ people.

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