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Count me out by Cat-in-the-Stock Count me out by Cat-in-the-Stock
Yep, count me out!
With the "gay? fine by me" t-shirt I got last year in the US while studying there!

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Now I assume most of the world knows about what happens in America, prop 8, gay suicide and all... So let me tell you about France a little:

-People who are openly gay and lesbian can serve in the military. There was however the case of a MTF transgender who was accepted as a woman in the army, but then the civilian judge refused to grant her the legal right to change her gender, because she didn't undergo the surgical transition and therefore was "not female enough"
-No marriage, but civil partnership: easier on taxes, but you don't get a say if you other half ends up at the hospital, or even worst, if he/she dies, you have no say in the funeral preparation. Doesn't give you the parental right if you "civil partner" had child before, (s)he will still be the only parent.
-Gay males cannot give blood
-Gaybashing and public homophobia is still common (hell, a rap band's tour was half canceled after they said "fags were deviant".)
-No gay adoption.
As of now, the right-wing government as no plan on legalizing gay-marriage, gay adoption, or spending more on HIV prevention.

Sure, France is not a bad place to be gay, but half the countries surrounding us are more progressive (like the gay marriage being legal in Belgium, Spain, Portugal.)
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Dan-Heffer Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
\o/!!!
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Cat-in-the-Stock Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010
:D
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MelchiahAlex Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010
France - Gay males cannot give blood.

That is also true here in the states, as it just about everything else you listed in reference to France.

It's better now than it was for the generation before me, but we've still got much work to do.

Be Proud, Be Out, Be You - Forever, without apology!
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Cat-in-the-Stock Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010
Oh, I know.
But in general, I think the US is make more moves and is more gay-friendly in general.
There are no such things of GSAs in French schools, we don't have a French Elle DeGeneres, not big out star or no big straight star who advocates gay rights. There is no even a beginning of a move towards gay marriage either. Thankfully we don't have Westboro Baptist Church though :D We do have a anti-gay Christian party but they're a joke to most people so...
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pullingcandy Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I :heart: that shirt. :love:
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Cat-in-the-Stock Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010
:lol: I am so glad I got to get one!
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pullingcandy Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I want one too. But in a female variety.
And it must be pink. Yesssssssss omg yes...
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Cat-in-the-Stock Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010
Haha, I remember it was available in several colors, I'd be surprised if a gay shirt doesn't come in pink...
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pullingcandy Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
It would be a tragedy if it did not :(
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Cat-in-the-Stock Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010
HOLY COW! IT IS A TRAGEDY! I checked and they don't have it :crying:
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