France’s Prime Minister, Elisabeth Borne, announced the new LGBTQ+ ambassador position on the 40th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in the country.
Borne visited an LGBTQ+ centre in Orleans, where she unveiled plans for the new government position. The Prime Minister said the role of the ambassador is to “campaign for the decriminalisation everywhere of homosexuality and trans identity.” She continued: “The President of the Republic’s approach, my approach, the government’s approach is not ambiguous: we will continue to fight to make progress on the rights of the LGBTQ.” The aim of the ambassador is to fight LGBTQ+ discrimination across the world.
Earlier this year the French government banned so-called ‘conversion therapy’. Borne also announced the creation of a €3 million fund to finance 10 new LGBTQ+ centres across the country.