FEMEN protesters in France have been a recurring and dramatic presence during the country’s debate about marriage equality. They go bare-chested and loudly into anti-gay marriage protests and are often arrested. So after Dominique Venner, an outspoken opponent of marriage equality, took the extreme measure of committing suicide inside Paris’ Notre Dame cathedral in apparent protest of the country’s new law, a FEMEN protester showed up to counter. The woman is painted in the slogan “May Fascism Rest in Hell” and she wields a gun, even pointing it into her own mouth, but unlike Venner she doesn’t pull the trigger. The photos of the startling protest are jarring, and they end in arrest.

Facing Our OppressorsWilfred de Bruijn, a Dutch man living in France for 10 years, was the victim of a brutal attack in Paris while he was “walking arm in arm” with his boyfriend. Here his face is bloated, seeped in blood, his bruised right eye shut tight, his tooth broken. His is one of the latest cases of homophobia in France, where LGBT activists say reports of verbal and physical assaults have surged as lawmakers consider a bill legalizing same-sex marriage.

Facing Our Oppressors
Wilfred de Bruijn, a Dutch man living in France for 10 years, was the victim of a brutal attack in Paris while he was “walking arm in arm” with his boyfriend. Here his face is bloated, seeped in blood, his bruised right eye shut tight, his tooth broken. His is one of the latest cases of homophobia in France, where LGBT activists say reports of verbal and physical assaults have surged as lawmakers consider a bill legalizing same-sex marriage.

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French students at the Saint-Lô Catholic school in the northwestern city of Agneaux got a surprising message with their report cards on Wednesday. The letter came from the French Apel parents’ association and decried a proposed marriage equality law, which is being considered by lawmakers there.

Lawmakers in France are considering whether to legalize same-sex marriage and let gay couples adopt. Thousands in France rallied today in Paris. But of all the photos, we remembered this one the most. (View More)

Lawmakers in France are considering whether to legalize same-sex marriage and let gay couples adopt. Thousands in France rallied today in Paris. But of all the photos, we remembered this one the most. (View More)

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