Paris Hosts Gay Games Amid Surge In Anti-gay Aggression In France

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Paris Hosts Gay Games Amid Surge In Anti-gay Aggression In France

PARIS – Athletes from Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Russia will be among the thousands of people convening in Paris on Saturday for the opening ceremonies of the 10th Gay Games, which aim to raise awareness about gay and transgender rights.

Over 12,700 participants from 91 countries are expected during the one-week contest, which features a variety of athletes – young and old, male and female, straight and gay.

Fifty-eight sportspeople are from Russia, which in 2013 passed a law banning “propaganda for non-traditional sexual relations,” while one athlete holds a passport from Saudi Arabia, where homosexuality is punishable by death.

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