LGBT+ Comunities and Inclusive Policies : Key challenges in Paris

Policy Brief by HDRI

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The aim of this policy brief is to assess how the City of Paris is positioned regarding the implementation of inclusive policies and initiatives that respond to the needs of the local LGBT community. In recent years, Paris has demonstrated a strong commitment to supporting LGBT residents as well as visitors, with the ambition of becoming “the capital of LGBT tourism and inclusion”. By signing in 2015 the “Charte d’Engagement LGBT”, the City of Paris has confirmed its intention to fight discrimination and homophobia within its institutions. Furthermore, by joining the Rainbow Cities Network, Paris has also committed to actively participate in the support of LGBT communities internationally. These strong actions show the will of Paris to fight against the discrimination of the LGBT population, although there is of course still room for further improvement along with the necessity to face the diverging opinions of some groups within the society. In fact, while overall recognition of LGBT rights and needs has increased in France in recent years, the promulgation of new laws aimed at enhancing equality and inclusion of LGBT citizens has led to major opposition, giving rise to demonstrations and opposition movements.
 
The objective of this policy brief is therefore to explore both the challenges that the City of Paris faces in the development of more inclusive policies for the LGBT community and the potential ways in which it could take action to fully answer the needs and concerns of an increasingly multicultural and dynamic LGBT population.
 
The Human Development Research Initiative (HDRI) is a student-run think tank, co-funded by eight Sciences Po students in 2016. Our ambition is to generate ideas and knowledge to inform policymaking processescreate open spaces for debate and channel intellectual resources for the monitoring public policies. Our team represents more than 30 countries and comes from some of the most prestigious universities worldwide. We aspire to help drive policy change to advance a fair, joint and sustainable development for all. Besides fostering annual research projects, external publications and constant strategic watch on the topical issues of human development, HDRI strives to be an “action tank” by leading an advocacy campaign on “Resilience and Migration in Paris” in 2018 and has already been selected by Paris City Hall to benefit from a public grant.
 
Recently, HDRI has developed a strong collaboration with the UNESCO’s Inclusive Policy Lab, with a dedicated team called the “Inclusivity Lab”. At its own scale, HDRI wishes to contribute to the collective reflection that UNESCO is building towards more inclusive and multicultural cities around the world. HDRI shares the UNESCO Lab’s values of knowledge sharing and co-creation, but also and perhaps most importantly, HDRI strives to operationalize the intellectual resources produced into concrete public policies.

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