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France sets up embassy fund to defend LGBTQ rights

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France sets up embassy fund to defend LGBTQ rights
Paris City Hall in August 2018 decorated with rainbow flags while the city hosted the Gay Games (Photo by Lucas Barioulet / AFP)

France said on Monday that it would set up a fund through its embassies to promote the rights of LGBTQ people, as it met like-minded nations at the United Nations.

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Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna made the announcement at the 15th anniversary of an LGBTQ group at the United Nations at the start of the annual General Assembly.

The fund of €2 million will be used "for our embassies to support those who are defending LGBTQ rights on a daily basis around the world, sometimes at risk to their lives," foreign ministry spokeswoman Anne-Claire Legendre said.

France last year became one of a small number of countries to appoint an ambassador dedicated to LGBTQ rights.

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In the United States, President Joe Biden has identified LGBTQ rights as a major diplomatic priority, with his administration  appointing an envoy after taking office in 2021.

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