Paris hosts Gay Games amid surge in anti-gay aggression in the country
Updated : 2018-08-06 11:40:05
Athletes from Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Russia were 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 gayand transgender rights.
Over 12,700 participants from 91 countries are expected during the Aug. 4-12 contest, which presents a variety of athletes - young and old, male and female, straight and gay.
France itself has been grappling with a recent surge in anti-gay acts as it eyes legalizing assisted reproduction forgay women in 2019 -- a campaign promise by centrist French President Emmanuel Macron.