After a brutal attack on a young gay rights advocate in Paris this week, 8 men are being held in connection to the murder. Towleroad.com reports:
Eight far-right extremists are being held in connection to the beating death of gay rights and anti-fascist activist Clement Meric on Wednesday night, the Guardian reports: The interior minister, Manuel Valls, blamed “an extreme right group” for the murder. He said there had been a “dangerous discourse” in France for several weeks, a nod to the heated row over same-sex marriage and violent skirmishes on the fringes of the anti-gay marriage movement and demonstrations.
Am I the only one who thinks Clement looks a little like Matthew Shepard? I can only hope his death has the same far-reaching effects on France that Shepard’s did here, putting a face on anti-gay violence and turning many folks who had been on the fence against homophobia.