Alexandre Marcel, vice-president of the Comité Idaho, an NGO that organises the international day against homophobia and transphobia, said,"Five guys arrived and started hitting the bouncers. They said: "On the Koran, we're going to kill you."
That's the trouble with multiculturalism. It's still a buffet, but it's not an "All-You-Can-Eat" special. So you have to pick and choose. You can have the salad or the goat. But you can't have both. You can have the Koran or you can have gay bars.
But you can't have both. It's either the Koran... or the gay bar.
Alexandre Marcel, vice-president of the Comité Idaho, an NGO that organises the international day against homophobia and transphobia, confirmed that he had filed a complaint against X on Saturday, following an attack on Friday night while he was in "Cud", a gay club in the Marais district of Paris.
"At 2:30 in the morning I came out of a bar to smoke a cigarette with my companion when five guys arrived and started hitting the bouncers. They said: "On the Koran, we're going to kill you, bunch of peds!", he recalls.
Paris is promoting itself as a great gay tourist destination.
The French capital has always wooed visitors with its reputation for fine dining and high fashion, and Paris continually cashes in on its mystique as the land of love and romance. Now, City Hall has a new strategy: selling Paris as a leading destination for gay travelers. At the mayor's office and the tourism bureau, which has funded a press junket this week for journalists from American gay publications, officials call it the next frontier of tourism.
"We want to create a gay friendly spirit across the whole city," said Laurent Queige, one of the project's organizers at City Hall.
But the City of Paris is leaving out a minor problem. It has a nearly 10 percent Muslim population. And Islam believes that gays should be neither seen, nor heard, but should be beheaded.
A city cannot be both gay-friendly and Muslim-friendly. That illusion falls apart as sizable groups of both populations come into contact. Paris can be Gay Paree or Sharia Paree. It cannot be both.