This week read about Éric Zemmour of France being sued for discrimination against LGBT people, and the murder of a trans woman sparking outrage in China.
Éric Zemmour Faces Lawsuit After Denying LGBT Deportation During Nazi Occupation
In the run-up to France's presidential election, far-right candidate Éric Zemmour is facing yet another lawsuit, this time from gay rights groups, who claim he denied LGBT individuals were gathered up and deported during the country's Nazi occupation.
According to France 24, six LGBT rights groups told AFP that Zemmour's newest book, "France has not said its final word," prompted their criminal case for "denial of crimes against humanity."
Prior to the first round of France's presidential election, Zemmour, a writer and talk show host renowned for his divisive comments on Muslims and immigration, is currently polling in fourth place, with roughly 11% of the vote.
The far-right candidate agreed with another politician in his book who stated homosexual deportations to death camps were a "myth." The groups said in their lawsuit that such a claim "distorts history to support [Zemmour's] homophobic positions."
"It is not Zemmour's words that are cited in the book," the candidate's entourage said. They described the legal effort as a smear campaign before the presidential election's first round on April 10.
Death Of Trans Woman Sparks Internet Uproar In China
Wuhan Paradise Walk. Photo via Archello.com.
In response to the murder of a trans woman, which sparked passionate outbursts from netizens over China's dismal status of trans rights, police in a central Chinese province have tightened their crackdown on the internet and social media.
On March 9, a 21-year-old trans woman known only as Luo was hacked to death at Wuhan Paradise Walk, a retail mall in Wuhan, Hubei Province's capital.
After a picture of the victim circulated on the internet, netizens voiced their displeasure with the mistreatment of LGBT individuals in Chinese culture, particularly on Weibo, a Chinese analog of Twitter.
According to UCA News, Weibo users slammed the killer and questioned China's trans rights, stating authorities should stop hate crimes against transgender people.