This first Saturday of July, we are sad but we also want to be bearers of hope and proposals.
This afternoon, the PRIDE MARSEILLE will not walk in the streets of our city. The pandemic has led to the postponement of our program (from August 28 to September 5) and the cancellation of the Walk and the Pride Festival which were originally scheduled for this weekend.
In this particular context, we are nevertheless proud and mobilized for the future of our diverse community.
In the context of the municipal and metropolitan elections, PRIDE MARSEILLE wishes to send a constructive message and especially to remind what are the necessary and minimum axes of a policy of LGBTQI+ inclusion at the level of a City Hall.
The policy we want can be summarized around 4 essential axes. In our opinion, they must be initiated and implemented within the first 100 days of the mandate:
1 - Visibility
We are waiting for the 1era The City's Magistrate is a leading advocate for diversity and inclusion, particularly for LGBTQI+ people. This commitment requires sending strong signals:
- A systematic speaking when cases of LGBT-phobic discrimination and violence occur.
- A visible support to the PRIDE MARSEILLE.
- A policy of inclusion carried by all sector town halls and in all neighborhoods.
- A policy discourse focusing on minorities, inclusion and community healthThis is the first of a series of documents that have been developed with the associations and that will set the course for the 6 years of the mandate.
2 - Setting an example
The City Council, like the Metropolis, are first and foremost two institutions with a large number of employees. Like any company, they must have an adapted human resources policy with regard to CSR and inclusion.
- Implementation of a 0 tolerance policy by HRD and DGS on LGBT-phobic language, innuendo and other manifestations within the departments.
- Setting up a policy committed to diversity and inclusion, with the signing of a commitment charter.
- Training inclusion and diversity of officers and department heads.
- Training of civil servants on the topics of trans-identity.
- The Town Hall must be spearhead and must federate the other institutions in its general policy (Prefecture, Police Prefecture, Rectorate, AP-HM, cultural institutions, groups of leaders, citizen collectives... etc.)
3 - A co-construction with the associations
The City Council and the Metropolis must support the local associative fabric which has the expertise and legitimacy for many actions. The City Council must be in permanent contact with the associations of the territory to be the most precise and relevant in its answers.
- To encourage the implementation, by the actors of the associative fabric, of a LGBTQI+ Center visible in the city, which is intended to be an important tool of the diversity policy.
- Logistical and financial support as well as expertise for associations.
- Building a comprehensive diversity and community health policy in consultation with associations (education, security, fight against discrimination, solidarity, tourism, events, etc.)
- Setting up a collaborative follow-up of the City's policy on LGBTQI+ issues (regular meetings with actors, elected officials and staff in charge of these issues).
4 - An ambition
As with many issues, the elected officials of the City of Marseille have lacked ambition and vision for our city. We hope that the future municipality will be visionary and more ambitious so that Marseille will not only be inclusive for its inhabitants but will also be recognized for its international diversity policy.
- A real ambition to promote the visibility of the PRIDE MARSEILLE in France and abroad.
- Creation of an LGBTQI+ Center that is both invested in all neighborhoods in the territory, but also engaged and involved in national and international initiatives.
- That elected officials carry messages of diversity and equality at the national and international levels. the demands of our community to contribute to the advancement of our societies.
- That the inclusion and diversity policy be more transversal and complements other themes such as education, tourism, economy... as other committed political institutions and many companies active in CSR already do.
- The implementation of the policy "Marseille without AIDS".
- A policy to support the opening of businesses and the development of LGBT-friendly tourismThe project is based on the implementation of a training program for staff (hotels, restaurants, etc.), a welcome charter and an LGBT-Friendly label.
The PRIDE MARSEILLE teams and the associations of the Inter-Associative and Commercial Steering Committee are at the disposal of future elected officials to come and build the actions of this policy.
The purpose of this document is not to detail the content of the actions but rather to lay the foundation and structure of a general policy that is supportive and fair to our community.
This first Saturday of July, the PRIDE MARSEILLE does not show its Pride in the street but it mobilizes at your side. It marches for an inclusive city, welcoming and open to diversity.