France elects first transgender mayor
27 May 2020 | 11:00 am
Marie Cau has become France's first transgender mayor after being elected in Tilloy-lez-Marchiennes over the weekend. Her plans for the small rural commune in northern France include boosting local business and focusing on environmental issues.
6 Jun 2021
Transgender people find little acceptance in conservative societies like Albania. After years of isolation, members of the transgender community decided to confront taboos by launching a photo exhibition in the capital, Tirana.
27 Jun 2021
Laural Hubbard's selection to New Zealand's squad for the Tokyo Olympics has opened a wider conversation on the participation of transgender athletes at major sporting events.
20 Jul 2021
Cameroonian social media celebrity Shakiro has described how she and fellow transgender woman Patricia were put in chains during the five months they have spent in prison. They were released on Friday pending an appeal against their five-year sentences for "attempted homosexuality".
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There’s a sense of optimism that the Greek town of Evia, in the crosshairs of a wildfire, could be saved. The arrival of firefighting aircraft has helped in efforts to battle the blaze.
5 Sep 2021
At the age of just 26, Zarifa Ghafari became the first female mayor of the Afghan province of Maidan Wardak. She fled Afghanistan after the Taliban took power earlier this month. Now in safety in Germany, she explains that she left her country in order to avoid endangering her family. "I have always been at the top of the Taliban's blacklist," says Ghafari, whose father was assassinated last year. She tells FRANCE 24 how she plans to continue her fight for women's rights in Afghanistan. The young woman also calls for pressure on the Taliban leaders to negotiate.
26 Sep 2021
The Socialist mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, announces plans to run for president in next year's election, joining a growing list of challengers to centrist incumbent Emmanuel Macron. Hidalgo was the first woman to be elected mayor of Paris and she now hopes to become France's first female president. Polls currently show Hidalgo would garner only seven to nine percent in the first round of voting for president in April if picked to represent the Socialists.
19 Sep 2021
Megan Rohrer, 41, has become the first openly transgender bishop with the pronouns "they/he" at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.
16 Sep 2021
In the central Romanian city of Targu Mures, a former archaeologist and political newcomer is seeking to heal ethnic divisions and clean up corruption and mismanagement.
16 Oct 2021
The SPD's Franziska Giffey won 21.4% of the vote, beating the Greens' Bettina Jarasch, who got 18.9%. Besides the national election, Berlin and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania were also electing local legislatures.
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4 Nov 2021
Former police captain Eric Adams is set to become the next mayor of New York City after winning Tuesday's vote. The Democratic candidate has a nuanced stance on law enforcement issues, as both an African American man and a former officer. In his acceptance speech, Adams called for unity, while telling his story of a working-class child who grew up to become mayor.
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