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Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoë's promises to fund minority programs are having unexpected consequences.

Dirty Laundry in Paris

by Ana Simo

JANUARY 2, 2003. A grant of $100,000 from the City of Paris to an "Archive of Homosexuality" has triggered a storm of protest from lesbians and transgender activists who say the project excludes them.

They are demanding inclusion, as well as an open, community-wide discussion of the archive's design and aims, and even of its name, which they consider too gay-male centered and antiquated.

The growing controversy could end up engulfing Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoë, who is gay himself, and whose administration has been supportive of the project.

A widely circulated petition blasting the Archive project will land on his lap some time this month.

The Archive founders, veteran gay activist Jean Le Bitoux and Christopher Miles, general manager of the prestigious Théâtre de l'Odéon dismiss the protests as "biased and misinformed."

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