R.I.P

The police officer killed in Paris attack was a proud gay man and LGBTQ activist

The police officer murdered in Thursday’s ISIS attack on the Champ-Elysees was openly gay and a proud advocate for LGBTQ rights.

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According to the New York Times37-year-old Xavier Jugelé was “mourned on Friday by friends and fellow officers.”

“He was a simple man who loved his job, and he was really committed to the L.G.B.T. cause,” said Mikaël Bucheron, president of Flag, a French association for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender police officers. “He joined the association a few years ago, and he protested with us when there was the homosexual propaganda ban at the Sochi Olympic Games,” Mr. Bucheron said.

Born in 1979, Jugelé was raised in Romorantin-Lanthenay in Central France, the son of a former member of the armed services.

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He was in a civil union and the couple had no children.

According to The Telegraph, Jugelé was shot in the head after being sent to guard the Bataclan following the terrorist attack.

Bucheron told the paper:

“When I learned that it was one of us [who had been killed], it was shocking. Every time a police officer dies in the line of duty, all of us are very moved and affected by the tragedy. But the emotion is even stronger when you knew him and he was a member of the association.”

The Times adds:

Officer Juglé joined protests against Russia’s ban on “homosexual propaganda” before the 2014 Olympics. He also went to Greece to help police officers deal with migrants who had crossed the Aegean Sea and were seeking shelter in the European Union.

A bystander and two other officers were injured during the attack.

h/t: Towleroad

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76 Comments

  • PRINCE OF SNARKNESS aka DIVKID

    Remember this man, his activism, and his sacrifice, before you cravenly give in to diktats banning all police officers from marching Pride events

    • Allie

      Why? What does the fact that he was gay or he signed a petition here and there have to do with anything? Neither of those things magically absolve people of complicity in the carceral state.

    • PRINCE OF SNARKNESS aka DIVKID

      Oh just fück off

    • stnc

      Allie! Do be quiet! Didn’t your mother tell you *If haven’t got something nice to say , say nothing at all*

    • ethan_hines

      I imagine the same was said of Christianity in the years 1478-1834

    • Jack Meoff

      The same should be said about Christianity now.

    • IDoNotHaveToAgreeWithYou

      Oh yes let’s compare now to hundreds of years ago and make that an excuse for the death cult.

    • kehvan

      I agree.

    • John

      Technically, all religion is a cancer.

    • MediaGuy

      Fags will denigrate Christianity ^ as you see here. It’s what haters do. I don’t want to see anyone here defending Islam. Islam is coming for us, and it’s about time we got the message and prepare. It’s over for us, no more “out and proud” once the muslin scum gets here. It’s like arguing with a neanderthal.

  • barkomatic

    I don’t mean this as a rhetorical question so I would appreciate any sincere replies. Can someone explain to me why certain leaders are so eager to merge the LGBTQ movement to support the unlimited immigration of Muslim refugees into western countries? Definitely, gay Muslims and straight Muslims who are supportive are welcome in my view–and I noticed these are the types paraded about at rallies and other events. However, they don’t seem to represent the majority of people coming in who at the very least would prefer that homosexuality be made illegal. Yet, as a gay man I’m supposed to unequivocally support unlimited numbers of people with these views pouring into societies that only recently decided we deserve human rights.

    I realize that the vast majority of Muslim immigrants would never condone this violence and that Muslim organizations often condemn it–but that’s where they stop. There is no welcoming of openly gay people into your average Mosque (aside from rare exceptions). Is the idea that eventually being in a more liberal society will liberalize people?

    • Alan down in Florida

      The math is simple. If you prevent one minority group (Muslims) from free transit simply because of their religious beliefs you are opening the door and setting a precedent to prevent another another group (LGBTQ) from having that free transit.

      The greater math is that all minority groups, women included, add up to electoral majorities so it is in our vested interests to support them in their battles in return for their support in outs.

    • dwes09

      Most evangelicals and fundamentalists prefer that homosexuality be made illegal. A few would like to see it made a capitol offense as is deemed “biblical”. I realize that the vast majority of Evangelicals and Fundamentalists would never condone this violence and that SOME of their organizations often condemn it–but that’s where they stop. They are most certainly not welcomed at these churches. Attacks against LGBT people in this country originate overwhelmingly from the Christian population (this is extremely well documented, as is the fact that most terror attacks in the US originate with Christian folks and, exclusive of 9/11, they have caused the most death, injury and property damage. Evangelicals and fundamentalists make up 25-35% of our population (depending on the survey looked at), The total Muslim population of this country (including converts, immigrants and those born here) is 1-1.5%. Nobody EVER suggests surveillance of, or limitations on the movement of Christians (even the white supremicist Christian Identity folks who are undeniably violence prone), and the Muslims that creep people out are generally seen as middle eastern (thus the similar fear of Sikhs, Hindus, Jains and others that fit the brown skinned stereotype).

      Those people “pouring” into our country are refugees fleeing for their lives and overwhelmingly women, children and older folks. The fear they inspire, as well as the information outlined above strongly suggests that the fear is racially/ethnically based. The proposed (and thankfully blocked) travel ban on Muslims EXCLUDED the countries most likely to have terrorists looking to travel here because those countries have business ties to Trump and his peers. That tells you something as well.

    • Xzamilloh

      You think you’re cute, dwes09, but you show me a western country where homosexuality is illegal or is met with the death penalty/imprisonment. It’s a good damn thing that fundamentalists and evangelicals only have so much power here in America because we live in a society that is leaps and bounds better than any LGBT society in an Islamic country. As usual, the regressive response is to bring up Christianity as though it is the litmus test for Islam. Well, it’s not. Islam can stand and/or fall on its own merit, not on crappy Christianity is compared to it. Not to mention, for us nonbelievers, that is nothing but grade A deflection, your unwillingness to admit that this religion is messed up because for some reason you’ve attached race to religion, even though Chechnya, a majority Muslim country in Russia, is predominantly white.

      So nice try, but no dice. Clearly, Sweden, Germany, and France will never be what they once were because of how lax their immigration policies were. That said, we should not be closing our border to those fleeing terror. At the same time, our vetting process should remain the same.

    • Xzamilloh

      FYI, not defending Trump, but the list of banned countries was the Obama administration’s creation, not Trump’s. He’s the one who stupidly thought he could enforce it with no problems.

    • Giancarlo85

      Except Obama didn’t. Sorry but you need to read more closely at the restriction he implemented for a short period of time. It wasn’t directed at entire religions like the Trump ban. Come on man. You aren’t trying hard enough.

    • Giancarlo85

      I hate lazy right wing blowhards who don’t do their homework and spread lies.

    • IDoNotHaveToAgreeWithYou

      It’s this simple. Left wing extremist that are as dumb as the Teabillies have taken over and we must purge them from all roles in gay rights.

    • Giancarlo85

      Purge them? People like you need to be locked up in the loony bin. Go away pathetic troll with your violent tendencies. You are just as bad as a terrorist.

    • Xzamilloh

      You tell me how dissenting opinions is just as bad as killing two innocent people, Giancarlo??? Huh? You tell me that. And FYI, if it were directed at “entire religions”, then every Islamic country would have been on that list, including the ones he had business ties to… it’s stupid to have to keep qualifying that I didn’t and will never support that wildly unconstitutional travel ban. It’s also tiresome having to constantly defend my liberalism because it used to be a liberal principle to be against ideologies that subjugated women and homosexuals, that discouraged independent thinking and ideas. But now we’ve been reduced to a vocal minority known as the regressive left chock full of identity politics and ready to shoot down any different opinion as racist, homophobic, Islamophobic, transphobic, and blah blah blah!! I have made no changes to the way I speak about Islam because I hold it to the same standard as Christianity and any other religion that shuns free knowledge and free thinking. But, apparently, we’ve be co-opted by the bigotry of low expectations so for some reasons, radical Muslims don’t get the same fervor that the GOP aka Y’all Qaeda gets.

    • Xzamilloh

      And the real sad thing is that moderate liberals and conservatives are being driven into a middle ground because the extremes on both sides have co-opted the movements. It’s why people like me and IDoNotHaveToAgreeWithYou are on opposing sides when it comes to a lot of things but when it comes to this, we see eye to eye and can talk to each other like adults. That’s what adults do.

    • batesmotel

      Looks like Giancarlo needs to read the restrictions more closely and do his homework himself. Trumps ban was not a Muslim ban. There were many countries which have a dominate Muslim faith that were not listed in that “temporary” ban proposed. And it was the same exact ban Obama had in place that lasted longer than Trumps proposal. Obamas lasted for six months. But you were nowhere to be found running off at the mouth when that took place. Not a peep from you then. That’s being a hypocrite.

  • fur_hunter

    This is so sad. He still had his whole life ahead of him. You know he was loved by someone as well as friends and family. And he was involved in what was happening regarding the LGBT community. Such a shame. My condolences to his family and friends. I hope they honor him in the next Pride Parade….maybe even a Parade just for him. It would be surprised if that did not happen. The French are emotional people.

  • heatstroke1981

    Very sad indeed. All of my respect is sent to this man. And also his partner.

  • davidjohng

    He was a great role model for gay men. And for the str8 community to see so we can dissolve the hideous stereotypes around gay men being cowardly, irresponsible and immoral. I cant believe those particular beliefs and myths are still being carried around in a lot of people’s heads…but they are.

  • davidjohng

    A gay cop being killed in the line of duty to protect his country is a hero and the French press I hope wont hide his gayness. In the US the press they still will not mention his/her sexual orientation and/or marriage status, rationalizing it’s not important. (The deceased lesbian astronaut, Sally Ride, comes to mind.) But it IS important, especially around positive role modeling for gay people and for str8 people to see us in a strong, positive light.

    • inbama

      We’re in no position to criticize the press when the trans-dominated Alphabet Soup movement would’ve banned him from marching in a Pride parade because he was a cop.

    • Allie

      “Trans-dominated”!? That’s hilarious!

    • Giancarlo85

      Leave it to psychotic creeps to turn around and bash on trans people…

    • IDoNotHaveToAgreeWithYou

      No leave it to psychotic creeps to infiltrate the unrelated gay rights movement and drag it down with their insanity. But that’s all trans can do, is destroy everything around them.

    • Giancarlo85

      Oh look. The homophobic troll is back posting his usual BS.

    • inbama

      It’s the Ts and BLMs who are banning cops from Pride.
      Telling the truth isn’t bashing, Bozo.

  • Allie

    Screw this pinkwashing crap. Being gay doesn’t magically absolve people of protecting capital from the oppressed.

    • Giancarlo85

      STFU.

    • IDoNotHaveToAgreeWithYou

      Putting on a dress doesn’t make a crazy man a woman. Screw the T.

    • inbama

      They’re not crazy – just annoying.
      But then, so is John Charles in Italian.

  • Giancarlo85

    Only an idiot would support Marine Le Pen who is now using the death of this officer for political brownie points. Like all other right wing psychopaths.

    • IDoNotHaveToAgreeWithYou

      No only an idiot would support allowing more muslims to flood in and kill more gays. It’s left wing extremists fault the only options French gays have is lose rights under Le Pen or be murdered in the streets by islamic thugs.

    • BriBri

      Feel free to stick your head in the sand. I prefer to live without Muslim extremists in our midst.

    • Giancarlo85

      As compared to Dumbo’s right wing clowns attacking and murdering gay people after the November election? You people are psychotic and delusional. I prefer to live without right wingers.

    • Giancarlo85

      By the way, Melenchon and Macron could wind up being the top two. Le Pen is a loser. Melenchon is a Trotskyist. If you don’t know what that is look it up.

      Oh and Macron is the only real answer.

      El Dumbo in the White House hasn’t done a thing to stop terrorism. Idiots.

    • Giancarlo85

      https://www.thenation.com/article/could-leftist-jean-luc-melenchon-win-the-french-presidency

      I like Macron more, but Melenchon has a real chance and could wind up knocking Le Pen out completely and take second spot after Macron.

      Melenchon makes Bernie look very moderate.

      Trump backing Le Pen may have been fatal to her candidacy. Oh and domestically the GOP is struggling in Georgia and Montana. Traditionally conservative states. Even in Kansas, they lost a lot of support in a recent election.

      Your time is already up!

    • Xzamilloh

      What gay people have been killed by Trump or because of Trump? Because I would love to know more about that.

    • batesmotel

      You’re intolerant and view circumstances around you in a limited way. You have an enormous amount of hatred running through your blood.

    • batesmotel

      No gay people have been killed under Trump. This guys is an ignorant uneducated buffoon.

    • Stilinski26

      Don’t compare American right wing with the European right wing. Its not the same. The right wing in Europe are fairly tolerant when it comes to LGBT rights. People in Europe are usually labelled fascist, right winger or racist because they voice their concern for immigration and Radical Islam. Western Europe is at breaking point France has suffered six terrorist attacks in 2 years.

  • Giancarlo85

    idonthavetoagreewithyoubutIhavemyheadshovedupmyass, I really don’t have time for a petulant right wing self hating douche like you. When you rediscover your brain, please inform me.

    • BriBri

      No need for name calling Nancy!

    • inbama

      That’s all she does.

    • MediaGuy

      That’s all Gian Carlo does, is name call. Half the posts here are from him. Looks like he has swimmed back across the rio grande and is once again living in his mother’s basement in LA. We didn’t miss you at all Gio, you cu*nt. How many deportations can you stand. This was your what, … third?

    • Mo Bro

      @MediaGuy:
      I suspect Gia was also deported by his native land, so he (she?) remains a (wo)man without a country, reduced to online insults as a means of human contact.

  • mhoffman953

    How many more people – gay, straight, man, woman, or child – have to die at the hands of radical Islam until the left wakes up and realizes there is a massive problem?

    Every 3 weeks there seems to be a massive terror attack:
    April 20th – Paris shooting
    April 7th – Truck massacre in Stockholm
    March 22nd – Westminster truck attack
    February 3rd – Louvre knife attack

    Those are just to name a few, even more happened in between there.

    Radical Islam is destroying rich, vibrant nations by bringing their garbage into great nations like France

    • Mo Bro

      C’mon, Hoff, Obama assured us that all ISIS needs are jobs to stop their reign of terror.
      And hugs. Never forget the healing power of hugs.

  • natekerchel

    mhoffman – I was not going to bother getting involved in this ‘conversation’ until I saw you joining in at the end with your usual attacks on the whole of Islam. Yes you use the term ‘radical Islam’ but your tone has always been clear – you just mean Islam full stop. The thing is if you stuck to the facts and did not stereotype whole swaths of people then I would agree with you. Radical Islam is a problem – but then so is fundamentalist Christianity for lgbt people. And before anyone chimes in with ‘but Christians are not killing gay people’ – look at Africa. No educated reasonable person will support or defend murdering innocent people for ANY cause – so stop trying to tar all ‘liberals’ as terrorist sympathisers. On the other hand – no educated reasonable person would stereotype a whole group of people as ‘terrorists’ when it is clearly untrue.

    • Xzamilloh

      Yes… look at Africa. A. The exception to the standard concerning majority Christian countries and how the LGBT populations are treated, and B. Muslim majority countries in Africa have the same terrible record on LGBT human rights. Scott Lively and his whole brand of “Christian love” is a huge contributor to the terrible plight of LGBT individuals in Uganda, but once again, the false equivalency rears its ugly head. The answer to Islamic extremism is to address it head on, not to obfuscate its totality by always bringing up how Christianity was once just as bad and the few and far between examples of Christian terrorism. Because for every mention of Dylan Roof or an abortion bombing, dozens of Islamic attacks are carried out. And I’ll be the first to join in with calling for a reform to Islam, although I would like to see the religion and the like done away with, but that’s not happening anytime soon.

      If you want to compare fundamentalist Christianity in America to Radical Islam in the middle east, I’d rather have our fundies over their radicals any day of the week. With that said, Islamic reformer Maajid Nawaz can have me whenever he wants. Haram in my butt!!!

    • mhoffman953

      @natekerchel

      The user Xzamiloh responded perfectly before I had a chance to respond. You’re creating a false equivalency. African Christians and African Muslims are just as bad as each other and don’t compare to your typical American Christian. (I’m sure now you’ll respond by bringing up some fringe figure on Youtube who says to kill gays and act as if he speaks for all of the Christians in America – just because you can pick 1 outlier, it doesn’t mean the majority are that way).

      My post dealt with rich, vibrant nations of the world like France, Germany, the USA, etc. Once you have an open door policy and let radicalized extremists into your nation, it falls apart quickly. I’m all for having immigrants in the US but we need to properly vet these people and only bring in the best otherwise we will have a nation like France that is plagued by terror attacks every month.

      You stated that radical Islam is a problem (but then tried to tie it into African Christians), so what do you propose we do?

      I agree with Xzamilloh that Islam needs massive reforms but that isn’t going to happen anytime soon. So we have to strengthen our borders and not let radicals come here.

  • stnc

    As a gay man , I would think all *Gays* would agree that we are *family* , even if this is the only commonality we share. Alas my thought and prayers go to his partner , his parents and his friends. May he rest in peace!

    • MediaGuy

      His death demands we fight back. And, we shall.

  • Mo Bro

    Maybe . . . just maybe . . . this might sway the pro-Islam gays who’ve been blind to that religion’s commitment to ending our collective existence.

    • IDoNotHaveToAgreeWithYou

      It won’t. They are fanatics just like the islamic cultists.

    • Mo Bro

      @IDoNotHaveToAgreeWithYou:
      Sadly, you’re probably right.
      Somehow, somewhere, someone convinced liberal gays that Islam is their friend . . . and, unbelievably, they fell for it, even going as far as to chastise those of us who dare to use the phrase “Islamic terrorism.”

  • Stilinski26

    The biggest threat people especially LGBT in Europe facing at the moment are Extremists and Radical Islam. RIP Hero

  • natekerchel

    Why do you people insist on saying that ‘liberals’ see Islam as their friend? Who says that? Give me the names of people on here who have said that. I bet you cant. I certainly never have. I speak for myself on here, and my objection to all of your stereotyping is just that – it is stereotyping. For any of you who may be gay – you would not like it if you were stereotyped so why do it to others? I have never denied there is a problem with extremists in Islam – or in ANY OTHER religion. It is not that many years ago that homosexuality was decriminalised in the various States of the USA – all due to religion. So let’s not pretend there is no comparison to be made. And for the person who tries to minimalise what happens in Africa I suggest you take a closer and deeper look at the facts. Whatever you claim – not all Muslims are even potential terrorists. I have said in the past on here about my Jewish family and heritage. What I maybe did not say is that my partner of many years comes from a Muslim family. neither of us is religious in any way. I can say for sure that he is not a terrorist or potential terrorist – in fact he also is born American as are his family. None of them are terrorists and none of them are homophobic. Unlike you right wing lot I dont make claims about hundreds of millions of people based on ignorance or the latest Fox headline or trump piece of wickedness.

    • mhoffman953

      @natekerchel

      People say liberals see Islam as their friend because they do. According to Pew research in 2002 (a year after 9/11), liberals felt of the Islamic population, 39% didn’t hold anti-American views but then in 2016 (after years of globally terror attacks), liberals felt 54% of those who practice Islam don’t hold anti-American views.

      Pew research has also found that a majority of Muslims support Sharia Law and feel that it should be held above all other laws.

      There are currently 1.5 billion Muslims in the world. Let’s pretend 10% are radicalized or on the verge of radicalization – that’s 150 million terrorists / potential terrorists worldwide who hate western values. How do we know if we’re bringing in the good people or the bad people in regards to immigration?

      How do we propose we fix this issue? By doing nothing?

    • Mo Bro

      Um, we say that liberals are the friends of Islam because they are. You obviously are. They defend and protect Muslims whenever terrorism occurs. Does Trutherism ring a bell? Remember Obama declaring Fort Hood “workplace violence” when a Muslim yelled “Alahu akbar” and murdered 13 people? My God, the examples of your kind desperately minimizing acts of terrorism are infinite.

      And congrats on having the typical liberal response when cornered into telling the truth:
      Only some Muslims are radical . . . Christianity is far worse . . . white people are far worse . . . America is worse . . . Christians are evil . . . Fox News is evil . . . Trump is evil, blah blah blah . . .
      Seriously—I could have written it for you.

  • natekerchel

    And I could have written your right wing rant for you Mo Bro. My 5 year old nephew could have done it in fact – except he is too well educated. You dont even know me yet accuse me of being a terrorist sympathiser. That is enough to prove the case against you and your ridiculous responses. You are just a right wing reactionary trotting out the same old excuses for discrimination. I have repeatedly said that I don’t condone ANY terrorism from ANYONE. That includes terror not necessarily related to bombs and bullets – but to human and civil rights. If you dont read what people say then you have no right to accuse them of anything.
    As for your point mhoffman – I don’t have the answers to the problem of terrorism and I dont pretend that I do either. What I do know is that stereotyping and demonising hundreds of millions of people is not the answer. If people commit acts of terrorism it is because they chose to do it. They have individual responsibility. I dont blame all christians for what some in Africa do – that would be absurd. It is equally absurd to blame all Muslims for what a few do. Personally, I believe that all religions are absurd and dangerous, and only the most deluded would believe any of the crap that they spout. So for people to call me a lover of Islam is way off mark. What I believe in is non discrimination and treating all people with respect and fairness. I doubt that the usual suspects on this site can say that. They are obsessed, and obsession has no rationality to it except to the person obsessed and their fellow travellers.

    • mhoffman953

      @natkerchel

      “I don’t have the answers to the problem of terrorism and I dont pretend that I do either”

      So then what point are you trying to make? When people on here said that we should pause immigration from Muslim majority nations, you seemed to get upset about it. Why? You said you don’t know how we should tackle the issue of Islamic terrorism but someone has presented one option and you seem to disagree with it.

      Should we not pause immigration from those countries which have a heightened threat toward our safety until we figure out a proper way to vet these people?

      No one is saying that all Muslims are terrorists but considering that studies have shown anywhere from 1% (left wing studies) – 25% (right wing studies) of all Muslims are radicalized or on the verge of radicalization, that yields anywhere from 10 million to 250 million potential terrorists entering into the civilized world.

  • natekerchel

    The point I mam making is that I am not as arrogant as you Islamophobes to pretend that I have a simple solution. Perhaps if Western countries stop invading other people’s countries it might help. Ultimately, the solution must come from within Islam itself and by the same method as other terrorist groups have been stopped – Muslims themselves must stand up and say ‘stop’. By the way, the figures you quote could come from anywhere and have probably have no scientific credibility whatsoever. When you start talking about 250 million terrorists ‘entering the civilized world’ you are going to have to do a lot better than you have done by way of REAL evidence. Otherwise you just sound like trump plucking figures out of the air based on a poll by Fox news. How do you define ‘on the verge of radicalisation’ and how do you measure it to include it in your figures?

    • Stilinski26

      Words like “Islamophobes” are created by apologists to silence any criticism when it comes to Islam. Major terrorists attack that happened in Europe were done by terrorists who came from countries such as Algeria Morocco, Tunisia, Uzbekistan, where no one bombed anyone.

    • Xzamilloh

      ” Ultimately, the solution must come from within Islam itself and by the same method as other terrorist groups have been stopped – Muslims themselves must stand up and say ‘stop’. ”

      Except “Muslims themselves” are being coddled and protected by liberals like you who claim those critical of Islam are making blanket statements about “all Muslims” while having no problem writing off anyone who dares speak against Islam or criticize the religion as sounding like “Trump plucking figures out of the air based on a poll by Fox News.” Muslims are indeed standing up, like Maajid Nawaz, and saying that a reform needs to happen, but regressive rags like The Young Turks and left leaning media rags join the likes of prominent Muslims like Linda Sarsour and Mehdi Hassan and demonizing him as being a threat to Muslims and SPLC putting him on a hate list.

      It is absolutely mind boggling that you can even say that when you throw out words like “Islamophobe” with no self-awareness and irony, and then pretend like you would champion a reform. You wouldn’t because you don’t care about a reform… you simply care about looking at Muslims as poor brown people too weak to defend their centuries-old religion that has been killing externally and internally since its inception. You know why more Muslims aren’t standing up and saying “Stop”? Because they’re too afraid to, or have you seen how Islamic countries treat gays, women, nonbelievers, or those accused of speaking out against long held Islamic practices?

      Why no response to me? I’m a liberal, have long criticized Christianity as much as Islam, but for some reason, the former doesn’t get as much pushback on here as the latter,

  • Aromaeus

    A gay pig is still a pig I don’t care what country they’re from. All religion should be done away with.

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