Lesbian YouTube star wins damages in landmark UK ‘revenge porn’ case against her ex-boyfriend for sharing videos of them having sex

A video blogger from YouTube’s hugely popular ‘Singing Lesbian Duo’ has won a huge compensation payout after her ex-boyfriend put revenge pornography of her online.

Continue reading at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5279927/Lesbian-blogger-wins-damages-revenge-porn-case.html (Source)

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A lesbian was brutally murdered – now her friend is calling on South Africa to stand up for LGBT rights

In April 2017, Nthabiseng Mokanyane’s close childhood friend Nonkie Smous was raped and murdered because she was a lesbian.
Now Nthabiseng, 25, is calling for religious and government leaders to respond to escalating threats against the lesbian community in Kroonstad, South Africa.

Continue reading at: http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2017/12/08/a-lesbian-was-brutally-murdered-now-her-friend-is-calling-on-south-africa-to-stand-up-for-lgbt-rights/  (Source)

Canada: Military postal clerk fired for being a lesbian awaits apology from Ottawa

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The lead plaintiff of an Atlantic Canadian lawsuit against the Department of National Defence says she’s eager to hear an official apology this afternoon in Ottawa.
“I’m looking forward to it,” said 57-year-old Alida Satalic of Dartmouth, N.S., who has travelled to Ottawa to hear Prime Minister Justin Trudeau say Canada is sorry for decades of harassment of LGBT people in the military, RCMP and federal civil service.

Continue reading at: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/military-lgbt-apology-military-postal-clerk-1.4421657 (Source)

South Africa: Partner of Lesbian Woman Murdered in Khayelitsha Testifies

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The Western Cape High Court on Tuesday heard evidence from the partner of a lesbian murdered in what’s believed to be a hate crime.
Noluvo Swelindawo was abducted, assaulted and murdered in December last year [2016] in Khayelitsha.

Continue reading at: http://ewn.co.za/2017/11/21/partner-of-lesbian-woman-murdered-in-khayelitsha-testifies  (Source)

Chicago, USA: Lesbian Activist, professor Jackie Anderson dies

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Chicago lesbian pioneer and civil-rights activist Jackie Anderson died after a short illness on Jan. 7, surrounded by family and friends. She was 75. Anderson is survived by her daughter Tracey Anderson and her grandson Torrence “Doc” Gardner. The family requests privacy at this time.

Born in Chicago, Anderson graduated from Roosevelt University and retired from a long career as assistant professor of humanities and philosophy at Olive-Harvey College, where she started work in 1975. She twice served as department chairperson. Her brilliant academic mind was among things her friends remembered most about Anderson. A steadfast feminist, she especially supported African American lesbian projects on Chicago’s South Side.

Continue reading at: http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/PASSAGES-Activist-professor-Jackie-Anderson-dies/61537.html (Source)

U.K: ‘They called me a fat lesbian and hurled mouldy bread at me’ – Gang made lesbian’s life hell

During an eight-week spell working as a security guard at Co-op, Chloe Louise, who lives in west Hull, was forced to confront the gang.
The 21-year-old says she was called a “fat lesbian” and had mouldy bread thrown at her during her seven-hour shifts.
“It was absolute hell,” she said. “I would have to stand outside the door and they would throw things at it for hours until the store closed.

Continue reading at: http://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/news/hull-east-yorkshire-news/they-called-fat-lesbian-hurled-1001999 (Source)

Egypt: Lesbian held in Egyptian anti-gay crackdown freed on bail

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Two people detained in Egypt in October after allegedly waving a rainbow flag, a symbol of same-sex rights, at a concert have been freed on bail, a lawyer representing them and a human rights NGO said on Tuesday. Sarah Hegazy, 28, and Ahmed Alaa, 21, were released and fined 2,000 Egyptian pounds ($113) each, lawyer Amr Mohamed said. The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information also reported their release on its Twitter account. It was unclear when their trial would resume.

Hegazy and Alaa were among dozens of people detained in the conservative Muslim country last year on charges that included “promoting sexual deviancy”. The crackdown was a response to a rare show of public support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights in Egypt.

Continue reading at: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-rights/two-held-in-egyptian-anti-gay-crackdown-are-freed-on-bail-idUSKBN1ER1GP (Source)

Namibia: First Lesbian Festival Held in Windhoek

More than sixty young lesbians from eight regions came together for a week of sharing both the pain and the joy of their lives, making new friends, building community, gaining feminist understanding of their oppression as lesbian and as women living in a patriarchal society that denies women autonomy, choice and freedom, developing their voice through learning new skills in creative expression, and creating visibility through outstanding public performances with their poetry, stories, music, drama and dance.

Continue reading at: http://allafrica.com/stories/
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PDF: Namibia_ First Lesbian Festival Held in Windhoek – allAfrica

Uganda and U.K: Athlete who feared death because she is a lesbian, is celebrating first Liverpool Christmas with partner

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A former Commonwealth Games athlete who feared she would lose her life if she was deported back to her native Uganda is now instead looking forward to sharing her first Christmas in Britain with her partner.

Continue reading at: http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/
liverpool-news/athlete-who-feared-death-because-14076272
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U.K.: Woman Allegedly Killed by Partner’s Ex in Apparent Response to Lesbian Relationship

A murder probe has been launched after travel agent Cassie Hayes (right) allegedly had her throat slit.  Her partner Laura Williams (left) has paid tribute following her death

The former partner of travel agent [Cassie Hayes] killed in a TUI shop has described the heart-wrenching moment she told their four-year-old daughter her mother had died. Cassie Hayes, 28, was killed on Saturday in Southport, Merseyside, at the branch of Tui where she was assistant manager.

Andrew Burke, 30, from St Helens, appeared at Liverpool Crown Court today charged with her murder. A post-mortem examination showed Miss Hayes’ cause of death was shock and haemorrhaging as a result of the wound.

Continue reading at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5270817/Man-charged-murder-Cassie-Hayes-appears-court.html (Source)

Israel Demands That Lesbians Seeking to Adopt Children Declare They Are Not Sex Offenders

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A lack of legislation makes it difficult for lesbian couples seeking to recognize maternal legal status for their shared children, and are often left at the whim of the courts

Continue reading at: https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.829560 (Source)

U.K: Young Lesbian Politician Shuts Down ‘Makeover’ Offer From Senior Party Leader

Young lesbian politician shuts down 'makeover' offer from senior party leader

The UK’s youngest member of parliament for 300 years reveals she turned down a makeover from a senior party leader.

Continue reading at:  https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/mhairi-black-can-choose-her-own-clothes/ (Source)

Australia: Lesbian Couple Cop Homophobic Abuse by the Jeweller That Sold Them Engagement Rings

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A Ballarat couple has decided to keep their engagement ring despite a homophobic attack by the jeweller who made it.

Continue reading at:  http://www.starobserver.com.au/news/
national-news/victoria-news/jeweller-launches-homophobic-attack-engaged-couple/164173
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Tanzania: Couple involved in viral lesbian proposal granted bail

Four people facing charges of engaging in homosexual acts have been released by the Mwanza Residents Magistrates Court despite an affidavit submitted by prosecuting asking that court deny them bail. ‘‘The ruling has been made today, December 15, by the Principal Magistrate in Charge, Mr. Wilbert Chuma after agreeing with the argument by the defence lawyers Mashaka Tuguta, Ogastini Kulwa and Jebra Kambole that the arguments submitted by the prosecution are weak and baseless before the law,’‘ read the ruling. The accused are Milembe Selemani, 35, and Janeth Shonza, a 25-year-old university student, who the state accuses of committing offences of lesbianism when they fit engagement rings despite both being women.

Continue reading at: http://www.africanews.com/2017/12/15/tanzanian-couple-involved-in-viral-lesbian-proposal-granted-bail/ (Source)

 

Australia: Lesbian claims Centrelink asked her to pay back $7k after SSM vote

The woman claims that Centrelink retroactively recognised her 2016 overseas marriage and then told her she was not entitled to the payments she had been receiving. Picture: Tracey Nearmy/AAP

A TASMANIAN woman was left shocked after Centrelink allegedly ordered her to hand back over her welfare payments following the legalisation of same-sex marriage in Australia. The unnamed woman married her wife overseas in 2016 and says that, because of this, Centrelink claimed that she wasn’t entitled to any of the family payments she had received over the past year and requested that she pay back $6600 in welfare she had been given. The woman’s partner is not an Australian citizen and lives overseas and the couple do not share finances. This meant that they did not satisfy the Centrelink requirements for a de facto relationship, which is why the Australian woman was claiming family tax benefits.

Uganda: Lesbian facing deportation from UK despite fears of persecution

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Lazia Nabbanja had claimed asylum in the UK on the grounds that she would face oppression in her home country, but her bid was rejected by the Home Office last year. Despite her providing evidence of her sexuality, Ms Nabbanja’s lawyers told The Independent that Home Office officials used alleged inconsistencies in the details of her relationships to suggest they did not believe she is gay. Photos and videos of her attending gay pride marches have been widely shared on social media and she has been featured in Ugandan newspapers, prompting fears she could be arrested or attacked as soon as she returns to her home country.

Continue reading at: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/lesbian-uganda-women-deportation-home-office-lazia-nabbanja-gay-laws-a8123581.html (Source)

Illinois, USA: Former Joliet caregiver abused, discriminated for being a lesbian

[Nicole] Novak alleges that in 2016, her manager, Meagen Galloway, discriminated against her because she is a lesbian, saying “being a lesbian is a disability and said that lesbians should be banned because the Bible is against such behavior.”

Continue reading at: http://www.theherald-news.com/2018/01/12/lawsuit-former-joliet-caregiver-abused-discriminated-for-being-a-lesbian/airjlhr/ (Source)

Indiana, USA: Lesbian couple kidnapped and raped for days before escaping captors

Lesbian couple kidnapped and raped for days before escaping captors

November 2017:

A lesbian couple in Indianapolis say they were locked in a basement, beaten, and raped.

A probable cause affidavit filed Monday, 20 November, described the assaults that occurred in an east-side home in the city.

Kenneth A. Braswell, 32; Thomas J. Bell, 26; Jose Nieves, 35 face charges of 26 counts, including rape, criminal confinement, kidnapping, possession of meth, and battery by means of a deadly weapon.

Continue reading at: http://www.gaypowercouple.com/lesbian-couple-kidnapped-and-raped-for-days-before-escaping-captors/ (Source)

New York, USA: DNA Vindicates Lesbian Rape Victim Smeared by Daily News and NYPD 24 Years Later

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On an afternoon in late April 1994, a young woman was raped in broad daylight in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. Two days later, the biggest columnist in New York City’s biggest newspaper called her a liar.

The woman—black, a lesbian, and an activist—became the target of a vicious smear campaign by a Daily News columnist and sources within the NYPD, who charged that she had made up a “hoax” to advance a political agenda.

“I have had the misfortune of being raped twice—once in the park and again in the media,” she told her lawyer, Martin Garbus, after the attack.

Continue reading at: https://www.thedailybeast.com/in-1994-nypd-brass-called-her-rape-a-hoax-in-2018-they-found-her-rapist (Source)

Cameroon: Two women arrested for lesbianism while walking together

The Ndogbong gendarmerie, where Coco and Vivi were detained and tortured for three days. (Photo by Jacks Oke)

Around midnight, gendarmes arrived, beat up the two friends, arrested them, and hauled them to the gendarmerie on charges of lesbianism.  The officers interrogated them, kicked them, and beat them with the flat side of a machete blade.  They were handcuffed and hung, standing, from a window frame. The mistreatment lasted for three days.

Continue reading at: https://76crimes.com/2017/12/28/cameroon-two-women-arrested-for-walking-together/ (Source)