U.S: Uber Driver Kicks Lesbian Couple Out of Car

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Kristin Michele and Jenn Mangan were in an Uber on their way to a Zac Brown Band concert in Camden on Friday night when Michele leaned over and gave Mangan a kiss on the cheek, they said. The driver then immediately told the women to get out of the car

Continue reading: https://www.towleroad.com/2019/09/uber-driver-kicks-couple-out/ (source)

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U.S: Woman’s Dream Job Teaching Rescinded Because She’s a Lesbian

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Lauren White had long dreamed of becoming a teacher, and despite not holding a degree in education, it looked like she was about to see that dream come true. Then it was pulled away at the last minutes, because White is engaged to another woman.

Continue reading: http://www.newnownext.com/lesbian-teacher-job-rescinded-illinois-catholic-school/09/2019/ (source)

Lesbians Are a Target of Male Violence the World Over

by Julie Bindel

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Lesbians in the U.K. have fought for and achieved legislative equality with heterosexuals. We can marry, adopt and foster children, and have next-of-kin rights with a same-sex partner. It is now illegal to fire us from our jobs or refuse goods and services on the grounds of our sexuality.

These changes also are prevalent across the majority of states in the U.S. and in numerous other countries around the world. But there are still plenty of places that have either rolled back the rights of lesbians, such as Russia under President Vladimir Putin, or, under the influence of religious fundamentalists, have introduced archaic and extremely punitive legislation affecting LGBTQ people.

Continue reading: https://www.truthdig.com/articles/lesbians-are-a-target-of-male-violence-the-world-over/ (source)

Pamela Adie: Shining a light on lesbian experiences in Nigeria

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“If you haven’t come out to yourself, it’s difficult to come out to [other] people … At first, it might look like a difficult task, like something that’ll never end or something that’ll keep going on but once you get over it, you’ll see that you have your whole life ahead of you.”

Pamela Adie’s words describe her documentary, Under the Rainbow, a film that serves as a ‘visual memoir about her personal journey of coming home to herself. Walking us through her experiences, the documentary, which is the first lesbian documentary from Nigeria, points to the realities of some sexual minorities in the country, particularly black lesbians who are often left out of conversations about equal rights.

Throughout her story, for every tablespoon about pain, there are three about comfort.

Her awareness and discomfort with the fixation with pain when it comes to narratives that centre queer experiences challenged her to share how rich queer people’s experiences are, to encourage people to look beyond the pain in the moment and to increase the visibility of multidimensional stories told by black Nigerian lesbians.

Continue reading: https://mg.co.za/article/2019-08-22-00-shining-a-light-on-lesbian-experiences-in-nigeria (source)

U.S: Lesbian artist raped and killed during home invasion

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Anthony Laquan Goss, 28, faces charges in the death of 21-year-old Te’a Denise Liger, according to Atlanta police.

Two men forced three people, including Liger, into an apartment at Vesta Adams Park Apartments on Delowe Drive around 6 a.m. on Aug. 21, according to police. The men robbed and assaulted the victims, including sexually assaulting Liger. She was shot to death and the other victims, a man and a woman, received non-life-threatening injuries, according to police.

Goss was booked into the Fulton County Jail on Aug. 23 on charges of kidnapping, rape and felony murder. He remains in custody.

Continue reading: https://www.projectq.us/atlanta
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U.K: Lesbian couple ‘jeered at by takeaway staff’

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A lesbian couple say they were jeered at by staff for kissing in a takeaway.

While waiting for their food to arrive they kissed on the lips, at which point they said they heard jeers from staff members directed at them.

Miss Metcalfe said: “I was shocked. I asked if they would react like that to a man and a woman kissing and they said, ‘No, because that’s normal’.

“It was nothing outrageous, just a normal kiss – like any couple would do on a night out.

Continue reading: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-49497387 (source)

Update: Nigerian lesbian activist wins UK asylum claim after 13-year battle

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The Home Office has granted refugee status to a prominent Nigerian LGBT activist, ending a 13-year battle over her right to remain in the UK.

Aderonke Apata, 50, says she knew she was gay from the age of 16 and was persecuted in Nigeria. She has been recognised internationally for her human rights work, and recently received Attitude magazine’s Pride award.

Apata arrived in the UK in 2004 but did not immediately claim asylum on the grounds of her sexuality. Until 2010, lesbian, gay and bisexual asylum seekers were often forcibly removed to their home countries if it was deemed safe for them to “live discreetly”.

In 2012 she filed an asylum claim but was considered by the Home Office to be lying about being in a lesbian relationship. Apata appealed, but was told by the judge: “What is believed is that you have presented yourself as a lesbian solely to establish a claim for international protection in an attempt to thwart your removal … It is considered that your actions are not genuine and simply a cynical way of gaining status in the UK.”

Continue reading: https://www.theguardian.com/
world/2017/aug/14/nigerian-gay-rights-activist-aderonke-apata-wins-uk-asylum-claim-13-year-battle?CMP=share_btn_fb
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Original post: UK lesbophobia endangers asylum seeker

U.S: Photo of lesbian student wearing tuxedo omitted from yearbook

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Holley Gerelds wanted to wear a tuxedo for her senior yearbook portrait. The photographer said it was fine, she recalled. Proofs show her smiling in a black jacket and bow tie.

But when the Alabama graduate perused her yearbook on Thursday, she told The Washington Post, she had to flip to the last page to find her name — misspelled “Geralds” and listed without a photo, under the heading “Not Pictured.”

Gerelds, who is lesbian, said she was not surprised that her photo was left out — not because of anything her school had done previously, but because she’s used to seeing reports of “LGBTQ+ people getting harassed and sometimes even killed, always discriminated against.” She says she didn’t do anything to merit being left out of a high school keepsake; she paid and showed up on time for her photograph, which was shot last year.

Continue reading: https://www.washingtonpost.com
/education/2019/08/18/she-wore-tuxedo-her-senior-portrait-yearbook-left-her-photo-out/?noredirect=on
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U.S: Lesbian couple kicked out of church where they met

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For three years, Mary Catherine Trollinger attended Gracewood Baptist Church in Southaven, Mississippi. She served as its college director for a while and even met Olivia Jennings, the woman who would become her wife, a year ago at the church.

When Gracewood’s pastor Barry Baker found out about their relationship a few months ago, he told the couple to leave the church and not come back. Now, months later, Pastor Baker has sent a nasty letter to Trollinger continuing to slam her “unbiblical” lesbian relationship, and Trollinger isn’t having it.

Continue reading: https://www.queerty.com/church-sends-nasty-letter-gay-couple-unanimously-voting-kick-20190819 (source)

Update: Brazilian court considering trial for police accused of killing Luana Barbosa in 2016

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The court heard this week from the three military police officers accused of beating to death Luana Barbosa dos Reis , 34, a non-feminine black, lesbian and marginalised woman, in front of her her 14-year-old son, and will decide in the next few days whether to take or not the defendants will go to trial.

According to witnesses and Luana herself, in a video recorded before her death, she was beaten during a police raid on the night of April 8, 2016, in the Jardim Paiva II neighbourhood, one of the outskirts of Ribeirão Preto, 312 km from the city of São Paulo, nicknamed “Brazilian California” or “national agribusiness capital”. Five days later, Luana died in the hospital. The cause of death was a cerebral ischaemia caused by traumatic brain injury.

According to witnesses, at the time of approach Luana Barbosa demanded the presence of a female police officer to conduct the search. To show that she was a woman, Luana lifted her shirt. At that moment she was punched and kicked that knocked her to the ground. This is the same version told by Luana Barbosa’s family three years ago.
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A Justiça ouviu nesta semana os três policiais militares acusados de espancar até a morte Luana Barbosa dos Reis, 34 anos, mulher não feminilizada, negra, lésbica e periférica, diante do filho dela de 14 anos, e deve decidir nos próximos dias se leva ou não os réus a júri popular.

Segundo relatos de testemunhas e da própria Luana, num vídeo gravado antes de sua morte, a jovem foi espancada durante uma abordagem policial na noite de 8 de abril de 2016, no bairro Jardim Paiva II, uma das periferias de Ribeirão Preto, cidade a 312 km da capital paulista, apelidada de “Califórnia brasileira” ou “capital nacional do agronegócio”. Cinco dias depois, Luana morreu no hospital. A causa da morte foi uma isquemia cerebral causada por traumatismo crânio encefálico.

Segundo as testemunhas, no momento da abordagem Luana Barbosa exigiu a presença de uma policial mulher para realizar a revista. Para mostrar que era mulher, Luana levantou a camiseta. Nesse momento ela levou um soco e um chute que a derrubaram no chão. É a mesma versão contada pela família de Luana Barbosa há três anos.
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Continue reading at: https://ponte.org/pms-acusados-de-matar-luana-barbosa-culpam-vitima-e-poder-dos-direitos-humanos/ (Source)

Original article: Brazil: state murder of lesbian remains unpunished 3 years later

U.K: Man who killed lesbian for refusing to have sex with him, jailed for life

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A killer who savagely murdered a woman in an ‘explosive rage’ after she refused to have sex with him has been jailed for life.

Karar Ali Karar, 29, stabbed Jodi Miller, 21, with a kitchen knife 15 times to the head and body to ‘teach her a lesson’ after she repeatedly rejected his sexual advances in a Leeds flat.

Continue reading: https://metro.co.uk/2019/08/16/killer-stabbed-woman-21-to-death-in-explosive-rage-after-she-refused-sex-10579245/ (source)

Lesbian Mother, Natalie Crichlow, Dies After Being Set Alight In Barbados

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The family of a British mother who died after being doused with a flammable substance and set alight as she lay in bed in Barbados say they are “shocked and devastated” by her death.

Luton-born Natalie Crichlow, 44, was visiting family in the West Indies when she was attacked by an unknown intruder in a bedroom.

The mother-of-three, who had survived cancer twice and had two strokes in the past decade, was on a trip to help look after her disabled brother when she was attacked at his home in Christ Church on July 28.

Continue reading: https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk
/entry/british-mother-dies-barbados_uk_5d545ac9e4b0cfeed1a7a92d
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Gofundme to get Natalie’s body home to Britain: https://www.gofundme.com/
f/NatalieCrichlow-Justice

Australia: 21-year-old lesbian kills herself after being constantly bullied at school


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At the age of 21, Caitlin Kirkaldy, from Toowoomba in Queensland, Australia, was found dead in her bedroom last Thursday, August 8.

Bron Kirkaldy, her mother, spoke to Daily Mail Australia about the tragic death.

“I remember her sitting on my lap and crying when she was in Year 9, saying ‘I don’t think I like boys’,” the devastated mother said.

“We said that was absolutely fine, but I think she really struggled with her sexuality. She was bullied at school for being gay, and she was desperate to be loved. Of course, we loved her, but I think she really wanted a relationship.”

Continue reading: https://meaww.com/21-year-old-kills-herself-being-constantly-bullied-gay-school-for-being-homosexual-no-one-will-help (source)

Crowdfunding for Caitlin’s funeral costs: https://www.gofundme.com/caitlin-kirkaldy

Why are there so few lesbian bars in Paris?

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By Elsa Pereira

In the capital, where there are dozens and dozens of bars and gay clubs, very few places dedicated to homosexual women keep their heads above the water. Why is the lesbian nightlife so fragile?

It’s a deficiency that is not exclusively Parisian. Even in a city like New York, famous for its vibrant gay life, the number of bars for queer women is shrinking. Last March, the Bum Bum bar closed after twenty years of loyal service, leaving NYC with only three lesbian bars: Henrietta Hudson, Cubbyhole and Ginger’s Bar. For Ken Lustbader of the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project, the loss is deadly. “Although their importance is often underestimated or ignored by heterosexual society, bars and other institutions play a central role in LGBT culture as centres of acceptance, community and LGBT activism,” he said. The closure of the places dedicated to lesbians thus participates in a systematic invisibilisation of women – and especially lesbians – in the public space.
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Dans la capitale, alors que l’on compte des dizaines et des dizaines de bars et de clubs gays, très peu de lieux dédiés aux femmes homos et bies gardent la tête hors de l’eau. Pourquoi la nuit lesbienne est-elle si fragile ?

Une carence qui n’est pas exclusivement parisienne. Même dans une ville comme New York, réputée pour sa vie gay animée, le nombre des bars destinés aux femmes queer se réduit comme peau de chagrin. En mars dernier, le Bum Bum bar fermait ses portes après vingt ans de loyaux services, laissant NYC avec seulement trois bars lesbiens : Henrietta Hudson, Cubbyhole et Ginger’s Bar. Pour Ken Lustbader du NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project, la perte est funeste. “Bien que leur importance soit souvent sous-estimée ou ignorée par la société hétérosexuelle, les bars et autres établissements jouent un rôle central dans la culture LGBT en tant que centres d’acceptation, de communauté et d’activisme LGBT”, décrypte-t-il. La fermeture des lieux dédiés aux lesbiennes participe ainsi d’une systématique invisibilisation des femmes – et a fortiori des lesbiennes – dans l’espace public.
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Continue reading at: https://www.lesinrocks.com/2019/08/09/actualite/societe/pourquoi-y-a-t-il-si-peu-de-bars-lesbiens-a-paris/ (Source)

Bolivia: Lesbians discriminated against on bus

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A lesbian couple reported through their Twitter account that a PumaKatari bus official discriminated against them, interpreting that the act of boarding the bus holding hands implied “a lack of respect for families.”

Following the reaction of many users and more information from the complaint, the La Paz Bus company expressed its apologies using its account on the same network. “PUBLIC APOLOGY
Through this means we are aware of your case, and we already have inbox contact with you, in the first instance it is appropriate to ask for our sincere PUBLIC APOLOGIES. Our commitment is to provide the best transportation service in Bolivia,” La Paz Bus wrote.

The complainant considered that she and her partner had a difficult time boarding the bus, which even brought her girlfriend “to the brink of tears,” and wondered if PumaKatari officials do the same with heterosexual couples. “I would like to know how many heterosexual couples do the Puma make cry for being together? How many are publicly humiliated for looking at each other with tenderness?”

“I want to be told with numbers. How many times have you approached a heterosexual couple to tell them to have RESPECT FOR FAMILIES? ”

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Una pareja de lesbianas denunció a través de su cuenta en Twitter que un funcionario del bus PumaKatari las discriminó entendiendo que, al ingresar tomadas de la mano al bus, el acto implicaba “una falta de respeto a las familias”.

Luego de la reacción de muchos usuarios y más elementos de la denuncia, desde su cuenta en la misma red la empresa La Paz Bus expresó su disculpas. “DISCULPAS PÚBLICAS A través de este medio tomamos conocimiento de su caso, y ya tomamos contacto inbox con Usted, en primera instancia corresponde pedirle nuestras sinceras DISCULPAS PÚBLICAS, nuestro compromiso es brindar el mejor servicio de transporte en Bolivia”, escribió La Paz Bus.

La denunciante consideró que ella y su pareja pasaron un momento difícil al abordar el bus, en el que incluso su novia “bajó al borde de las lágrimas”, y se preguntó si los funcionarios del PumaKatari hacen lo mismo con parejas heterosexuales. “Quisiera saber a cuántas parejas heterosexuales hacen llorar en el Puma por estar juntas? A cuántas les humillan públicamente por mirarse con ternura?”

“Quiero que me digan.con números. Cuantas veces se han acercado a una pareja heterosexual a decirles que tengan RESPETO POR LAS FAMILIAS?”
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Continue reading at: http://www.la-razon.com/sociedad/bolivia-discriminacion-pumakatari-denuncia-lesbianas_0_3194680530.html (Source)

Brazil: young DJ murdered for being lesbian

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DJ Ana Karolina de Souza Santos, 19, was brutally murdered, and according to the victim’s friend, anonymous for fear of reprisals, the young woman may have been killed because of homophobia (prejudice and criminal attitudes against homosexuals).

“One managed to escape and the other two said they did not realize that Karol was dead because they both pretended to be dead. It was a strategy to survive. The girls say that at no time was there harassment, but they (kidnappers) were taking pictures and asking where they were from, who they were. To me, Karol’s death had to do with her social position. Karol looked the most masculine. She had no wake. She was totally disfigured”, said the interviewee.

The DJ’s friend added that she will not accept the criminalisation of the dead victim, which she says “serves to remove the state’s responsibility for the crime”.
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A DJ Ana Karolina de Souza Santos, 19, assassinada brutalmente, e segundo uma amiga da vítima, que terá sua identidade preservada por temer represálias, a jovem pode ter sido morta por homofobia (preconceito e atitudes criminatórias contra homossexuais).

“Uma conseguiu fugir e as outras duas disseram que não perceberam logo que a Karol estava morta, porque elas duas se fingiram de mortas. Foi uma estratégia para sobreviver. As meninas falam que em nenhum momento teve assédio, mas eles (raptores) ficaram tirando fotos e perguntando de onde elas eram, quem elas eram. Para mim, a morte da Karol teve relação ao aspecto social que ela estava envolvida. A Karol era quem tinha aparência mais masculinizada. Nem velório ela teve. Ficou toda desfigurada”, relatou a entrevistada.

A amiga da DJ acrescentou que não irá aceitar que criminalizem a vítima morta, algo que, segundo ela, “serve para tirar a responsabilidade do Estado pelo crime”.

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Continue reading at: https://revista.painelpolitico.com/dj-e-raptada-com-outras-tres-amigas-em-fortaleza-ela-foi-morta-a-golpes-de-barra-de-ferro/ (Source)

USA: teacher sues for being fired because she’s lesbian

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Clare Public Schools is being sued in federal court by a former adult education teacher who says she was fired because she’s a lesbian.

Julie Mayra, hired by the district sometime around August 2012, said she had a great working relationship with her colleagues — including being promoted to a full-time position — until the district hired a new superintendent and principal for the 2016-07 academic year. Then, according to her complaint filed in federal court, things slid rapidly.

In particular, Georgette Kelley, the new principal, began to target Mayra, according to the court record. Kelley is a devout Pentecostal Christian who is vocal about her opposition to homosexuals.

Kelley is no longer listed on the Clare Public Schools website as employed there.

Continue reading at: https://www.themorningsun.com/news/copscourts/clare-schools-accused-of-firing-teacher-because-she-s-a/article_fece4162-aa4e-11e9-a94e-ab5ae527ce88.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=user-share

Mexico: possible lesbophobia behind murder of multiple Ciudad Juárez women

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Ivonne Ramírez explained that she discovered the connections by seeking information about the victims to upload their cases to the monitoring and mapping project with which she seeks to show that the problem of femicide is still present and occurs in all sectors of Ciudad Juárez.

As part of her daily monitoring, the activist found at least eight lesbian or bisexual women who have been murdered between 2018 and 2019, including three from the first group.

“We do not know if these (cases) refer to hate crimes for double misogyny, for being women and for being lesbians, among other causes,” said the activist.

According to data from the State Attorney General’s Office (FGE) in the North Zone, the number of women killed has been increasing every year since 2015, when 54 people were killed, while in 2016 there were 57, in 2017 they added 96, in 2018 they They registered 105 and so far this year there have already been 91 women killed.
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Ivonne Ramírez explicó que descubrió las conexiones al buscar información sobre las víctimas para subir sus casos al proyecto de monitoreo y mapeo con el que busca visibilizar que la problemática del feminicidio sigue presente y ocurre en todos los sectores de Ciudad Juárez.

Como parte de su monitoreo diario, la activista encontró al menos ocho mujeres lesbianas o bisexuales que han sido asesinadas entre 2018 y 2019, entre ellas tres del primer grupo.

“No sabemos si estos (casos) refieren crímenes de odio por doble misoginia, por ser mujeres y por ser lesbianas, entre otras causantes”, señaló al respecto la activista.

Según datos de la Fiscalía General del Estado (FGE) en la Zona Norte, el número de mujeres asesinada va en ascenso cada año desde 2015, cuando fueron victimadas 54 personas, mientras que en 2016 fueron 57, en 2017 sumaron 96, en 2018 se registraron 105 y en lo que va del año ya han sido 91 mujeres asesinadas.
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La cartografía digital de feminicidios – The digital mapping of femicides

Ellas Tienen Nombre – They Have a Name

Continue reading at: https://diario.mx/juarez/descubren-relacion-entre-mujeres-asesinadas-desde-2017-20190804-1547198.html (Source)

Update: Lesbian Police Couple Lose Discrimination Claim against Australian Federal Police

Emma-Kate McPherson , left, and her partner Kathryn Lee Richens at the Federal Court on Monday.

An Australian Federal Police officer has lost her discrimination claim after the force repeatedly denied her transfer requests to the same city as her same-sex partner.

Detective Sergeant Kathryn Richens and Senior Constable Emma-Kate McPherson began a relationship in 2013 while based in Canberra and Brisbane.

The couple claimed that despite the repeated transfer requests they were told their case is not the same as that of a heterosexual couple, the AAP reported.

In a 2013 letter, they said they were informed that their “circumstances are not comparative to the co-location of heterosexuals who meet genuine compassionate reasons” and that their living apart was “not the AFP’s problem”.

Continue reading: http://www.starobserver.com.au/news/national-news/australian-federal-police-officer-same-sex-discrimination-case-loses-partner-transfer/185235 (source)

Original Story: Australia: Federal police officer in lesbian relationship claims discrimination

Mexico: lesbians forced to live as sisters for 30 years seek legal protection as they age

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Sara and Carmen are false names. They use them because they don’t want to make their identity known, but Sara and Carmen are a couple of Mexican lesbians who have been together for over 30 years. They live in Tabasco which still has not passed equal marriage legislation.

Mexico is not a good place for diversity and so they have been posing as sisters for neighbours and some friends for 30 years. … One of them has diabetes, in addition to an amputated leg and other ailments that mean her life may be nearing its end. That would mean that one of them would be a widow without any pension and without being able to control her possessions.

“On this occasion they decided to make the trip to another state instead of processing an amparo that takes 12 to 18 months in Mexico City to finalize equal marriage, because one of the members of the couple is very sick , and there is no time to wait for a judge’s decision. With the money raised (from a neighbourhood activity) the couple will be supported with their transfer, the witnesses and the expenses of the procedures, because what is sought with the legalization of the union is to guarantee the rights of the pension and inheritance of assets that they have achieved in 30 years of living together, ”said the president of the Community Center for Inclusion AC Armando Cornelio Dionisio.
(Translated)

 

Sara y Carmen son nombres falsos. Los utilizan porque no quieren dar a conocer su identidad, pero Sara y Carmen son una pareja de lesbianas mexicanas que llevan juntas más de 30 años. Viven en Tabasco y allí aún continúa sin aprobarse el matrimonio igualitario.

México no es un lugar agradable con la diversidad y, por eso, llevan estos 30 años haciéndose pasar por hermanas para vecinos y algunos amigos. … Una de ellas tiene diabetes, además de una pierna amputada y otras dolencias que hacen que su vida pueda estar próxima a su fin. Eso supondría que una de ellas quedaría viuda sin pensión alguna y sin poder tener dominio sobre sus posesiones.

“En esta ocasión decidieron hacer el viaje a otro estado en lugar de tramitar un amparo que se lleva de 12 a 18 meses en la Ciudad de México para concretar el matrimonio igualitario, debido a que una de las integrantes de la pareja, está muy enferma, y ya no hay tiempo para esperar el resolutivo de un juez. Con el dinero recaudado (de una actividad vecinal) se apoyará a la pareja con su traslado, el de los testigos y los gastos de los trámites, pues lo que se busca con la legalización de la unión es garantizar los derechos de la pensión y de herencia de bienes que han logrado en 30 años de vivir juntas”, ha declarado el presidente del Centro Comunitario para la Inclusión A.C. Armando Cornelio Dionisio.
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Continue reading at: http://www.mirales.es/una-pareja-de-lesbianas-se-hace-pasar-por-hermanas-durante-30-anos/ (Source)