Italy: Italian Moroccan lesbian threatened and made homeless by family

Born to a Moroccan father and an Italian mother, Malika did not imagine that she would find herself on the streets after coming out. She wrote to her parents, revealing that she fell in love with a girl, and coming out. This revelation made her parents angry and they forced her out of the family home without even her clothes.

The young woman reported the words of her mother. “If I see you, I’ll kill you. You are the bane of our family. I wish you a tumor, you are the shame of the family. I would rather have a ddaughter on drugs than a lesbian”, she told her daughter in anger. Once homeless, the police accompanied her to her parents’ house so that she retrieve her clothes but this did not go as planned, with her mother saying that she did not know her, on seeing her through the window.

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Née de père marocain et de mère italienne, Malika était à mille lieues d’imaginer qu’elle allait se retrouver à la rue après son coming-out. Dans une correspondance adressée à ses parents, elle a révélé qu’elle est tombée amoureuse d’une fille, dévoilant ainsi son orientation sexuelle. Cette révélation a suscité l’indignation de ses parents. Ceux-ci n’hésiteront pas à la chasser du domicile familial sans ses vêtements.

La jeune femme rapporte les propos de sa mère. « Si je te vois, je te tue. Tu es le fléau de notre famille. Je te souhaite une tumeur, tu es la honte de la famille. Je préfèrerais une fille droguée que lesbienne », lui a-t-elle lancé, toute furieuse. Désormais à la rue, la police l’a accompagnée à la maison de ses parents pour qu’elle puisse prendre des vêtements à porter. Les choses ne se passeront pas comme prévu. Dès que sa mère l’a aperçue à travers la fenêtre, elle s’écria : « Je ne connais pas cette personne ».

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Continue reading at: https://www.bladi.net/marocaine-lesbienne-parents,81965.html (Source)

France: Lesbian Pride march attacked by far right protestors

A rally to celebrate lesbian pride in Lyon on Saturday afternoon, April 24, was disrupted by far-right activists.

According to several local media, including Le Progrès and Lyon Capitale , several hundred people had gathered at Place Louis-Pradel, in the city’s 1st arrondissement, when about fifty individuals came to throw projectiles.

The police had to intervene to intervene on several occasions and used tear gas to disperse the disruptors they identified as belonging to the ultra-right.

On Sunday, April 25, the Minister Delegate to the Prime Minister, in charge of Sex Equality, diversity and equal opportunities, Elisabeth Moreno reacted on her Twitter account, denouncing “lesbophobia in action ”.
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Un rassemblement pour célébrer la fierté lesbienne qui se déroulait à Lyon ce samedi 24 avril après-midi a été perturbé par des militants d’extrême droite.

Selon plusieurs médias locaux, dont Le Progrès et Lyon Capitale, plusieurs centaines de personnes étaient rassemblées place Louis-Pradel, dans le 1er arrondissement de la ville, quand une cinquantaine d’individus sont venus lancer des projectiles.

La police a dû intervenir pour s’interposer à plusieurs reprises et a fait usage de lacrymogènes pour disperser les perturbateurs qu’elle a identifiés comme appartenant à l’ultra-droite.

Ce dimanche 25 avril, la ministre déléguée auprès du Premier ministre, chargée de l’Égalité entre les femmes et les hommes, de la diversité et de l’égalité des chances Elisabeth Moreno a réagi sur son comte Twitter, dénonçant “la lesbophobie en actes”.
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LVW 2021: Lesbophobia is not homophobia, it’s misogyny

By Jen Izaakson

“Lesbophobia is, like lesbianism itself, invisibalised in favour of more respected social forms. The wider amorphous ‘homophobia’ serves today as a catchall for any anti-gay sentiment, but it only really captures what gay men face: prejudice and discrimination based on their sexuality i.e same-sex attraction (to other men). Anti-gay prejudice experienced by men is pure homophobia, whereas lesbophobia is purely misogynistic. It is not the same-sex element of lesbianism, that two women engage sexually together that is objected to (as we know, many people enjoy watching depictions of lesbianism in porn and heterosexual women will perform lesbianism for men’s arousal). It is the sexual prohibition against men that is hated and is the root cause of lesbophobia.”

“That refusal of heterosexuality informs almost all of the characteristics of lesbophobia. Firstly, the idea that lesbians are ugly and ‘unfuckable’: a classic patriarchal reversal. Lesbians refuse men, a refusal that must be hidden, so it is reversed into a male refusal of us. Secondly, the notion that lesbians are manlike or in fact men, to signal attention our deviance and again assure everybody we are simply not ‘normal’ women. Thirdly, sexual harassment or corrective rape, to demonstrate that lesbians, and in fact no women, can escape male sexual attention. Lastly, the figure of the isolated and unhappy ‘spinster’ lesbian who must be miserable and lonely (to show straight women what might become of them should their stray from the righteous path of marital family life).”

Continue reading at On the Woman Question: https://onthewomanquestion.com/2021/04/26/lesbian-visibility-day-lesbophobia-is-not-homophobia-its-misogyny/ (Source)

U.S: Lesbian diagnosed with out-dated, homophobic “disorder”

A woman in Michigan found out that her doctor diagnosed her with “ego-dystonic lesbianism” at a recent appointment. Ego-dystonic homosexuality is an outdated diagnosis that reflects “a desire to change one’s orientation” that medical organizations like the American Psychological Association have opposed for decades.

“I don’t want this to happen to anybody else,” Tatiana Arena-Villareal told Fox 2 News after she saw the diagnosis on her chart. “I don’t want anybody to have a diagnosis in their chart that suggests they have a mental illness because of who they love.”

The diagnosis was added to the third edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-III) in 1980. It doesn’t say that being gay or bi itself is a disorder, but that “having a sexual orientation or an attraction that is at odds with one’s idealized self-image” is. It’s characterized by anxiety and “a desire to change one’s orientation or become more comfortable with one’s sexual orientation.” It was removed in 1987.

Continue reading: https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2021/04/doctor-diagnosed-michigan-mom-ego-dystonic-lesbianism/ (source)

‘Lesbian wedding’ arrestees freed; Ghana’s anti-LGBTQ furor continues

Ghana police have freed the people they arrested last weekend at a party that police believed was a “lesbian wedding”. Meanwhile, homophobic campaigns against Ghana’s LGBTQ citizens continue.The Ghana-based African Equality Centre (AEC) said that the latest report from Kwahu Obomeng and nearby Mpraeso is that 14 people were arrested in Kwahu Obomeng over the weekend rather than the 22 initially reported.

The AEC reported that the 14 arrestees were held by Mpraeso District Police until they paid for their release.

In a telephone interview with Rainbow Radio 87.5 FM, Isaac Boamah Darko, convenor of Journalists Against LGBTQI, said the 14 people’s release from police custody was like freeing an “armed robber”.

Continue reading at: https://76crimes.com/2021/04/01/lesbian-wedding-arrestees-freed-ghanas-anti-lgbtq-furor-continues/ (Source)

Lesbians in lawsuit against U.S. Education Dept

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Elizabeth Hunter says she became suicidal after Bob Jones University administrators grilled the former student about her sexuality for tweeting “happy Pride” and writing a book with lesbian characters. She was fined, sent to anti-gay counseling and removed from her job at the campus TV station. Veronica Penales says she’s told officials at Baylor University, where she is a sophomore, that people leave anti-gay notes on her door, but they don’t investigate. Lucas Wilson said he graduated from Liberty University with “a profound sense of shame” after being encouraged to go to conversion therapy.

The three are among 33 current and past students at federally funded Christian colleges and universities cited in a federal lawsuit filed Monday against the U.S. Department of Education. The suit says the religious exemption the schools are given that allow them to have discriminatory policies is unconstitutional because they receive government funding. The class-action suit, filed by the nonprofit Religious Exemption Accountability Project, references 25 schools across the country.

Continue reading at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/religion/christian-colleges-lawsuit-lgbtq-equality-act/2021/03/29/39343620-90af-11eb-9668-89be11273c09_story.html (Source)

Lesbian me too site lanched

https://www.lesbianmetoo.com/

There’s a myth within the mainstream heterosexual world, that somehow lesbians are tougher than other women, that as women free from men lesbians won’t be victims of sexual violence. This is, of course, a lie. A new website, Lesbian Me Too has been launched to redress this cultural blind-spot. It provides a platform for lesbians who have hitherto been pushed to the margins of the #MeToo movement, as Jo Bartosch reports.
Lesbian Me Too is the work of the group Get the L Out, a collective of lesbian feminist campaigners. Angela Wild, one of the group’s spokeswomen, tells me:

“The #LesbianMeToo project is a continuation of our previous work condemning the sexual violence done to lesbians in LGBT circles and the cotton ceiling. But it goes further than that to include all instances of sexual violence against lesbians from harassment to corrective rape.”

Harassment of lesbians does not just come from straight men, an emerging theme on the site is the entitlement some gay men seem to have toward women’s bodies.

Far from being a proud declaration of women’s attraction to women, it seems today ‘lesbian’ has been reduced to a pornographic search term. Indeed, over the past five years for each Google search for ‘lesbian pride’ there have been 213 for ‘lesbian porn.’ To too many men, the simple existence of women who love and live without men is an affront, and this marks lesbians out as targets for abuse. This is a clear thread throughout testimonies on the site, summed up by one contributor to Lesbian Me Too who reflects “my sexuality was treated as something to conquer.”

Continue reading at: https://lesbianandgaynews.com/2021/03/lesbianmetoo-the-lesbian-victims-of-sexual-violence-will-now-be-heard-reports-jo-bartosch/ (Source)

Visit the lesbian me too site: https://www.lesbianmetoo.com/

U.K: Lesbian Victims of Homophobic Supermarket Assault, Forced to Hide

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UK police are seeking the public’s help in identifying three women who allegedly chased a lesbian couple into a security office to escape their homophobic verbal assault.

A lesbian couple shopping at a Tesco market in the United Kingdom were the victims of a homophobic verbal assault so aggressive they were forced to hide from their attackers in a security office. Police in Kent released CCTV images showing the three woman they say are responsible for the homophobic assault at the Tesco market in Gillingham, Kent, and are asking for the public’s help in bringing the suspected bigots to justice. Police are investigating the assault as a hate crime incident.

Continue reading: https://www.out.com/crime/2021/3/18/lesbian-victims-homophobic-supermarket-assault-forced-hide (source)

U.S: Lesbian spouse fights government denial of death benefits

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For more than a decade, Patricia Rolfingsmeyer and Tina Sammons lived as a committed couple even when the states where they resided did not recognize their same-sex union. They wore matching diamond wedding bands, bought a house together and declared at a private ceremony, “It may not be legal out there, but it is in here.”

When the laws began to change around the country, the pair drove from their home in Pennsylvania to Maryland, where they were officially married in 2013. Less than three months later, Sammons, a U.S. Air Force veteran and longtime U.S. Postal Service employee, died of metastatic breast cancer.

The couple’s union, according to the federal government, did not last long enough for Rolfingsmeyer to meet the nine-month marriage requirement to claim an estimated six-figure dollar amount in survivor benefits.

Rolfingsmeyer, now 71, is challenging the federal government’s denial of employee death benefits because it was not legally or practically possible for her to obtain a marriage certificate in her home state in the nine months before the death of her partner of 16 years.

Continue reading: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/legal-issues/same-sex-government-death-benefits-/2021/03/18/ac8da2b0-873f-11eb-8a8b-5cf82c3dffe4_story.html (source)

U.K: Lesbian couple’s baby nearly hit by rock in hate crime

A young lesbian couple claim their baby is lucky to be alive after a rock was thrown through their window in the latest in a string of “targeted hate attacks”.

Eight-week-old Hope Devine escaped injury by centimetres after the missile bounced off the top of the swing chair she was sleeping in on Monday evening.

Parents Lucy, 21, and Leanne, 22, have been left “distraught” by the incident, which they say is the latest in a string of attacks directed at the couple in the last 18 months.

The couple say they have had homophobic notes shoved through their letterbox and have been attacked as they walked to the shop.

Police have mounted nightly patrols at the couple’s home since the rock attack, which is being treated as a hate crime.

Continue reading: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/young-couples-baby-lucky-alive-23759661 (source)

South Africa: The footballer raped and murdered for being a lesbian

An international footballer, coach and aspiring referee, Eudy Simelane dedicated her life to the sport.

She was one of the first openly gay [sic] women to live in her township of Kwa-Thema in South Africa and was a well-known LGBT+ activist.

But because of her sexuality, Simelane was brutally raped and murdered in 2008, aged just 31.

This is the story of her life and how the legacy of her death is still impacting South African society.

A campaigner for equality rights and social change, she was one of the first women to come out as a lesbian in South Africa.

On 27 April 2008, Simelane’s body was found in a stream just a few hundred metres from her home in Kwa-Thema.

Reports stated she was approached after leaving a pub, raped and then stabbed repeatedly.

Despite her death shocking many, activists claimed many lesbians in South Africa were targeted for ‘corrective rape’, a crime where the perpetrator aims to ‘cure’ the victim of their sexuality, converting them to heterosexuality.

Thato Mphuthi pleaded guilty to the rape and murder of Simelane in February 2009 and was sentenced to 32 years in prison. The following September, Themba Mvubu was also found guilty of the crimes and was sentenced to life in prison. When questioned by reporters in court, he responded: “I’m not sorry.”

Simelane’s sexuality put her in a vulnerable position, something her mother recognised, telling the BBC, “the whole of South Africa knew Eudy was a lesbian”.

The unfortunate reality is Simelane’s story isn’t unique – she is one of many victims of similar, horrific crimes in South Africa.

A year prior to her death, Sizakele Sigasa, a women’s and gay rights activist, and her friend Salone Massooa were heckled outside a bar and called ‘tomboys’. The women were then gang-raped, tortured, and shot dead.

Just a few years after Simelane’s murder, Noxolo Nogwaza, a 24-year-old lesbian, was found beaten and stoned to death in the same township Simelane lived.

Continue reading: https://www.modernghana.com/sports/1061337/the-footballer-raped-and-murdered-for-being-a-lesb.html (source)

US: 13-year-old banned from school bus after saying she’s lesbian to friends

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On her way to school, eighth-grader Izzy Dieker was overheard saying to another student on the school bus, “I’m a lesbian.”

For that, she earned a referral from the bus driver and was banned from riding the bus by the principal, citing her “inappropriate language.”

“Once I got home, my dad told me he got a call from the school that I was kicked off for saying ‘I’m a lesbian’,” Dieker said. Now, her parents are frustrated, and the Americus, Kansas school district isn’t providing answers.

“She’s 13 years old and these are adults acting like this towards her,” her mother, Tasha Cooper, said in an interview with local KSNT News. “We’ve had talks about other students calling her names and I expect that because they’re repeating what their parents say. But for the staff, the people that I trust her with, I was angry.”

Dieker’s parents say that they were also told that Dieker refused to listen to the bus driver’s orders, which they interpret was her refusal to stop using the word “lesbian.”

Continue reading at: https://10ztalk.com/2021/02/12/student-banned-from-riding-the-school-bus-for-saying-im-a-lesbian-lgbtq-nation (Source)

India: lesbian couple escape after being help captive by family

A lesbian couple were held captive by homophobic family members – until one of the women escaped by leaping over a wall.

According to reports by the Times of India, the couple had a wedding ceremony at Budheshwar temple in Uttar Pradesh, India on 17 November.

Some time after, one of the women told officials, relatives took her and her wife captive, holding them against their will at the family home.

The woman explained that eventually she managed to reach the terrace of the house, leapt over a wall and rushed to police.

Officers attended the house and managed to rescue the other woman, bringing her back to the station and reuniting her with her wife.

Assistant commissioner I P Singh confirmed to the Times of India that the women were held against their will. He added their families are “against their relationship”.

Continue reading at: https://10ztalk.com/2021/02/13/lesbian-couple-make-dramatic-escape-after-being-help-captive/ (Source)

France: Two lesbians attacked at an anti-LGBT demonstration

The two lesbian activists told Ouest-France that they attended a LMPT rally on January 9 in Angers, western France. The two decided to counter-demonstrate with banners that read “Lesbians can be mothers without a father” and “It takes more than heterosexuality to be a good father.”

They said that two men, who appeared to be with PMTCT, blocked them on the street. The men asked where the women were going. When the women said they were going to the demonstration, the men became violent.

People passing by didn’t even react.

“While we were running, one of them pushed us with his shoulders,” said one of the women. “They told us they would not let us pass.”

“He pushed me and took the poster from me,” said the other woman. “I raised my arm to try to get it back and he pushed me violently. Adèle started screaming that they were attacking two women in the middle of the street, but the people who passed did not even react.”

One of the women said that, at that moment, one of the men “tore the poster, grabbed my left arm and held me with his arm behind his back. Then I heard it break.”
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Las dos activistas lesbianas contaron a Ouest-France que se acercaron a una manifestación de la LMPT el 9 de enero en Angers, al oeste de Francia. Las dos decidieron contramanifestarse con pancartas en las que se podía leer “Las lesbianas pueden ser madres sin padre” y “Se necesita algo más que la heterosexualidad para ser un buen padre”.

Dijeron que dos hombres, que parecían estar con LMPT, les bloquearon en la calle. Los hombres preguntaron a dónde iban las mujeres. Cuando las mujeres dijeron que iban a la manifestación, los hombres se pusieron violentos.

La gente que pasaba ni siquiera reaccionó.

“Mientras corríamos, uno de ellos nos empujó con los hombros”, dijo una de las mujeres. “Nos dijeron que no nos dejarían pasar”.

“Me empujó y me quitó el cartel”, dijo la otra mujer. “Levanté el brazo para intentar recuperarlo y me empujó violentamente. Adèle empezó a gritar que estaban agrediendo a dos mujeres en plena calle, pero la gente que pasaba ni siquiera reaccionó”.

Una de las mujeres dijo que, en ese momento, uno de los hombres “arrancó el cartel, me cogió el brazo izquierdo y me sujetó con el brazo a la espalda. Entonces, oí cómo se rompía”.
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UK: lesbian forced out of Church of England

A WOMAN has said she was forced out of a church congregation after coming out as a lesbian. Rachel Gillingham’s case left her needing three years of counselling.

An investigation into St Luke’s Church in Oseney Crescent and its vicar has since taken place. She had been a regular at the church – part of the Holy Trinity Brompton (HTB) network – but was frozen out after coming out to Reverend Jon March in 2019.

Rev March told her that openly backing equal marriage within the Church of England (CofE) was unacceptable for someone in her position as a bible study leader, and that if she was gay she could not have sex with another woman as he believed it was a sin.

After the incident and investigation, Ms Gillingham was able to address the Parochial Church Council (PCC), which is in charge of the church’s governance, and but was stunned to find out they had not been informed of the incident.

Continue reading at: http://camdennewjournal.com/article/woman-accuses-kentish-town-church-and-vicar-of-homophobia-after-coming-out (Source)

Tua’s journey to asylum as a lesbian from Cameroon

Tua is a lesbian from Cameroon who finally received her leave to remain in the United Kingdom in 2019.

Tua talks to Sally Jackson about the violent lesbophobia she was subjected to in Cameroon, and how she was forced into a marriage by her mother. During her escape, she was exploited and trafficked to England where she faced the shameful policies of the UK’s Hostile Environment before finding support here. Her asylum claim was finally accepted in 2019 and she has received her leave to remain.

Continue reading at: https://filia.org.uk/podcasts/2021/1/25/tua-journey-to-asylum

Ireland: Zimbabwean Lesbian denied refugee status despite death threats

In April 2019, an International Protection Officer (IPO) recommended that the woman – who has not been named – be denied asylum, arguing that her claim lacked credibility.

The woman said she forced into two separate marriages as a child in Zimbabwe at the ages of nine and 13. She claimed she was forced to flee her home country after her family found out that she was a lesbian, leading to threats of violence.

The woman subsequently brought judicial review proceedings in an effort to have the 2019 IPO recommendation overturned – however, Justice Tara Burns denied her request on Friday (22 January), The Irish Times reports.

In her appeal, the woman argued that her sexuality was a “core element” of her asylum claim and that the IPO had failed to determine her sexuality when it recommended that she be denied asylum.

Before making a recommendation on her asylum claim, the IPO asked her questions about her sexuality and found that she was not aware of any LGBT+ support groups in either Ireland or Zimbabwe.

Continue reading at: https://uk.news.yahoo.com/lesbian-forced-flee-zimbabwe-facing-154441078.html (Source)

Chile: lesbian couple attacked by neighbours

A 48-year-old woman (with the initials GFSC) and her partner were harassed and physically attacked because of their sexual orientation by two neighbors, DM and ER, in Lampa. The events occurred around 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, before which the women had been subjected to verbal abuse by their neighbours just because they are a couple and live together.

The attack, which occurred on January 16, took place when GFSC was watering an area of ​​her garden, which is a common area with that of her neighbours. The victim explained that at that point the man and woman “came out to insult me, shouting that I was queer and dirty. The neighbour hit me on my arm and back with a broomstick and together with his partner they hit me on different parts of my body until I fell to the ground. Between the two of them they kicked my head, in front of many neighbors and children. I lost consciousness,” she said.

In addition, she added that when her partner came to outside to help her, the insults continued. “They called us “queer, dirty, “cuernúas” and dirty old dykes.” Only the presence of commune security officials stopped the attack. They called the Carabineros, who never came.
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Una mujer de 48 años, de iniciales G.F.S.C y su pareja, fueron insultadas y agredidas físicamente en razón de su orientación sexual por dos vecinos, D.M y E.R, en Lampa. Los hechos ocurrieron a eso de las 20:00 horas del sábado, antes de ello, las mujeres habían sido víctimas de una seguidilla de insultos por parte de sus vecinos, solo porque son pareja y convivientes.

El ataque ocurrido el 16 de enero, tuvo lugar cuando G.F.S.C estaba regando un área de su casa, que es común con la de sus vecinos. En esos momentos, las víctimas narran que el hombre y la mujer “salieron a insultarme, gritando que era maricona y sucia. La vecina me golpeó el brazo y la espalda con un palo de escobillón y junto a su pareja me dieron golpes en distintas partes del cuerpo hasta lanzarme al suelo. Ahí entre ambos le dieron patadas a mi cabeza, frente a muchos vecinos y niños. Perdí la conciencia”, relató.

Además, añadió que cuando su pareja llegó al lugar para asistirla, los insultos continuaron. “Nos decían “mariconas, sucias, cuernúas y viejas culias cochinas”. Solo la presencia de funcionarios de Seguridad de la comuna logró parar la agresión, estos llamaron a Carabineros, sin embargo, nunca llegaron al lugar.
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Update: police sentenced for harassment of lesbian policewoman

On Tuesday, former police officer Sonia Vivas received good news – confirmation that the Supreme Court had sentenced two police officers responsible for the ongoing harassment she suffered for twelve years in the local police in Palma de Mallorca for being a lesbian. They had also seriously tried to harm her reputation and career, alleging that Vivas had tried to attack a detainee, for which she could have been jailed despite her innocence.

The Supreme Court confirmed the prison sentences of three years and five months for Rafael Puigrós  for the crimes of coercion, false report and false testimony; and 15 months for  Alberto Juan Llanerasfor the crime of coercion. It has been proven that Puigrós devised a serious false complaint, accusing Sonia Vivas of mistreating a detainee. This occurred after she spoke on a radio program about the harassment she had suffered for being lesbian.
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Former police officer Sonia Vivas received good news on Tuesday: the confirmation by the Supreme Court of the convictions of the two policemen responsible for the harassment she suffered for twelve years in the Local Police of Palma de Mallorca for being a lesbian. They also seriously tried to harm her, inventing that Vivas had tried to attack a detainee; a fact for which he could have ended up in jail innocent.

The Supreme Court confirms the prison sentences of three years and five months for Rafael Puigrós for the crimes of coercion, false report and false testimony; and 15 months for Alberto Juan Llaneras for a crime of coercion. It has been proven that Puigrós devised a false complaint that put Sonia Vivas in serious trouble, accusing her of mistreating a detainee. It was after she recounted on a radio program the harassment she suffered for being a lesbian.
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Continue reading at: https://www.publico.es/politica/infierno-relato-sonia-vivas-juicio-policias-insultos-ataques-vivienda-colectivo-trans.html (Source)

Original article:  January 2019: Mallorca, Spain: lesbian speaks out against harassment and violence from police colleagues

Interview: https://www.publico.es/publico-tv/publico-al-dia/programa/934637/la-republica-feminista-de-sonia-vivas-2-0-la-lesbofobia

Italy: historic sentence for soccer coach’s anti-lesbian and sexist behaviour

A historic sentence has been handed down by the Court of Appeal against the former coach of Novese who has been found guilty of stalking and making homophobic statements to his players, with a disqualificiation of 3 years. Maurizio Fossati, coach of the women’s team in the 2019/2020 season, had been referred by the Federal Prosecutor of the FIGC after reports made by some players.

Fossati, who just a year earlier had received the sports educator of the year award, had been accused of insulting the players for their physical appearance, sexual orientation and flirting with some of their locker room mates. In the motivations of sporting justice, as reported by Agi , we read that the words used by Fossati were not “merely offensive”, as established in the first instance, but “homophobic and / or sexist” in relation to the sexual orientation of his players. The original nine-month sentence had been viewed with displeasure by the federal prosecutor, who asked for an increased sentence on appeal. It has now been granted.
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Una sentenza storica, quella presa dalla Corte d’Appello nei confronti dell’ex allenatore della Novese, riconosciuto colpevole di stalking e frasi omofobe ai danni delle sue calciatrici, con stop di 3 anni. Maurizio Fossati, allenatore delle ragazze nella stagione 2019/2020, era stato deferito dalla Procura federale della Figc dopo la denuncia di alcune calciatrici.

Fossati, che solo un anno prima aveva ricevuto il premio di educatore sportivo dell’anno, era stato accusato di aver insultato le giocatrici per il loro aspetto fisico, per l’orientamento sessuale e per i flirt avuti con alcune compagne di spogliatoio. Nelle motivazioni della giustizia sportiva, come riportato da Agi, si legge che le parole utilizzate da Fossati non erano “meramente offensive”, come stabilito in primo grado, ma “omofobe e/o sessiste” in relazione proprio all’orientamento sessuale delle sue calciatrici. La condanna a nove mesi in primo grado era stata vista con fastidio dalla stessa procura federale, che aveva chiesto in appello un inasprimento della pena. Ora arrivato.
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