Ugandan lesbian Awori was forced to leave her homeland after being called ‘evil’ and beaten for being gay.
The 37-year-old said she was detained for four hours the first time she put her first asylum application in.
“This Home Office guy asked me to change. He told me to go to a church and repent and then I will stop claiming I am a lesbian.”
Continue reading at: https://metro.co.uk/2018/05/16/uk-immigration-official-told-lesbian-to-find-religion-and-get-cured-7547511/ (source)
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A young Chechen lesbian was subjected to an Islamic “exorcism” recently at the insistence of her family, who believed that her sexual orientation was a sign of demonic possession.
She said that her family threatened to kill her or imprison her in a mental hospital if she did not agree to the exorcism.
Continue reading at: https://76crimes.com/2018/05/09/lesbian-endures-islamic-exorcism-flees-from-chechnya/ (source)
A woman sustained a circular hole in her skull when she was attacked with part of a drill during a suspected homophobic attack in Northern Ireland, police have told a court.
Brenda McLaughlin told officers she believed she was targeted on Saturday because she is homosexual and it is being treated as a hate crime.
Continue reading at: https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/
Administrators at a Texas high school told two lesbians they couldn’t go to prom together.
Merary Melchor, a senior at John Tyler High School, applied twice for tickets to take Sydney Aparicio, her girlfriend of more than two years and a freshman at another high school, to prom. But school officials denied Melchor’s request both times, even after she obtained permission from an administrator.
Continue reading at: http://www.newnownext.com/lesbian-couple-banned-prom-texas/05/2018/ (source)
A lesbian couple were supposed to pick up their new foster child from Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. On their way home from the hospital, after meeting their new child, they were told a judge changed his mind about the approval.
Continue reading at: https://www.rawstory.com/2018/04/
Kenyan authorities have banned a film that tells the love story of two women and is set to debut at Cannes Film Festival next month, saying it promotes lesbianism.
The film “Rafiki”, a word that means friend in KiSwahili, was this week invited to premiere at the prestigious festival in France — the first Kenyan film to receive to be invited.
Continue reading at: https://www.iol.co.za/news/africa/kenya-bans-lesbian-love-story-film-rafiki-set-to-debut-at-cannes-14676629 (source)
A same-sex couple who had their car tyre punctured and a note left outside their home calling “lesbianism an abhorrent practice” is encouraging anyone else targeted in the same way to speak out and notify police.
Continue reading at: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-24/gay-couple-attacked-sickheads-hateful-note-car-tyre-slashed/9688284 (source)
Authorities in Turin, northern Italy, have refused to register the baby of a lesbian couple.
Chiara Foglietta, a Turin councillor, underwent artificial insemination in Denmark and gave birth last Friday to baby boy Niccolo Pietro.
Italian law sets strict rules for fertility treatment, making it available only to stable heterosexual couples.
Continue reading at: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-43823692 (source)
The principal of the illustrious Etoile School in Douala, Cameroon, has expelled two students for alleged lesbianism.
The principal, Emile Ndongo, has a reputation as a strict disciplinarian. He defended his harsh action in blatantly homophobic terms:
“Homosexuality is an animal baseness. My institution is not a homosexual dump,” he said.
Continue reading at: https://76crimes.com/2018/04/05/
A former Hamilton County magistrate was demoted, treated differently and fired without explanation because she’s openly gay and her boss didn’t believe that would reflect well on Republican constituents as he ran for re-election in Hamilton County Juvenile Court in 2014, the woman’s attorney said on the first day of her discrimination trial in Chattanooga.
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Protests were held across Brazil after a popular Rio city councillor and her driver were shot dead by two men in what appears to have been a targeted assassination. Marielle Franco, 38, was a groundbreaking politician who had become a voice for disadvantaged people in the teeming favelas that are home to almost one-quarter of Rio de Janeiro’s population, where grinding poverty, police brutality and shootouts with drug gangs are routine.
Richard Nunes, Rio’s head of public security, said there would be a “full investigation” into the deaths, which came despite the military taking charge of policing in the city last month after a surge in violence.
Continue reading at: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/15/marielle-franco-shot-dead-targeted-killing-rio (Source)
At a time when women around the world are speaking up against abuse and demanding greater gender equality, the Vatican’s actions to silence these women speakers have prompted some Catholics to reflect on whether the church really values women’s voices.
Ssenfuka Joanita Warry, a lesbian Catholic activist from Uganda, was reportedly one of the women whose presence at the conference did not meet the approval of the Vatican.
During the conference, Warry spoke about what life was like for her as a lesbian activist in a country where homosexuality is illegal. She condemned the silence of religious leaders in the face of this discrimination against queer Ugandans.
Continue Reading at: https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/
Kristen Nelson was a softball coach for five years at West Catholic High School in Michigan — until she wanted to get married.
When it became known Nelson wanted to marry her partner, a ‘parent concern’ materialized. It resulted in conversations with both the school and Roman Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids. Consequently, Catholic leaders gave Nelson an ultimatum: if she got married to a woman, she wouldn’t have her job anymore.
Continue reading at: https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/
On Friday, Hawaii’s Intermediate Court of Appeals upheld a previous ruling that found a Hawaii Kai bed and breakfast was discriminatory for refusing the lesbian couple a room because of their sexual orientation.
Continue reading at: http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/
An Albuquerque woman says her son’s martial arts teacher kicked him out of class after finding out she’s a married lesbian.
“He said, ‘We’re a monastery. We worship God here. That goes against what God teaches.’ And then he looked at my son, addressed him by name and told him, ‘What your mother is doing is wrong,’” she said.
Continue reading at: http://krqe.com/2018/02/23/lesbian-couple-says-martial-arts-teacher-discriminated-against-them-kicked-son-out-of-class/ (Source)
Hong Kong pop star Denise Ho says she has been denied a performance permit in Malaysia over her views on gay rights.
Continue Reading at: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-43072223 (Source)
In Texas, supporters of 23-year-old asylum seeker Laura Monterrosa say she was put in solitary confinement for 60 hours at the T. Don Hutto detention center outside Austin in order to pressure her to recant her allegations that she was sexually assaulted by a guard. ICE says Monterrosa was under “medical observation.” But she later made a strange call to her lawyer from an unusual phone number. Grassroots Leadership shared a recording with Democracy Now!
Laura Monterrosa: “I wanted to call you, because I wanted to tell you that everything I had said was false, and I was forced to tell you that, because, if not, they were going to lock me again in that room, and I didn’t want to be locked again in that room.”
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A lesbian couple has sued the Trump administration over a denial of their application to serve as foster parents for refugee children.
Continue reading at: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/
The first-grade teacher, who had taught at the school for nearly seven years, returned to her job Wednesday after marrying her partner in a same-sex wedding ceremony over the weekend. That’s when she learned she was no longer employed.
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