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.
(Translated)

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
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Gofundme to get Natalie’s body home to Britain: https://www.gofundme.com/
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Australia: 21-year-old lesbian kills herself after being constantly bullied at school


                            21-year-old kills herself after being constantly bullied at school for being homosexual: 'No one will help me'

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?

Lesbians in France

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? ”

(Translated)

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

DJ Ana Karolina de Souza Santos

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”.
(Translated)

 

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

Ellas tienen nombre They have a name

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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.
(Translated)
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)

Colombia: court orders liquor store to apologise to lesbian couple

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After reviewing the case, the Constitutional Court of Barranquilla ordered the homophobic owner of a liquor store to apologize to a lesbian couple. The case reached the Court after a legal battle initiated by one of the lesbians discriminated against for homophobia in a liquor store in Barranquilla, Colombia . According to the complainants, the events occurred in July last year. The lesbian couple went to La Licorería in Barranquilla. They conversed holding hands when the owner demanded that they be released, telling them that: “The establishment is not an environment for same-sex couples […] Such shows are not allowed .”

The couple then called the waiter to complain about the attitude of the owner of the establishment. However, they did not receive help from him either, who replied that he ” did not like those behaviours. ”

It was then that the lesbian couple decided to pay their bill, and wait for an answer from the owner, but they did not get any. The homophobic man only replied that these were the establishment’s policies and that they had previously had “image problems” due to the presence of same-sex couples.
(Translated)

Tras revisar el caso, la Corte Constitucional de Barranquilla ordenó al propietario homofóbico de una licorería disculparse con una pareja de lesbianas.
El caso llegó a la Corte después de una batalla jurídica iniciada por una de las lesbianas discriminadas por homofobia en una licorería en Barranquilla, Colombia. De acuerdo con las denunciantes, los hechos ocurrieron en julio del año pasado. La pareja de lesbianas acudió a La Licorería en Barranquilla. Ellas conversaban tomadas de las manos cuando el propietario les exigió que se soltaran, diciéndoles que: «El establecimiento no es de ambiente para las parejas del mismo sexo […] Ese tipo de espectáculos no están permitidos».

La pareja entonces llamó al mesero para quejarse de la actitud del propietario del establecimiento. Sin embargo, no recibieron ayuda por parte de él tampoco, quien les respondió que a él «no le gustaban esos comportamientos».

Fue entonces que la pareja de lesbianas decidió pagar su cuenta, y esperar una respuesta por parte del propietario, pero no obtuvieron ninguna. El señor homofóbico solo se limitó a contestar que esas eran las políticas del establecimiento y que anteriormente ya habían tenido «problemas de imagen» por la presencia de parejas del mismo sexo.
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Continue reading at: https://www.soyhomosensual.com/lgbt/corte-obligara-a-homofobico-disculparse-con-lesbianas-en-barranquilla/ (Source)

Update: French father sentenced over death threats against lesbian daughter

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“Before she used to be with boys. I can not do it, I do not accept having a child like that” , he testifies in an immediate appearance hearing before the Nîmes Criminal Court, who judges him to be “threatening of repeated death, committed because of the sexual orientation of the victim”! Acts committed in October 2018, when he learns that his daughter is dating another young woman and until July 14 … That day, he went armed to his daughter’s workplace with a chopper and a butcher knife to get “an explanation”. The victim hid and avoided her father who persecuted her for several months.
(Translated)

“Avant elle fréquentait des garçons. Je n’y arrive pas, je n’accepte pas d’avoir une enfant comme ça”, témoigne-t-il en audience de comparution immédiate devant le tribunal correctionnel de Nîmes qui le juge pour “menace de mort réitérée, commise en raison de l’orientation sexuelle de la victime” ! Des faits commis d’octobre 2018, moment où il apprend que sa fille fréquente une autre jeune femme et jusqu’au 14 juillet dernier… Ce jour-là, il se rend armé d’un hachoir et d’un couteau de boucher pour avoir “une explication” sur le lieu de travail de sa fille. La victime se cache et évite son père qui la persécute depuis plusieurs mois.
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Continue reading at: https://www.objectifgard.com/2019/08/01/gard-il-menace-de-mort-sa-fille-homosexuelle-de-lamour-a-la-haine-au-tribunal/ (Source)

Original article: France: father charged over death threats against lesbian daughter

The Netherlands: lesbian couple attacked during pride

Ana Camboim Katya Sazanova

Photo: Ana Camboim

A lesbian couple was beaten  by two men on a scooter on Saturday morning in the center [of Amsterdam]. The women reported the incident to the police, but they reported that the chance of the perpetrators being caught is small.

“Oh, you are so hot, can we join you?” They walk around 5 a.m. in the Zandstraat, a narrow alley, near the Zuiderkerk after an evening out.

The couple in love walk hand in hand, which they often do in Amsterdam. Camboim gives a reply. “Get on with it, just drive on.”

Camboim gets a thump in her face and falls to the floor. Her girlfriend is also beaten in the face. The women both have bruises, a broken lip and a swollen nose.

For the couple it is a traumatic event. “It was so frightening. We only cried at home. People sometimes look up when we hold hands, but people have never been physical”, says Sazanova on the phone.

“My girlfriend is from Brazil and I from Kazakhstan. We might expect something like this in our own country but not in Amsterdam. And then it also happens during the Pride.” She states that they have been ‘lucky’. “This could have turned out so much worse.”
(Translated)

Een lesbisch koppel is zaterdagochtend in het centrum door twee mannen op een scooter in elkaar geslagen. De vrouwen hebben aangifte gedaan bij de politie, maar die meldde dat de kans dat de daders worden gepakt klein is.

“Oh, jullie zijn zo hot, mogen we met jullie meedoen?” Het is een vraag van twee mannen op een scooter aan Katya Sazanova (29) en haar vriendin Ana Camboim (26), beiden werkende expats in Amsterdam. Ze lopen rond 5.00 uur ’s ochtends in de Zandstraat, een smalle steeg, vlakbij de Zuiderkerk na een avond uit.

Het verliefde koppel loopt hand in hand, wat ze wel vaker doen in Amsterdam. Camboim geeft repliek. “Rot op, rijd gewoon door.” Het is voor de mannen reden om de vrouwen in elkaar te slaan.

Camboim krijgt een dreun in haar gezicht en valt op de grond. Ook haar vriendin wordt in haar gezicht geslagen. De vrouwen lopen beide blauwe plekken, een kapotte lip en een gezwollen neus op.

Voor het koppel is het een traumatische gebeurtenis. “Het was zo beangstigend. We hebben thuis alleen maar gehuild. Mensen kijken weleens op als we elkaars hand vasthouden, maar nog nooit zijn mensen fysiek geweest,” zegt Sazanova aan de telefoon.

“Mijn vriendin komt uit Brazilië en ik uit Kazachstan. We zouden misschien zoiets in ons eigen land verwachten maar niet in Amsterdam. En dan gebeurt het ook nog tijdens de Pride.” Ze stelt dat ze ‘geluk’ hebben gehad. “Dit had zoveel erger kunnen uitpakken.”
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Continue reading at: https://www.parool.nl/amsterdam/lesbisch-koppel-tijdens-pride-in-elkaar-geslagen-we-hebben-geluk-gehad~b742928c/ (Source)

Venezuela: School discriminates against 13 year old for lesbian kiss

Karina Barbosa

Tamara Adrián said … that the Instituto Escuela School located in Prados del Este, Caracas, denied the re-enrolment of a teenager on allegations of “bad application and bad behaviour”, this after having kissed an older [female] classmate when they were in a school transport, according to the Efecto Cocuyo web portal.

The girl’s mother, Karina Barbosa, complained to the aforementioned media that her daughter has not been the only person harmed by these school decisions. In the case of his son, he was also denied the re-enrolment process for the 2019-2020 school year, as well as the other educational transportation partner and a friend of his daughter.

With this measure taken by the Instituto Escuela school, four students are being affected by not being allowed to re-enrol.

Barbosa also worked as an English teacher at that school for six years until she resigned in 2017. Two years after having left the academic institution, she sees the way in which her children are discriminated against by administrative staff.

The kiss happened on May 17, and it was on May 20 when the campus took action against the girl to a point that the staff of Instituto Escuela began to monitor her in everything she did – this situation remained until the end of the 2018 – 2019 school year. “She had to be accompanied to the bathroom, to the infirmary, they even told her where she could sit in the transport,” said Karina Barbosa.
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Tamara Adrián se expresó … que el colegio Instituto Escuela ubicado en Prados del Este, Caracas, le negó la reinscripción a una adolescente donde alegan “mala aplicación y mala conducta”, esto luego de haberse besado en la boca con una compañera mayor que ella en el momento que iban en un transporte escolar, reseñó el portal web Efecto Cocuyo.

La madre de la niña, Karina Barbosa denunció ante el medio antes mencionado que su pequeña no ha sido la única persona perjudicada por estas decisiones del colegio. En el caso de su hijo varón también le fue negado el proceso de reinscripción para el año escolar 2019 – 2020, así como a la otra compañera de transporte educativo y a una amiga de su hija.

Con esta medida tomada por el colegio Instituto Escuela, se están viendo afectados cuatro estudiantes los que no les permitieron el proceso de reinscripción.

Barbosa, también perteneció a ese colegio durante seis años donde trabajó como profesora de inglés y fue en el año 2017 cuando renunció. Luego de dos años de haberse retirado de la institución académica percibe la manera en como sus hijos son discriminados por el personal administrativo.

El hecho del beso sucedió el pasado 17 de mayo, por lo que fue el 20 de mayo cuando el plantel tomó la medida contra la niña a un punto que el personal de Instituto Escuela comenzó a vigilarla en cada cosa que hacía, esta situación se mantuvo hasta la finalización del año escolar 2018 – 2019. “Debía ser acompañada al baño, a la enfermería, incluso le decían dónde podía sentarse en el transporte”, manifestó Karina Barbosa.
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U.K: Lesbian actor is scared to hold partner’s hand in public

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Actor said that while she received praise for her portrayal of a same-sex relationship on the popular soap, being in one in real life was a different experience.

Emmerdale star Michelle Hardwick has said she sometimes feels scared to hold her partner’s hand in public for fear of a homophobic attack.

Hardwick, who plays vet Vanessa Woodfield, told the Sunday Mirror that she and show producer Kate Brooks sometimes “instinctively let go of each other’s hands” if they see a group of young men “because we’re scared they’ll turn on us”.

“We live with that fear every day,” she said, later adding: “I feel like we’re going backwards in society with our attitudes.”

“So people who say, ‘Gay Pride? Why isn’t there a Straight Pride?’ I’ll tell you why, because you don’t need it. Because luckily for you, you’re able to be affectionate with your partner in public and you won’t be abused for it. It’s absolutely vile what goes on.”

Continue reading: https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/michelle-hardwick-emmerdale-gay-character-lgbt-homophobia-pride-a9039246.html (source)

Spain: Lesbian Couple Fight to Keep Popular Bar After Neighbours’ ‘Harassment Campaign’

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The Lesbian couple who own Betty’s International Music Bar, in Cala Egos, fear their venue will be forced to close after the town hall warned them about the number of calls it has been receiving.

That is despite the venue being 100% legal and holding the correct licences and after having invested more than €30,000 in sound-proofed ceilings, doors and windows.

“Our neighbours just want us out, it’s been a non-stop campaign of harassment,” co-owner Leanne Green, 37, from near Leeds, told the Olive Press last night.

“The owner of the apartment upstairs told us he doesn’t want ‘dirty lesbians’ around here and his kids who live there have spat on our terraces and sometimes we see them just staring into our CCTV cameras trying to intimidate us.”

Continue reading: https://www.theolivepress.es/spain-news/2019/08/02/british-expat-couple-fight-to-keep-popular-bar-after-neighbours-call-them-dirty-lesbians-and-spit-on-their-terrace-in-harassment-campaign-in-spains-mallorca/ (source)

India: Lesbian couple thrown out of bar, threatened with exposure

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Two women in their early twenties are going viral online for sharing their harrowing experience which they faced at a club in Chennai. The two women alleged that they were treated badly by the club because they are a same sex couple.

Rasika Gopalakrishnan and Shivangi Singh, took to their respective Facebook pages to tell their experience at a bar called The Slate Hotels.

In a long FB post, Rasika recounted her experience saying that the club apparently accused them of doing something else and insisted them to leave the premises even though they did not do anything.

“I am devastated by the assumptions that are made about people who deviate even slightly from the norm. They decided to make a ‘threat’ out of us for absolutely no good reason, and worse, tried to make us feel guilty for something we didn’t do.”

She also accused the hotel of threatening them by saying that they had a video of them making out and they would make the video public.

Continue reading: https://www.indiatoday.in/trending-news/story/chennai-lesbian-couple-thrown-out-of-hotel-staff-blackmail-them-with-making-out-video-1576501-2019-08-02 (source)