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Male-Run ‘Pink News’ at Odds with the Lesbian Community…Again

Julia Diana Robertson
AfterEllen.com

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“PinkNews, a male-run publication, has a history of coming under fire with the lesbian community. Yesterday, it happened yet again…

Lesbians are the most silenced within the alphabet and within the mainstream media. We’re pathologically misrepresented.

The mainstream media (including the ‘LGBT’ mainstream) are male-dominated (like everything else)… Even lesbian organizations and media are controlled by non-lesbians and male-money—Parent companies or advertisers that ultimately control what we can and cannot say. Mainstream media is like the creepy uncle who shows up at your lesbian dinner party, uninvited, holding a bouquet of d*cks. PinkNews has been called out on social media, time and time again, for what lesbian readers view as biased reporting, anti-lesbian sentiment and misogynistic viewpoints.”

Continue reading at: Male-Run ‘Pink News’ at Odds with the Lesbian Community…Again (source)

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Australia: Federal police officer in lesbian relationship claims discrimination

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

An Australian Federal Police detective’s career was ruined after she and another female officer were referred to as a “two for one” deal, in meetings to decide job postings, because of their same-sex relationship, a court has heard.

Continue reading at: https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/
federal-police-officer-in-same-sex-relationship-claims-discrimination-20181210-p50ldm.html
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U.S: Lesbian comic says Kosher ‘mafia’ forced cancellation of her NYC shows

Leah Forster

Comedian Leah Forster claims that kosher-certification rabbis bullied Brooklyn restaurants into canceling her comedy shows due to her sexual orientation.

Continue reading at: https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/lesbian-comic-says-kosher-mafia-forced-cancellation-her-nyc-shows-n946256 (source)

Ghana: Women Flee After Attacked for Lesbian Relationship

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The whereabouts of a married woman remains unknown to her family and friends after she fled into hiding since she was caught red-handed engaging in lesbianism with her partner in the Ashanti Region about a month ago.

Continue reading: http://adacommunityonline.com/2018/12/01/housewife-runs-into-hiding-after-she-was-caught-with-lesbian-partner/ (source)

U.S: Man Breaks Woman’s Spine in Anti-Lesbian Hate Crime

A homophobic [man] sucker-punched a woman on a train, sending her to the hospital with a broken spine – all because he thought she was a lesbian, cops said Saturday.

Continue reading at: https://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/
ny-metro-homophobe-punches-woman-broken-spine-20181208-story.html
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Pakistani Lesbian in the UK: ‘Rejected by my family, raped – but proud to be gay’

Seyeda has been rejected by her family, abused and raped because she is gay – but is determined to be out and proud.
“Once the extended family came to know about my sexuality, I had a bad time.”
She describes being pushed down the stairs by a male relative, her teeth knocked out. Eventually she was thrown out of the family home.
She ended up staying with friends, and meeting a girlfriend – whose husband, Seyeda said, raped both her and her friend when he discovered their relationship.
“That was the most horrible night of my life,” she said. “I struggled a lot after that.”

Continue reading at: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-46402267 (source)

Canada: Lesbian couple driven out of workplace for being ‘too gay’

A lesbian couple says they were driven out of their jobs as paramedics and firefighters in a small Alberta town for being “too gay.”
Sheri and Alyssa Monk say they were discriminated against and expected to follow different rules than their heterosexual colleagues, saying they were told not to talk about their personal lives at work and that the word “wife” was off limits.

Continue reading at: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/
alberta-couple-alleges-discrimination-at-pincher-creek-emergency-services-1.4924224
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Lesbian activist loses battle in Nigerian court

Pamela Adie (Photo courtesy of Facebook)

A federal high court in Abuja has dismissed a suit seeking to register a lesbian advocacy organization in Nigeria.
Lesbian activist Pamela Adie sued the Corporate Affairs Commission after her application to register her organization, Lesbian Equality and Empowerment Initiatives, was rejected on the grounds that the name was misleading, offensive, contrary to public policy and in violation of the Nigerian law prohibiting same-sex marriage.
The organization’s primary objective is to advocate for the rights of sexual minority women in Nigeria.

Continue reading at: https://76crimes.com/2018/11/17/lesbian-activist-loses-battle-in-nigerian-court/ (source)

Cameroon father decrees: No school for lesbian daughter

Cameroon (Map courtesy of Penpals-du-Monde.blogspot.com)

In southern Cameroon, a father who discovered his daughter’s sexual orientation has blocked her from attending her final year of school.

Continue reading at: https://76crimes.com/2018/10/12/cameroon-father-decrees-no-school-for-lesbian-daughter/ (source)

Australia: Lesbian Booted From Bowling Alley for Using Women’s Bathroom

Two women smiling. Both have light skin and short dark hair. One woman (Charlie) has glasses and is holding a bowling ball in her hand.

Jessica Walton and her wife Charlie were celebrating their birthdays at a Strike Bowling Alley Saturday evening in Australia when they were asked to leave for using the women’s toilets.
After finishing a game, the pair went to use the women’s restroom. When they exited, a security guard stopped Charlie,
“She was told she was going to be forcibly removed from the premises for using the women’s toilet,” Jessica Walton, an author, posted on Twitter. “The guard said if she didn’t leave the premises she would be removed forcibly. He called for a second guard. My partner was so scared… ”

Continue reading at: https://www.advocate.com/business/2018
/10/23/lesbian-booted-bowling-alley-using-womens-bathroom
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Australia: Lesbophobic graffiti sprayed in Tasmanian town

Just a day after the unveiling of a new bench in Parliament Gardens in Hobart to commemorate Tasmania’s progress on LGBTI human rights, anti-lesbian graffiti has appeared in the NW Coast town of Penguin.
The phrase “No lesbians in Penguin” was spray-painted in large black letters across the retaining wall between the beach and the town.

Continue reading at: https://www.outinperth.com/homophobic-graffiti-sprayed-tasmanian-town/ (source)

Italy: Parents locked up Lesbian daughter

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Rome’s Gay Center facility said that, with the support of State and Carabinieri police, last week it managed to free a 17-year-old girl who was being locked up at home by her parents because she is a lesbian.

Continue reading at: http://www.ansa.it/english/news/
general_news/2018/10/02/parents-locked-up-lesbian-daughter_f8dd00ec-4adf-4cbb-bcfd-4dd2764cf69d.html
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Lesbian ‘witches’ chained and raped by families in Cameroon

Cameroon (Map courtesy of Penpals-du-Monde.blogspot.com)

“I didn’t see girls like everyone else – I thought it was a bad spirit that had invaded me,” [Viviane] told the Thomson Reuters Foundation with a rueful laugh by phone from France, where she sought asylum last year with her girlfriend’s help.

“So I started praying to make it go away.”

But her prayers failed. Four years later, Viviane was chained to the wall and violently raped by a man who her family forced her to marry after discovering that she was a lesbian.

Continue reading at: https://af.reuters.com/article/cameroon
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U.K: Man jailed for targeting and raping lesbians

The Gay Village in Manchester, Canal Street

The Gay Village in Manchester, Canal Street (Picture: Google Maps)

A rapist who targeted lesbians in Manchester’s popular Gay Village has been jailed for 20 years.
Ashfaq Khan, 60, attacked women who were ‘lone and vulnerable’ and even raped one victim ‘while she was vomiting’.
He impersonated a taxi driver before giving his victims a lift and then attacking them, Manchester Crown court heard.

Continue reading at: https://metro.co.uk/2018/09/28/man-who-targeted-lesbians-raped-one-as-she-was-vomiting-7988525/ (source)

U.S: Social Security discriminated against lesbian after partner died, lawsuit says

A Washington woman whose lesbian partner died before same-sex marriage was legal in her state filed a lawsuit against the Social Security Administration on Tuesday for denying her benefits she would have been entitled to if they had been allowed to marry.

According to the lawsuit, Helen Thornton and Marge Brown were in a committed relationship from 1979 until 2006, when Brown died of cancer at age 50. The two women also have a son whom they raised since birth.

Despite being together for 27 years and raising a son together, the SSA denied Thornton survivor’s benefits on the grounds that they were not married before Brown died in 2006. However, the state of Washington didn’t allow same-sex marriage until 2012.

By withholding benefits, the lawsuit says, the federal government is discriminating against Thornton because of her sexual orientation.

Continue reading at: https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/
2018/09/25/Social-Security-discriminated-against-lesbian-after-partner-died-lawsuit-says/3061537917490/
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U.K: Lesbian Couple Battles Hotel’s Lesbophobic Comments

A lesbian couple staying in an English hotel were “in shock” when they received an email from the owner that claimed “people like you should be put in a cage with the rest of the wild animals.”

Continue reading at: http://southfloridagaynews.com/World/
lesbian-couple-battles-hotel-s-anti-gay-comments.html
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Update: Kenyan court lifts ban on lesbian love film

Kenya on Friday overturned a ban on Rafiki, a film about a lesbian love affair and the first ever movie from the country to be shown at the Cannes film festival.

Continue reading at: https://www.france24.com/en/20180921-kenyan-court-lifts-ban-lesbian-love-film (source)

Original article: Kenya bans lesbian love story film

U.K: Lesbian couple hurt in ‘unprovoked homophobic assault’ outside Asda, Worcester

A LESBIAN couple was punched and kicked in Worcester during what they believe was an unprovoked, homophobic attack by up to three men.
“It all happened so fast. They started hitting me and then my partner stood in front of me, trying to defend me. She got kicked in the face and I also got kicked two or three times in the face and punched four times as well.”

Continue reading at: https://www.worcesternews.co.uk/news/
16882345.lesbian-couple-hurt-in-unprovoked-homophobic-assault-outside-asda-worcester/
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Moldova: Deacon found guilty of throwing holy water on lesbian has to pay her compensation

Deacon found guilty of throwing holy water on lesbian has to pay her compensation

An Orthodox Deacon in Moldova who threw holy water on a lesbian during a live television broadcast will have to pay her compensation and publicly apologize to her.
A court found Deacon Ghenadie Valuta guilty of ‘incitement to discrimination based on beliefs and signs of sexual orientation’ for splashing LGBTI activist, Angelica Frolov. The court ordered him to pay Frolov $715 in damages and to cover her legal fees.

Continue reading at: https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/deacon-found-guilty-of-throwing-holy-water-on-lesbian-has-to-pay-her-compensation/#gs.K3g73Bc (source)

U.S: Lesbians Harassed by Anti- Lesbian Neighbours Paint House Rainbow

Rainbow House

Married lesbians in Pennsylvania who say they’ve endured years of homophobic slurs from their neighbors are fighting back by painting their house the colors of the rainbow.
The women, Lisa Licata and Sherry Lau, who moved to their Penn Hills neighborhood five years ago, said that their neighbors Ron Makay and his wife, Iolanda Wieczorkowski, have repeatedly shouted “homos, dykes, and lesbians” at them. They allege that Makay shot their dog with a BB gun, which he has denied.
To put some distance between themselves and the antigay neighbors, Licata and Lau erected a fence that they painted the colors of the rainbow flag. The fence allegedly set the neighbors off so much that they amped up the harassment. That’s when the women decided to paint the side of their house that faces the neighbors in rainbow colors.

Continue reading: https://www.advocate.com/women/
2018/8/31/lesbians-harassed-antigay-neighbors-paint-house-rainbow
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