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Update: FIFA Bars Afghan Soccer Chief guilty of sexual assault and intimidation

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FIFA on Saturday barred the president of Afghanistan’s soccer association from the sport for life, months after reports emerged that he had sexually assaulted players and had threatened them when they went public with their accusations.

Women who rebuffed his advances were labeled lesbians and expelled from the team, according to eight former players who said that it had happened to them. Those who went public said they faced intimidation.

Continue reading: https://www.nytimes.com/2019
/06/08/sports/soccer/afghanistan-soccer-sexual-abuse.html
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Original article: Afghanistan: abused soccer players silenced by claims of lesbianism

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U.K: Lesbian actors targeted in ‘homophobic’ attack

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Two actors were attacked on their way to a theatre performance in what was described as a “cowardly homophobic hate crime”.
Lucy Jane Parkinson and Rebecca Banatvala were starring in Rotterdam, which tells the story of a young gay woman, at Southampton’s NST Campus.
The London-based couple said they were walking to the theatre for the matinee performance on Saturday when Ms Parkinson was hit by an object – possibly “stones”, according to police – apparently thrown from a passing car.
The final two performances of the Olivier Award-winning play by Jon Brittain were cancelled as a result.

Continue reading: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hampshire-48572800 (source)

France: Women call out sexism and lesbophobia in the LGBTI movement

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Eight women are calling for an end to sexism in the LGBT community

“We are women, committed, committed to the rights, freedoms and visibility of LGBT +, especially women and lesbians, in France and Europe. For some of us, we are or have been the first women Presidents and / or spokespersons, activists involved in LGBT + organizations.We wish by this tribune to share a flush. Fed up with the ordinary sexism and misogyny of the LGBT community, as much as in our society in general. To be a woman in the LGBT community is to be faced with a double sentence. Far from us the idea of prioritizing minorities, but it is clear that our dual discrimination, woman and homosexual, does not really seem to be integrated by a number of gays, despite some speeches facade!

Women excluded from decisions
In our struggle for the rights of LGBT people, there is now a need to defend our rights as women within our community.

Refused by a physio because “too feminine” (sic), resignation of members “not wanting to be led by a woman” (re sic), bullying, speech cut, gritty jokes, we all witnessed or experienced breathtaking scenes reminding us that beyond being gay, you are men first and foremost.

As women emancipate themselves, the world seems to be aware and the extent of the phenomenon “me too”, the gay community has not, as a whole, questioned the virilist behaviors of machismo and greed power and recognition. In this sense it reproduces the conscious or unconscious behaviors of its heterosexual counterparts. It is a combination of self-esteem and endogamy, with gay activists finding themselves in their leisure and outing areas, sometimes after our meetings as well, which maintains a male fraternity, effectively excluding women from many decisions. .

Lesbians are not your enemies
Gentlemen, do not be fooled by fights, lesbians are not your enemies. Know how to make room, and for that know to even stay in your place.

For example, we are thinking of the debate on extending the PMA to all women. How many lesbians, how many people, in the media, in political meetings and hearings to talk about our pregnancies, our bodies, our families? Very, very little!
How do you think you can speak, sometimes in a contradictory way, in place of the women concerned, whose aspirations may be different and only legitimate to bring all the nuances?

In general, how are too many gay people engaged in discussions, meetings, boards of directors of LGBT associations? By monopolizing speech, sometimes by repeating words spoken by women to rephrase them, under the approval of other gays present. Many reproduce the sexist behaviors, a legacy of the education received where the man is always valued and pushed forward by the family environment and the social environment.

This statement shared by the associations that fight against inequality between women and men and sexism is ours and must be yours, acting as the founders of #jamaissanselles have been able to do.

The issue of under-representation of lesbians in the governance of mixed LGBT + associations for a number of reasons must lead CAs to question the causes and how to respond to them. ”

Catherine MICHAUD – Catherine TRIPON – Aurélie NICOLAS – Marie-Claude PICARDAT – Emmanuelle CAMPO – Emilie DURET – Flora BOLTER – Aurore FOURSY

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Huit femmes lancent un appel pour mettre fin au sexisme au sein de la communauté LGBT

 

Nous sommes des femmes, engagées, impliquées pour les droits, les libertés et la visibilité des LGBT+, particulièrement des femmes et des lesbiennes, en France et en Europe. Pour certaines d’entre nous, nous sommes ou avons été les premières femmes présidentes et/ou porte-paroles, militantes engagées au sein d’organismes LGBT+.

Nous souhaitons par cette tribune faire part d’un ras le bol. Le ras le bol du sexisme et de la misogynie ordinaires régnant dans le milieu LGBT, autant que dans notre société en général. Être une femme dans le milieu LGBT c’est être confrontée à une double peine. Loin de nous l’idée de hiérarchiser les minorités mais force est de constater que notre double discrimination, femme et homosexuelle, ne semble pas véritablement être intégrée par un certain nombre de gays, malgré quelques discours de façade !

Les femmes exclues des décisions
A notre combat pour les droits des personnes LGBT s’ajoute aujourd’hui le besoin de défendre nos droits comme femmes au sein même de notre communauté.

Refoulées par un physio car « trop féminines » (sic), démission d’adhérents « ne voulant pas être dirigés par une femme » (re sic), brimades, paroles coupées, blagues graveleuses, nous avons toutes assisté à ou vécu des scènes ahurissantes nous rappelant qu’au-delà d’être gays vous êtes des hommes avant tout.

Alors que les femmes s’émancipent, que le monde semble prendre conscience et la mesure du phénomène « me too », la communauté gay n’a pas, dans son ensemble, remis en question les comportements virilistes du machisme et de l’avidité du pouvoir et de reconnaissance. En ce sens elle reproduit les comportements conscients ou inconscients de ses homologues hétérosexuels. Cela se double d’un entre soi et d’une endogamie, les militants gays se retrouvant dans leurs espaces de loisirs et de sortie, parfois aussi après nos réunions, ce qui entretient une fraternité masculine, excluant de fait les femmes de nombres de décisions.

Les lesbiennes ne sont pas vos ennemies
Messieurs, ne vous trompez pas de combats, les lesbiennes ne sont pas vos ennemies. Sachez faire de la place, et pour cela sachez même rester à votre place.

Nous pensons par exemple au débat sur l’extension de la PMA à toutes les femmes. Combien de lesbiennes, combien de personnes concernées, dans les médias, dans des réunions et auditions politiques pour parler de nos grossesses, de nos corps, de nos familles ? Très, trop peu !
Comment pensez-vous pouvoir parler, parfois de manière contradictoire, à la place des femmes concernées, dont les aspirations peuvent être différentes et sont seules légitimes pour en apporter toutes les nuances ?

De manière générale comment se comportent trop de gays dans le cadre de discussions, réunions, conseils d’administration d’associations LGBT ? En monopolisant la parole, parfois en reprenant des propos énoncés par des femmes pour les reformuler, sous l’approbation d’autres gays présents. Beaucoup reproduisent les comportements sexistes, héritage de l’éducation reçue où l’homme est toujours valorisé et poussé en avant par l’entourage familial et l’environnement social.

Ce constat partagé par les associations qui luttent contre l’inégalité entre les femmes et les hommes et le sexisme est le nôtre et doit être le vôtre, en agissant comme les fondateurs de #jamaissanselles ont su le faire.

La question de la sous-représentation des lesbiennes dans la gouvernance des associations mixtes LGBT+ pour plusieurs raisons doit amener les CA à s’interroger sur les causes et la manière d’y répondre. »

Catherine MICHAUD – Catherine TRIPON – Aurélie NICOLAS – Marie-Claude PICARDAT – Emmanuelle CAMPO – Emilie DURET – Flora BOLTER – Aurore FOURSY

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France: Lesbian journalist threatened, harassed and told to kill herself

Emilie Lopez, former editor-in-chief of “Touche pas à mon Poste”, has been threatened with death on social networks by individuals who reproach her for being lesbian.
“In recent months, it has been ramping up with terrifying messages. I once received a video of a boy masturbating, who said to me, “You’ll see I’ll put it deep when I get to the studio.” Then last October, a guy on Instagram told me to “commit suicide” and attacked my girlfriend. This individual was speaking with his true identity, and with a real profile picture, and it really made me flip! I realised that all this was real, and I decided to file a complaint for the first time.”
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Emilie Lopez, ex-rédactrice en chef de « Touche pas à mon Poste », a été menacée de mort sur les réseaux sociaux par des individus qui lui reprochent d’être lesbienne.
“Ces derniers mois, c’est allé crescendo avec des messages terrifiants. J’ai reçu un jour une vidéo d’un garçon en train de se masturber, qui me disait « Tu vas voir je vais te la mettre profond quand je vais arriver devant le studio ». Puis en octobre dernier, un mec sur Instagram m’a conseillé « d’aller me suicider », et s’en est pris à ma compagne. Cet individu s’exprimait avec sa véritable identité, et avec une vraie photo de profil, et ça m’a vraiment fait flipper ! Je me suis rendu compte que tout ça était bien réel, et j’ai décidé d’aller porter plainte, pour la première fois.”
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UK: Lesbian journalist attacked after public event

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A leading British feminist, who campaigns against violence towards women, has claimed that she was attacked in Edinburgh last night by a transgender person.

Julie Bindel, the keynote speaker at an Edinburgh University event which discussed the future of women’s sex-based rights, said she was verbally abused, “lunged at” and almost “punched in the face”, by a transwoman as she left the building.

She thanked university security staff for protecting her and said she was still considering whether to press charges.

Continue reading: https://www.scotsman.com/news/crime
/feminist-speaker-julie-bindel-attacked-by-transgender-person-at-edinburgh-university-after-talk-1-4942260
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Editor’s note: The “Cathy Brennan” referred to in the article is not Cathy Brennan, the American lesbian lawyer.

U.K: Lesbian couple beaten up because they refused to kiss

Melania Geymonat (right) and her girlfriend Chris (left) were horrifically attacked when they refused to kiss for a gang of thugs’ entertainment on a London bus last week.

A lesbian couple have posted pictures of themselves covered in blood after a gang of thugs bashed them for not kissing for their entertainment.
Melania Geymonat, 28, of Uruguay, was on the bus with her American girlfriend Chris after an evening out in West Hampstead in the early hours of May 30.
Ms Geymonat, who lives in Essex, said the pair decided to sit at the front because they both enjoyed the novelty of a double-decker bus.
Then a gang of young men behind them saw they were a couple and started to demand they kiss while making crude sexual gestures.
“They wanted us to kiss so they could watch us,” she said.

Continue reading: https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/stewardess-and-girlfriend-bashed-on-bus-because-they-refused-to-kiss-for-gang-of-yobbos/news-story/a9096d8ef7feec545fc701e15102df7c (source)

Update: Update: Five teens arrested in lesbophobic attack

India’s first openly lesbian athlete faces family backlash

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Dutee Chand, India’s first openly gay athlete, is facing a barrage of criticism from her family after announcing she was in a same-sex relationship.
Her mother and father, Akhuji and Chakradhar Chand, have not accepted their daughter’s wish to “settle down” with her partner.
Mr Chand has called their relationship “immoral and unethical”, telling the Times of India: “She has destroyed the reputation of our village.”
In interviews with Indian media, however, Ms Chand does not seem fazed.
“Freedom of choice and freedom to love are my inalienable rights and I shall exercise it,” she told the Times of India.

Continue reading: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-48534449 (source)

India: Teenager beaten up and tied to a tree for being a lesbian

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A 19-year-old girl was beaten up and tied to a tree by residents of her village for being in a lesbian relationship, in Jagatsinghpur district on Friday. Sarmila Malla has been seeing a girl of the same village for the past six  months.

“We beat up and tied Sarmila to a tree in our village as she is a lesbian. She is immoral and has besmirched the name of our village,” said Ganesh Parida, a resident of Chandol.

On Saturday, the traumatised girl recounted the events of the previous day. “I was dragged out of my house by my neighbours. They beat me up and tied me to a tree. They abused and kicked me when my parents tried to rescue me,” Sarmila said.

Continue reading: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com
/city/bhubaneswar/odisha-girl-thrashed-tied-to-tree-for-being-in-same-sex-relationship/articleshow/69502055.cms?fbclid=IwAR1hzQge3aFZqYpcXBEsGSQ
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Ireland: Free Presbyterian minister criticises DUP over lesbian candidate

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A video has emerged that shows a Free Presbyterian minister criticising the DUP for selecting Alison Bennington to stand in the council elections.
Ms Bennington, the DUP’s first openly gay politician, was elected to Antrim and Newtownabbey Council on Friday.
In Rev Greer’s sermon from 21 April, prior to the local government elections, he said that Christians were “being conditioned into thinking that things that were once reprobated are now acceptable… such as sodomy.”
He described that as an “agenda”.
“Now we have the DUP putting up their candidate, who is an out-and-out lesbian, that’s what I mean,” he said.

Continue reading: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-politics-48205618 (source)

Australia: Lesbian politician targeted in antisemitic, homophobic campaign

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Independent MP Kerryn Phelps has referred a new round of offensive emails targeting her New South Wales electorate of Wentworth to the Australian Federal Police.
Phelps said the new email contained false “homophobic, antisemitic, racist” claims and was “just generally pretty disgusting.”
The latest emails are similar to ones sent to some Wentworth voters last month, and it comes after Phelps was also targeted during the by-election in the electorate last year.

Continue reading: https://qnews.com.au/kerryn-phelps-blasts-new-round-of-anti-semetic-homophobic-emails-during-election-campaign/ (source)

U.K: Brothers murdered lesbian after homophobic abuse report

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Two brothers have been found guilty of stabbing a woman to death after she reported a homophobic attack by a group they were linked to.
Glenda Jackson was found in a blood-soaked hallway at flats in Grayson Mews, Birkenhead, on 30 September 2018.
Prosecutor Gordon Cole QC said she had called police at 01:44 and told the 999 operator she had been subjected to homophobic abuse and suffered facial injuries.
She told attending officers she had been attacked by the people in a flat where the Curtis brothers had been sleeping and was recorded on a body-cam stating that her attackers had told her if she “dared do anything she would be killed”.

Continue reading: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-merseyside-48092027 (source)

U.S: Lesbian magazine hung by ‘noose’ from D.C. light pole

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D.C. police are investigating an incident listed as a hate crime in which an unidentified person or persons tied a rope around several copies of Tagg magazine, which covers news of interest to the local lesbian and queer community and is owned by a woman of color, and hung the fastened magazines from a light pole in the heart of the city’s Adams Morgan neighborhood.

Continue reading: https://www.washingtonblade.com/
2019/04/30/lesbian-magazine-hung-by-noose-from-d-c-light-pole/
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(LVD) U.S: Welcome to the Lesbian Revolution

by Amy Dyess

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The lesbian liberation movement is rising. We’re grassroots, and that’s something the elitist, powerful “LGBTQ+” organizations and media can’t buy. That’s why they’re scared of us and why they’re doubling down on their lesbophobic attacks, even for the Lesbian Day of Visibility.
Rebellion and disobedience can come in various forms. It could mean suing your high school or university over anti-lesbian or anti-female discrimination. It could mean creating more art and expanding lesbian culture, as well as organizing group meetings.
Support lesbians by amplifying the hard work women are doing. If you can’t donate to a lesbian’s project then you can still promote and find ways to get involved. Or, start your own project. We need to strengthen the resources we have left while creating new ones to replace those that failed us.
I’m working on an entire album of new music, including a rock ballad tribute to Stormé DeLarverie. A lesbian news and culture site and channel are also on the horizon, and I could use sponsors to help with that, as well as a drama TV series I’m developing about lesbians in the movement.
Whether you’re down on your luck or thriving, I hope “Get the L Out” inspires and energizes you. The lesbian community needs your help, your energy. Stormé had big dyke energy in her era. Now it’s time to make your mark. Welcome to the Lesbian Revolution!

Continue reading: https://medium.com/@amydyess83
/welcome-to-the-lesbian-revolution-7c96e6989805
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(LVD) What it’s like to grow up a lesbian in Saudi Arabia

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In Saudi Arabia, homosexuality is a crime punishable by death. Forget about gay marriage. Gay rights are virtually non-existent, so most LGBT Arabs lead deeply closeted lives.
We’re using AJ’s initials because not everyone in her family knows that she’s a lesbian. If 34-year-old AJ could go back in time and tell her 17-year-old self that she’d stop wearing hijab, own a car and have a girlfriend one day, she says her younger self would have never believed it.
“My mom was very strict,” AJ says. “I really couldn’t go out with friends, couldn’t leave the house or visit friends, or do anything.”
But even while living under her mother’s thumb, AJ began to realize she was different.
“I always had a crush on women,” she says.
“Another fun fact about Saudi — it’s very normal for females to have a crush on another female,” she says. “But then when it became more sexual, that’s where you drew the line.”
AJ had no one to talk with about what she was feeling, so she went online.
“I took to Google, looked up my symptoms. Google tells me I’m gay. And I’m like, ‘oh no I’m not.’”
Her reluctance to accept it wasn’t because she grew up Muslim — she says she was never a believer, despite coming from a religiously conservative home. She didn’t want to be gay because it’s nearly impossible to lead an open, honest life in Saudi as a queer person.

Continue reading: https://www.pri.org/stories/2015-07-22/what-its-grow-lesbian-saudi-arabia (source)

(LVD) Brazil: “We lesbians are still fetishized on the streets and in the media”

Often seen by society through the lens of hatred or fetish, lesbian women seek visibility amid political crisis, loss of rights and the conservative wave.
“We continue to be fetishized on the streets and in the media and our sexuality continues to be infantilized and trivialized, since patriarchal society only believes in the heteronormative model of relationship and affection. Such a model legitimizes harassment, violence and our total invisibility, thus putting our lives at risk at all times,” explains Natalia Pinheiro, 27.
In the Americas, violence against lesbians is driven mainly by misogyny and gender inequality, as historically noted in the reports on the subject produced by the Organization of American States (OAS). Among the recorded violence are “corrective rape”, that is, sexual violence aimed at “changing” the sexual orientation of the victim, aggression due to public displays of affection and forced hospitalizations aimed at “converting” the sexual orientation of the victims.
Pinheiro was one of the organizers, along with her companion Bru Isumavut, of the Dyke Fest, a feminist lesbian festival that brought together bands and promoted discussions in São Paulo on Sunday 27, about the prejudices that affect this population.
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Em geral vistas pela sociedade por meio das lentes do ódio ou do fetiche, as mulheres lésbicas buscam visibilidade em meio à crise política, à perda de direitos e à onda conservadora.
“Seguimos fetichizadas nas ruas e na mídia e a nossa sexualidade segue sendo infantilizada e banalizada, uma vez que a sociedade patriarcal só acredita no modelo heteronormativo de relação e afeto. Tal modelo legitima assédios, violências e a nossa total invisibilização, colocando, desta forma, nossas vidas em risco a todo momento”, explica Natalia Pinheiro, 27 anos.
No continente americano, a violência contra lésbicas é movida principalmente pela misoginia e a desigualdade de gênero, como constatado historicamente nos relatórios sobre o tema produzidos pela Organização dos Estados Americanos (OEA). Entre as violências registradas estão o “estupro corretivo”, isto é, a violência sexual que objetiva “mudar” a orientação sexual da vítima, agressões devido a demonstrações públicas de afeto e internações forçadas visando “converter” a orientação sexual das vítimas.
Publicitária e produtora cultural, Pinheiro foi uma das organizadoras, ao lado de sua companheira Bru Isumavut, do Dyke Fest, festival lésbico feminista que reuniu bandas e promoveu discussões em São Paulo, no domingo 27, sobre os preconceitos que atingem essa população.
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Continue reading: https://www.cartacapital.com.br/
diversidade/nos-lesbicas-seguimos-fetichizadas-nas-ruas-e-na-midia/
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(LVD) They are a lesbian Jewish-Palestinian couple. Here’s how they are using comedy to confront stereotypes

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The El Salomons pose to their audience a joint face of ultimate resistance. Their journey — whether with coming out, marrying someone from a different religion or working in an industry that is traditionally unkind to women — will likely continue to face hecklers along the way, but for now, the two are looking to take over the New York comedy scene one uncomfortable joke at a time.

Continue reading: https://www.thelily.com/they-are-a-lesbian-jewish-palestinian-couple-heres-how-they-are-using-comedy-to-confront-stereotypes/ (source)

 

(LVD) Nepal: An inspiring story about a lesbian activist

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Apeksha Dahal (24), a young and open lesbian has been working for more than seven years in the LGBTI movement. Dahal is associated with Blue Diamond Society. Initially rejected by family, restricted in school, forced to get married to a man, Apeksha started her journey as an activist from Makwanpur to Kathmandu.

Continue reading: http://pahichan.com/an-inspiring-story-about-a-lesbian-activist/ (source)

 

(LVD) Jolanta Ogar’s story of coming out as a Polish lesbian

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Jola [Ogar-Hill] is a titled sailor, she was a world and European champion. She has a wife, she is happy. She came out  when she was 21 years old. “One evening I asked my mother for peace”. I said, “I’m in love, but this person is a woman. She remembers her coming out. “Mama was scared, she got scared for her own child.” 15 years have passed, Jola continues to sail and counts on Poland to finally change. “There are a lot of people in Polish sport who are afraid to come out,” she admits.
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Jola jest utytułowaną żeglarką, była mistrzynią świata i Europy. Ma żonę, jest szczęśliwa. Ujawniła się, gdy miała 21 lat. – Pewnego wieczoru poprosiłam mamę do pokoju. Powiedziałam: jestem zakochana, ale ta osoba jest kobietą – wspomina swój coming out. Mama się przeraziła, wystraszyła o własne dziecko. Minęło 15 lat, Jola dalej żegluje i liczy, że Polska w końcu się zmieni. – W polskim sporcie jest mnóstwo osób, które boją się ujawnić – przyznaje.
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Continue reading: https://www.tvn24.pl/magazyn-tvn24/jolanta-ogar-kolezance-mowie-zeby-nie-pila-z-tej-samej-butelki-bo-bedzie-lesbijka,204,3557 (source)

(LVD) Cuba: Sports event – “Tortiolimpiadas” – gives lesbians visibility

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“We came to this park frequently. A friend, Leire Fernández, came up with the idea of ​​taking advantage of the visits to Monte Barreto to make some games, which she named Tortiolimpiadas, “explained Lidia Romero, a worker at Clandestina, a private enterprise that celebrates its fourth anniversary.
In Cuba, the term tortillera is used to disparately name lesbian women and its use is widespread.
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“Veníamos frecuentemente a este parque. A una amiga, Leire Fernández, se le ocurrió la idea de aprovechar las visitas a Monte Barreto para hacer unos juegos, que nombró las Tortiolimpiadas”, explicó Lidia Romero, trabajadora de Clandestina, un emprendimiento privado que celebra su cuarto aniversario.
En Cuba, el término tortillera se emplea para nombrar despectivamente a las mujeres lesbianas y su uso está muy extendido.
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Continue reading: https://www.ipscuba.net/genero/tope-deportivo-visibiliza-a-lesbianas-de-cuba/ (source)

(LVD) Japan: Lesbian Couple To Sue Government to Stay Together

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Lesbian couple Ai Nakajima and Kristina Baumann (pictured) are one of ten same-sex couples who are expected to file a joint lawsuit next month against the central government to challenge its current law prohibiting them from getting married.
Ai Nakajima of Yokohama wed her partner German Kristina Baumann in Berlin two years ago, but after presenting their German marriage certificate to be listed on the Japanese ancestral register, their application was met with a resounding ‘no’.
Nakajima said told Japanese newspaper The Asahi Shimbun that while the current reality was difficult, she and her wife plan to challenge how her native country sees same sex couples.
“We are facing a reality where a same-sex couple cannot get married in Japan,” she said.
“We would like to challenge the current situation with the lawsuit, which will also be helpful for a number of people from sexual minorities,” Nakajima said.

Continue reading: https://qnews.com.au/same-sex-couples-to-sue-japanese-government-for-marriage-rights/ (source)