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The lesbian prisoner who won apology from the Colombian government

[Marta Álvarez] the lesbian activist spent nine years in a Colombian prison, for the murder of her brother (who allegedly tried to rape her), and experienced a series of relentless homophobic attacks at the hands of the guards and officials.

Álvarez spent years of her sentence trying to speak out about the inequality and eventually took her case to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), where she argued she was being discriminated against for not receiving same-sex conjugal visits.

Continue reading at: https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2018/12/29/
marta-alvarez-lesbian-prisoner-colombia/
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How I became the most hated lesbian in Baltimore

Julia Beck
AfterEllen.com

“Baltimore City is a hostile environment for lesbians. Organizations like the LGBTQ Commission that claim to support Lesbians are too often controlled by men who de-platform and silence outspoken women. Too many activists wear a facade of benevolence, preaching inclusion and equity while threatening to beat and kill women like me.”

Continue reading at: https://www.afterellen.com/general-news/568221-how-i-became-the-most-hated-lesbian-in-baltimore (source)

U.K: Rainbow plaque honouring Halifax’s Anne Lister to feature the word ‘lesbian’ after backlash

The original wording on the plaque to Halifax's Anne Lister outside the church in York

A rainbow plaque honouring the “first modern lesbian”, Halifax’s Anne Lister, is to be replaced after a backlash over its wording.

Continue reading at: https://www.halifaxcourier.co.uk/news/
rainbow-plaque-honouring-halifax-s-anne-lister-to-feature-the-word-lesbian-after-backlash-1-9505380
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U.S: Burlington man charged with the murder of lesbian

Mary-McBroom-Obituary

A man was arrested Tuesday afternoon, the day after a woman was shot and killed.

Eric Douglas Moore, 20, of Burlington, has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of 24-year-old Mary Elizabeth McBroom.

Continue reading at: https://www.greensboro.com/news/crime/
burlington-man-charged-with-murder-in-death-of–year/
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U.S: Lesbian correctional officer alleges harassment at Allegheny County Jail

Male correctional officers and supervisors participated in “sexist and homophobic displays” that included discussions about the “sexual prowess” of female correctional officers, how women who are raped “really want it to happen,” and how women can’t defend themselves, “especially when they’re hit,” correctional officer Nicole Jones, 28, of Dormont alleges in the 12-page complaint.

Ms. Jones, who is gay, said her colleagues regularly spoke about how she wanted to “be a man and take testosterone.”

Continue reading at: https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2018/12/21/Allegheny-County-Jail-correctional-officer-harassment-discrimination-complaint/stories/201812210100 (source)

U.S: A lesbian couple’s pride flag was stolen and replaced with the American flag

A rainbow flag in front of some trees

Casey Handal and Zadette Rosado live in Barringon, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, with their two daughters. They say that earlier this month, they looked outside and noticed that their rainbow flag was gone.
In its place was an American flag.
Handal said that she doesn’t think it was a random act of vandalism. If it were, then the thief wouldn’t have taken the time to raise an American flag to replace the rainbow flag.

Continue reading at: https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2018/12/
lesbian-couples-pride-flag-stolen-neighbors-response-incredible/
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U.S: Senator Shuts Down Government Dept. Over Lesbian Appointee

LEE FELDBLUM

While only two Republicans voted to confirm Feldblum in 2010, she faced no problems with reappointment in 2013. President Donald Trump reappointed Feldblum to the post, but staying on the EEOC board requires the consent of the Senate.
This year, Lee is acting unilaterally to block her nomination against the desires of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, according to NBC News.
The Senate failed to approve her through unanimous consent based on Lee’s objection alone, and now she must go through a lengthier confirmation process, which means the EEOC will not have a quorum and cannot meet until the confirmation is complete.

Continue reading at: https://www.advocate.com/politics/2018
/12/21/antigay-senator-shuts-down-government-dept-over-lesbian-appointee
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U.S: Homophobic response to lesbian choir singing at Catholic shrine

A Catholic shrine in Portland, Oregon will feature a lesbian choir at a caroling event and it’s upset some homophobes.

‘It is surprising then that the Servites would allow a lesbian choir to sing on the very spot where the altar is normally located, where the body and blood of Christ is consecrated.
‘How can we expect visitors, who may never set foot into a Catholic Church again, to understand what Jesus taught about sin and our need to seek forgiveness?
‘The presence of this choir is a scandal and will certainly lead to even more confusion in a time of moral ambiguity.’

Continue reading at: https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/
christmas-festival-lights-portland-lesbian-choir/#gs.Xbl7G8o
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Nigeria: Sharia police arrest 11 women over ‘lesbian wedding’

Location of Kano in northern Nigeria. (Map courtesy of SkyscraperCity.com)

Map courtesy of SkyscraperCity.com

Eleven young women were arrested in the northern Nigerian city of Kano for allegedly planning a lesbian wedding, the Islamic law-enforcement agency, the Hisbah, told AFP Thursday.

Continue reading at: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2018/12/
nigeria-sharia-police-arrest-11-women-over-lesbian-wedding/
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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)

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

Ghana

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)