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Italy: Italian Moroccan lesbian threatened and made homeless by family

Born to a Moroccan father and an Italian mother, Malika did not imagine that she would find herself on the streets after coming out. She wrote to her parents, revealing that she fell in love with a girl, and coming out. This revelation made her parents angry and they forced her out of the family home without even her clothes.

The young woman reported the words of her mother. “If I see you, I’ll kill you. You are the bane of our family. I wish you a tumor, you are the shame of the family. I would rather have a ddaughter on drugs than a lesbian”, she told her daughter in anger. Once homeless, the police accompanied her to her parents’ house so that she retrieve her clothes but this did not go as planned, with her mother saying that she did not know her, on seeing her through the window.

(Translated)

Née de père marocain et de mère italienne, Malika était à mille lieues d’imaginer qu’elle allait se retrouver à la rue après son coming-out. Dans une correspondance adressée à ses parents, elle a révélé qu’elle est tombée amoureuse d’une fille, dévoilant ainsi son orientation sexuelle. Cette révélation a suscité l’indignation de ses parents. Ceux-ci n’hésiteront pas à la chasser du domicile familial sans ses vêtements.

La jeune femme rapporte les propos de sa mère. « Si je te vois, je te tue. Tu es le fléau de notre famille. Je te souhaite une tumeur, tu es la honte de la famille. Je préfèrerais une fille droguée que lesbienne », lui a-t-elle lancé, toute furieuse. Désormais à la rue, la police l’a accompagnée à la maison de ses parents pour qu’elle puisse prendre des vêtements à porter. Les choses ne se passeront pas comme prévu. Dès que sa mère l’a aperçue à travers la fenêtre, elle s’écria : « Je ne connais pas cette personne ».

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Continue reading at: https://www.bladi.net/marocaine-lesbienne-parents,81965.html (Source)

France: Lesbian Pride march attacked by far right protestors

A rally to celebrate lesbian pride in Lyon on Saturday afternoon, April 24, was disrupted by far-right activists.

According to several local media, including Le Progrès and Lyon Capitale , several hundred people had gathered at Place Louis-Pradel, in the city’s 1st arrondissement, when about fifty individuals came to throw projectiles.

The police had to intervene to intervene on several occasions and used tear gas to disperse the disruptors they identified as belonging to the ultra-right.

On Sunday, April 25, the Minister Delegate to the Prime Minister, in charge of Sex Equality, diversity and equal opportunities, Elisabeth Moreno reacted on her Twitter account, denouncing “lesbophobia in action ”.
(Translated)

Un rassemblement pour célébrer la fierté lesbienne qui se déroulait à Lyon ce samedi 24 avril après-midi a été perturbé par des militants d’extrême droite.

Selon plusieurs médias locaux, dont Le Progrès et Lyon Capitale, plusieurs centaines de personnes étaient rassemblées place Louis-Pradel, dans le 1er arrondissement de la ville, quand une cinquantaine d’individus sont venus lancer des projectiles.

La police a dû intervenir pour s’interposer à plusieurs reprises et a fait usage de lacrymogènes pour disperser les perturbateurs qu’elle a identifiés comme appartenant à l’ultra-droite.

Ce dimanche 25 avril, la ministre déléguée auprès du Premier ministre, chargée de l’Égalité entre les femmes et les hommes, de la diversité et de l’égalité des chances Elisabeth Moreno a réagi sur son comte Twitter, dénonçant “la lesbophobie en actes”.
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Continue reading at: https://www.huffingtonpost.fr/entry/un-rassemblement-pour-la-fierte-lesbienne-perturbe-a-lyon_fr_6084b8cbe4b0ccb91c24f9e6 (Source)

LVW 2021: Lesbophobia is not homophobia, it’s misogyny

By Jen Izaakson

“Lesbophobia is, like lesbianism itself, invisibalised in favour of more respected social forms. The wider amorphous ‘homophobia’ serves today as a catchall for any anti-gay sentiment, but it only really captures what gay men face: prejudice and discrimination based on their sexuality i.e same-sex attraction (to other men). Anti-gay prejudice experienced by men is pure homophobia, whereas lesbophobia is purely misogynistic. It is not the same-sex element of lesbianism, that two women engage sexually together that is objected to (as we know, many people enjoy watching depictions of lesbianism in porn and heterosexual women will perform lesbianism for men’s arousal). It is the sexual prohibition against men that is hated and is the root cause of lesbophobia.”

“That refusal of heterosexuality informs almost all of the characteristics of lesbophobia. Firstly, the idea that lesbians are ugly and ‘unfuckable’: a classic patriarchal reversal. Lesbians refuse men, a refusal that must be hidden, so it is reversed into a male refusal of us. Secondly, the notion that lesbians are manlike or in fact men, to signal attention our deviance and again assure everybody we are simply not ‘normal’ women. Thirdly, sexual harassment or corrective rape, to demonstrate that lesbians, and in fact no women, can escape male sexual attention. Lastly, the figure of the isolated and unhappy ‘spinster’ lesbian who must be miserable and lonely (to show straight women what might become of them should their stray from the righteous path of marital family life).”

Continue reading at On the Woman Question: https://onthewomanquestion.com/2021/04/26/lesbian-visibility-day-lesbophobia-is-not-homophobia-its-misogyny/ (Source)

‘Lesbian wedding’ arrestees freed; Ghana’s anti-LGBTQ furor continues

Ghana police have freed the people they arrested last weekend at a party that police believed was a “lesbian wedding”. Meanwhile, homophobic campaigns against Ghana’s LGBTQ citizens continue.The Ghana-based African Equality Centre (AEC) said that the latest report from Kwahu Obomeng and nearby Mpraeso is that 14 people were arrested in Kwahu Obomeng over the weekend rather than the 22 initially reported.

The AEC reported that the 14 arrestees were held by Mpraeso District Police until they paid for their release.

In a telephone interview with Rainbow Radio 87.5 FM, Isaac Boamah Darko, convenor of Journalists Against LGBTQI, said the 14 people’s release from police custody was like freeing an “armed robber”.

Continue reading at: https://76crimes.com/2021/04/01/lesbian-wedding-arrestees-freed-ghanas-anti-lgbtq-furor-continues/ (Source)

Lesbians in lawsuit against U.S. Education Dept

Image courtesy of Sarah Ward

Elizabeth Hunter says she became suicidal after Bob Jones University administrators grilled the former student about her sexuality for tweeting “happy Pride” and writing a book with lesbian characters. She was fined, sent to anti-gay counseling and removed from her job at the campus TV station. Veronica Penales says she’s told officials at Baylor University, where she is a sophomore, that people leave anti-gay notes on her door, but they don’t investigate. Lucas Wilson said he graduated from Liberty University with “a profound sense of shame” after being encouraged to go to conversion therapy.

The three are among 33 current and past students at federally funded Christian colleges and universities cited in a federal lawsuit filed Monday against the U.S. Department of Education. The suit says the religious exemption the schools are given that allow them to have discriminatory policies is unconstitutional because they receive government funding. The class-action suit, filed by the nonprofit Religious Exemption Accountability Project, references 25 schools across the country.

Continue reading at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/religion/christian-colleges-lawsuit-lgbtq-equality-act/2021/03/29/39343620-90af-11eb-9668-89be11273c09_story.html (Source)

Lesbian me too site lanched

https://www.lesbianmetoo.com/

There’s a myth within the mainstream heterosexual world, that somehow lesbians are tougher than other women, that as women free from men lesbians won’t be victims of sexual violence. This is, of course, a lie. A new website, Lesbian Me Too has been launched to redress this cultural blind-spot. It provides a platform for lesbians who have hitherto been pushed to the margins of the #MeToo movement, as Jo Bartosch reports.
Lesbian Me Too is the work of the group Get the L Out, a collective of lesbian feminist campaigners. Angela Wild, one of the group’s spokeswomen, tells me:

“The #LesbianMeToo project is a continuation of our previous work condemning the sexual violence done to lesbians in LGBT circles and the cotton ceiling. But it goes further than that to include all instances of sexual violence against lesbians from harassment to corrective rape.”

Harassment of lesbians does not just come from straight men, an emerging theme on the site is the entitlement some gay men seem to have toward women’s bodies.

Far from being a proud declaration of women’s attraction to women, it seems today ‘lesbian’ has been reduced to a pornographic search term. Indeed, over the past five years for each Google search for ‘lesbian pride’ there have been 213 for ‘lesbian porn.’ To too many men, the simple existence of women who love and live without men is an affront, and this marks lesbians out as targets for abuse. This is a clear thread throughout testimonies on the site, summed up by one contributor to Lesbian Me Too who reflects “my sexuality was treated as something to conquer.”

Continue reading at: https://lesbianandgaynews.com/2021/03/lesbianmetoo-the-lesbian-victims-of-sexual-violence-will-now-be-heard-reports-jo-bartosch/ (Source)

Visit the lesbian me too site: https://www.lesbianmetoo.com/

US: 13-year-old banned from school bus after saying she’s lesbian to friends

Image courtesy of Sarah Ward

On her way to school, eighth-grader Izzy Dieker was overheard saying to another student on the school bus, “I’m a lesbian.”

For that, she earned a referral from the bus driver and was banned from riding the bus by the principal, citing her “inappropriate language.”

“Once I got home, my dad told me he got a call from the school that I was kicked off for saying ‘I’m a lesbian’,” Dieker said. Now, her parents are frustrated, and the Americus, Kansas school district isn’t providing answers.

“She’s 13 years old and these are adults acting like this towards her,” her mother, Tasha Cooper, said in an interview with local KSNT News. “We’ve had talks about other students calling her names and I expect that because they’re repeating what their parents say. But for the staff, the people that I trust her with, I was angry.”

Dieker’s parents say that they were also told that Dieker refused to listen to the bus driver’s orders, which they interpret was her refusal to stop using the word “lesbian.”

Continue reading at: https://10ztalk.com/2021/02/12/student-banned-from-riding-the-school-bus-for-saying-im-a-lesbian-lgbtq-nation (Source)

India: lesbian couple escape after being help captive by family

A lesbian couple were held captive by homophobic family members – until one of the women escaped by leaping over a wall.

According to reports by the Times of India, the couple had a wedding ceremony at Budheshwar temple in Uttar Pradesh, India on 17 November.

Some time after, one of the women told officials, relatives took her and her wife captive, holding them against their will at the family home.

The woman explained that eventually she managed to reach the terrace of the house, leapt over a wall and rushed to police.

Officers attended the house and managed to rescue the other woman, bringing her back to the station and reuniting her with her wife.

Assistant commissioner I P Singh confirmed to the Times of India that the women were held against their will. He added their families are “against their relationship”.

Continue reading at: https://10ztalk.com/2021/02/13/lesbian-couple-make-dramatic-escape-after-being-help-captive/ (Source)

France: Two lesbians attacked at an anti-LGBT demonstration

The two lesbian activists told Ouest-France that they attended a LMPT rally on January 9 in Angers, western France. The two decided to counter-demonstrate with banners that read “Lesbians can be mothers without a father” and “It takes more than heterosexuality to be a good father.”

They said that two men, who appeared to be with PMTCT, blocked them on the street. The men asked where the women were going. When the women said they were going to the demonstration, the men became violent.

People passing by didn’t even react.

“While we were running, one of them pushed us with his shoulders,” said one of the women. “They told us they would not let us pass.”

“He pushed me and took the poster from me,” said the other woman. “I raised my arm to try to get it back and he pushed me violently. Adèle started screaming that they were attacking two women in the middle of the street, but the people who passed did not even react.”

One of the women said that, at that moment, one of the men “tore the poster, grabbed my left arm and held me with his arm behind his back. Then I heard it break.”
(Translated)

Las dos activistas lesbianas contaron a Ouest-France que se acercaron a una manifestación de la LMPT el 9 de enero en Angers, al oeste de Francia. Las dos decidieron contramanifestarse con pancartas en las que se podía leer “Las lesbianas pueden ser madres sin padre” y “Se necesita algo más que la heterosexualidad para ser un buen padre”.

Dijeron que dos hombres, que parecían estar con LMPT, les bloquearon en la calle. Los hombres preguntaron a dónde iban las mujeres. Cuando las mujeres dijeron que iban a la manifestación, los hombres se pusieron violentos.

La gente que pasaba ni siquiera reaccionó.

“Mientras corríamos, uno de ellos nos empujó con los hombros”, dijo una de las mujeres. “Nos dijeron que no nos dejarían pasar”.

“Me empujó y me quitó el cartel”, dijo la otra mujer. “Levanté el brazo para intentar recuperarlo y me empujó violentamente. Adèle empezó a gritar que estaban agrediendo a dos mujeres en plena calle, pero la gente que pasaba ni siquiera reaccionó”.

Una de las mujeres dijo que, en ese momento, uno de los hombres “arrancó el cartel, me cogió el brazo izquierdo y me sujetó con el brazo a la espalda. Entonces, oí cómo se rompía”.
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Continue reading at: https://www.cromosomax.com/51999-dos-lesbianas-atacadas-en-una-manifestacion-antilgtb-en-francia (Source)

UK: lesbian forced out of Church of England

A WOMAN has said she was forced out of a church congregation after coming out as a lesbian. Rachel Gillingham’s case left her needing three years of counselling.

An investigation into St Luke’s Church in Oseney Crescent and its vicar has since taken place. She had been a regular at the church – part of the Holy Trinity Brompton (HTB) network – but was frozen out after coming out to Reverend Jon March in 2019.

Rev March told her that openly backing equal marriage within the Church of England (CofE) was unacceptable for someone in her position as a bible study leader, and that if she was gay she could not have sex with another woman as he believed it was a sin.

After the incident and investigation, Ms Gillingham was able to address the Parochial Church Council (PCC), which is in charge of the church’s governance, and but was stunned to find out they had not been informed of the incident.

Continue reading at: http://camdennewjournal.com/article/woman-accuses-kentish-town-church-and-vicar-of-homophobia-after-coming-out (Source)

Tua’s journey to asylum as a lesbian from Cameroon

Tua is a lesbian from Cameroon who finally received her leave to remain in the United Kingdom in 2019.

Tua talks to Sally Jackson about the violent lesbophobia she was subjected to in Cameroon, and how she was forced into a marriage by her mother. During her escape, she was exploited and trafficked to England where she faced the shameful policies of the UK’s Hostile Environment before finding support here. Her asylum claim was finally accepted in 2019 and she has received her leave to remain.

Continue reading at: https://filia.org.uk/podcasts/2021/1/25/tua-journey-to-asylum

Chile: lesbian couple attacked by neighbours

A 48-year-old woman (with the initials GFSC) and her partner were harassed and physically attacked because of their sexual orientation by two neighbors, DM and ER, in Lampa. The events occurred around 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, before which the women had been subjected to verbal abuse by their neighbours just because they are a couple and live together.

The attack, which occurred on January 16, took place when GFSC was watering an area of ​​her garden, which is a common area with that of her neighbours. The victim explained that at that point the man and woman “came out to insult me, shouting that I was queer and dirty. The neighbour hit me on my arm and back with a broomstick and together with his partner they hit me on different parts of my body until I fell to the ground. Between the two of them they kicked my head, in front of many neighbors and children. I lost consciousness,” she said.

In addition, she added that when her partner came to outside to help her, the insults continued. “They called us “queer, dirty, “cuernúas” and dirty old dykes.” Only the presence of commune security officials stopped the attack. They called the Carabineros, who never came.
(Translated)

Una mujer de 48 años, de iniciales G.F.S.C y su pareja, fueron insultadas y agredidas físicamente en razón de su orientación sexual por dos vecinos, D.M y E.R, en Lampa. Los hechos ocurrieron a eso de las 20:00 horas del sábado, antes de ello, las mujeres habían sido víctimas de una seguidilla de insultos por parte de sus vecinos, solo porque son pareja y convivientes.

El ataque ocurrido el 16 de enero, tuvo lugar cuando G.F.S.C estaba regando un área de su casa, que es común con la de sus vecinos. En esos momentos, las víctimas narran que el hombre y la mujer “salieron a insultarme, gritando que era maricona y sucia. La vecina me golpeó el brazo y la espalda con un palo de escobillón y junto a su pareja me dieron golpes en distintas partes del cuerpo hasta lanzarme al suelo. Ahí entre ambos le dieron patadas a mi cabeza, frente a muchos vecinos y niños. Perdí la conciencia”, relató.

Además, añadió que cuando su pareja llegó al lugar para asistirla, los insultos continuaron. “Nos decían “mariconas, sucias, cuernúas y viejas culias cochinas”. Solo la presencia de funcionarios de Seguridad de la comuna logró parar la agresión, estos llamaron a Carabineros, sin embargo, nunca llegaron al lugar.
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Continue reading at: https://www.elmostrador.cl/braga/2021/01/26/mujer-sufre-ataque-de-lesboodio-en-lampa-patearon-su-cabeza-mientras-le-gritaban-maricona-y-sucia/ (Source)

Update: police sentenced for harassment of lesbian policewoman

On Tuesday, former police officer Sonia Vivas received good news – confirmation that the Supreme Court had sentenced two police officers responsible for the ongoing harassment she suffered for twelve years in the local police in Palma de Mallorca for being a lesbian. They had also seriously tried to harm her reputation and career, alleging that Vivas had tried to attack a detainee, for which she could have been jailed despite her innocence.

The Supreme Court confirmed the prison sentences of three years and five months for Rafael Puigrós  for the crimes of coercion, false report and false testimony; and 15 months for  Alberto Juan Llanerasfor the crime of coercion. It has been proven that Puigrós devised a serious false complaint, accusing Sonia Vivas of mistreating a detainee. This occurred after she spoke on a radio program about the harassment she had suffered for being lesbian.
(Translated)

Former police officer Sonia Vivas received good news on Tuesday: the confirmation by the Supreme Court of the convictions of the two policemen responsible for the harassment she suffered for twelve years in the Local Police of Palma de Mallorca for being a lesbian. They also seriously tried to harm her, inventing that Vivas had tried to attack a detainee; a fact for which he could have ended up in jail innocent.

The Supreme Court confirms the prison sentences of three years and five months for Rafael Puigrós for the crimes of coercion, false report and false testimony; and 15 months for Alberto Juan Llaneras for a crime of coercion. It has been proven that Puigrós devised a false complaint that put Sonia Vivas in serious trouble, accusing her of mistreating a detainee. It was after she recounted on a radio program the harassment she suffered for being a lesbian.
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Continue reading at: https://www.publico.es/politica/infierno-relato-sonia-vivas-juicio-policias-insultos-ataques-vivienda-colectivo-trans.html (Source)

Original article:  January 2019: Mallorca, Spain: lesbian speaks out against harassment and violence from police colleagues

Interview: https://www.publico.es/publico-tv/publico-al-dia/programa/934637/la-republica-feminista-de-sonia-vivas-2-0-la-lesbofobia

Italy: historic sentence for soccer coach’s anti-lesbian and sexist behaviour

A historic sentence has been handed down by the Court of Appeal against the former coach of Novese who has been found guilty of stalking and making homophobic statements to his players, with a disqualificiation of 3 years. Maurizio Fossati, coach of the women’s team in the 2019/2020 season, had been referred by the Federal Prosecutor of the FIGC after reports made by some players.

Fossati, who just a year earlier had received the sports educator of the year award, had been accused of insulting the players for their physical appearance, sexual orientation and flirting with some of their locker room mates. In the motivations of sporting justice, as reported by Agi , we read that the words used by Fossati were not “merely offensive”, as established in the first instance, but “homophobic and / or sexist” in relation to the sexual orientation of his players. The original nine-month sentence had been viewed with displeasure by the federal prosecutor, who asked for an increased sentence on appeal. It has now been granted.
(Translated)

Una sentenza storica, quella presa dalla Corte d’Appello nei confronti dell’ex allenatore della Novese, riconosciuto colpevole di stalking e frasi omofobe ai danni delle sue calciatrici, con stop di 3 anni. Maurizio Fossati, allenatore delle ragazze nella stagione 2019/2020, era stato deferito dalla Procura federale della Figc dopo la denuncia di alcune calciatrici.

Fossati, che solo un anno prima aveva ricevuto il premio di educatore sportivo dell’anno, era stato accusato di aver insultato le giocatrici per il loro aspetto fisico, per l’orientamento sessuale e per i flirt avuti con alcune compagne di spogliatoio. Nelle motivazioni della giustizia sportiva, come riportato da Agi, si legge che le parole utilizzate da Fossati non erano “meramente offensive”, come stabilito in primo grado, ma “omofobe e/o sessiste” in relazione proprio all’orientamento sessuale delle sue calciatrici. La condanna a nove mesi in primo grado era stata vista con fastidio dalla stessa procura federale, che aveva chiesto in appello un inasprimento della pena. Ora arrivato.
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Continue reading at: https://www.gay.it/calcio-femminile-sentenza-omofobia (Source)

Italy: lesbian hairdresser refuses to be silent on her harassment

 

October 2020:

“I did everything to make my salon a friendly, open, respectful place. A place where everyone and everyone could freely feel themselves, without prejudice or criticism. Today, however, it is I who cannot feel peace: they left me this sign at the entrance of the shop, as if being a “lesbian” were a reason for insult . Well, it’s not, not in my house,” she added.

“I DON’T WANT TO BE SILENCED ANYMORE”

“But this is not the first time this has happened and in the last few months I have had to suffer other “jokes” and “attacks” and so now I’m tired, I don’t want to be silent anymore. The cameras have filmed everything, I will act accordingly, but this is not the point: if with great commitment, efforts, and sacrifices I have worked to create a safe place in which to do the work I love and make all my customers feel safe regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, why would anyone think they have the right to destroy this safety out of sheer malice? The Capriccio will remain the open and true place it is, I don’t care about anyone’s threats: but it is time for the wrongdoing to result in the relevant legal consequences”.
(Translated)

“Ho fatto di tutto perché il mio salone fosse un luogo amichevole, aperto, rispettoso. Un posto in cui tutti e tutte potessero sentirsi liberamente se stesse, senza mai pregiudizi o critiche. Oggi però sono io che non posso sentirmi tranquilla: mi hanno lasciato questo foglio sull’ingresso del negozio, come se essere una “lesbica” fosse motivo di insulto. Beh, non lo è, non a casa mia” ha aggiunto.

“NON VOGLIO PIU’ TACERE”

“Ma non è la prima volta che succede e negli ultimi mesi ho avuto modo di subire altri “scherzi” e “attacchi” e quindi ora sono stanca, non voglio più tacere. Le telecamere hanno ripreso tutto, io agirò di conseguenza, ma non è questo il punto: se con grande impegno, sforzi, sacrifici io ho lavorato per creare un luogo sicuro in cui fare il lavoro che amo e far sentire tutte le mie clienti a prescindere dal loro orientamento sessuale o dalla identità di genere a casa, perché qualcuno può pensare di avere il diritto di distruggere tutto questo per mera cattiveria? Il Capriccio resterà il luogo aperto e vero che è, non mi importa delle minacce di nessuno: però è tempo che la cattiveria subisca le giuste conseguenze di legge”.
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Continue reading at: https://www.cronacaqui.it/lesbica-m-biglietto-omofobo-parrucchiera-torinese/ (Source)

Colombia: two men arrested for assassination of lesbian

Madeleine Montes Castillo, 48, was killed on September 22 2020 in her business. Two men approached her on a motorcycle and one of them shot her repeatedly, apparently for opposing the illicit sale of narcotics in her area. The victim was transferred to the Reina Catalina Clinic, Baraboa headquarters, where they pronounced her dead.

Three months after the murder, and after the various investigations were completed, last sunday [27 December 2020] the authorities announced the capture of the alleged perpetrators of the crime: the mastermind of her murder, Ángel Fabián Avellaneda Negrete, alias ‘Mello’, owner of “Baraboa Pig”, a business next to Madeleine’s and Emir Rafael Gómez Melo, who allegedly facilitated the transport of the hitmen and helped them escape.

The victim had opposed the sale of narcotics, which lead to an argument with Avellaneda, who apparently hired two hitmen for $10 million to carry out the crime, before they then left the area.
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Continue reading at: http://impactonews.co/capturados-por-crimen-de-madeleine-montes-en-baranoa/ (Source)

However, the Caribbean Affirmative organization has asked whether the 48-year-old merchant’s murder “could be related to her sexual orientation, since she openly recognized herself as a lesbian.”

Although the possibility that the murder was the result of extortion has been considered, Wilson Castañeda, director of the organization that defends the rights of the LGBTI community, called for the investigation to determine whether or not this crime constituted another case of gender violence.

Continue reading at: https://www.bluradio.com/blu360/caribe/exigen-determinar-si-asesinato-de-madeleine-montes-fue-por-su-orientacion-sexual (Source)

New Zealand: 12 years of electroshock therapy for being lesbian

September 2020:

A former trainee nurse has spoken of suffering through 12 years of electroshock therapy and a concoction of drugs, for being gay.

Joan Bellingham, now 68, has spoken at a Royal Commission in New Zealand about her experience during the 1970’s when she first started training as a nurse at the Burwood Hospital in Christchurch.

During her training, at the age of 18, the fact she was gay became a contentious issue for tutors and students, to such an extent that she was moved to another hospital for treatment.

“I was told I needed treatment and was taken to Princess Margaret Hospital that same day, no clothes or anything, and no choice in the matter,” Bellingham told the Royal Commission into Abuse in Care. “I didn’t realise it at the time I’d spend the next 12 or so years there.”

It was to be the end of her nursing career and she would be subjected to sustained abuse including the “excessive” amounts of drugs that she was given daily and the electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) sessions, more than 200 of them, that were given to her without explanation and against her will.

“It felt like razor blades going through my body,” Bellingham said.

Continue reading at: https://gaynation.co/trainee-nurse-suffered-12-years-of-electroshock-therapy-for-being-gay/ (Source)

Equador: cousin and friend raped young lesbian “to cure her”

Image courtesy of Sarah Ward

September 2020:

Two young men allegedly took advantage of a woman’s intoxication to rape her. The Prosecutor’s Office has filed charges against both of them. One of those implicated, Xavier, is the victim’s cousin, someone to whom she trusted her most intimate secrets since they were children. When they were in school, Lily (name protected) told him that she was a lesbian.

She had anxiety and was always down. She attempted suicide several times until, eight months after the rape, she told her parents and they reported him.

The lawyer Johanna Orbe took over the case and indicated that at first it was difficult for them to verify the facts because after so long a medical examinarion of the victim would not indicate any signs of rape.

However, in the defendants’ version, they affirmed that they did have sex with her and admitted that they knew of her sexual orientation. This evidence and the psychological examination of the victim were sufficient for the Prosecutor’s Office to file charges against the two individuals for the crime of rape, last Thursday.
(Translated)

Dos jóvenes habrían aprovechado el estado de embriaguez de una mujer para violarla. La Fiscalía formuló cargos en contra de ambos . Uno de los implicados, Xavier, es primo de la víctima. Alguien a quien ella confiaba sus más íntimos secretos desde que eran niños. Cuando estaban en el colegio, Lily (nombre protegido) le contó que era lesbiana.

Ella tenía ansiedad y siempre estaba decaída. Trató de atentar contra su vida por varias ocasiones hasta que, luego de ocho meses de que sucedió el hecho, les contó a sus padres y ellos lo denunciaron.

La abogada Johanna Orbe se hizo cargo del caso e indicó que al principio se les hizo difícil comprobar la materialidad del hecho porque luego de tanto tiempo no se podía comprobar mediante un examen médico si hubo violación, porque no existirían rasgos en las partes íntimas de la mujer afectada.

Sin embargo, en la versión de los acusados, ellos afirmaron que sí tuvieron relaciones sexuales con ella y admitieron que sabían de su orientación. Esta evidencia y el examen psicológico de la víctima fueron suficientes para que la Fiscalía formulara cargos en contra de los dos individuos por el delito de violación, el pasado jueves.
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Continue reading at: https://www.extra.ec/noticia/actualidad/primo-habria-violado-mujer-norte-quito-41968.html (Source)

Blackmail and rape: Nigerian lesbian experiences of meeting each other online

Image courtesy of Sarah

Chioma starts chatting with another lesbian, Blessing. She seems nice, reliable, the two young women begin to exchange intimate photos. And finally the day arrives when they will meet. Chioma is on the way to Blessing’s house when a man in military uniform approaches her: he says he is a colleague of Blessing’s father, that he knows she is homosexual and wants to take her to the police station, where they will arrest her and she will be sentenced to 14 years in prison. The threat is very realistic, Chioma is in a panic. She ends up following the stranger to a hotel, where he rapes her.

But the nightmare has only just begun. Two months later the man contacts her again and threatens her: if she does not give him two million naira (almost 4400 euros), he will post her naked photos online and out her as a lesbian. Chioma doesn’t know what to do: she doesn’t have that much money and in any case she can’t live forever under the man’s threats, which obviously will never stop. And so she tells her family everything. She’s not safe now, but at least she doesn’t have to go through everything alone.
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Chioma inizia a chattare con un’altra ragazza lesbica, Blessing. Sembra simpatica, affidabile, le due giovani iniziano a scambiarsi foto intime. E finalmente arriva il giorno in cui si conosceranno. Chioma è sulla strada della casa di Blessing quando un uomo in uniforme militare l’avvicina: dice di essere un collega del padre di Blessing, di sapere che è omosessuale e di volerla spogliare per trascinarla al commissariato, dopo l’arresteranno per poi farla condannare a 14 anni di carcere. La minaccia è molto realistica, Chioma è nel panico. Finisce per seguire lo sconosciuto in un albergo, dove lui la violenta.

Ma l’incubo è solo cominciato. Due mesi dopo l’uomo si fa risentire e la minaccia: se non gli dà due milioni di naira (quasi 4400 euro), pubblicherà le sue foto nuda online e la smaschererà in quanto lesbica. Chioma non sa cosa fare: non ha tutti quei soldi e comunque non può vivere per sempre sotto le minacce di quell’uomo, che ovviamente non cesseranno mai. E così racconta tutto alla famiglia. Ora non è al sicuro, ma almeno non deve affrontare tutto da sola.
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Continue reading at: https://www.ilgrandecolibri.com/ricatti-e-stupri-non-fermano-le-lesbiche-nigeriane-sul-web/ (Source)

Germay: lesbian couple attacked

October 2020:

Pinneberg. Two young women were homophobically insulted by three men after visiting the “Barcode” bar in Pinneberg and were then physically attacked. The district criminal investigation department of Itzehoe is investigating the incident as grievous bodily harm and insult.

The 22 and 28-year-old women from Rellingen were on their way to the train station at around 4 o’clock on Sunday and passed three men at the “Juli Food” snack bar. The men wo mocked them because of their evident same-sex relationship. When the women asked the trio not to, the 28-year-old was held by one of the  perpetrators and kicked in the abdomen, causing her to fall to the ground.
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Pinneberg. Zwei junge Frauen sind nach einem Besuch der Pinneberger Kneipe „Barcode“ von drei Männern sexuell beleidigt und dann verprügelt worden. Die Bezirkskriminalinspektion Itzehoe ermittelt wegen einer gefährlichen Körperverletzung und Beleidigung.

Die 22 und 28 Jahre alten Frauen aus Rellingen waren am Sonntag gegen 4 Uhr auf dem Weg zum Bahnhof und passierten auf Höhe des Imbisses „Juli Food“ drei Männer, die sie wegen ihrer offenbar gleichgeschlechtlichen Beziehung verhöhnten. Als die Frauen das Trio aufforderten, dies zu unterlassen, wurde die 28-Jährige von einem der Täter festgehalten und in den Unterleib getreten, sodass sie zu Boden ging.
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Continue reading at: https://www.abendblatt.de/region/pinneberg/article230651892/Maenner-verpruegeln-lesbisches-Paar-nach-Barbesuch.html (Source)

Video interview of the victims: https://www.rtl.de/cms/brutaler-angriff-in-pinneberg-maenner-schlagen-lesbisches-paar-zusammen-4633780.html