“Each time, I thought ‘I can’t really be out because I’ve got enough trouble. I’m black and a female, do I really want to add another one so I can actually really get the door slammed in my face?,’ ” the business consultant and affiliate faculty member at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies told a crowd at the Dr. Carter G. Woodson Museum. She was part of a panel discussion titled “Not A Trend: The Truth.”
“Gay was not a term that fit me because of the other stereotype, gay people are white they are not black. That is a prevailing understanding,” Dunlap, 70, said. “The other struggle for me was, of course, my community and my church. It is difficult, very, very difficult to sit in church and hear these sermons that were so condemning.”
Continue reading at: Gay, black leaders speak about finding their place | Tampa Bay Times (Source)
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A Room of Our Own
A Feminist/Womanist Network
“Lesbian sexual identity and choice is being eroded, erased and elided. This is being done by the literal obliteration of lesbians by state-sponsored violence, by the “corrective rape of lesbians” (imagine the 12 year old Pearl Mali being given the worst sort of reparative therapy by her very own mother), by the harassment and violence, by the firings (lesbians face more job discrimination than any other group within the LGBT alliance), by the enforced and compulsory heterosexuality of every society on earth. Aderonke Apata has been forced, by men, to provide not just spoken testimony and a pending marriage license, but also a sex tape of her having sexual relations with her partner to “prove” her lesbianism to the men who want to erase that aspect of her identity–the very identity that puts her and millions of other lesbians at risk of imprisonment and/or death.”
Continue reading Victoria Brownworth and other contributors to A Room of Our Own at: Erasure: The New Normal for Lesbians by @VABVOX – A Room of Our Own (Source)
AND MORE Victoria Brownworth at: https://www.victoriabrownworth.com/
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“Minutes after, he got into a heated discussion with Ymi when she confronted him directly and asked him to go. It was when Ymi threw a tissue at him that he snapped and threw two punches at her (during this time they were outside Saguijo’s gate). I ran to them and tried to pull Ymi away, he punched me on my left cheek before giving Ymi another punch. This was when roadies and other Saguijo people ran to us.”
Continue reading at: Lesbian couple Ymi and Cha, on getting punched for standing up for their rights | Lifestyle | GMA News Online (Source)
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By nominating her, Vučić effectively made her Prime Minister of the conservative country but also needs backing from parliament. Some MPs are refusing to vote for her because of sexuality however, which will prevent her from being confirmed by Parliament.
Continue reading at: Politicians refuse to back Serbia’s LGBT leader because of her sexuality (Source)
She described her wife as a fearless “champion of equality, fairness and justice” and said she was a tireless campaigner who “through the courts, the Oireachtas and ultimately on the doorsteps” helped to secure marriage equality in Ireland.
Continue reading at: Dr Ann Louise Gilligan, wife of Minister for Children, dies (Source)
Elam, who is representing Amponsah together with attorney Nitzan Ilani, said, “Now it is clear that the great suffering that Mavis endured from the Population Authority, including illegal incarceration of many months, and major legal expenses, was unnecessary. We asked two years ago to interview Mavis in her own language, as is required by court rulings and the procedures of the Authority itself. But the Authority refused. Thus it is operating against the law and forced us to appeal to the Appeals Tribunal just to compel the Authority, two years later, to act according to the law.”
Continue reading at: Rejected for choosing ‘lesbian lifestyle,’ Ghana refugee gets new asylum hearing in Israel – Israel News – Haaretz.com (Source)
Goran Miletić, a civil rights activist and Belgrade Pride organiser, said: “Even in some western countries it would be big news and a positive signal if a gay or lesbian person became prime minister or minister. It is even more important for a country where 65% believe that homosexuality is an illness and 78% think that homosexuality should not be expressed outside homes. The appointment of a lesbian can only be a positive message.”
Continue reading at: Serbia gets its first female – and gay – prime minister | World news | The Guardian (Source)
detransitioned, lesbian, just trying to help
“I can’t speak to the response of people who have never transitioned, or again, to detransitioned men, but, I can tell you I’ve never heard a detransitioned woman say we should be using reparative therapy. Most of us did transition due to gender non-conformity, either in whole or in part. A lot of us are lesbians.”
“When I was transitioning nobody in the medical or psychological field ever tried to dissuade me, to offer other options, to really do anything to try and stop me except say I should wait until I’m 18.”
“Detransition is not about re-training ourselves to conform. It’s about accepting our non-conformity as part of our womanhood rather than taking it as a sign that we were meant to be men.”
Continue reading more from cari at: http://guideonragingstars.tumblr.com/ (Source)
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The homophobic “queer” community doesn’t think that lesbians belong at a Dyke March.
Continue reading at: https://purplesagefem.wordpress.com/2017/06/15/happy-pride/Purple Sage | Lesbian, feminist, gender abolitionist. (Source)
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Harmon also feels Lesbian Connection also has a hand in stopping lesbian erasure.
“Well I believe that’s one of the things we’re trying to do. We are Lesbian Connection and then we’ll always remain that,” Harmon said. “Many readers have said that this is one of the last places that they have found to be connected to lesbians with the disappearing of spaces.”
Continue reading at: PrideSource – Print Thrives in the Lesbian Community (Source)
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Herold’s involvement in the Grobeson case “caused her to be identified and recognized as an outspoken defender of the rights of gay LAPD officers,” according to Herold’s attorneys’ court papers.
Continue reading at: Gay woman ex-cop loses lawsuit: LAPD victorious in discrimination, retaliation court battle – MyNewsLA.com (Source)
In the wake of hate speech, marginalization, and censorship, Indecent becomes a battle cry for resistance. But it’s also a love letter to art, proving the two are not mutually exclusive.
“The only way we can keep active is to make sure that we laugh,” Vogel says. “Arts keeps the heart resilient. Activism keeps us resistant. They go hand in hand.”
Continue reading at: Paula Vogel Puts Her Story as a Gay Jewish Woman Onstage in Indecent | Playbill (Source)
WOMAN WALKING AWAY
roots rocks and revolution
Continue watching more of Woman Walking Away at: https://womanwalkingaway.com/ (Source)
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Tagged Coming out, Discrimination, Dyke Pride, Lesbian activist, lesbian land, lesbian tokenism, lesbian voices, Lesbians in U.S., radical feminism, radical lesbian feminism, representation, Separatism, women's land, women's space
Born with spina bifida and confined to a wheelchair, she has always readily embraced aspects of herself that most will find tough to navigate, among them her disability and role as a trailblazer for disability sport in Singapore. But even then, it has taken the 30-year-old half her life to reach this point where, as an ambassador for this year’s Pink Dot rally, she wants to be open about her sexuality – that she is gay.
Continue reading at: ‘It feels like the right time’: Paralympic swimmer Theresa Goh opens up about her sexuality, Singapore News & Top Stories – The Straits Times (Source)
But Berger was also targeted with inappropriate comments based on her gender and sexuality, the document says, specifically citing incidents allegedly involving Kevin Canty, Kargo’s svp of sales for the east.
“At retreats, [Canty] would comment on [Berger’s] sexuality and talk about ‘flipping her back.’ (She is gay.) He also asked her and her partner in Cannes to have ‘a threesome with him,’” wrote Colombaro in the award.
Continue reading at: Former Kargo Sales Exec Awarded $40 Million in Arbitration Over Sexual Discrimination, Wrongful Termination – Adweek (Source)
Miller’s attorneys contend that the university changed its explanation after Miller was let go during a “purge” of openly gay women in the athletics department — and that fellow plaintiffs Jen Banford, the softball coach, and Annette Wiles, the women’s basketball coach, were forced to resign due to a hostile work environment.
Continue reading at: Gay coaches counter University of Minnesota Duluth’s claims in $18 million lawsuit | Grand Forks Herald (Source)
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A strong show of solidarity from 12 leading international financial institutions in support of an expatriate lesbian spouse was rejected by a Hong Kong court on Thursday on the grounds they would be unlikely to offer new arguments.
Continue reading at: Pro-LGBT banks offering support to expat lesbian couple would not offer any new argument, Hong Kong court rules | South China Morning Post (Source)
Lesbian, feminist, gender abolitionist.
“You are reluctant to believe that you could be a lesbian and that is because you don’t think that having a lesbian orientation is okay. I hope you will take some time to ask yourself why loving another woman would be wrong. I understand you have a religious faith and this is informing your beliefs. Why do you think your church opposes homosexuality?”
Continue reading Purple Sage at: For a woman with internalized homophobia | Purple Sage (Source)
Memoirs of a Butch Lesbian
“This doctor decided that the butch lesbian in front of her was not actually a butch lesbian but a trans man in denial. In the chart, she writes that this butch is a 48 year old trans man but adds that the “chart will say female.” There was no conversation, there were no questions about whether or not this woman believed she was trans, there was nothing but an assumption; and that assumption was based on this butch woman’s appearance.”
Continue reading BigBooButch at: “Ass”uming Butches Into Extinction « BigBooButch (Source)
As lesbian bars continue to close and lesbian-only spaces continue to be attacked, Susan Cox highlights the disproportionate damage queer politics has done to lesbians and our spaces.
“To pretend the decline of lesbian spaces is merely a sign of progress is totally inconsistent with reality. Rosenthal implies we have reached a kind of utopia, with regard to female sexuality, stating, “It wasn’t too long ago that identifying as lesbian carried a huge stigma.” But she also notes that in Portland State University’s recent “survey of students and their identities, more students identified as ‘pansexual’ than lesbian” and quotes a young woman (who dates women, albeit some who identify as “non-binary”) saying, “‘I have never felt comfortable with the term lesbian.’”
Hmm. That sounds like… what’s the word… oh, yeah: stigma.
This “progress” explanation not only falls flat because stigma around lesbianism remains, but because it fails to account for the fact that spaces for gay males have remained largely intact. In my hometown of Philadelphia, for example, a peek at any “gayborhood” calendar offers a plethora of events catering to gay men, including: gay bingo, gaybill (musical theater night), gay burlesque roulette, free country line dancing, gay antiques shows, and a best gay mac and cheese contest.”
Continue reading at: Lesbian spaces are still needed, no matter what the queer movement says (Source)
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Tagged Culture, Discrimination, Elena Rosenthal, lesbian bars, lesbian space, lesbian voices, Lesbophobia, queer politics, representation, Susan Cox, women's space