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Italy: Lesbian shares video calling for hate crime legislation following continued lesbophobic harassment

While talks of necessary Italian hate crime legislation continues, the long-awaited bill is not coming fast enough for many. Another homophobic attack occurred, this time in Genoa where Italian lesbian nurse, Camilla, shared a video of a hate crime: her car ruined by her homophobic neighbours.

Camilla, a 23 year-old nurse, recorded the video on TikTok while in tears after her neighbours vandalised her car. She asked the LGBTQ+ community for help in having her rights recognised since the government is still not forthcoming with hate crime legislation. She also shared how the police told her they can’t do much to help and she is now forced to park her car far from her house fearing of more vandalism.

In the first video posted to her TikTok, Camilla says:

“When you are a lesbian in Italy, this is how your homophobic neighbours behave: they break your car side mirror and they pierce and slash all four tires. Of course I reported this, but of course nothing will happen. To members of the LGBT community: can we do something to get some f***ing rights? Every day, I am called ‘whore’ and ‘pervert’. Now they went as far as vandalising the car I use every day to go to work.

“You tell me now, what can I do? I get up every morning, like everyone else, I go to work, I’m paying my f***ing mortgage. I’m 23 years-old, I’ve been paying it [the mortgage] for the past three years. I am not sure how many people my age do this. Can I get some help, please, since our Government is not helping me?”

In a second video, Camilla also said she received death threats. She continued, “What I want is only to live in peace, serene, and that all people can live hand in hand.”

Continue reading: https://gcn.ie/italian-lesbian-hate-crime-legislation/ (source)

ILD: Pia Beck the lesbian pianist who was a warrior for LGTBI rights under Franco

Marga Samsonowski and Pia Beck

Her son argues that the story of his two mothers is, above all, a love story: “Pia told me: ‘It took me just an instant to fall in love with your mother'”. A love story postponed by the passage of time and political laziness, but which brings together all the ingredients of the great passions that end up taking over books and screens. Pia Beck , considered by many to be the best jazz pianist of the 20th century, and Marga Samsonowski , lived their romance without hiding in the times of grayer Spain and turned their exclusive club, The Blue Note, into a haven of freedom and respect for diversity on the Costa del Sol.

The story of the two women who, without intending to, became icons of the LGBT community, is today little more than a footnote in the Malaga town. Gino acknowledges that “it hurts and saddens him” to see how her legacy has not resulted in the recognition she deserved as a star who in each of the thousands of interviews she gave throughout her life prooted the charms of the Costa del Sol: “They are two icons and what they did is enormous. If this were the United States they would have already made a movie about them. ”

Recent graffiti in homage to Pia is the only trace there exists of them. Jorge Pérez, president of the Pasaje Begoña Association , which tries to return part of the lost splendor to the location and recall its past as the cradle of LGTB rights, demands justice: “We do not want to die without her being recognised in Torremolinos: a street, a statue, something… ”. This neglect may be about to change, since Pérez confirms that a production company (WinWin) is preparing a story about the alley that gave colour to the darkest times. “And we have already asked that Pia Beck be one of the protagonists,” he reveals.

The pianist shared the archetypal dream of any self-respecting jazz musician: opening her own club. The Blue Note opened its doors in 1965 and very soon became a meeting place for the most exclusive national and international clientele, attracted by the fame of its owner. “At that time I was a child and they only let me stay for a few hours. I remember, for example, that Arthur Rubinstein was one of the regulars and that he was encouraged, on many occasions, to give small improvised recitals ” , evokes Gino. Names like Fred Astaire, Nat King Cole, Shirley MacLaine or Ginger Rogers appear on his family photo album. “Pia is the artist, I am not,” argued Marga, who bet on being in the background and avoiding media appearances to protect her family.

Although they never faced any episode of hatred from neighbours, until 1978 homosexuality was criminalised in Spain. Why did the Franco regime allow two lesbians to live as a couple with total normality and be the visible face of one of the most famous places in the country? “Pia was a great ambassador, she promoted the Costa del Sol a lot and attracted thousands of tourists. Furthermore, she was Dutch and he wanted to avoid a diplomatic confrontation, ”Juan Carlos Parrilla, vice president of the Association Pasaje Begoña, explains to this magazine that if they had been Spanish the situation would have been radically different.

The normality with which their relationship was seen meant that, without being a gay bar, the gays and lesbians of the time found in The Blue Note a place where they could enjoy the night with total freedom. “They, without knowing it, were an icon for the lesbian women’s community at a time when women were invisible and repressed in a patriarchal society,” added Parrilla. Despite the fact that her son assures that his mothers were never aware of the importance that their common life had for the group and that they did not have labels, Pia starred in the seventies in a famous episode in defence of the rights of homosexuals. The pianist faced the famous ultra-conservative activist Anita Bryant and she promoted a concert to defray the cost of an advertisement on the pages of The New York Times against Bryant’s anti-homosexual speech.

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Su hijo defiende que la de sus dos madres es, ante todo, una historia de amor: “Pia me decía: ‘Tardé solo un instante en enamorarme de tu madre’”. Una historia de amor postergada por el paso del tiempo y la desidia política, pero que reúne todos los ingredientes de las grandes pasiones que acaban copando libros y pantallas. Pia Beck, considerada por muchos como la mejor pianista de jazz del siglo XX, y Marga Samsonowski, vivieron su romance sin ocultarse en los tiempos de la España más gris y convirtieron su exclusivo club, The Blue Note, en un reducto de libertad y respeto a la diversidad en la Costa del Sol.

La historia de las dos mujeres que, sin pretenderlo, se erigieron en iconos de la comunidad LGTB, es hoy poco más que una nota a pie de página en la localidad malagueña. Gino reconoce que “le duele y entristece” ver cómo su legado no ha obtenido el reconocimiento merecido por una estrella que en cada una de las miles de entrevistas que concedió a lo largo de su vida divulgó los encantos de la Costa del Sol: “Son dos iconos y es enorme lo que consiguieron. Si esto fuera Estados Unidos ya les habrían hecho una película”.

Un reciente grafitti en homenaje a Pia es el único rastro que hay de ellas. Jorge Pérez, presidente de la Asociación Pasaje Begoña, que trata de devolver parte del esplendor perdido a la localización y rememorar su pasado como cuna de los derechos LGTB+, reclama justicia: “No nos queremos morir sin que ella tenga algún reconocimiento en Torremolinos: una calle, una estatua, algo…”. Una postergación que quizá esté a punto de cambiar, ya que Pérez confirma que una productora (WinWin) está preparando una ficción sobre el callejón que dotó de color los tiempos más oscuros. “Y ya hemos pedido que Pia Beck sea una de las protagonistas”, revela.

La pianista compartía el sueño arquetípico de cualquier músico de jazz que se precie: inaugurar su propio club. The Blue Note abrió sus puertas en 1965 y muy pronto se convirtió en lugar de encuentro de la clientela nacional e internacional más exclusiva, atraída por la fama de su dueña. “Por aquel entonces yo era un niño y solo me dejaban estar durante unas horas. Recuerdo, por ejemplo, que Arthur Rubinstein era uno de los clientes habituales y que se animaba, en muchas ocasiones, a dar pequeños recitales improvisados”, evoca Gino. En su álbum fotográfico familiar aparecen nombres como los de Fred Astaire, Nat King Cole, Shirley MacLaine o Ginger Rogers. “Pia es la artista, yo no”, argumentaba Marga, que apostó por quedar en un segundo plano y evitar apariciones en los medios para proteger a su familia.

Aunque jamás se enfrentaron a ningún episodio de odio por parte de los vecinos, hasta 1978 la homosexualidad fue tipificada como delito en España. ¿Por qué el régimen franquista permitió entonces que dos lesbianas hicieran vida en pareja con total normalidad y fueran la cara visible de uno de los locales más célebres del país? “Pia era una gran embajadora, hizo mucha promoción de la Costa del Sol y atrajo a miles de turistas. Además, era holandesa y se quería evitar un enfrentamiento de carácter diplomático”, explica a esta revista el vicepresidente de la Asociación Pasaje Begoña, Juan Carlos Parrilla, que considera que si hubieran sido españolas la situación habría sido radicalmente diferente.

La normalidad con la que se veía su relación provocó que, sin ser un bar de ambiente, los gays y lesbianas de la época encontraran en The Blue Note un rincón en el que podían disfrutar de la noche con total libertad. “Ellas, sin saberlo, fueron un referente para el colectivo de mujeres lesbianas en una época en la que la mujer era un ser invisible y reprimido en una sociedad patriarcal”, añade Parrilla. A pesar de que su hijo asegura que sus madres jamás fueron conscientes de la importancia que su vida en común tuvo para el colectivo y que prescindían de etiquetas, Pia protagonizó en la década de los setenta un sonado episodio en defensa de los derechos de los homosexuales. La pianista se enfrentó a la célebre activista ultraconservadora Anita Bryant y promovió un concierto con el que sufragar los gastos de un anuncio en las páginas de The New York Times contra el discurso antihomosexual de Bryant.
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Continue reading at: https://smoda.elpais.com/moda/actualidad/historia-amor-lesbico-pia-beck-marga-blue-note-pasaje-begona-torremolinos/ (Source)

Ghana: Military lesbian couple got married, have been detained and face court martial

A Ghanaian military lesbian couple who got married over the weekend, have reportedly been detained and facing court-martial. 

In the videos shared online before their arrest, the ladies looked happy as they danced together while their guests cheered them on. 

The event led to divided opinions on social media as many asked why such “ungodly and abominable” event will be allowed in the West African country.

Continue reading: https://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/Ghanaian-military-lesbian-couple-who-got-married-detained-facing-court-martial-1070242 (source)

Lesbian couple slam Facebook after snap of them touching foreheads was banned for being ‘sexually explicit adult content’

A lesbian couple have condemned Facebook after a promotional advert showing their foreheads gently touching was rejected for being ‘sexually explicit adult content’ – while an image showing a heterosexual couple in the same pose was allowed.

Musical duo Sera Golding-Young, 36, and her wife Frankie, 32, had posted a video to announce the release of a new album – and made a sponsored advertisement in a bid to reach fans.

But the post was said to have violated Facebook’s Community Standards rules under its ‘Objectionable Content’ clause, which targets illicit images of nudity or sexual activity.

Continue reading: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8780465/Lesbian-couple-slam-Facebook-video-touching-foreheads-BANNED.html (source)

U.K: Sue Perkins Reveals She Was Victim Of A Homophobic Attack

Former Great British Bake Off host Sue Perkins has revealed that she was victim to a homophobic attack that left her in tears.

The presenter and comedian says she “burst into tears” after a man verbally assaulted her on Hampstead Heath in North London. Speaking on an episode of the Homo Sapiens podcast, Perkins revealed: “I did have my first homophobic insult in 20 years recently … I was on the heath and this guy, I think he said, ‘You f***ing dyke.'”

The 51-year-old TV personality told podcast hosts Alan Cumming and Chris Sweeney that she feared the altercation might turn physical. “At the time, I sort of went right up to him and went: ‘What did you say?'” she recalled, “and he sort of postured a bit almost as if he was going to hit me, almost like an intimation of something physical.”

Fearful of the situation, Perkins kept her space: “I thought ‘I’m going to just stand here.’ I remember my hand was out because I wanted to keep that distance. Like if you come within the length of my arm I know that something really bad is going to happen.”

Perkins told Cumming and Sweeney that she maintained her composure before asking him again what he had said. “He just sort of buckled a bit and he went, ‘I just mean you’ve got a nice face, why would you…’ I just thought, ‘What’s my face got to do with you?'”

Not wanting to escalate the situation, Perkins said she “didn’t want to replace knee jerk unkindness with knee jerk unkindness,” and she told the man :I’m just walking my dog and I’m quiet and I’m in a good mood and I’ve got love for everyone here and you’ve destroyed that and you can’t take that back today” before leaving and bursting into tears.

Continue reading: https://www.bustle.com/entertainment/sue-perkins-victim-of-homophobic-attack (source)

Poland: journalist and her niece attacked for presumed lesbianism

There was a brutal beating in Warsaw. The journalist was walking with her niece, holding the teenager’s arm when passing man attacked the woman because he considered that those he was attacking were a couple – we read in polsatnews.pl. The case was publicized on Facebook by “Polityka” journalist, Piotr Pytlakowski. …

“About a week ago, a well-known journalist and reporter was beaten up. I found out about it recently. In the vicinity of Galeria Młociny she was walking with her probably 13-year-old niece. They were holding hands. A man started shouting: ***** ****** lesbians!”, wrote the journalist.

The man attacked the woman on a street near a shopping mall. “He hit the journalist’s face with his fist. Hard – he broke her nose and caused bruises around her eyes” – Pytlakowski reported.
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W Warszawie doszło do brutalnego pobicia. Dziennikarka spacerowała ze swoją siostrzenicą, trzymając nastolatkę pod rękę. Wtedy mężczyzna przechodzący obok zaatakował kobietę, bo uznał, że osoby, na które napada są parą – czytamy w polsatnews.pl. Sprawę nagłośnił na Facebooku dziennikarz “Polityki” Piotr Pytlakowski. …

“Ok. tygodnia temu została pobita znana dziennikarka, reportażystka. Dowiedziałem się o tym niedawno. W okolicy Galerii Młociny szła ze swoją chyba 13-letnią siostrzenicą. Trzymały się pod ręce. Jakiś mężczyzna zaczął krzyczeć: Ku* je** lesby!” – napisał dziennikarz.

Napastnik zaatakował kobietę na ulicy w okolicy galerii handlowej.

“Uderzył pięścią w twarz dziennikarki. Silnie – złamał jej nos i spowodował sińce w okolicach oczu” – poinformował Pytlakowski.
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Continue reading at: https://fakty.interia.pl/mazowieckie/news-warszawa-ktos-pobil-dziennikarke-bo-myslal-ze-jest-lesbijka,nId,4725391 (Source)

Brazil: teenager attacked by father for being lesbian

The grandmother of a 16-year-old teenager reported the girl’s father after he attacked her granddaughter. According to the grandmother, the girl was beaten because of her sexual orientation – the girl is a lesbian. The complaint was made on Wednesday (9 September) and the case occurred in the city of Ipiaú, in Bahia.

The police are investigating what happened and the girl will remain with her grandmother. According to the 9th Regional Interior Police Coordination (Coorpin), the girl said she had also been attacked by her father with a machete “sheath”, a type of case used to preserve the object’s blade.

The perpetrator, who has already been summoned by the police, was not found at the house after the report. The grandmother also pointed out that the girl has been assaulted several times for the same reason.
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A avó de uma adolescente de 16 anos denunciou um pai após a sua neta ser espancada. Segundo a avó, a garota apanhou em função de sua orientação sexual – a menina é lésbica. A denúncia foi feita na quarta-feira (9) e o caso ocorreu na cidade de Ipiaú, na Bahia.

A polícia está investigando o ocorrido e, a priori, a menina deve permanecer com a avó. Segundo a 9ª Coordenadoria Regional de Polícia do Interior (Coorpin), a menina disse que também havia sido agredida pelo pai com uma “bainha” de facão, um tipo de estojo usado para preservar a lâmina do objeto.

O agressor, que já foi intimado pela polícia, não foi encontrado na casa após a denúncia. A avó ainda destacou que a garota já foi agredida várias vezes pelo mesmo motivo.
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Continue reading at: https://observatoriog.bol.uol.com.br/noticias/menina-e-espancada-pelo-pai-por-ser-lesbica-policia-investiga (Source)

U.K: Lesbian quits after finding homophobic note in work locker

A shop worker said she was “mortified” when she opened her locker and discovered a homophobic note.

The offensive message was found by Pammie Clinton during her shift at Wilko in Arnold, Nottinghamshire, on 9 September.

It directed a homophobic slur at her and implored her to quit. She handed in her notice a few days later.

Wilko said discrimination of any kind was not accepted and it was looking into the situation “very seriously”.

Ms Clinton, who is a lesbian, said the message had been pushed into her locker through a small hole.”I was absolutely disgusted with what I was reading – I felt like my heart had sunk to the pit of my stomach,” she said.

“I went straight to the bathroom and sat and cried.

“The incident was reported to management but the culprit was never found – and Ms Clinton said she felt compelled to resign.

She said: “I was filled with anxiety and found myself looking at everyone at work thinking ‘was it you?’, which was mentally and emotionally unhealthy.”

Continue reading: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-54183746 (source)

Nigeria: The filmmakers risking jail with lesbian movie Ife

Two Nigerian filmmakers face the prospect of imprisonment if they ignore the stern warning of the authorities and proceed with the release of a movie about a lesbian relationship. 

The dramatic face-off with the regulators – the Nigerian Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) – is worthy of a film itself. 

Producer Pamela Adie and director Uyaiedu Ikpe-Etim are determined that Ife (meaning “love” in the Yoruba language) reaches a Nigerian audience, but the NFVCB says it will not be approved as it violates the country’s strict laws on homosexuality.

To get around this, the filmmakers are planning a surprise online release to catch the regulators off-guard. The NFVCB, however, is diligently monitoring all digital platforms to prevent the movie from getting out.According to NFVCB boss Adebayo Thomas, Adie and Ikpe-Etim could be jailed for promoting homosexuality in a country where same-sex relationships are forbidden and can carry a 14-year sentence.

They are organising a private screening in the commercial capital, Lagos, at the end of the month, for which they believe they do not need to get permission. 

Ife will also get an international premiere in Canada in October.

Adie said the aim of the film was to show an accurate picture of lesbian and bisexual women in Nigerian movies.

If a lesbian woman does appear in a standard Nollywood movie they are often portrayed as being possessed, influenced by bad friends or forced into homosexuality and always needing “saving”, she told the BBC.

“You rarely see stories about LGBT people, especially about queer [sic] women that speak to the realities of our lives. 

“Ife was made to bridge the gap and to get the conversation going in Nigeria.”

Continue reading: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-54070446 (source)

India: Armed guards provided for threatened lesbian couple

Payal and Kanchan fell in love as they trained to become policewomen. But their love has faced resistance and they have faced threats, forcing them to go to court to seek protection from their own families, reports BBC Gujarati’s Bhargav Parikh.

When Payal met Kanchan, back in 2017, she had no idea she would fall in love with her fellow trainee. That year, India’s Supreme Court had ruled that gay sex was no longer a criminal offence, overturning a previous judgement that upheld a colonial-era law. But age-old customs and regressive attitudes survived, making it difficult for same-sex relationships to be accepted by larger society.

The women, both now 24, have been living together as a couple since 2018 in the western Indian state of Gujarat, and they know first hand what the discrimination feels like. Their love story was thrust into the limelight last month when they approached the high court.

“Our families are against our relationship. They are threatening us,” Payal said, adding that the two filed an application before the court, asking for police protection. The court ruled that the couple should be protected by armed guards.

Continue reading: https://news.yahoo.com/armed-guards-provided-threatened-lesbian-230354595.html (source)

Update: Four people convicted for murder of South African lesbian couple

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Four people tried for the murder of Mooinooi same-sex couple Anisha and Joey van Niekerk, who were raped and killed in December 2017, were convicted in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Wednesday.

Mercia Strydom, 24, Aaron Sithole, 27, his brother Jack Sithole, 21, and Alex Modau, 39, killed the couple before taking their bodies to a nearby river where they were burnt beyond recognition, National Prosecuting Authority regional spokesperson Lumka Mahanjana said in a statement.

Their burnt-out car was found in Magaliesburg six days later.

Strydom’s husband, Koos, believed to be the mastermind behind the murders, killed himself last year, News24 reported. He had been found dead in his single cell at Kgosi Mampuru 111 Prison in Pretoria.

Continue reading: https://www.news24.com/news24/
southafrica/news/4-convicted-for-murder-of-mooinooi-same-sex-couple-whose-bodies-were-burnt-beyond-recognition-20200826
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Original article: South Africa: Seven arrested after horror torture and murder of lesbian couple

U.S: Lesbian baker who received homophobic cake order, made the cake anyway

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[April] Anderson, a pastry chef with a national reputation, was taken aback by a recent cake order that came into her Good Cakes and Bakes bakery on Livernois in Detroit’s Avenue of Fashion commercial corridor.

And, at least at first, she was unsure  how to handle it, worried she could wind up facing a lawsuit.

“We are so used to being Black lesbian women,” Anderson said. “You are used to people discriminating against you and saying mean things to you.”

On July 19, an online order came in for one of the bakery’s red velvet dessert cakes — an Anderson specialty.

The $40 order was paid for by credit card and  included a $10 tip — which is common.

Then Anderson read the message the customer wanted written on the cake and was stunned.

“I am ordering this cake to celebrate and have PRIDE in true Christian marriage,” the customer said in the order.  “I’d like you to write on the cake, in icing, ‘Homosexual acts are gravely evil. (Catholic Catechism 2357)'”

Anderson baked the cake, but without the requested message. In doing so, she was  following the bakery’s long-standing policy.  Written messages are not permitted on specialty dessert cakes ordered online, as stated on the bakery’s website.

Anderson and her wife also wrote a letter to Gordon and attached it to the cake, saying they stand against hate.

“We feel the only ‘grave evil’ is the judgement that good christians, like yourself, impose on folks that don’t meet their vision of what God wants them to be,” the letter said.

Continue reading: https://www.freep.com/story
/news/local/michigan/detroit/2020/08/13/detroit-baker-april-anderson-homophobic-cake-david-gordon/3343464001/
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The Netherlands: Lesbian couple attacked with boiling water at asylum centre

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A lesbian couple was attacked at the asylum center in Gilze last week, the police said on Monday. One woman was assaulted, the other had boiling water poured on her. Two suspects from Nigeria were arrested.

The attack happened in the Prinsenbosch asylum center early on Monday, August 3. The victims, aged 20 and 22 and also from Nigeria, got into an argument with the suspects. The 20-year-old woman was assaulted. The 22-year-old woman had boiling water poured over her. She was taken to a hospital in Tilburg with second degree burns, the police said. Both victims pressed charges.

Continue reading: https://nltimes.nl/2020/08/11/lesbian-couple-attacked-boiling-water-asylum-center (source)

U.S: Conservative pundit says lesbian mayor proves that liberals aren’t “sane”

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A rightwing pundit said that it’s not “sane” that Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) was elected since she’s a lesbian and that there’s “something seriously wrong with her judgment” because she married another woman.

Dave Daubenmire – who was the keynote speaker at a Harrison County, Ohio Republican Party fundraiser last year – attacked Lightfoot on his Pass The Salt Live webcast on Monday.

“I want somebody to tell me how that woman gets elected any place, anywhere,” Daubenmire said, showing a picture of Lightfoot and her wife.

“How could any sane person elect that woman to be head of the city?”

“This is the picture that the city of Chicago wants to send out to the world as the leader, as the top political leader in their city?” he asked. “You tell me that we’re dealing with sane people.”

He then made sure that everyone knew he was talking about the fact that she’s married to a woman.

“We’ve gotten in this mess because we haven’t pointed out the obvious. Listen, folks, there’s something seriously wrong with this woman if she would marry that other woman. There is something seriously wrong with her judgment.”

Continue reading: https://www.lgbtqnation.com
/2020/07/conservative-pundit-says-lesbian-mayor-proves-liberals-arent-sane/
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Canada: Lesbian couple denied service from videographer who doesn’t film ‘homosexual weddings’

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As soon as Mallory Arthur and Kelly Roberts got engaged in January, they started planning their October 2021 wedding.

But this week’s excitement wasn’t what the Woodstock, Ont., couple, both 26 years old, were bargaining for. When they tried to book videographer Caramount Pictures, based in Brantford, Ont., for their wedding, the owner told them the business will not work with a same-sex couple.

The refusal came on Monday, 15 years to the day after Canada legalized same-sex marriage, on July 20, 2005.

“I say this with much care, because I know your union is incredibly important to you, but we do not film homosexual weddings,” Cara Hamstra, the business owner, wrote in an email.

Germany: man on trial for rape of lesbian neighbour, girlfriend forced to watch

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24-year-old Bella A. from Berlin-Lichtenberg was lying in bed with her girlfriend on the morning of 15 February when she woke up to a loud bang. Suddenly, a man who had just come in through the apartment door was standing in the bedroom with a large knife. He smoked a cigarette, stripped and lay in bed with the lesbian couple. He raped Bella while her girlfriend had to watch.

The alleged perpetrator Dennis M. is in the district court of Berlin facing a charge of sexual coercion in this particularly serious case, as well as charges of trespassing and property damage. The defendant is the couple’s 29-year-old former neighbour who had moved in only a few months earlier. According to his own statement, he broke into the apartment of the lesbian couple. “I just want a little fun,” he allegedly said when he forced apart his victim’s legs.
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Die 24-jährige Bella A. aus Berlin-Lichtenberg liegt am 15. Februar morgens mit ihrer Freundin im Bett, als sie durch einen lauten Knall aufwacht. Plötzlich steht ein Mann, der zuvor die Wohnungstür eingetreten hat, mit einem großen Messer im Schlafzimmer. Er raucht eine Zigarette, zieht sich aus und legt sich zu dem lesbischen Paar ins Bett. Er zwingt Bella zum Sex, während die Freundin zuschauen muss.

Wegen sexueller Nötigung im besonders schweren Fall, Hausfriedensbruch und Sachbeschädigung muss sich der mutmaßliche Täter Dennis M. nun vor dem Landgericht Berlin verantworten. Bei dem Angeklagten handelt sich um einen 29-jährigen ehemaligen Nachbarn, der erst wenige Monate zuvor umgezogen war. Er ist nach eigener Aussage gezielt in die Wohnung des lesbischen Paares eingebrochen. “Ich will einfach nur ein bisschen Spaß”, soll er gesagt haben, als er die Beine seines Opfers auseinanderriss.
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Conrtinue reading at: https://www.queer.de/detail.php?article_id=36605 (Source)

Russia: Julia Tsvetkova, lesbian feminist activist on the state campaign against her

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“I feel that today there are so many invisible female political prisoners: mothers, wives – women who bear an incredible burden thanks to political trials,” says Russian artist Yulia Tsvetkova, who’s been designated a political prisoner by the Memorial human rights association. “Political prisoners are heroes, but women are the invisible service staff.”

Tsvetkova, a theatre director, feminist and LGBT activist, has had time to reflect. In October 2019, she was interrogated in her hometown of Komsomolsk-on-Amur, and in November her social media posts led to her flat and theatre studio being searched for evidence of pornography. Tsvetkova was charged with spreading pornography and has been under house arrest since 23 November last year.

As part of the investigation, Tsvetkova has been accused of spreading “homosexual propaganda” among underage people and fined 50,000 roubles (£500). Tsvetkova has run several educational projects in Komsomolsk-on-Amur, as well as a youth theatre, online groups on feminism and sex education for young people and a Vagina Monologues group which celebrated the power and uniqueness of the female body.

In March this year, a district council reduced the charge against Tsvetkova and released her from house arrest on the basis that she would not leave the country. But Tsvetkova is still charged with spreading pornography for publishing illustrated educational material, for which she can be given a two-to-six-year prison sentence.

What’s happening with the persecution of activists and people who openly talk about sexual minorities, feminism, human rights and sexuality? To what extent do you feel that these issues are taboo in Russia and how this situation can change in the future?

I am the person who they started persecuting when I created The Pink and the Blue, a show about gender stereotypes which I put on at the Merak theatre. And I feel that this already says a lot.

I believe that a lot depends on culture, or rather, lack of it. For example, I needed an ambulance after my arrest and the medics that examined me asked about my case and also, whether I was a paedophile. These aren’t bad people; they just lack culture. People are curious – I can understand that: my case is unprecedented in our city. Because I have short hair, I’ve been asked four times on the street whether I’m male or female. When that happens, I feel shock and embarrassment. And people just don’t see that I’m embarrassed and that haircuts don’t define gender.

The question of my sexual orientation comes up at nearly every police interrogation. The need to physically examine me, for example, is all to do with the fact that I’m a lesbian. And as for my case, there seems to be an idea that the female body is public property. I’ve heard cops going on about how we should be having kids, not displaying our vaginas. But even if I wanted to display my vagina, it’s my right and my vagina.

Continue reading at: https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/odr/yulia-tsvetkova-interview/

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Chile: Neo-Nazi group hacked lesbian forum

Chile

Neo-Nazi groups yesterday hacked an online forum on the reality of lesbian women, which the Movement for Homosexual Liberation and Integration (Movilh) had organised for Lesbian Visibility Day.

The forum, moderated by the Movilh spokesperson Daniela Andrade, had as speakers psychologists Angélica Bastias and Joan Black, gynecologist Andrea Von Hovelling Schindler,  leader Milenka Torres, comedian La Cako and the tweeter Carmen Castillo.

Even though only previously registered women could participate in the forum through Zoom, “we were hacked. Unauthorized neo-Nazi accounts entered the discussion just to disrupt the meeting,” Andrade said.

The leader of Movilh, Ramón Gómez, indicated that “in the last fortnight we have been the subject of brutal hate campaigns that clearly show some coordination. On the one hand, an attempt was made to boycott our Pride Day commemoration on YouTube and now a forum has been hacked, in addition to more than 5,000 insults, death threats and insults have been made on social networks and, perhaps even more dangerous, we have also been attacked outside our headquarters, in the midst of a pandemic.”
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Grupos neonazis hackearon ayer sábado un foro online sobre la realidad de las mujeres lesbianas, que el Movimiento de Integración y Liberación Homosexual (Movilh) había organizado con motivo del Día de la Visibilidad Lésbica.

El foro, moderado por la vocera del Movilh, Daniela Andrade, tenía como expositoras a las psicólogas Angélica Bastias y Joan Black, a la ginecóloca Andrea Von Hovelling Schindler, a la dirigente Milenka Torres, a la comediante La Cako y a la tuitera Carmen Castillo.

Aún cuando solo podían participar del foro por Zoom mujeres previamente inscritas, “fuimos hackeadas. Ingresaron al conversatorio cuentas neonazis no autorizadas solo para boicotear el encuentro”, señaló Andrade.

El dirigente del Movilh, Ramón Gómez, indicó que “en la última quincena hemos sido objeto de brutales campañas de odio que claramente dan cuenta de cierta coordinación. Por un lado, se intentó boicotear nuestra conmemoración del Día del Orgullo por Youtube y ahora se hackeó un foro, a lo que se suman más de cinco mil insultos, amenazas de muerte e injurias por redes sociales y, quizás más peligroso aún, también hemos vivido agresiones en plena pandemia en las afueras de nuestra propia sede”.
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Update: Russian lesbian feminist fined for gay propaganda, still facing jail on pornography charge

Yulia Tsvetkova

Yulia Tsvetkova, who was charged with spreading “gay propaganda” among minors three times in less than a year, was fined by a court in the eastern city of Komsomolsk-on-Amur on Friday (July 10).

Vladimir Putin and his government banned so-called “gay propaganda” in 2013, prohibiting the “promotion of nontraditional sexual relations to minors”. Under his rule, sharing information about LGBT+ people’s lives can earn a person a prison sentence.

Tsvetkova was prosecuted for her colourful drawings showing LGBT+ relationships. One of the drawings, called “A family where love is”, shows gay and lesbian couples with their children.

She was also investigated for running a social-media page called Vagina Monologues, which encourages people to share artistic depictions of vaginas in order to “remove the taboo”.

The 27-year-old is facing a criminal trial for the offence of pornography after posting drawings of vaginas online in this group.

If convicted on these charges, Tsvetkova faces six years in prison.

Continue reading at: https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2020/07/13/yulia-tsvetkova-russia-activist-fine-gay-propaganda-drawings-lesbian-gay-lgbt-families/ (Source)

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Italy: brawl after ongoing anti lesbian harassment

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Another episode of homophobia, this time in Caltagirone, Sicily, where a lesbian was involved in a fight caused by a series of insults about her sexuality. Police and carabinieri intervened at the scene and spoke with the victim. At the point of reporting she had not  formally filed a complaint. According to witnesses, it seems that the brawl – without injuries – occurred between two groups of young people who were on the street in the new area of ​​the city two nights ago. The victim was shouted at that she was male, which she has previously experienced in public and which triggered her reaction.

Arcigay: “Proud of the woman’s reaction”
Armando Caravini, president of the Catania branch of Arcigay, immediately intervened in support of the young woman. In a statement he said “I am proud of the young woman because she not only decided to put her face to this, publicly denouncing the incident and becoming an example for many who are afraid today, but for having addressed a difficult situation.”
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Ancora un episodio di omofobia: stavolta sarebbe avvenuto a Caltagirone, in Sicilia, dove una ragazza lesbica è rimasta coinvolta in una rissa originata da una serie di insulti sulle sue scelte sessuali. Sul posto sono intervenuti polizia e carabinieri. La giovane è stata sentita dai militari dell’Arma, ma al momento non avrebbe ancora presentato nessuna denuncia. Secondo quanto hanno dichiarato alcuni presenti, sembra che la rissa – senza feriti – sia nata fra due gruppi di ragazzi che due sere fa si trovavano per strada nella zona nuova della città. La ragazza sarebbe stata chiamata a voce alta “al maschile”, un atteggiamento che più volte era stata costretta a subire per strada e che avrebbe innescato la sua reazione”

Arcigay: “Fieri della reazione della donna”
A supporto della giovane donna è subito intervenuta l’Arcigay catanese con il suo presidente Armando Caravini. “Sono fiero della ragazza – ha dichiarato in una nota – perché non solo ha deciso di metterci la faccia, denunciando pubblicamente l’accaduto e diventando esempio per tanti/e che oggi hanno paura, ma per aver affrontato una situazione difficile.”
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Further information also available at: https://livesicilia.it/2020/07/08/sono-lesbica-e-orgogliosa-e-scoppia-una-violenta-rissa/