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Phillipines: Man kills wife over suspicion of being lesbian

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Matalam, Cotabato

MATALAM, North Cotabato – An enraged farmer on Tuesday shot dead his wife and another woman, whom he had suspected of being a lesbian, after finding them sleeping together inside the family home in Barangay Poblacion here.

Continue reading at:  http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1000054/enraged-husband-kills-wife-another-woman-in-north-cotabato (source)

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U.S: Lesbian ‘dismembered after being tricked into Tinder date with couple who wanted a threesome’

Lesbian dismembered 'after being tricked into Tinder date with couple who wanted threeway'

A woman was murdered and her body dismembered after she was tricked into a Tinder date with another woman whose secret boyfriend wanted a threesome.

Continue reading at: https://metro.co.uk/2018/06/13/lesbian-dismembered-tricked-tinder-date-by-couple-wanted-threesome-7628037/  (source)

 

U.S: Lesbian and Guide Dog Refused Access at Stonewall Inn

Last Friday, June 1st, Lynn Zelvin was denied entrance to the legendary New York bar Stonewall Inn. Zelvin, who is blind and has used a guide dog since 1999, was told by a bouncer she could not enter without providing proof that her dog was a service animal.

Continue Reading at: https://intomore.com/impact/lesbian-and-their-guide-dog-refused-access-at-stonewall-inn/5abd114e9bdf4101 (source)

U.S: Lesbian couple says Uber driver kicked them out over a kiss

A Big Apple Uber driver kicked a lesbian couple out of his car for kissing in the backseat — because he found the act “disrespectful,” according to video showing the aftermath of the incident.

Continue reading at: https://nypost.com/2018/06/11/lesbian-couple-says-uber-driver-kicked-them-out-over-a-kiss/ (source)

Oregon, US: charges dropped in road rage case

BEND, Ore. – Charges against a Redmond man in an alleged road rage incident that drew worldwide headlines were dismissed Monday by Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel, who said the alleged victim’s statements were not credible and that she faces charges as the alleged perpetrator in another recent road rage case.

 

Continue reading at: http://www.ktvz.com/news/da-charges-dropped-in-bend-road-rage-incident/751786474 (Source)

Original article: Oregon, US: man snaps woman’s arm, knocks fiancee out during brutal road rage attack

Massachusetts, US: Boston lesbian couple assaulted at bar by raging man screaming homophobic slurs: ‘He beat us both to a pulp’

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A lesbian couple says they were attacked at a Massachusetts pub by a random man who saw them kissing and began yelling homophobic slurs.

The incident happened at Dockside Restaurant in Malden, north of Boston, where Michelle Hart and Kelly Gonyer were meeting for a date.

“I kissed her,” Gonyer said. “That is what provoked everything. That made him very mad.”

Continue reading at: https://www.rawstory.com/2018/06/boston-lesbian-couple-assaulted-bar-raging-man-screaming-homophobic-slurs-beat-us-pulp/ (Source)

U.S: Lesbian teacher says cyberbullying drove her from the classroom

Amy Estes, a middle school teacher in Rocklin, says she was cyberbullied by her students after they learned she was gay. She is currently on leave from the school district.
A Rocklin teacher said a picture on Instagram of her and her partner, discovered by one of her students, began a series of incidents that drove her from her classroom and could trigger a lawsuit against the Rocklin Unified School District.
This week Amy Estes filed a discrimination complaint against the district with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing.
“I was outed,” said Estes, who is gay, but has never discussed that with students.
Estes, who has taught English at Spring View Middle School in Rocklin for five years, considered herself well-liked before the barrage of online taunts, nasty statements and memes began at the beginning of the school year.

Continue reading at: https://www.sacbee.com/latest-news/article212758569.html (source)

Oregon, US: man snaps woman’s arm, knocks fiancee out during brutal road rage attack

Update: Oregon, US: charges dropped in road rage case

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A deranged driver broke a woman’s arm with his bare hands, pummeled her repeatedly and then knocked her fiancée unconscious during a road rage eruption in central Oregon, according to cops and the battered couple.

Jay Allen Barbeau, 49, faces felony assault charges in the brutal Friday night attack that left Megan Stackhouse and Lucinda Mann wounded and reeling at a roundabout in Bend.

“The whole thing was absolutely horrifying,” Stackhouse, 34, told The Oregonian/OregonLive — shortly after doctors inserted pins, screws and plates into her fractured right radius.

Continue reading at: http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2018/06/oregon_man_snaps_womans_arm_kn.html (Source)

U.S: Lesbian Accuser Who Took Down Bill Cosby Gives First Interview in 13 Years

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This April, a jury found Bill Cosby guilty of drugging and raping Andrea Constand in 2004. The only case among more than 60 women who accused the fallen comedian of sexual assault for which the statute of limitations had not run out, Constand, a once promising basketball star, put herself on the line to take down the serial predator. In 2015 she even came out publicly as a lesbian to challenge her attacker’s assertion that he knew how to read the desires of the women he assaulted. This Friday, she spoke publicly for the first time in 13 years about the assault in a Dateline special entitled “Bringing Down Bill Cosby: Andrea Constand Speaks.”

Continue reading at: https://www.advocate.com/television/2018
/6/03/lesbian-accuser-who-took-down-bill-cosby-gives-first-interview-13-years
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St Louis, Missouri: Attack on young lesbian outside bar

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A police report was filed by a young lesbian, in late May 2018 in St. Louis after she was attacked outside the Grey Fox Pub by 3 individuals after a disagreement inside the bar.
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According to the victim, she was attending a drag show at a bar she used to frequent, when a trans identified female approached her and told her she was not welcome. The victim then responded “why, because I know you’re female?”

 

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The bartender then asked the victim to leave. According to the victim and her girlfriend, she was attacked by 3 individuals who were waiting just outside the door for her leave. She was beaten and sustained injuries, but is recovering at this time. The three individuals then took to social media to brag about beating the victim and were seemingly able to be identified through their social media accounts, some of which have since closed. 

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Social media posts by the attackers reveal that they knew the victim was a lesbian and referred to her several times as a “TERF”, a derogatory term used against anyone that questions gender identity.
One of the alleged attackers was apparently fired, with New American Funding releasing a statement condemning the attack.
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An investigation is now pending. There has been no reporting by mainstream LGBT media on this incident.

 

 

California: Court update on alleged murder of lesbian couple and adult child

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By DZ

Dana Rivers (formerly known as David Chester Warfield) was arrested on November 11, 2016 and charged with three counts of murder; arson of an inhabited space; and possession of metal knuckles. When police arrived after midnight at the burning home of Patricia A. Wright and Charlotte Ku’ulei Reed, a lesbian couple, they reportedly discovered Rivers exiting the home covered in blood.

According to police, Rivers was carrying knives and ammunition while attempting to flee on Reed’s motorcycle. Reed and Wright were found murdered along with their 19-year-old son, Toto “Benny” Diambu-Wright, one of their three children. The two women, known to friends as Pat and Char, had been repeatedly stabbed and shot to death; Benny had also been fatally shot. According to Officer Hector Jimenez, Rivers “began to make spontaneous statements about her involvement in the murders” while being detained by police.

On July 5, 2017 Rivers entered a plea in response to the charges: Not Guilty on all counts. Rivers also plead to deny each instance of Special Allegations and Special Circumstances related to the case, such as multiple murders and use of a deadly weapon.

Though there has been steady courtroom activity related to the case over the past year, media coverage been extremely scarce. Some reports have stated a possible motive involving a “property dispute.” Speaking under condition of anonymity, community sources say their knowledge of Rivers’ contact with Ms. Reed could suggest different possible motives. One source commented, “A property dispute is something like, ‘I want your motorcycle.’ And there was an attempt to take Char’s bike, but it seems more like an afterthought. If it was just about the motorcycle, then none of the rest of this had to happen. It just doesn’t make sense.”

Rivers is being held without bail at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, CA. Rivers appeared in court for a Pretrial Hearing at the Rene C. Davidson Courthouse in Oakland, CA on January 8, 2018 for a Pretrial Hearing and was then scheduled to appear for a Preliminary Hearing on January 22, 2018. Court records initially reflected that Rivers was represented by Defense Attorney Bonnie Lynn Narby. According to more recent records, Rivers has engaged an experienced criminal defense attorney–Timothy B. Rien of Rien, Adams & Cox.

Records list the District Attorney for prosecution as Christopher David Cavagnaro. During the January 8 Pretrial Hearing, Melissa Eileen Adams, Managing Partner of Rien, Adams & Cox, appeared in court to represent Rivers, and a D.A. who did not appear to be Mr. Cavagnaro appeared for the prosecution. During the proceedings, an additional Preliminary Hearing was scheduled for March 6, 2018.

On March 7, a Further Preliminary Examination was conducted; following that were another Arraignment and additional Hearings. Rivers last appeared in court on May 15, 2018 for a Disposition & Setting (D&S), and is next scheduled to appear on June 27, 2018 for another D&S.

Prior to being arrested for these crimes, Rivers had been best known as a transgender activist. Formerly a member of the Navy, Rivers had become a journalism teacher at a Sacramento area high school. After being fired for discussing personal matters related to gender transition with students, Rivers sued the school board and won a settlement. Additionally, Rivers participated in organized actions against the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival, a predominantly lesbian cultural institution (p44).

Patricia Wright, known as Pat, was a beloved public school teacher; Charlotte Reed, often called Char, had a successful hair salon catering especially to a clientele of trans people. Both women graduated from Mills College. Benny Diambu-Wright was a Berkeley High School graduate who, according to his brother, wanted to become a nurse. Pat, Char, and Benny are survived by family, including Reed and Wright’s two other children, as well as their extended family, friends, and communities.

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US: Lesbian Joann Newak Considers Legal Action After 1982 Dishonorable Discharge And Hard Labor Sentence

Photo source: https://newspaperarchive.com/syracuse-herald-journal-sep-27-1983-p-309/

Joann Newak had been sentenced to seven years hard labor. She was 23 years old, just coming to terms with her attraction to women. It landed her in maximum security military prison. “The very first lesbian relationship I had was with the partner that testified against me at my court marshall,” she says. “It’s like screwing around for the first time and getting pregnant. That was my first experience.”

The year wasn’t 1930. The country wasn’t on some far-flung continent. It was 1982. She was stationed in New York.

Newak is among an estimated 100,000 LGBTQ former service members that were discharged without an “honorable” distinction. When “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” (DADT) the military policy banning service members from serving openly, was repealed, their discharges were never upgraded. More than 30 years later, she considers, for the first time, that she may be owed an honorable discharge. Her attorney, Elizabeth Kristen, says they are going to pursue legal options to obtain one.

Continue reading at: https://intomore.com/impact/Former-Lesbian-Air-Force-Member-Considers-Legal-Action-After-Dishonorable-Discharge-And-Hard-Labor-Sentence-in-1982/3ea2d7cf64db42dc

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South Carolina, US: Hilton Head Catholic school rejected lesbian couple’s kids

 

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[Two] Hilton Head mothers, who have been legally married since 2009, applied to St. Francis Catholic School earlier this spring in hopes that their two children would attend in the 2018-19 school year.

The couple requested that neither they nor their children be named in this story out of fear of harassment.

One of the mothers, who spoke with the school’s pastor over the phone after receiving a rejection via email, said the priest told her: “Your children have been denied because you’re homosexual. If we admit your children, it will send a bad message to the other families.”

St. Francis by the Sea Catholic Church’s pastor, the Rev. Mike Oenbrink, said Friday that he rejected the children’s application because of the same-sex marriage, not the mothers’ sexual orientation.

Continue reading at: http://www.islandpacket.com/news/local/education/article211817424.html (Source)

U.K: Outspoken lesbian activist attacked on street

Magdalen Berns, an outspoken lesbian activist who was last year treated for a brain tumour, was reportedly attacked on a UK street, sustaining blows to her head.

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The motives for the attack are as yet unknown, with silence from LGBT news sources on the attack. A stranger stepped in to defend Magdalen Berns and was himself attacked further.

Source:  https://twitter.com/MagdalenBerns/
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UK immigration official ‘told lesbian to find religion and get cured’

Lesbian told by UK immigration to 'find religion and get cured of her sexuality'

Ugandan lesbian Awori was forced to leave her homeland after being called ‘evil’ and beaten for being gay.
The 37-year-old said she was detained for four hours the first time she put her first asylum application in.
“This Home Office guy asked me to change. He told me to go to a church and repent and then I will stop claiming I am a lesbian.”

Continue reading at: https://metro.co.uk/2018/05/16/uk-immigration-official-told-lesbian-to-find-religion-and-get-cured-7547511/  (source)

Lesbian endures Islamic exorcism, flees from Chechnya

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A young Chechen lesbian was subjected to an Islamic “exorcism” recently at the insistence of her family, who believed that her sexual orientation was a sign of demonic possession.
She said that her family threatened to kill her or imprison her in a mental hospital if she did not agree to the exorcism.

Continue reading at: https://76crimes.com/2018/05/09/lesbian-endures-islamic-exorcism-flees-from-chechnya/  (source)

Ireland: Attacker drilled hole in lesbian’s head, court told – teen boy remanded

Brenda McLaughlin

A woman sustained a circular hole in her skull when she was attacked with part of a drill during a suspected homophobic attack in Northern Ireland, police have told a court.
Brenda McLaughlin told officers she believed she was targeted on Saturday because she is homosexual and it is being treated as a hate crime.

Continue reading at: https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/
northern-ireland/attacker-drilled-hole-in-gay-womans-head-court-told-teen-boy-remanded-36881422.html
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Texas School Bans Lesbian Couple From Going To Prom Together

Administrators at a Texas high school told two lesbians they couldn’t go to prom together.
Merary Melchor, a senior at John Tyler High School, applied twice for tickets to take Sydney Aparicio, her girlfriend of more than two years and a freshman at another high school, to prom. But school officials denied Melchor’s request both times, even after she obtained permission from an administrator.

Continue reading at: http://www.newnownext.com/lesbian-couple-banned-prom-texas/05/2018/ (source)

Mississippi Youth Court judge denies lesbian couple adoption of new baby

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A lesbian couple were supposed to pick up their new foster child from Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. On their way home from the hospital, after meeting their new child, they were told a judge changed his mind about the approval.

Continue reading at: https://www.rawstory.com/2018/04/
mississippi-youth-court-judge-denies-lesbian-couple-adoption-new-baby-reason-absurd/
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Kenya bans lesbian love story film

Kenyan authorities have banned a film that tells the love story of two women and is set to debut at Cannes Film Festival next month, saying it promotes lesbianism.
The film “Rafiki”, a word that means friend in KiSwahili, was this week invited to premiere at the prestigious festival in France — the first Kenyan film to receive to be invited.

Continue reading at: https://www.iol.co.za/news/africa/kenya-bans-lesbian-love-story-film-rafiki-set-to-debut-at-cannes-14676629 (source)