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Methodist court ruling a blow for openly lesbian bishop

The court said Oliveto’s marriage violates church law that bars clergy who are in same-sex relationships. The court said she’s now subject to a disciplinary review that could end with her being ousted from the job.

Continue reading at: Methodist court ruling a blow for openly lesbian bishop – NBC-2.com WBBH News for Fort Myers, Cape Coral & Naples, Florida (Source)

Lesbian couple found safe in Istanbul

Women were missing for three days after one of their fathers tricked them into flying to the Middle East.

Continue reading at: ‘Vanished’ lesbian couple found safe in Istanbul (Source)

Lesbian couple vanish after father tricked them into flying to Middle East

A London-based lesbian couple has vanished after being ‘tricked’ into flying to the Middle East. Maria Jimena Rico Montero, originally from Argentina, and her Egyptian girlfriend Shaza Ismail have not made contact with their family since Monday (24 April).Montero’s mother alleges Ismail’s ‘disapproving’ father tricked them into flying to Dubai. Homosexuality is punishable by death in the United Arab Emirates.

Continue reading at: Lesbian couple vanish after father ‘tricked’ them into flying to Middle East (Source)

It’s Lesbian Visibility Day! Stop the erasure of lesbians (today and every day)

Today is Lesbian Visibility Day, a good day to remember that the “L” in “LGBTQ” is probably the least celebrated and visible of all those ever-expanding letters. The reason for that isn’t hard to identify: lesbians are women. They challenge the root of patriarchy, heterosexist notions of “family,” and porn culture, simply by existing.  How much more threatening does it get?

Continue reading at: It’s Lesbian Visibility Day! Stop the erasure of lesbians (today and every day) (Source)

Lesbians Over Everything: Out and Proud, Lesbian Visibility Day 2017

In celebration of lesbian visibility day, here are six real life lesbian adults who are out, proud, and living their best lives.

Continue reading at: Lesbian Visibility Day | (Source)

Chelsea Savage: Lesbian, cult survivor, politician, sets her sights on Virginia House seat

Chelsea Savage survived life in a cult, found the strength to leave her husband, and is now an out and proud lesbian looking to begin a political career.

Continue reading at: Lesbian cult survivor sets her sights on Virginia House seat / LGBTQ Nation (Source)

Glasgow: Man yells ‘f***ing dyke’ before striking woman in homophobic attack

This blow left the victim, who fled the scene shortly after, with a cut below her left eye. Westwater pleaded guilty to behaving in a threatening and abusive manner by shouting, swearing, uttering homophobic remarks, threatening his victim with violence and striking her

Continue reading at: Man yells ‘f***ing dyke’ before striking woman in homophobic attack · PinkNews (Source)

Police let men who brutally beat 5 lesbians ride off in taxis, claim victims

Now two victims have told BBC South Today that police let people they accused of attacking them ride off in taxis.  One victim, who remains anonymous, said: “I don’t think they handled it well at all.

Continue reading at: Police let men who brutally beat 5 lesbian women ride off in taxis, claim victims · PinkNews (Source)

Corrective Rape Upheld: Judge fails to convict Innes Frazer of sexual assault on disabled lesbian teenager

As he was cleared of sexual assault at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court, Innes Frazer, 30, was slammed by a judge for abusing the vulnerable teenager ‘for his own sexual gratification’. (Isn’t this called rape?)

Continue reading at: Man cleared of sexual assault on disabled lesbian teenager | Daily Mail Online (Source)

Methodists to consider expulsion of married lesbian bishop

The United Methodist Church is to hold a hearing tomorrow to consider the future of a married lesbian who was elected as a bishop.  San Francisco pastor Karen Oliveto was elected unanimously to serve as bishop of the UMC Western Jurisdiction last year, in spite of official rules which ban LGBT ministers from serving openly.

Continue reading at: Methodists to consider expulsion of married lesbian bishop · PinkNews (Source)

Chinese women’s basketball team wants lesbians away from sports

What exactly did the banner say? The New York Times had a translation:

“Protect traditional Chinese morals. Defend core socialist values. Resist corrosion from decadent Western thoughts. Keep homosexuality far from campus.”

 

Continue reading at: Chinese women’s basketball team wants to keep gays ‘far from campus’ – Outsports (Source)

Uganda: Lesbian refugee shares her story 

Yudaya is a member of Out and Proud Africa which is an African Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Intersex rights and human rights activist charity. Their mission is to defend human dignity, freedom, justice and equality for LGBTI people in Africa.

Continue watching at: WATCH: This refugee’s story will open your eyes to the fears LGBTIs face in Uganda (Source)

Australian research project documents lesbian witch-hunts in military before ban lifted

“They were doing these big witch-hunts on us… it was terrifying to a 17-year-old kid,” Jeffries said. “They’d been following us. They’d done a log, like at 2.35 on Thursday afternoon you drove 4.6km and you stopped at this hamburger shop, then you drove down the river and were there for 3.5 hours.”

Continue reading at: This Is What Happened To Gay People In The Military Before The Ban Was Lifted (Source)

Brutal attack on five lesbians in Portsmouth, UK

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23 year old victim’s injuries sustained in the attack by 15 men

FIVE lesbians were brutally attacked by more than 15 men in a homophobic attack. Thugs punched one woman so hard she lost seven front teeth in a single blow, another was left bleeding and fitting and a third feared she would be killed in the onslaught. One of the victim’s sisters, 27, who witnessed the attack, said: ‘The men had got off the girls but they were still hitting the older woman, I’d say at least 20 or 30 times.

 

 

Illinois: Lesbian couple’s son denied enrollment in Catholic school

Kate and Ann Bloomfield planned to send their sons to Catholic school and raise them in the Catholic Church — until about a month ago, that is, when they were told they could not enroll their oldest son in school because they’re lesbians. That’s the response the Bloomfields received when they inquired about preschool at the Cathedral of St. Peter School in Rockford.

Continue reading at: Lesbian couple’s son denied enrollment in Rockford Catholic school – News – Rockford Register Star – Rockford, IL (Source)

Lesbian rocker leaves social media after being taunted by this hateful meme

This slap in the face came shortly after Beeching says she received a 7-page handwritten letter telling her she’s “headed to hell” and that she must make a U-turn to get off “the path of wrath” and “repent from the sin of lesbianism.”

Continue reading at: Lesbian rocker leaves social media after being taunted by this hateful meme / LGBTQ Nation (Source)

Marvel’s lesbian erasure from Black Panther film sparks fan outrage

Marvel has moved to quash speculation that two warriors in the upcoming film Black Panther will be in a lesbian relationship. The film, due to be released in February 2018, is about T’Challa, the superhero king and protector of African nation Wakanda, who featured in Captain America: Civil War.  Fans had been excited by the prospect of Okoye and Ayo, two of the titular character’s bodyguards, getting together as Ayo and fellow female warrior Aneka do in the comics.

Continue reading at: Marvel’s lesbian ‘erasure’ from Black Panther film sparks fan outrage · PinkNews (Source)

Australia: Lesbian comedian Hannah Gadsby to take permanent break from comedy

“People are a bit more free to be derogative, and I think underpinning that is toxic masculinity – there are disempowered men who are angry now at anything that’s different and that includes LGBTI people.”

Continue reading at: Hannah Gadsby to take permanent break from comedy – Star Observer (Source)

Arizona Supreme Court considers rights of lesbian parents

PHOENIX — The Arizona Supreme Court will decide whether the same-sex spouse of a gay woman who has given birth is entitled to the same parental presumptions and rights as if she were a man.In a brief order, the justices said they want to review claims that state laws governing who is legally presumed to be the parent of a child apply only when that other person is male, arguments rejected by the state Court of Appeals.

Continue reading at: Supreme Court considers gay-rights case | News | paysonroundup.com (Source)

London’s highest ranking police officer comes out

London’s highest ranking police officer revealed she is in a same-sex relationship.  In February the queen appointed Cressida Dick to become the new Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, London’s police force.  She is the first woman to hold the rank since it was created in 1829.  Now she has also become the first out LGBTI person to hold the rank.  Her partner Helen is also a police officer.

Continue reading at: London’s highest ranking police officer quietly comes out (Source)