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Germany: young lesbian couple attacked

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According to witnesses a lesbian couple aged 18 and 21 were arguing before a snack in  Tempelhofer Damm at 10.45. A 53-year-old man from the snack bar became aware of this dispute, went to the two women and asked what was going on. When he was told that the two women were a couple, he is alleged to have verbally abused one. In addition, he is alleged to have grabbed the 21-year-old by her lapels and pushed her backwards. The 18-year-old then intervened to protect her and stood in between them, when the man allegedly struck the young woman in the face. The 21-year-old tried again to help her partner, whereupon the man grabbed her by the wrist and hit her with a fist in her face.
(Translated)

Nach Zeugenangaben soll ein lesbisches Pärchen im Alter von 18 und 21 Jahren gegen 10.45 Uhr zunächst vor einem Imbiss am Tempelhofer Damm miteinander in Streit geraten sein. Auf diesen Streit wurde ein 53-jähriger Mann aus dem Imbiss aufmerksam, ging zu den beiden Frauen hin und fragte, was los sei. Hierbei bekam er mit, dass die beiden Frauen ein Paar sind, und soll sie homophob beschimpft haben. Zudem soll er die 21-Jährige an ihrem Revers gepackt und sie nach hinten gestoßen haben. Die 18-Jährige griff daraufhin zum Schutz ihrer Freundin ein und stellte sich dazwischen. Daraufhin soll der Mann der jungen Frau ins Gesicht geschlagen haben. Die 21-Jährige versuchte nun wiederum ihrer Lebensgefährtin zu helfen, worauf der Mann sie an einem Handgelenk gepackt und ihr mit der Faust ins Gesicht geschlagen haben soll. Auf die Ankündigung hin, nun die Polizei zu alarmieren, ging der Mann in den Imbiss zurück.
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Continue reading at: https://www.queer.de/detail.php?article_id=33807 (Source)

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Australia: Matilda’s captain Sam Kerr exposes lesbophobic trolls

 

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Photo source: Sam Kerr’s Instagram (@samkerr1)

To understand the Matildas as subordinate to a coach is to misread the room; the Australian national women’s football team has always been a player-led environment. They have continued to express, to some deaf ears, they were happy under Milicic and buying into his game plan.
But the morning after their ‘miracle in Montpellier’, Kerr took aim at a new class of hater; the trolls and the homophobes.
The 25-year-old screen-captured one example of abuse, Tweeting it alongside a message: “For people getting upset about there being ‘no’ haters”.

Continue reading: https://www.sbs.com.au/news/we-don-t-listen-to-the-haters-matildas-captain-sam-kerr-lashes-out-at-critics (source)

U.K: Bus driver called lesbian cyclist a ‘f**king d*ke’

Natalie Lewendon riding a bike (not the day of the incident)

30-year-old Natalie Lewendon was riding her bicycle home from work in Bristol on Tuesday (11 June) just after 4pm.

As she was heading east on Church road through Lawrence Hill, the traffic slowed down and ‘without warning’, the car she was cycling alongside swung into her path, causing her to brake suddenly.

‘I began to tell the driver off for not looking,’ Lewendon exclusively told Gay Star News. ‘She completely owned that it was her fault and was instantly apologizing to me through the window.’

However, a First Bus bus driver approaching from the opposite direction stopped his bus — holding up traffic — to yell at Lewendon for being in the wrong.

‘I told him that he had no idea what he was talking about and to keep driving,’ Lewendon explained. ‘He continued, leaning out of his window, to berate me at full volume, telling me I was wrong.’

At this point, Lewendon put her bike on the pavement ground and approached the vehicle to get the bus driver’s name and badge number.

‘He continued to abuse me and gave me that “gab gab gab” hand gesture and then finally drove away,’ she said. ‘But not before leering at me and calling me a “fucking dyke”.

‘He dropped his voice while he did it. He knew it was wrong. Lots of people had stopped to watch,’ she said.

Continue reading: https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/
first-bus-sorry-driver-cyclist-slur/#gs.jafuyu
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Luleki Sizwe Womyn’s Project: Fighting for Lesbian Safety in South Africa

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In 2006, South Africa became the fifth country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage. So the country must be naturally progressive about LGBTQ equality, right?

The reality is that homophobia, brutal hate crimes, “corrective rape,” and other anti-LGBTQ violence persist, with profoundly heartbreaking effects. And it makes the fight for basic safety in the queer community risky and incredibly difficult.

But over the past decade, one organization has risen to the challenge. Luleki Sizwe Womyn’s Project (luleki-sizwe.com) is a non-profit devoted to delivering help and support to lesbians who are victims of homophobic attacks and rape across 10 South African township communities.

Funda of course welcomes donations — but the group has long encountered problems collecting international non-profit funds through its PayPal account. So, at present, the alternate donation method is via direct bank transfer, which this writer successfully did online in just a few minutes.

The organization’s business transaction account details are: Luleki Sizwe Womyn’s Project; Standard Bank South Africa, Cape Town; account number 071362940; branch code 024909; SWIFT code SBZAZAJJ. The Luleki Sizwe Womyn’s Project can be contacted at 071-171-9654 and info@luleki-sizwe.com. These details are also listed at luleki-sizwe.com/donate.

Continue reading: https://www.gaycitynews.nyc/
stories/2019/13/lulekisizwe-ndumie-funda-2019-06-11-gcn.html
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Update: Five teens arrested in lesbophobic attack

A lesbian couple was attacked on a douple-decker London bus late last month.

Five teenagers have been arrested in connection with a homophobic attack on a London bus late last month, London police say.

Melania Geymonat posted about the violent incident on her Facebook page last week, describing what began as a date night with her partner Chris. On the way home, a group of young men began harassing them. “They started behaving like hooligans, demanding that we kissed so they could enjoy watching, calling us ‘lesbians’ and describing sexual positions,” she wrote. The couple was beaten and bloodied by the group, who allegedly stole their belongings.

Continue reading: https://www.wgbh.org/news/international-news/2019/06/09/five-teens-arrested-in-homophobic-attack-on-london-bus (source)

Original article:  U.K: Lesbian couple beaten up because they refused to kiss

U.S: Lesbian Flag Excluded From The Sims

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Much like many other companies, Electronic Arts Inc joined in on the celebration of Pride month, which is held each June to honor the Stonewall riots of 1969. They did this by adding a handful of flags and other Pride gear to The Sims 4 that players could use in-game to celebrate. While the developers have seemingly always been inclusive for members of the LGBTQ+ communities, they definitely slipped up with the recently revealed addition as out of the 17 flags they included, they left out the lesbian flag.

Continue reading: https://comicbook.com/gaming/
2019/06/12/ea-called-out-excluding-lesbian-flag-the-sims-4/
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U.S: Lesbian makeup artist subjected to homophobic abuse

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A woman has gone viral on Twitter after she shared a screenshot of homophobic messages from a bride who wanted her to do her wedding makeup.

“How can you be a latina woman and be gay? You do know being gay is a sin correct.
I will pray for you my friend. I’m sorry that you’ve chosen a path that’s going to send you straight to hell. I think you do beautiful makeup but I just can’t have someone who’s gay being a part of my special day.
The wedding is in a church and I don’t want you walking into my church. If you at any chance change your mind about being gay let me know please so I can book you.”

Continue reading: https://metro.co.uk/2019/06/13/bride-messages-makeup-artist-homophobic-abuse-after-finding-out-shes-gay-9944030/ (source)

Cameroon: Assaults, rape, death threats over lesbian affair

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In April, when a Cameroonian man learned that his common-law wife was attracted to women, he assaulted her, raped her lover and threatened to kill them both.

“He burst into the house and struck me to the ground. He tore off my clothes. He assaulted my girlfriend and raped her in front of me as I lay on the floor helplessly. My lover lived in a secluded area, so no neighbors could hear our cries for help.

Before leaving, my husband hit me again on the head and vowed to return later to kill us. Afraid for our lives, my lover and I packed up and went to the home of one of her friends who agreed to host us for a few days.”

Continue reading: https://rightsafrica.com/2019
/06/13/cameroon-assaults-rape-death-threats-over-lesbian-affair/
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Update: FIFA Bars Afghan Soccer Chief guilty of sexual assault and intimidation

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FIFA on Saturday barred the president of Afghanistan’s soccer association from the sport for life, months after reports emerged that he had sexually assaulted players and had threatened them when they went public with their accusations.

Women who rebuffed his advances were labeled lesbians and expelled from the team, according to eight former players who said that it had happened to them. Those who went public said they faced intimidation.

Continue reading: https://www.nytimes.com/2019
/06/08/sports/soccer/afghanistan-soccer-sexual-abuse.html
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Original article: Afghanistan: abused soccer players silenced by claims of lesbianism

France: 2019 SOSHomophobie report documents an act of lesbophobia a day

The number of hateful acts against lesbians reported to SOS homophobia has jumped 42%, from 257 in 2017 to 365 in 2018. Lesbophobia cases thus represent 22% of all situations recorded, compared to 16% in 2017.
These figures are probably more indicative of lesbians than a reflection of an increase in lesbophobia. At the end of 2017, #MeToo and #BalanceTonPorc movements, followed by many other mobilizations, allowed the denunciation of acts of harassment and aggression towards women, revealing the extent of situations that were previously minimized. Lesbian testimonials are certainly part of this wave of demands.
Lesbophobic acts in public places go from 9% to 13%. In these spaces, cases of physical assault involve lesbians and gays alike, respectively 38% and 36% of assaults.
The testimonies collected at SOS homophobia also highlight the various forms of aggression experienced by lesbians.
(Translated)

Le nombre d’actes haineux à l’encontre des lesbiennes rapporté à SOS homophobie a bondi de 42 %, passant de 257 en 2017 à 365 en 2018. Les cas de lesbophobie représentent ainsi 22 % de l’ensemble des situations enregistrées, contre 16 % en 2017.
Ces chiffres sont probablement davantage révélateurs de la prise de parole des lesbiennes que le reflet d’une augmentation de la lesbophobie. Fin 2017, les mouvements #MeToo et #BalanceTonPorc, suivis de nombreuses autres mobilisations, ont permis la dénonciation d’actes de harcèlement et d’agression envers les femmes, révélant l’ampleur de situations jusqu’alors minimisées. Les témoignages de lesbiennes s’inscrivent donc assurément dans cette vague revendicative.
Les actes lesbophobes dans les lieux publics passent de 9 % à 13 %. Dans ces espaces, les cas d’agressions physiques concernent autant les lesbiennes que les gays, respectivement 38 % et 36 % des agressions.
Les témoignages recueillis à SOS homophobie mettent également en évidence les
diverses formes d’agressions vécues par les lesbiennes.
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Continue reading at: https://www.sos-homophobie.org/sites/default/files/rapport_homophobie_2019_interactif.pdf (Source)

Spain: Taxi driver assaults three women shouting lesbophobic insults

 

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Three women have denounced a taxi driver for alleged homophobic aggression in the parking lot of a discotheque in Viladecans, Barcelona. The taxi driver, as reported by the women, hit them and threw them to the ground after treating them as “bitches” and “bolleras de mierda”. Instead, the taxi driver says that it was the women who assaulted him.
(Translated)

Tres mujeres han denunciado a un taxista por una supuesta agresión homófoba en el aparcamiento de una discoteca de Viladecans, en Barcelona. El taxista, según han denunciado las mujeres, las pegó y los tiró al suelo después de tratarlas de “guarras” y de “bolleras de mierda”. En cambio, el taxista asegura que fueron las mujeres quien lo agredieron.
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Continue reading at: https://elcaso.elnacional.cat/es/sucesos/barcelona-taxista-agresion-homofoba-bolleras-viladecans_6312_102.html (Source)

Chile: Man assaults lesbian couple in subway

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The Movilh* has denounced a situation of homophobic violence occurred on Monday in the Quinta Normal subway, where a subject physically and verbally assaulted a young lesbian couple, when they were preparing to use the stairs. It all started when the man wanted to overtake them on the escalators and realized they were a couple. When this happened, they received strong threats from him, as well as a kick when he noticed that one of them was recording him.
(Translated)

El Movilh ha denunciado una situación de violencia homofóbica ocurrida este lunes en el metro Quinta Normal, donde un sujeto agredió física y verbalmente a una joven pareja de lesbianas, cuando ellas se disponían a utilizar las escaleras. Todo comenzó cuando el hombre quiso adelantarlas en las escaleras mecánicas y se dio cuenta que eran pareja. Cuando esto sucedió, recibieron fuertes amenazas de su parte, además de una patada cuando notó que una de ellas lo estaba grabando.
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Continue reading at: http://los40.cl/los40/2019/05/14/actualidad/1557865247_538902.html (Source)

* MOVILH is the Chilean Homosexual Movement for Integration and Liberation (Movimiento de Integración y Liberación Homosexual).

U.K: Lesbian actors targeted in ‘homophobic’ attack

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Two actors were attacked on their way to a theatre performance in what was described as a “cowardly homophobic hate crime”.
Lucy Jane Parkinson and Rebecca Banatvala were starring in Rotterdam, which tells the story of a young gay woman, at Southampton’s NST Campus.
The London-based couple said they were walking to the theatre for the matinee performance on Saturday when Ms Parkinson was hit by an object – possibly “stones”, according to police – apparently thrown from a passing car.
The final two performances of the Olivier Award-winning play by Jon Brittain were cancelled as a result.

Continue reading: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hampshire-48572800 (source)

France: Lesbian journalist threatened, harassed and told to kill herself

Emilie Lopez, former editor-in-chief of “Touche pas à mon Poste”, has been threatened with death on social networks by individuals who reproach her for being lesbian.
“In recent months, it has been ramping up with terrifying messages. I once received a video of a boy masturbating, who said to me, “You’ll see I’ll put it deep when I get to the studio.” Then last October, a guy on Instagram told me to “commit suicide” and attacked my girlfriend. This individual was speaking with his true identity, and with a real profile picture, and it really made me flip! I realised that all this was real, and I decided to file a complaint for the first time.”
(Translated)

Emilie Lopez, ex-rédactrice en chef de « Touche pas à mon Poste », a été menacée de mort sur les réseaux sociaux par des individus qui lui reprochent d’être lesbienne.
“Ces derniers mois, c’est allé crescendo avec des messages terrifiants. J’ai reçu un jour une vidéo d’un garçon en train de se masturber, qui me disait « Tu vas voir je vais te la mettre profond quand je vais arriver devant le studio ». Puis en octobre dernier, un mec sur Instagram m’a conseillé « d’aller me suicider », et s’en est pris à ma compagne. Cet individu s’exprimait avec sa véritable identité, et avec une vraie photo de profil, et ça m’a vraiment fait flipper ! Je me suis rendu compte que tout ça était bien réel, et j’ai décidé d’aller porter plainte, pour la première fois.”
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Brazil: lesbian tattoo artist murdered

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Photo from Facebook

The Civil Police of Rio de Janeiro found the body of the tattoo artist Joyce Cristina Vargas da Silva , 31 years old. Black woman, lesbian and passionate about tattooing. She had been missing since Monday, May 27, after going out with friends from a LGBTQ + nightclub, to Papa G Nightclub . According to the cousin of the victim, the friends left and Joyce decided to stay a little longer. … Agents of the Capital Homicide Division located her corpse near the rails of the Madureira train station, in the northern part of Rio de Janeiro. The information above is from O Globo newspaper and SBT Brasil . Still, according to what was disclosed by social networks there were signs of rape and the indication that the murder has lesbophobic motivation.
(Translated)

A Polícia Civil do Rio de Janeiro encontrou o corpo da tatuadora Joyce Cristina Vargas da Silva, 31 anos. Mulher negra, lésbica e apaixonada por tatuagem. Ela estava desaparecida desde a segunda-feira, 27 de Maio, após sair com amigas de uma boate LGBTQ+, a Boate Papa G. Segundo o primo da vítima, as amigas foram embora e Joyce resolveu ficar um pouco mais. … Agentes da Divisão de Homicídios da Capital localizaram o cadáver próximo aos trilhos da estação de trem de Madureira, na zona norte do Rio de Janeiro. As informações acima são do jornal O Globo e do SBT Brasil. Ainda, segundo o que foi divulgado pelas redes sociais havia sinais de estupro e a indicação que o assassinato tenha motivação lesbofóbica.
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Continue reading at: http://www.frrrkguys.com.br/tatuadora-e-assassinada-no-rio-de-janeiro/ (source)

UK: Lesbian journalist attacked after public event

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A leading British feminist, who campaigns against violence towards women, has claimed that she was attacked in Edinburgh last night by a transgender person.

Julie Bindel, the keynote speaker at an Edinburgh University event which discussed the future of women’s sex-based rights, said she was verbally abused, “lunged at” and almost “punched in the face”, by a transwoman as she left the building.

She thanked university security staff for protecting her and said she was still considering whether to press charges.

Continue reading: https://www.scotsman.com/news/crime
/feminist-speaker-julie-bindel-attacked-by-transgender-person-at-edinburgh-university-after-talk-1-4942260
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Editor’s note: The “Cathy Brennan” referred to in the article is not Cathy Brennan, the American lesbian lawyer.

U.K: Lesbian couple beaten up because they refused to kiss

Melania Geymonat (right) and her girlfriend Chris (left) were horrifically attacked when they refused to kiss for a gang of thugs’ entertainment on a London bus last week.

A lesbian couple have posted pictures of themselves covered in blood after a gang of thugs bashed them for not kissing for their entertainment.
Melania Geymonat, 28, of Uruguay, was on the bus with her American girlfriend Chris after an evening out in West Hampstead in the early hours of May 30.
Ms Geymonat, who lives in Essex, said the pair decided to sit at the front because they both enjoyed the novelty of a double-decker bus.
Then a gang of young men behind them saw they were a couple and started to demand they kiss while making crude sexual gestures.
“They wanted us to kiss so they could watch us,” she said.

Continue reading: https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/stewardess-and-girlfriend-bashed-on-bus-because-they-refused-to-kiss-for-gang-of-yobbos/news-story/a9096d8ef7feec545fc701e15102df7c (source)

Update: Update: Five teens arrested in lesbophobic attack

India’s first openly lesbian athlete faces family backlash

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Dutee Chand, India’s first openly gay athlete, is facing a barrage of criticism from her family after announcing she was in a same-sex relationship.
Her mother and father, Akhuji and Chakradhar Chand, have not accepted their daughter’s wish to “settle down” with her partner.
Mr Chand has called their relationship “immoral and unethical”, telling the Times of India: “She has destroyed the reputation of our village.”
In interviews with Indian media, however, Ms Chand does not seem fazed.
“Freedom of choice and freedom to love are my inalienable rights and I shall exercise it,” she told the Times of India.

Continue reading: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-48534449 (source)

India: Teenager beaten up and tied to a tree for being a lesbian

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A 19-year-old girl was beaten up and tied to a tree by residents of her village for being in a lesbian relationship, in Jagatsinghpur district on Friday. Sarmila Malla has been seeing a girl of the same village for the past six  months.

“We beat up and tied Sarmila to a tree in our village as she is a lesbian. She is immoral and has besmirched the name of our village,” said Ganesh Parida, a resident of Chandol.

On Saturday, the traumatised girl recounted the events of the previous day. “I was dragged out of my house by my neighbours. They beat me up and tied me to a tree. They abused and kicked me when my parents tried to rescue me,” Sarmila said.

Continue reading: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com
/city/bhubaneswar/odisha-girl-thrashed-tied-to-tree-for-being-in-same-sex-relationship/articleshow/69502055.cms?fbclid=IwAR1hzQge3aFZqYpcXBEsGSQ
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Ireland: Free Presbyterian minister criticises DUP over lesbian candidate

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A video has emerged that shows a Free Presbyterian minister criticising the DUP for selecting Alison Bennington to stand in the council elections.
Ms Bennington, the DUP’s first openly gay politician, was elected to Antrim and Newtownabbey Council on Friday.
In Rev Greer’s sermon from 21 April, prior to the local government elections, he said that Christians were “being conditioned into thinking that things that were once reprobated are now acceptable… such as sodomy.”
He described that as an “agenda”.
“Now we have the DUP putting up their candidate, who is an out-and-out lesbian, that’s what I mean,” he said.

Continue reading: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-politics-48205618 (source)