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Bulgaria: Man punches lesbian in the face after calling her a homophobic slur

Man punches lesbian in the face calls her a 'dirty fa****t' in Bulgaria

A woman in Bulgaria is in a ‘stupor’ after homophobic attack where a man punched her in the face in the capital Sofia.
Galya Petkova was walking her dog on Sunday afternoon (10 February) and trying to enjoy the rare sunny day.
A man in his 40s approached her and called her a ‘dirty faggot’.
Petkova, 45, tried to ignore him and kept walking through the park. But she then heard the man coming up behind her and before she knew it, he had allegedly punched her in the face. The blow was so hard it knocked two of her teeth out and cracked a third.
‘I don’t want to see you in this area again,’ he told her.

Continue reading at: https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/man-punches-lesbian-in-the-face-calls-her-a-dirty-fat-in-bulgaria/#gs.yGC59INO (source)

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U.S: Cancelled black history month event due to speaker being lesbian

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A Catholic school in Durham, N.C., canceled classes and a Black History Month event Friday because various groups planned to protest the appearance of a lesbian speaker at the program.
The speaker in question, Vernetta Alston, is a Durham City Council member, an attorney, and an alumna of the school, Immaculata Catholic.

Continue reading at: https://www.advocate.com/religion/
2019/2/08/catholic-school-cancels-black-lesbian-speaker-black-history-events
(source)

Nantes, France: Lesbophobic abuse against female attendees of LGBTI centre

Nante lesbophobic abuse at LGBTI centre

Women attending a parenting meeting at Lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) center in Nantes received sexist and lesbophobic insults on Saturday. Three complaints were filed.

(Translated)

Des femmes qui participaient à une réunion sur la parentalité, au centre lesbien, gay, bi et trans (LGBT), à Nantes, ont reçu des insultes à caractère sexiste et lesbophobe, samedi. Trois plaintes ont été déposées.

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Continue reading at: https://www.ouest-france.fr/pays-de-la-loire/nantes-44000/nantes-insultees-dans-le-centre-gay-et-lesbien-6210562 (Source)

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Cadiz, Spain: couple arrested for abusing and attacking lesbians

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The National Police, as a continuation of the identification procedures carried out by local police on the night of the alleged homophobic attack in Cádiz, have located and detained a man and a woman as alleged perpetrators of a crime of aggravated injuries, with the hostility towards the victims apparently due to their sexual orientation. The detained couple allegedly insulted and assaulted two girls in the entertainment area of ​​Punta de San Felipe who were kissing at the door of one of the barsThis incident was publicly condemned by the City Council and different LGTBI groups from Cadiz who called a rally in the Plaza del Palillero, including a kissed one, “in rejection of lesbophobic aggression”.

(Translated)

La Policía Nacional, como continuación a las gestiones de identificación realizadas la misma noche de los hechos por la Policía Local ante una posible agresión homófoba en Cádiz, ha localizado y detenido a un hombre y a una mujer como presuntos autores de un delito de lesiones agravado por la actitud hostil hacía las víctimas debido a su orientación e identidad sexual. Se trata de la pareja que en la madrugada del pasado sábado insultó y agredió en la zona de ocio de la Punta de San Felipe a dos chicas que se besaban en la puerta de uno de los baresEste hecho tuvo su condena pública por parte del Ayuntamiento y en la tarde del pasado martes diferentes colectivos LGTBI gaditanos convocaban una concentración en la plaza del Palillero, incluyendo una besada, “en repulsa a la agresión lesbofóbica”.

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Continue reading at: https://www.diariobahiadecadiz.com/noticias/cadiz/la-policia-detiene-a-la-pareja-que-insulto-y-agredio-por-su-orientacion-sexual-a-dos-chicas-en-la-punta-de-san-felipe/ (Source)

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Chile: Lesbian couple attacked after saving man from possible accident

Lesbianas Existimos y Resistimos

The president of Movilh-Biobío, Paola Laporte, reported that on February 2 “the couple was contacted by the mother of the aggressor, a 75-year-old woman who asked them to please go and look for her son on the road, who was drunk and could be run over. ” The couple acceded at once and in their own truck went to look for the subject, (44), finding him at the stop 12 of Route S-61. After talking and convincing him to return home, the women moved him into their own truck. When getting out of the vehicle, the aggressor began to verbally abuse them with homophobic slurs and kicked and punched them. 

(Translated)

La presidenta de Movilh-Biobío, Paola Laporte, relató que el pasado 2 de febrero “la pareja fue contactada por la madre del agresor, una mujer de 75 años que les pidió por favor fueron a buscar a su hijo a la carretera, pues se encontraba ebrio y lo podían atropellar”. La pareja accedió al instante y en su propia camioneta salió a buscar al sujeto, Francisco Javier Linares Huenchumil (44), encontrándolo en el paradero 12 de la Ruta S-61. Tras conversar y convencerlo de regresar a su casa, las mujeres lo trasladaron en su propia camioneta. Al bajar del vehículo, el agresor comenzó a tratarlas a viva voz de “mariconas”, “fletas”, además de propinarles golpes de puño y patadas a ambas.

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Continue reading at: https://www.lacuarta.com/cronica/noticia/sujeto-lesbianas-salvaron-accidente/335568/ (Source)

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Namibia: Lesbian asylum seeker in Scotland fears forced marriage to man if deported

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Isabella Katjiparatijivi came to Scotland in October 2017, seeking asylum from prejudice because of her sexuality.
Speaking exclusively to The Sunday National, Katjiparatijivi explained that she fears being forced into an arranged marriage if she is deported.
“Lesbianism is not yet legalised in Namibia but there’s an organisation working to legalise it. In my tribe they do not allow two women to get married or be in a relationship.
“My dad doesn’t allow me to be a lesbian and that’s why I came here to seek asylum.
“When he found out I was a lesbian he was planning to arrange a marriage for me, because he and the rest of the tribe believe that if you sleep with a man it ‘cures’ you.
“If I go back my father will try to arrange another marriage because that’s what he believes.”

Continue reading at: https://www.thenational.scot/news/
17405017.lesbian-asylum-seeker-in-scotland-fears-forced-marriage-to-man-if-deported/
(source)

U.S: Teacher harassed for being a lesbian

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A former Virginia teacher is suing a school district, saying she was repeatedly harassed for being a lesbian and was told to “be more feminine” by administrators.
She said she was told to wear skirts, get bangs, and be more feminine in order to be “less intimidating as a person.”

Continue reading at: https://www.thisisinsider.com/virginia-teacher-dina-persico-claims-she-was-harassed-for-being-lesbian-2019-2 (source)

Jamaica: Lesbian prisoners raped in an attempt to ‘cure’ them

Lesbian prisoners in Jamaica raped in an attempt to 'cure' them

Lesbian prisoners in Jamaica are subjected to ‘corrective rape’, a study revealed today (5 February).
Women in prison are raped out of a ploy to ‘cure’ them of their sexuality, according to activists.
Carla Moore, a lecturer at the University of the West Indes, has explored LGBTI experiences in prison.
Moore said: ‘The thing that lesbians have to deal with that we often overlook is corrective rape.
‘It is quite prevalent in Jamaica where people think if you rape a lesbian you turn her straight.’

Continue reading at: https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/
lesbian-prisoners-in-jamaica-orrective-rape/#gs.IxIH0rj7
(source)

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Lebanon: legal case fails to ban show giving lesbians voice

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The freedoms of individuals and expression won a clear victory yesterday, with the decision of the judge of summary of Beirut, Marie-Christine Eid, to reject the appeal presented the day before, Tuesday, January 29, 2019, by a handful of lawyers to ban the broadcast of the program Ana Heyk (“I am like”) which gives the floor to lesbians. A show by star presenter Neshan Der Haroutiounian on the Al-Jadeed TV channel, which lawyers Mohammad Ziad Jaafil, Michel Fallah, Lina Sahmarani, Mohammad Assad Safsouf and trainee lawyer Omar Chbaro said, “promotes deviant social cases and highlights them as if they were examples to follow for the younger generation. This goes against the laws in force and more particularly the penal code, and undermines the moral values of the Lebanese society “.

(Translated)

Les libertés individuelles et d’expression ont remporté une franche victoire hier, avec la décision de la juge des référés de Beyrouth, Marie-Christine Eid, de rejeter le recours présenté la veille, mardi 29 janvier 2019, par une poignée d’avocats visant à interdire la diffusion de l’émission Ana Heyk (« je suis ainsi ») qui donne la parole à des lesbiennes. Une émission du présentateur vedette, Neshan Der Haroutiounian, sur la chaîne télévisée al-Jadeed, et qui, selon les avocats Mohammad Ziad Jaafil, Michel Fallah, Lina Sahmarani, Mohammad Assad Safsouf et l’avocat stagiaire Omar Chbaro, « fait la promotion des cas sociaux déviants et les met en lumière comme s’il s’agissait d’exemples à suivre pour la jeune génération. Ce qui va à l’encontre des lois en vigueur et plus particulièrement du code pénal, et sape les valeurs morales de la société libanaise ».

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Continue reading at: https://www.lorientlejour.com/article/1155215/malgre-les-pressions-islamistes-lemission-televisee-ana-heyk-donne-la-parole-a-des-lesbiennes.html (Source)

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U.S: Lesbian married parents aren’t treated the same, legally, as straight couples

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Half of married gay women in Minnesota are forced to adopt their own children under Minnesota law.
That inequity — man-woman married couples don’t have this hurdle — is a paradox, since same-sex married couples are supposed to have the same rights in the state. In 2013, same-sex marriage became legal.
The legal inequity is the result of other laws — with gender-specific language — that were never changed when same-sex marriage was legalized. Outside of gay-rights advocates and the affected parents themselves, the situation appears to have received little public attention, until now.

Continue reading at: https://www.twincities.com/2019/01/29/
marriage-equality-lesbian-married-parents-actually-arent-treated-the-same-legally-as-straight-couples-will-it-change/
(source)

Mexico: lesbian university students harassed by students and staff

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Despite being the ones who received the harassment, the students, aged 22 and 23, claimed to have been suspended by the UANL for five days. They also indicated that they had asked their faculty to help them identify the identity of their abuser and denounce it, but they did not receive the support. “When I returned to school, the teachers were not insulting, telling me that I deserved the blows for being a lesbian,” said Carina.

(Translated)

 

Pese a ser quienes recibieron la agresión, las estudiantes, de 22 y 23 años, aseguraron haber sido suspendidas por la UANL por cinco días. También señalaron haber pedido ayuda a su facultad para saber la identidad de su agresor y denunciarlo, pero no recibieron el apoyo. “Al regresar a la escuela, los maestros no estuvieron insultando, diciendome que yo merecía los golpes por ser lesbiana”, acusó Carina.

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Continue reading at: https://www.animalpolitico.com/2019/01/agresiones-estudiantes-universidad-nl/ (Source)

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Chile: young lesbian raped by stepfather then beaten by father for her sexuality

 

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A 14-year-old girl in Chile revealed her stepfather allegedly raped her. But [her] biological father who beat her saying she deserved to be raped ‘for being a lesbian’. The girl told her partner in December that her stepfather had raped her the year before. Her mother then sent her away to live with her biological father, but she was not safer there either. According to Chile’s main LGBTI organization, Movilh, her evangelical Christian father allegedly has kept the girl detained illegally. He has also stopped her from speaking to anyone and beat her with a leash. He claimed she deserved the rape and that he beat her to get the ‘bad out of her’.

Continue reading at: https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/father-of-raped-daughter-said-she-deserved-it-for-being-a-lesbian/#gs.XS9ENA9V (Source)

U.K: Lesbian told, by her boss, to keep her sexuality quiet wins sex discrimination case

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A lesbian told to keep her sexuality secret has won a sex discrimination case against the boss who told her to stay in the closet.
Ashleigh McMahon, a quality control manager at a firm in Lancashire, was told to keep quiet as the company ‘did not have any other gay people working for it’.

Continue reading at: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6615033/Lesbian-told-sexuality-quiet-no-gay-people-work.html (source)

Chechyna: little news on lesbians in latest crackdown

Listening2Lesbians has been unable to find any specific information on what is happening to Chechen lesbians, except for reports which note that both lesbians and gay men have been detained. In 2017, informations on lesbians was similarly scarce, with reports emerging later that confirmed lesbians were often trapped in the private realm, suffering double oppression as women and homosexuals.

Listening2Lesbians has reached out to advocates, seeking information on the plight of lesbians in Chechnya through this escalation in anti lesbian and gay persecution.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact us via:

2017 Listening2Lesbians articles:

 

2017 articles not previously shared on Listening2Lesbians:


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A spokesman for Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov,  told the Interfax news agency on Monday that the reports are “complete lies and don’t have an ounce of truth in them.” He insists that no LGBT people have been detained. But the Russian LGBT Network claims they have been helping the victims and on Monday said about 40 men and women have been detained since December and two have died as a result of torture. The detainees are believed to be kept in the same facility that was named in the 2017 reports.

First reports of the crackdown appeared on Friday, but activist did not release any details until Monday. “Widespread detentions, torture and killings of gay people have resumed in Chechnya,” Igor Kochetkov, program director at the Russian LGBT Network said. “Persecution of men and women suspected of being gay never stopped. It’s only that its scale has been changing.”

Continue reading at: https://sdgln.com/news/2019/01/14/chechnya-gay-purge-resumes-2-dead-40-custody-reports-say (Source)

South Dakota, US: lesbian widow fights for survivor benefits

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A former Rapid City police officer has asked South Dakota’s Supreme Court to allow her to collect state retirement system survivor benefits after her wife, a former police captain, died of cancer.

An attorney for retired Rapid City officer Debra Anderson argued Tuesday to the high court that South Dakota’s previous unconstitutional prohibition against same-sex marriage can’t be used to deny Anderson the benefits.

Continue reading at: https://www.thetelegraph.com/news/article/The-Latest-Supreme-Court-to-decide-same-sex-13517495.php (Source)

Ghana: Bar Association President Anthony Forson Jnr. accused of raping two lesbians


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Ghana Bar Association President Anthony Forson Jnr. could find himself in the same sort of soup as a second lady has come forward to tell her story of alleged rape perpetrated by the GBA Prez. Kuukuwa Andam, the Canadian based Ghanaian lawyer who reported the first alleged rape, received a message anonymously from another lady who alleges being raped by Forson. According to her, ‘Tony’ also raped her, and because he knew she was a lesbian he blackmailed her with that knowledge to keep her mouth shut.

Continue reading at: https://www.ghanacelebrities.com/2019/01/16/metoo-second-lady-steps-forward-to-tell-her-story-of-allegedly-being-raped-by-gba-president-anthony-forson-jnr/ (Source)

Lesbian survival in rural Bundelkhand, India

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For the past six years, Abhilasha and Deepshika had endured forced separation, marriages to men they did not desire, humiliation and constant taunts from their families. Their “marriage by media” was the result of love, fear that their families might kill them, and confusion as they — and their lawyer — mistakenly thought that same-sex marriage was legal in India. It isn’t. In September 2018, the Indian Supreme Court judgement overturned a colonial-era law banning gay sex. The court stopped short of legalising gay marriage but, as Abhilasha and Deepshika’s story reveals, people in love are forcing a national reckoning in pockets of India long considered too parochial, socially conservative, or outright dangerous to consider the possibility that two women may want to spend the rest of their lives together.

Continue reading at: https://www.huffingtonpost.in/entry/in-rural-bundelkhand-a-lesbian-couple-tries-to-make-a-life_in_5c3c1289e4b0922a21d62164 (Source)

Mallorca, Spain: lesbian speaks out against harassment and violence from police colleagues

Sonia Vivas

She is a policewoman by vocation and she will remain so for life, despite the fact that she has requested a leave of absence and plans to leave the corps because “the police that are in my head and in my heart do not exist”. Sonia Vivas suffered for years of humiliating treatment for her status as a woman and lesbian, according to a ruling of the Provincial Court of Palma, which sentenced two of her colleagues to prison.

(Translated)

Es policía por vocación y lo seguirá siendo toda la vida, a pesar de que ha pedido una excedencia y se plantea abandonar el Cuerpo porque “la Policía que está en mi cabeza y en mi corazón no existe”. Sonia Vivas sufrió durante años trato vejatorio por su condición de mujer y lesbiana, según ratificó una sentencia de la Audiencia Provincial de Palma, que condenó a prisión a dos de sus compañeros.

(Original)

Continue reading at https://www.elplural.com/sociedad/policia-violencia-de-genero-machismo-homofobia-trata-de-mujeres_209272102 (Source)

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Update: Lesbian retirement community discrimination lawsuit dismissed

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A federal lawsuit filed by a married lesbian couple alleging they were discriminated against by a Sunset Hills retirement community that declined to let them move in together has been dismissed, according to a decision filed on Wednesday.

The Fair Housing Act does not protect against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, the decision by U.S. District Judge Jean C. Hamilton concludes.

Continue reading at: https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/judge-dismisses-lesbian-couple-s-lawsuit-alleging-discrimination-by-sunset/article_e3afa21a-b3a9-5f71-a4b4-2b504598a15d.html (Source)

Original Article: U.S: Lesbian couple denied housing in Sunset Hills senior living community, lawsuit claims

Arizona, US: Lesbian alleges discrimination by Phoenix Chili’s restaurant

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Meagan Hunter worked at a north Phoenix Chili’s restaurant for two years. In that time, she said her bosses praised her constantly and even recommended her for a promotion. After going to training for that new position, however, she said everything changed. “To succeed in this company, I (was told) I would have to dress more gender appropriate,” Hunter told Arizona’s Family. Hunter is a lesbian and said a boss told her she needed to dress more feminine if she truly wanted the promotion.

Continue reading at: https://www.azfamily.com/news/lesbian-alleges-discrimination-by-phoenix-chili-s-restaurant-over-dress/article_79009d9e-19f0-11e9-8592-a7547b5b7626.html (Source)