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U.S: Lesbian music teacher outed to her bosses and then fired

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On October 2, administrators at Covenant Christian School in Palm Beach, Florida, summoned part-time musical theater teacher Monica Toro Lisciandro to tell her that someone had anonymously called the school accuse her of being in a relationship with a woman, attending a Pride festival, and hosting an LGBTQ group in her private acting studio.

“Well, it’s true,” Lisciandro replied. Soon after, the school fired her even though she had taught there for the last three years and was in the middle of directing the musical You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. The school then informed parents via letter that she’d no longer be teaching due to “personal reasons.”

Continue reading: https://www.lgbtqnation.com/
2019/10/musical-theater-teacher-outed-bosses-fired-immediately/
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Italy: Lesbian couple’s car vandalised at home

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Pantano area, Civitavecchia (in the province of Rome). When they woke, Monica and Romina discovered that their car had been vandalised in the night, with two homophobic phrases. Monica and Romina are a lesbian couple, who were born and raised in Civitavecchia, and it is in their city that they decided to live together. They have been in a relationship for over 10 years, and together with their 3 children, they are a beautiful rainbow family. But tonight someone decided to have fun writing two highly offensive phrases about their car.

“Lecca vongole” [clam lickers] is clearly written. The second sentence is written in Romanian, reports Fabrizio Marrazzo, spokesman for the Gay Centre. These two slang terms are commonly used to refer [pejoratively] to lesbian women.
(Translated)

Zona Pantano, Civitavecchia (in provincia di Roma). Monica e Romina, al loro risveglio, hanno scoperto che nella notte la loro auto è stata vandalizzata, con due scritte omofobe. Monica e Romina sono una coppia lesbica, che sono nate e cresciute a Civitavecchia. Ed è proprio nella loro città che hanno deciso di vivere assieme. Portano avanti una relazione da oltre 10 anni, e assieme ai loro 3 figli, sono una bellissima famiglia arcobaleno. Ma stanotte qualcuno ha ben pensato di divertirsi, scrivendo due frasi altamente offensive sulla loro auto.

“Lecca vongole” si legge chiaramente. La seconda frase, invece, dovrebbe essere scritta in lingua romena, riporta Fabrizio Marrazzo, portavoce di Gay Center. In gergo, questi due termini vengono utilizzati volgarmente per riferirsi a una donna lesbica.
(Original)

Continue reading at: https://www.gay.it/attualita/news/omofobia-coppia-lesbica-civitavecchia (Source)

U.S: After Being Beaten and Raped, Lesbian Asylum Seeker Faces Deportation

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A 20-year-old Ugandan woman is at risk of deportation after attempting to seek asylum in the United States.

According to a recent story by Rolling Stone, the woman, identified only as Margaret, traveled from Uganda after coming out as a lesbian. As a result of her being public about her sexuality, she was “raped and repeatedly beaten.” Margaret reached the Juárez, Mexico–El Paso, Texas border after a lengthy and dangerous trek spanning several months.

Although Margaret didn’t have her documentation — or any personal belongings, since they all had been stolen while she was on the Mexican side of the border — she successfully was able to enter the U.S. last month. However, on Wednesday she was told devastating news.

“U.S. officials had determined that, despite being a lesbian from a country in which it is illegal to be one, and despite having already suffered beatings and a rape, Margaret had no ‘credible fear’ or any way of knowing what would happen if she were sent back,” Rolling Stone reports.

An appeal has been filed and Margaret may receive an immigration judge’s ruling as early as next week.

Continue reading: https://www.out.com/news/
2019/10/20/after-being-beaten-and-raped-lesbian-asylum-seeker-faces-deportation
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Uganda: Doctor assaults patient after discovering she is a lesbian

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A Ugandan doctor beat his own patient after learning during a consultation that she is a lesbian, broke her skull, dislocated her arm, and threw her out of the hospital amid renewed calls for a new Anti-Homosexuality Bill.

Continue reading: https://76crimes.com/2019/10/20/cruelty-ugandan-medical-doctor-brutally-assaults-own-patient-on-knowing-she-is-lesbian/ (source)

U.S: Two lesbians were the first “out” people to be elected to office, rather than Harvey Milk

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Yes, this is a picture of the first out gay person elected to a major political office.

It is a photo of Elaine Noble, elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in November, 1974, three years before Milk was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, and, actually, she was the second out elected official.

The first was 21-year-old Kathy Kozachenko elected to the Ann Arbor, Michigan, City Council in April, 1974. Prior to her election, council members Nancy Wechsler and Jerry DeGrieck had come out in office and convinced the majority of the council to vote to add “sexual orientation” to Ann Arbor’s antidiscrimination ordinance.

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Continue reading: https://www.lgbtqnation.com/
2019/10/stop-saying-harvey-milk-first-gay-person-elected-public-office/
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Update: Arrest finally made over young lesbian Nicole Saavedra’s 2016 rape and murder

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The Valparaíso Prosecutor’s Office has confirmed that an individual was arrested as for the kidnapping, rape and murder of young lesbian Nicole Saavedra, who was found dead on June 25, 2016, after having disappeared on the 18th of the same month in Quillota [Chile].

Víctor Alejandro Pulgar Vidal, micro driver of the El Melón-Limache route, was identified by the Investigative Police (PDI), and charges will be formalised in the Quillota Guarantee Court on November 13 2019 at 8:40 am.

[prosecutor Claudia] Perivancich also said that Pulgar is already serving a sentence “of ten years and one day, for the rape of a minor, with another rape charge underway”, also of a minor.

For her part, Saavedra’s cousin, María Francisca Bahamondes, said on Facebook that “after a long struggle of more than three years, where I had to chain myself to the National Prosecutor’s Office to be heard, where we took over the Prosecutor’s Office of Quillota, after a tireless and painful fight, I want to tell you that we found Nicole’s killer, the damn bastard is Víctor Alejandro Pulgar Vidal, driver of the Guerra commercial micro. Bahamondes family, we did it!”
(Translated)
La Fiscalía de Valparaíso confirmó que se detuvo a un sindicado individuo … como el autor de los delitos de secuestro y violación con homicidio de Nicole Saavedra, la joven lesbiana, que fue encontrada muerta el 25 de junio de 2016, tras haber desaparecido el 18 del mismo mes en Quillota.

Se trata de Víctor Alejandro Pulgar Vidal, chofer de micro del recorrido El Melón-Limache, quien fue identificado por la Policía de Investigaciones (PDI), quien será formalizado el próximo 13 de noviembre a las 8:40 en el Tribunal de Garantía de Quillota.

Perivancich también afirmó que Pulgar ya se encuentra cumpliendo una condena, “de diez años y un día, por el delito de violación de menor de edad. Actualmente también cursa un proceso criminal en su contra, también por el delito de violación” de otra persona, menor de 18 años.

Por su parte, la prima de Saavedra, María Francisca Bahamondes, sostuvo en su cuenta de Facebook que “después de más de tres años de una larga lucha, donde tuve que encadenarme en Fiscalía Nacional para ser escuchada, donde nos tomamos la Fiscalía de Quillota, tras una incansable y dolorosa lucha, quiero decirles que encontramos al asesino de Nicole, el maldito desgraciado es Víctor Alejandro Pulgar Vidal, chofer de la micro comercial Guerra. Familia Bahamondes, lo logramos!”.
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Continue reading at: https://www.eldesconcierto.cl/2019/10/16/fiscalia-formalizara-a-presunto-autor-del-crimen-lesbofobico-contra-nicole-saavedra/ (Source)

Original article: Chile: three years after her lesbicide, still no justice for Nicole Saavedra

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Italy: lesbian targeted in hospital workplace

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Sabrina, an employee of the Manzoni Hospital in Lecco, had already been targeted by homophobes, who had attacked her for her lesbianism. In recent days, however, they escalated with “Get out of here, lesbian” appearing on the door of her locker.

“Women are the ones who say the worst things to me. And my coworkers are the most ferocious. Someone had already told me that I was not welcome in the locker room. On September 23rd I found the writing. For two days I didn’t go in the locker room, and after that I then only stayed a few minutes, eyes down,  changing quickly so as not to make anyone uncomfortable.”

Although Sabrina has every right to use the women’s locker room, she always tried not to make her colleagues uncomfortable, hurriedly changing to get out as soon as possible. But after this, she stopped being intimidated.
(Translated)

Sabrina, dipendente dell’Ospedale Manzoni di Lecco, era già stata presa di mira da degli omofobi, che l’avevano attaccata per la sua omosessualità. Nei giorni scorsi però hanno esagerato: sulla porta del suo armadietto, è comparsa la scritta “Vai fuori di qua lesbica“.

“A pronunciare le frasi più pesanti nei miei confronti sono soprattutto le donne. E le colleghe sono le più feroci. Già qualcuna mi aveva detto che nello spogliatoio non ero la benvenuta. Il 23 settembre scorso ho trovato la scritta. Per due giorni non sono più entrata nello stanzino, dove, per altro, resto solo pochi minuti, occhi bassi, il tempo di cambiarmi rapidamente per non mettere a disagio nessuno.“

Nonostante Sabrina abbia tutto il diritto di utilizzare lo spogliatoio femminile, cercava sempre di non mettere a disagio le colleghe, sbrigando in fretta le sue cose per uscire al più presto. Ma dopo questo fatto, non si è fatta intimidire di certo.
(Original)

Continue reading at: https://www.gay.it/attualita/news/omofobia-lecco-scritte-offensive-ospedale-lesbica (Source)

Chile: Lesbian sues University of Las Americas for lesbophobic harassment and dismissal

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A professional and faculty head filed a lawsuit against the University of Las Americas (UDLA) for harassment and dismissal due to her sexual orientation.

With the sponsorship of the Homosexual Integration and Liberation Movement (Movilh), they detailed that “the affected woman had entered the UDLA to work in 2013 and a year later she assumed a role as faculty head for one of her areas. Her performance was always evaluated positively, until she confided to one of her superiors that she was a lesbian”.

Movilh’s lawyer, Monica Arias, said that “due to rumours among few colleagues regarding her sexual orientation, in March 2018 the professional decided to have a confidential conversation with one of her direct heads”.

In relation to this, Arias added that “in this conversation, the boss assured her total discretion, so the professional acknowledged being a lesbian and asked that it not be disclosed. The next day, the personal life of the woman became the knowledge of a large part of university officials”.

In addition she started experiencing “hostile treatment and harassment” from her boss, which meant for the first time receiving poor performance reviews and being undermined publicly. The lawsuit indicates that, among others, the boss said to the woman that “you are not fit for the position, which is obvious given your condition which we all know”.

The facts were communicated in May 2019 to one of the university deans, who promised to investigate and resolve what happened, but that never happened. On the contrary, the woman ended up being fired weeks later for “business needs” reasons.
(Translated)

Una profesional y directora de carrera presentó en tribunales una demanda contra la Universidad de Las Américas (UDLA) por hostigamiento y despido en razón de su orientación sexual.

Con el patrocinio del Movimiento de Integración y Liberación Homosexual (Movilh), detallaron que “la afectada había ingresado a trabajar a la UDLA en 2013 y un año más tarde asumió como directora de una de sus carreras. Su desempeño siempre tuvo buenas evaluaciones, hasta que le confidenció a una de sus superiores que era lesbiana”.

La abogada del Movilh, Mónica Arias, dijo que “debido a rumores entre pocos colegas referentes a su orientación sexual, en marzo de 2018 la profesional decidió mantener una conversación de carácter confidencial con una de sus jefas directas”.

En ese sentido, Arias agregó que “en dicha conversación, la jefa aseguró total discreción, por lo que la profesional reconoció ser lesbiana y pidió que ello no fuese divulgado. Al día siguiente, la vida personal de la profesional pasó a ser conocimiento de una gran parte de los funcionarios de la universidad”.

A ello se añadió un “trato hostil y de acoso laboral” por parte de su superior, lo que signifco en obtener por primera vez bajas calificaciones por su desempeño y en menoscabos públicos. En la demanda se indica que, entre otros, la jefa señaló a la profesional que “tú no eres apta para el cargo, lo que es obvio dada tu condición que todos sabemos”.

Los hechos fueron comunicados en mayo del 2019 a uno de los decanos, quien se comprometió a investigar y solucionar lo ocurrido. Pero eso jamás ocurrió. Por el contrario, la mujer terminó siendo despedida semanas después por “necesidades de la empresa”.
(Original)

Continue reading at: https://www.eldesconcierto.cl/2019/10/08/directora-de-carrera-demanda-a-universidad-de-las-americas-por-lesbofobia/ (Source)

U.K: Lesbian kicked unconscious in a spate of homophobic attacks in Birmingham

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A gay woman has told how she was kicked unconscious in Birmingham’s Gay Village after confronting a straight couple for ‘touching her inappropriately’.

Rebecca Tebbett was enjoying a night out in the city ‘safe space’ with her friends as she had done many times before when she says the pair approached her.

The 39-year-old lesbian claims the strangers began touching her inappropriately in a pub, but when she made it clear that she wasn’t interested the situation turned violent.

Rebecca said: “I was dancing with my friends, like I have done a million times before when I was approached by a straight couple.

“They started touching me inappropriately and making me feel very uncomfortable. But when I told them to stop, the woman threw her drink over me.

“I then threw the last of the drink I had over her but that was when the man pushed me to the ground shouting homophobic comments at me.

“His friends started kicking me and I ended off unconscious for a few seconds.”

Continue reading: https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/
news/midlands-news/i-kicked-unconscious-being-gay-16758149
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Guatemalan lesbian fled death threats and corrective rape

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Marveny Suchite hurriedly left Guatemala last November. She later told an American official that she had received death threats for being a lesbian, according to the formal notes taken by the authorities, to which Reuters had access.

Her mother warned her that there were people who were going to look for her, she told Reuters, explaining that they were “macho.” Suchite fled that day.

She had been beaten and raped before, first by close members of her family and then by strangers in an alley where he was ordered to “stop” being gay, according to the official’s notes that review asylum procedures.

She says she got pregnant after the attack in that alley and then, when she tried to report the rape to the police, they laughed at her.
(Translated)

Suchite dejó apresuradamente Guatemala en noviembre pasado. Más tarde le dijo a un funcionario estadounidense que había recibido amenazas a su vida por ser lesbiana, según las notas formales que tomó la autoridad y a las que Reuters tuvo acceso.

Su madre le advirtió que había personas que irían a buscarla, dijo a Reuters, explicando que eran “machistas”. Suchite huyó ese día.

Antes ya había sido golpeada y violada, primero por miembros cercanos de su familia y después por extraños en un callejón donde le ordenaron que “dejara” de ser gay, de acuerdo a las notas del funcionario que revisa los procedimientos de asilo.

Cuenta que quedó embarazada tras los ataques en ese callejón y que luego, cuando intentó reportar la violación ante la policía, se rieron de ella.
(Original)

Continue reading at: https://lta.reuters.com/articulo/eeuu-migrantes-caravana-lgbt-idLTAKBN1WP2QZ (Source)

Australia: Discrimination devastates elderly lesbian

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The volunteer visitor, who is referred to only as Malloy, could not understand why any of the residents would complain about her, as the facility claimed in October 2017.

She was horrified. An uncomfortable meeting with the nurse manager only added to her hurt.

“She said that I was not allowed to talk about my sexuality with the residents,” Malloy told the aged care royal commission.

The nurse manager said Malloy could continue to visit one male resident because he liked her and another two or three people.

“I was devastated to be told that I was no longer allowed to visit all my usual residents and to hear that they had been complaining about me,” Malloy said on Thursday.

The 84-year-old said she did not hide the fact that she was a lesbian while at the facility, but it was not something she actively spoke to residents about.

Continue reading: https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story
/6430732/discrimination-devastated-elderly-lesbian/?cs=14264
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Chile: graffiti identifies lesbian family home

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Aqui viven lesbianas – lesbians live here

The Homosexual Integration and Liberation Movement (Movilh) denounced that on Sunday a lesboparental couple was the victim of an attack in the commune of Maipú, after the gate of their house was newly graffitied with the phrase “here live lesbians”.

In this regard, the spokeswoman for Movilh, Daniela Andrade, explained that the victims “have lived at the same address for two years without  any discrimination problems with neighbours.”

“It is precisely this situation that has the family very frightened. They have no idea who could be responsible for this attack which leaves them very vulnerable and frightened because it is clear that there are people who have been watching.
(Translated)

El Movimiento de Integración y Liberación Homosexual (Movilh) denunció que el día domingo una pareja lesboparental fue víctima de un ataque en la comuna de Maipú, luego de que el portón de su casa amaneciera rayado con la frase “aquí viven lesbianas”.

Al respecto, la vocera del Movilh, Daniela Andrade, detalló que las afectadas “viven hace dos años en el mismo domicilio, pero jamás han tenido un problema de discriminación con vecinos”.

“Justamente esta situación es la que tiene a la familia muy atemorizada. No tienen la menor idea de quiénes podrían ser los responsables de este ataque que las deja en gran vulnerabilidad y con mucho miedo, pues es claro que hay personas que las han estado observando.
(Original)
Continue reading at: https://www.eldinamo.cl/nacional/2019/10/07/movilh-maipu-ataque-familia-lesboparental/ (Source)

International Lesbian Day: A lesbian athlete wore rainbow sneakers while competing in a country where being homosexual is illegal

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While competing in Qatar at the IAAF World Athletics Championships, U.S. competitor Erica Bougard made an impression and a subtle statement by wearing Nike shoes with rainbow flaps over their laces.

Bougard, who is an out athlete competing in the heptathlon — an event made up of seven track-and-field events — says she wasn’t trying to make a statement even though Qatar punishes homosexuality with seven years imprisonment and even death (though no known executions for being gay have ever officially occurred in the country).

Continue reading: https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2019
/10/athlete-wore-rainbow-sneakers-competing-anti-lgbtq-country/
(source)

International Lesbian Day: Nigerian lesbian and Namibian lesbian marry in the Netherlands

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Mona is from Namibia, while Judith is from Nigeria.

In attendance were prominent lawyers, activists, and persons who flew in from the U.S., EU, UK, and Canada. Family and friends were also present including lots of LGBTIQ+ persons.

The wedding was officiated by renowned Nigerian gay reverend, Rev. Jide Rebirth Macaulay, founder of House of Rainbow, an LGBTIQ+ affirming faith-based organization.

Continue reading: https://nostringsng.com/nigerian-lesbian-couple-marries-netherlands/ (source)

Editor’s note: We have included this article as Lesbian Resistance, because homosexuality is illegal in the countries where both Mona and Judith come from.

International Lesbian Day: Police arrest lesbian activist during Atlanta climate protest

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Longtime LGBTQ activist Lorraine Fontana was one of 19 people arrested in a wave of Atlanta protests that demanded action on climate issues.

The protests on Sept. 27 — organized by climate action group Extinction Rebellion Atlanta — began in Buckhead and later moved to Midtown.

“Their idea was to go to some busy intersection in Atlanta and make a point by really messing up the traffic and having people say, ‘What the hell is this?’ and, ‘Who are you?,’” she told Project Q Atlanta.

Fontana (photo), who was a 2013 Atlanta Pride grand marshal, was part of a group that blocked roads at the intersection of 10th and Peachtree. The 72-year-old activist sat in a chair in the road alongside another activist, Daniel Hanley.

Continue reading: https://www.projectq.us/atlanta
/police_arrest_lesbian_activist_during_
Atlanta_climate_protest?gid=20186
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International Lesbian Day: Australian Lesbian Medical Association Celebrates 20 Years

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Katoomba’s iconic Carrington Hotel hosted the 20th birthday celebrations of the Australian Lesbian Medical Association (ALMA) in August.

75 doctors and medical students from around Australia and NZ were welcomed to Gundungurra and Darug country by well-known locals, Aunty Carol Cooper and Jo Clancy from Wagana Dancers.

ALMA is a support network for Australian and New Zealand lesbian doctors, medical students and their partners and is involved in advocacy and research to improve the health of lesbian and same-sex attracted women nationally and internationally.

ALMA also runs http://www.doclist.com.au, a list of health care professionals who have been recognised and recommended by women within the LGBTQI community.

Continue reading: http://www.starobserver.com.au/news
/national-news/australian-lesbian-medical-association-celebrates-20-years/187614 (source)

India: Lesbian couple in Ajmer seek protection from kin

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Two women, wanting to get married, sought police protection against their families in Ajmer on Tuesday because their families are opposed to their alliance. Both the women want to live together and have vowed to marry in future.
The two 20-something graduates have been friends since the past four years, the police said. At first, their families were happy to see their friendship and were glad that they were focussing on their studies instead of men. But when the parents learnt that the two are lesbian, both the families protested and allegedly threatened the girls with dire consequences.

Continue reading: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com
/city/ajmer/lesbian-couple-in-ajmer-seeks-protection-from-kin/articleshow/71284821.cms
(source)

Update: Man pleads guilty to anti-lesbian attack that resulted in the woman’s spine being fractured

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A Harlem man has admitted to attacking a woman in December and hurling homophobic slurs at her as she exited an E train in Queens because he believed that she was a homosexual.

Allasheed Allah, 54, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to one count of third-degree assault as a hate crime, according to a release from the Queens District Attorney’s Office.

Criminal Court Judge Mary Bejarano indicated that she will give Allah a one-to-three-year prison term on Nov. 7 when he comes back to court for sentencing.

According to the release, on Nov. 20, Allah argued with the 20-year-old victim at the 71st Street stop in Forest Hills on a Manhattan-bound E train when he saw the victim’s female friend kiss her on the cheek.

“Kiss her again you d–e bitch!” Allah shouted at the pair, the release states.

The women left the train, but Allah followed them. He then struck the victim in the head and chest, causing her to collide with both a nearby pole and the floor. The victim has since recovered from the injury, the DA says.

Continue reading: https://nypost.com/2019/10/03/man-pleads-guilty-to-homophobic-attack-that-fractured-victims-spine/ (source)

Original article: U.S: Man Breaks Woman’s Spine in Anti-Lesbian Hate Crime

Cuba: police attack two lesbians

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Two young lesbians were arguing in the street when two Cuban police officers arrived at dawn on Saturday [24 August 2019]. According to witnesses who were there at that time, as they arrived they began beating them.

A neighbour witnessed the events and decided to record the attack with his mobile. He later sent it to CubaNet. The video is not very good quality, but we can see one of the police drag one of the women by the feet and beat her.

What witnesses said:

  • “One of them shouted: film. I got very nervous and took what I could.”
  • “The police as soon as they arrived began to beat them, they got angry. It was as if they wanted to give it to someone and they took it out on them.”
  • “It’s hate that cops have for ‘ birds’ and even more for lesbians.”

(Translated)

Dos jóvenes lesbianas discutían en la calle cuando llegaron dos agentes de la policía cubana en la madrugada del sábado. Según testigos que estaban en ese momento, según llegaron comenzaron a golpearlas.

Un vecino presenció los hechos y decidió grabar con su móvil el ataque. Más tarde las envió al CubaNet. El vídeo no es de muy buena calidad, pero podemos ver como uno de los policías arrastra a una de las mujeres por los pies y las golpean.

Algunos testigos dicen

  • “Una de ellas gritaba: ‘filmen’. Yo me puse muy nervioso y cogí lo que pude”.
  • “La policía en cuanto llegó empezó a golpearlas, se ensañaron. Era como si tuvieran ganas de darle a alguien y la cogieron con ellas”.
  • “El odio que le tienen los policías a los ‘pájaros’ y más a las lesbianas”.

(Original)

COntinue reading at: http://www.mirales.es/dos-lesbianas-atacadas-en-la-habana-por-dos-policias (Source)

 

 

Historic ruling: Chilean state violated the rights of a lesbian teacher

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The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has declared the State of Chile responsible for violating the principle of equality and private life of Sandra Pavez, a religion teacher who was banned from teaching in 2007 for being a lesbian, according to the Homosexual Integration and Liberation Movement (MOVILH), the organisation that represents the teacher.

After eleven years of investigation, the IACHR concluded that the Chilean State violated Pavez’s private life and autonomy, the principle of equality and non-discrimination, and also the principles of access to public service and work on equal terms.

Pavez was a teacher of religion at a municipal school in Santiago from 1985 until in 2007 the Catholic Church revoked the certificate of suitability that allowed her to teach.

The teacher maintains that this happened after she admitted that she was a lesbian and maintained a relationship with another woman, and refused to undergo psychological therapies offered by the Church to reverse her sexual orientation.

“The sorrows of hell came upon me. I was told to deny what I was, and to deny that is to deny myself, I am a human being and I cannot deny what I am,” Pavez explained.

The Church acted under a decree of the Ministry of Education in force since 1983 that regulates the teaching of religion in educational settings and allows the clergy to decide who can teach in that area.
(Translated)

 

La Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH) declaró al Estado de Chile responsable de vulnerar el principio de igualdad y la vida privada de Sandra Pavez, una profesora de religión a la que en 2007 se le prohibió dar clases por ser lesbiana, señaló este miércoles el Movimiento de Integración y Liberación Homosexual, entidad que representa a la docente.

Después de once años de investigación, la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH) concluyó que el Estado chileno violó la vida privada y la autonomía de Pavez, el principio de igualdad y no discriminación, y también el acceso a la función pública y al trabajo en condiciones de igualdad.

Pavez era profesora de religión en un colegio municipal de Santiago desde 1985 hasta que en 2007 la Iglesia católica le revocó el certificado de idoneidad que le permitía ejercer su labor docente.

La profesora sostiene que esto ocurrió después de que admitiera que era lesbiana y mantenía una relación con otra mujer, y se negara a someterse a terapias psicológicas que le ofreció la Iglesia para revertir su orientación sexual.

“Las penas del infierno vinieron sobre mí. Se me dijo que negara lo que era, y negar eso es negarme a mí misma, soy un ser humano y no puedo negar lo que soy”, explicó Pavez.

La Iglesia actuó bajo el amparo de un decreto del Ministerio de Educación vigente desde 1983 que regula la docencia de religión en los recintos educacionales y permite al clero decidir quiénes pueden dar clase en esa materia.
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