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U.S: Lesbian Teacher Who Was Suspended Reaches $100,000 Settlement

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In August 2017, Stacy Bailey, an art teacher at Charlotte Anderson Elementary School in Arlington, Texas, introduced herself to her fourth-grade class with a slide show of her childhood, parents, friends and family.

Included in the mix was a photo of her with her partner, Julie Vasquez, who Ms. Bailey explained at the time was her future wife. They were dressed as “Dory” and “Nemo” from the movie “Finding Nemo.”

The presentation touched off a complaint from a parent that Ms. Bailey was “promoting the homosexual agenda.” Ms. Bailey was suspended for eight months from the public school, where she had taught for 10 years and had twice been voted Teacher of the Year.

This week, more than two years later, the Mansfield Independent School District agreed to pay Ms. Bailey $100,000 to settle a federal lawsuit that she had filed accusing the district of discriminating against her because of her sexual orientation.

Continue reading: https://www.nytimes.com/
2020/02/27/us/stacy-bailey-mansfield-teacher.html
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U.K: Lesbian sisters given temporary reprieve from being returned to Pakistan

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Two sisters say they are “relieved but worried” after they narrowly avoided being deported to Pakistan where they say they face the threat of LGBT-based violence.

Samina, 52, and Nazia Iqbal, 48, from Stockport, were scheduled to be taken out of the country on Saturday night from Manchester airport after a judge said it was not “credible” that they are gay [sic], despite the sisters being publicly out for 20 years.

The pair were due to leave on a flight at 9pm on Saturday back to Pakistan but after being questioned by Sky News the Home Office appeared to make a U-turn on the decision as the sisters were not put on the plane.

When contacted by Sky News to ask why the sisters were being deported a spokesperson said that “each case is considered on its merits”.

The Iqbal sisters were not told they would not be put on the flight and only realised they were not leaving when Sky News informed them that the plane had taken off.

The following day the pair were moved to the Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre, which has been criticised over treatment of detainees, something the Home Office has previously said has been improved upon.

The pair are now in limbo awaiting a bail hearing on Tuesday.

Continue reading: https://news.sky.com/story/scared-gay-sisters-given-temporary-reprieve-from-being-returned-to-pakistan-11943744 (source)

U.S: Convicted rapist entrapped lesbian by posing as gay man

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A convicted rapist in Atlanta entrapped his female victim by pretending to be a gay man, prosecutors say.

Taurence Callagain, 36, was convicted last week for the 2015 rape, in which he led his victim, who is a lesbian with a female partner, to believe he was gay and that their relationship was “strictly platonic,” Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard Jr. said in a news release Tuesday.

Continue reading: https://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/ny-rapist-pretended-to-be-gay-20200227-oayf6kqikbgwzf4qimwibyiqee-story.html (source)

Australia: Moana Hope reveals toll of AFL fans’ homophobic abuse

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Former AFLW star Moana Hope has opened up about the disgusting homophobic abuse she’s seen as both a footy player and an AFL fan.

Hope, who played in the AFLW for Collingwood and North Melbourne, said the abusive taunts even drove her away from attending AFL matches.

She told the Herald Sun during one 2017 match she played for Collingwood against Fremantle, a spectator called her a “stupid d*ke” from behind the fence.

“I don’t normally hear the crowd because I’m so drawn into the game. But when I heard that I was blown away,” she said.

“And I was hurt and a little bit scared because I thought, ‘Why are you calling me that? I’m a person.’

“Why are you using such a negative term? [After the game] I was a little bit scared, hesitant, to walk off the field because I was worried he’d be there to abuse me.”

“Who we fall in love with has nothing to do with these names. This is why kids in school are scared to be who they are whether they are gay or not, because you get picked on if you’re different.”

Hope said she and wife Isabella Carlstrom had “lost count” of the lewd comments they’d copped when in public together.

“I’ve had things said to us like, ‘One night with me will make you realise you need a man in your life,’” she said.

“I’ve been there when guys have grabbed Bella’s arse and said ‘You need an actual man’. Those things happen all the time.

Continue reading: https://qnews.com.au/moana-hope-reveals-toll-of-afl-fans-homophobic-abuse/ (source)

U.S: Teacher forbids student with lesbian mothers from speaking in favour of same-sex marriage

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A married lesbian couple in Michigan say their daughter’s teacher banned her from writing a speech about marriage equality for fear that it might “offend somebody in the class.”

The school district is investigating the incident.

Angela McDermitt-Jackson and Chris Jackson married in 2015 and are raising Destiny McDermitt, their 17-year-old daughter who is a junior at Hill McCloy High School in Montrose, Michigan.

Destiny’s teacher assigned her class a “Take a Stand Speech” in which students were told to speak in favor of or against a social issue important to them. Having two mothers, Destiny said she wanted to speak in support of same-sex marriage.

Destiny and other classmates claim that the teacher forbade her topic over worries it might offend other students. When Destiny asked whether the teacher could inquire if the topic offended her fellow classmates, the teacher declined her request.

The teacher also reportedly said she didn’t want to read or grade such a paper.

“No, we’re not going to do that,” the teacher reportedly said in front of the class. “I don’t want to hear about it, I don’t want to read about it, and I’m the one who has to grade it.”

Destiny was so upset that she contacted her mother Angela while still present in the class. Later, Destiny wrote a letter complaining to school officials. Destiny has since been moved into a different class.

“[It] offended me because I have two moms [who] are married and I really thought it was inappropriate,” McDermitt wrote. Her mothers, aunt, grandmother, grandfather, niece, and younger sister all support her.

Continue reading: https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2020
/02/teacher-forbids-student-lesbian-moms-speaking-favor-sex-marriage/
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U.S.: GOP candidate practising law despite license suspension for letter to lesbians

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A former U.S. Representative from Kentucky was caught practicing law even though his law license was suspended for lying about sending a hateful letter to another attorney.

This past April, the Kentucky Supreme Court suspended Carroll Hubbard’s license to practice law.

He had been accused of sending a letter in 2017 to attorney Alisha Bobo and her wife where he drew an arrow at a picture of them and called them “PITIFULL [sic], FAT, UGLY, LESBIANS.”

Bobo said that the letter was “very disappointing that someone, a grown person such as Mr. Hubbard — someone I previously respected — would go there.”

She didn’t make it public until 2018, though, when she found herself working on a visitation case where Hubbard was opposing counsel. She told the court and asked that he be removed from the case.

Hubbard said, under oath, that he did not send the letter. By February 2019, he admitted to sending the letter and apologized to the Bobos. He also admitted to filing a Judicial Conduct Commission complaint against the judge in that case just because he was mad that the letter was brought up.

He is currently running for the Kentucky House of Representatives as a Republican, even though he was a Democrat when he was in the U.S. House.

Continue reading at: https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2020/02/gop-politician-lost-law-license-letter-calling-women-pitiful-fat-ugly-lesbians/ (Source)

Australia: Lesbians condemn Honey Birdette rainbow-washing ‘Pride’ campaign

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Honey Birdette has consistently delivered sexist and pornified representations of women to flog their overpriced lingerie and sex toys, ignoring 42 Ad Standards rulings against it for violating the code of ethics. But far from promoting equality, the company’s long history of porn-inspired depictions of lesbian sexuality further entrenches sexist and harmful stereotypes of lesbians as male entertainment, and these latest images will likely be enjoyed by men.

A number of lesbians have responded to Honey Birdette’s ad campaign, calling the company out for tokenising and fetishising lesbians to promote their brand.

“If there’s no difference between a female nipple and a male nipple why are all but one of the visible nipples female? Using lesbians as titillation is not unusual, the pornographers have been doing it for decades. But in the real world real lesbians are tortured for our activism; real lesbians are subjected to corrective rape; and in the real world when a lesbian is raped or tortured she doesn’t get to say stop. Not only are you continuing the sexualising of women, you are giving mixed messages with images of a mixed orgy.”

-Susan Hawthorne, lesbian activist and writer

“Lesbians have fought for centuries for society to understand that lesbian sexuality is not for or about men, resisting the harassment, fetishisation, corrective rape and physical attacks that lesbians here and around the world have experienced. Honey Birdette has developed a campaign that is heavily reliant on the sexualisation of lesbian bodies and the presentation of lesbian sexuality. The argument that there is no difference between male and female nipples is meaningless in a world that sexualises women so consistently.

“Calling the campaign ‘Fluid’ combined with the presentation of objectified, sexually available lesbians clearly communicates to the men watching that lesbian sexuality is fluid enough for lesbians to be sexually available to them. In a world where lesbians are harassed and attacked for our sexuality, for not being available to men, this is a dangerous game to play with lesbian lives.

“Framing opposition as conservative is to miss the point of our concerns. It is neither puritanical nor conservative to want to carve out space for lesbians to exist free of tokenism or sexual objectification in a deeply sexualised society. This campaign sells out lesbian sexuality for profit, which is not excused by the fact that Honey Birdette’s founder and her partner are the women in the shoot.

“We all want to live in a world where lesbians are safe, where lesbian lives are celebrated and where lesbian representation gives hope and strength to young lesbians working out their sexuality. Honey Birdette’s Fluid campaign takes us further away from that world.”

-Liz Waterhouse, Listening2Lesbians https://listening2lesbians.com/

Comments on Honey Birdette’s Instagram account indicate the campaign has not been well received. Commenters have questioned the company’s motives, labelling the marketing ploy as “insincere” and “disingenuous”, and accusing the company of ‘rainbow washing’, a term which refers to corporates using rainbow colours or imagery to indicate support for the LGBT community but with a minimum of effort or pragmatic result.

Continue reading at: https://www.collectiveshout.org/lesbians_condemn_hb (Source)

Australia: only lesbian Mardi Gras event removed

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The controversy arose after [Arielle] Scarcella was invited to take part in a panel at the Les-Talk event sponsored by the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras (SGLMG).

As the organizer Les-Talk has since explained, Scarcella was to speak about lesbian, not trans issues – but her detractors started pressuring SGLMG on Twitter and YouTube to drop the event, launching at the same time an online petition with this goal in mind.

The SGLMG obliged.

Responding to Pauline Pantsdown, a parody Twitter account, the organization said, “We have been in touch with the event organizer and have now removed it from our Festival event listings.”

Scarcella’s reply revealed that the festival had only one women/lesbian focused event, which was now being taken down “because a bunch of cry babies complained that they don’t like a woman’s (my) opinion?”

Continue reading at: https://reclaimthenet.org/sydney-mardis-gras-cancel-culture-arielle-scarcella/ (Source)

Update:

Les-Talk was not officially cancelled, but was disassociated from Mardi Gras, according to a Facebook post made on the event’s official page. According to the post, the event is going forward being “privately held” by the “POC Queer women” organizing it.

Continue reading at: https://www.thepostmillennial.com/lesbians-removed-from-australian-pride-for-transphobia/ (Source)

U.S.: Lesbian injured in homophobic shooting at gay couple

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Two gay men and a lesbian were shot and wounded this week in Miami in a bizarre drive-by shooting. The Miami-Dade Police Department said it was not investigating the incident as a hate crime.

Around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, men riding one or more all-terrain vehicles opened fire on a car with the two male victims inside and then fled, according to police.
One of the men was “struck in the head,” the other was “grazed in the head” and a woman sitting outside her home nearby was “stuck by a stray bullet,” police said.

Clive Khouri, one of the victims, told NBC Miami that he was sitting in his car with his boyfriend when a group of ATV riders surrounded the car and sprayed it with bullets. His boyfriend was taken to Jackson South Trauma Center in critical condition after being shot in the head.

The injuries to Khouri and Shakena Jefferson, the female victim, were not considered life-threatening.

Khouri told TV station WPLG that he thinks he and his boyfriend were targeted because the gunmen “probably saw us kissing in the car.”

Continue reading at: https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/miami-drive-shooter-hits-two-gay-men-lesbian-n1136651 (Source)

U.K. study – sounding lesbian affects employment

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New research provides evidence that having a gay- or lesbian-sounding voice can have tangible consequences on a person’s job prospects. The study, published in Psychology of Women Quarterly, indicates that discrimination based on one’s voice may be particularly harmful for women perceived as lesbian.

“Voice is a minimal cue that people use, consciously or unconsciously, to make inferences about others. Stereotypes about voice exist too. I am therefore interested in examining how minimal cues such as voice can affect listeners’ perception and discrimination,” said study author Fabio Fasoli, a lecturer in social psychology at the University of Surrey.

“Gaydar is usually defined as the ability to correctly guess who is gay and who is heterosexual from such minimal clues. As a consequence of gaydar, discrimination can occur when sexual orientation is inferred from a person’s behavior during the hiring process,” the researchers wrote in their study.

The researchers found that gay-sounding men and especially lesbian-sounding women were viewed as less competent than their heterosexual-sounding counterparts, which in turn was associated with them being rated as less suitable for jobs and ranked lower in employability. Contrary to expectations, lesbian-sounding women did not have an advantage when applying to stereotypically masculine job positions.

“A stereotype about ‘gay voice’ exists and affects people’s impression and reactions. Voice can thus lead to subtle forms of discrimination in the hiring process. Although there is not a shared stereotype about the ‘lesbian voice,’ women who sound ‘lesbian’ are at higher risk of discrimination,” Fasoli told PsyPost.

Continue reading at: https://www.psypost.org/2020/02/study-suggests-lesbian-sounding-women-face-greater-gaydar-discrimination-in-hiring-than-men-55454? (Source)

Study: A Leader Doesn’t Sound Lesbian!: The Impact of Sexual Orientation Vocal Cues on Heterosexual Persons’ First Impression and Hiring Decision

U.S.: lesbian files discrimination complaint against Burger King

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A lesbian who works at a D.C. Burger King says her manager harassed her because of her sexual orientation.

Ingrid, who asked the Washington Blade not to publish her last name, filed a complaint with the D.C. Office of Human Rights last Dec. 23.

The complaint notes Ingrid, 19, began to work at the Burger King on Connecticut Avenue near the University of the District of Columbia on Aug. 24, 2019. Ingrid in her complaint states her manager “found out about my sexual orientation in September of 2019” and “began to harass me by making inappropriate comments about my protected class.”

“In January 2020, despite my numerous complaints to respondent’s upper management, the hostile work environment was not addressed, and instead I continued to be subjected to unwelcome comments about my sexual orientation from my supervisor as well as my coworkers who respondent’s manager told about my complaints,” she wrote. “Instead of addressing the situation, respondent’s district manager … cut my workdays and hours and changed my schedule, affecting my pay.”

Burger King, which is based in Miami, received a 100 percent score in the Human Rights Campaign’s 2019 Corporate Equality Index.

Burger King’s corporate office has not returned the Blade’s requests for comment. Efforts to reach the Burger King where Ingrid works via telephone were unsuccessful.

Ingrid, who continues to work at the Burger King where she said the harassment has taken place, told the Blade it is her first job. She said she filed her complaint because she doesn’t “want another LGBTQ person or someone who is not out to go through this again.”

“I don’t want someone else to get anxiety or depression because of this,” Ingrid told the Blade.

Continue reading at: https://www.washingtonblade.com/2020/02/12/lesbian-files-discrimination-complaint-against-dc-burger-king/ (Source)

Suspected hitman of lesbian politician Marielle Franco killed by police

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Friends and relatives of the murdered Brazilian politician Marielle Franco are demanding answers after Adriano da Nóbrega – a notorious hitman, whose gang of contract killers is suspected of involvement in her assassination – was gunned down by police in the north-east of the country.

Nóbrega, an ex-special forces police captain, also had close links to the family of the far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro. Nóbrega was killed by police on Sunday in Bahia state where he had been on the run.

“Who gained from the death of ex-special forces captain Adriano Nóbrega,” tweeted Franco’s widow, Monica Benicio.

Franco’s leftist PSOL party said Nóbrega was a “key piece” in discovering who ordered Franco’s killing and called for a full investigation. “Witness elimination? Another attempt at obstruction of justice? Who ordered our companion killed? We demand answers,” tweeted Sâmia Bonfim, a PSOL congresswoman.

Continue reading at: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/feb/09/hitman-with-links-to-marielle-francos-killed-by-police (Source)

Previous article: Brazil: two ex-police charged with murder of lesbian activist politician Marielle Franco and her driver

Original article: Protests held across Brazil after lesbian Rio councillor shot dead

Chile: Alleged attackers of Carolina Torres to face trial

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After a year of investigating, the Public Prosecutor finally set a hearing date in the case of the lesbophobic attack that almost took the life of Carolina Torres. The prosecution says that the men who attacked Torres will face charges of attempted manslaughter and requested a 15-year prison sentence.

According to El Mercurio, n January the prosecutor, Eduardo Baeza, head of the local Prosecutor’s Office in Pudahuel, presented the charges against the two men for being “motivated by the sexual orientation” of Torres, made “sexuality- and presentation-based insults” before they kicked her back, struck her head with a stick and continued to beat her when she was already on the ground.

All [her] serious injuries left her with “attention, memory and executive function changes, leaving her with a long term disability preventing her from working.”
(Translated)

Tras un año de investigaciones, finalmente el Ministerio Público fijó una audiencia de preparación del juicio oral, para el caso de lesbofobia que casi se llevó la vida de Carolina Torres. En este sentido, la fiscalía declaró que los hombres que atacaron a Torres deberán enfrentar cargos por el delito de homicidio frustrado, y solicitó una pena de 15 años de cárcel.

De acuerdo con El Mercurio, el persecutor, Eduardo Baeza, jefe de la Fiscalía local de Pudahuel, presentó en enero la acusación contra los dos hombres quienes, “motivados por la orientación sexual” de Torres, realizaron “insultos alusivos a su orientación sexual y su forma de vestir”, luego, la golpearon en la espalda con puntapiés y con un palo en la cabeza, e incluso continuaron atacándola cuando ella ya había caído al suelo.

Todas estas graves lesiones dejaron a la joven con “alteraciones atencionales, de memoria y ejecutivas, dejándola con una discapacidad con consecuencias de largo plazo que la dejaron inútil para el trabajo”.
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Continue reading at: https://www.elmostrador.cl/braga/2020/02/10/homicidio-frustrado-y-lesbofobico-fiscalia-pide-15-anos-de-carcel-para-hermanos-acusados-de-brutal-golpiza-a-joven-lesbiana/ (Source)

Previous article: Update: Brothers arrested for lesbophobic hate crime against Carolina Torres

Original article: Chile: brutal lesbophobic attack

Update: Chilean couple granted protection order after lesbophobic attack

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Prosecutor Patricia Varas has granted a protection order to a lesbian couple who reported experiencing a lesbophobic attack at the hands of a man in Renca, according to the Homosexual Integration and Liberation Movement (Movilh), an association that fights for the LBGTI community in Chile.

After learning of the abuse, threats and violence they experienced from the perpetrator, identified as Christian Mauricio García Silva, periodic rounds by police officers were ordered to for a period of 60 days. The Movilh shared a video which recorded the attack the couple reported.
(Translated)

La fiscal Patricia Varas ha concedido una medida de protección en favor de una pareja lésbica, después de que denunciaran que recibieron agresiones lesbofóbicas por parte de un hombre en Renca, según consigna el Movimiento de Integración y Liberación Homosexual (Movilh), asociación que lucha en favor de los derechos del colectivo LGTBI en Chile.

En detalle, se ordenaron rondas periódicas de Carabineros en el domicilio de las mujeres por un plazo de 60 días, esto tras conocer los insultos, amenazas y golpes que recibieron por parte del sujeto identificado como Christian Mauricio García Silva. El Movilh compartió un vídeo en el que se encuentra el registro de las agresiones que denuncia la pareja.
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Continue reading at: http://www.mirales.es/nuevo-ataque-contra-una-pareja-de-lesbianas (Source)

Original Article: Chile: Sexualised attack on lesbians

Lesbian activist takes Nigerian government to court to register organisation

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Lesbian Equality and Empowerment Initiative, a non-profit organisation, has dragged the Corporate Affairs Commission before the Court of Appeal over the refusal to register it.

Pamela Adie, an LGBT activist, had in 2018 sued the commission for refusing to register the organisation but lost the case.

However, the activist disclosed on Twitter that she had filed a notice of appeal on the judgement delivered by the Federal High Court.

“Notice of appeal has been filed in the case of Pamela Adie V CAC. As some of you may be aware, I applied to register a non-profit called Lesbian Equality and Empowerment Initiative but was denied by the Nigerian government agency, CAC, because it said ‘lesbian’ was offensive.

Continue reading at: https://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2020/02/03/lesbian-group-drags-cac-to-court/ (Source)

Original article: Lesbian activist loses battle in Nigerian court

Mexico: lesbian couple murdered at home

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A female couple died after being shot dead in their home, located in the Luis Salas García neighbourhood in the municipality of Papantla, causing the mobilisation of various response agencies. One woman died in the house and the other was taken to the local hospital, where she died shortly after due to the severity of her injuries.

The attack happened on Friday afternoon, when a couple of armed men riding a motorcycle arrived at the house, located at the corner of Andrés Lasteri Mota and Pablo Platas streets, in the aforementioned suburb, where Karina MC, 32 years old, and María Susana N Sánchez, 31 years old, were living.

When they opened the door, the assailants fired on the women, then fled. Neighbours called the emergency number 911, where the request for help was directed to the Municipal and State Police, as well as paramedics.

The medics pronounced Karina MC, who was found in bed with bullet wounds to her head, chest and abdomen, dead on the scene while María Susana was found in the courtyard with gunshot wounds to the torso and hip. She was transferred to the local hospital, where she died due to her injuries.

It is alleged that Karina had been the subject of death threats from her ex-partner, the father of her two children, after she went to live with the Maria Susana, and police are investigating the double murder.
(Translated)

Una pareja conformada por dos mujeres fallecieron luego de ser atacadas a balazos, cuando se encontraban en su vivienda, ubicada en la colonia Luis Salas García, municipio de Papantla, provocando la movilización de diversos cuerpos de socorro; una mujer murió en la misma casa y otra aún con vida fue llevada al hospital regional, donde falleció minutos después debido a la gravedad de sus heridas.

La agresión se registró la tarde de este viernes, cuando un par de hombres armados a bordo de una motocicleta, llegaron hasta una casa, ubicada en la esquina de las calles Andrés Lasteri Mota y Pablo Platas , en la citada colonia, donde se encontraban Karina M.C., de 32 años de edad y María Susana N. Sánchez, de 31 años de edad.

Al ser abierta la puerta, los agresores disparó en contra de las mujeres, para luego huir, por lo que vecinos pidieron auxilio al número de emergencias 911, donde se canalizó el apoyo a elementos de la Policía Municipal y Estatal, así como un grupo paramédico.

Los socorristas confirmaron en el lugar, la muerte de Karina M.C., quien presentaba impactos de bala, en la cabeza, tórax y abdómen, siendo hallado sobre la cama, mientras que María Susana fue encontrada en el patio y tenía heridas de bala, en el tórax y la cadera, la cual tuvo que ser trasladada al hospital regional, donde debido a sus lesiones, falleció.

Supuestamente Karina ya había sido amenazado de muerte por su ex pareja y padre de sus dos hijos, luego que se fuera a vivir con la otra mujer, por lo que las autoridades policiacas, ya investigan el doble asesinato.
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Continue reading at (IMAGE WARNING): https://www.diarioeyipantla.com/ejecutan-a-dos-mujeres-dentro-de-su-casa-en-papantla/ (Source)

Peru: security guard stops lesbians kissing on public transport

Peru Metro Guard

A citizen denounced a security guard from the Lima Metro because she and her partner were forbidden to kiss, both experiencing the lesbophobia at Central Station. When they kissed the guard approached them to tell them that they could not show affection.
The victim began to record the incident and asked which Metro rule prohibits demonstrations of affection in its vicinity. “It’s a public place and you can’t be kissing in a public place,” the man replied.

After she asked him where it says she couldn’t kiss her girlfriend, the guard told her to “set the example.” “Because there are children here. There is a small child. No one says  don’t feel love and romance, but there are places where you can and there are other places where you can’t show it,” he said.

Through a statement, the Municipality of Lima said they reject all types of discrimination and have therefore initiated a thorough investigation to establish responsibilities and any corresponding sanctions.

They said that security guards, counsellors and other personnel who have direct contact with the public at the stations are constantly trained to provide adequate care.

“The Lima municipality deeply regrets this incident and reiterates its commitment to continue working for equality and to sanction any discriminatory practice or act,” they stated.
(Translated)

Una ciudadana denunció a un agente de seguridad del Metropolitano de Lima porque le prohibió besarse con su pareja. Ambas sufrieron un ataque de lesbofobia en la estación Central. Cuando se besaron esta persona se les acercó para decirles que no podían darse muestras de cariño.
La afectada comenzó a grabarlo y a pedirle la norma del Metropolitano que prohíbe las demostraciones de afecto en sus paraderos. “Es un lugar público y usted no puede estar besándose en un lugar público”, le respondió el hombre.

Después de que le preguntó dónde dice que no podía besarse con su novia, el trabajador del municipio le pidió que “dé el ejemplo”. “Porque aquí hay niños. Hay un niño pequeño. Nadie dice que no sientan su cariño, su romance, pero hay lugares donde se puede y hay otros lugares donde no”, aseguró.

A través de un comunicado, la Municipalidad de Lima indicó que rechazan todo tipo de discriminación y por ello han iniciado una profunda investigación para establecer responsabilidades y las sanciones correspondientes.

Precisaron que los agentes de seguridad, orientadores y demás personal que tiene contacto directo con el público en las estaciones son constantemente capacitados para brindar una atención adecuada.

“La comuna limeña lamenta profundamente este incidente y reitera su compromiso de seguir trabajando por la igualdad y sancionar toda práctica o acto discriminatorio”, adujeron.
(Original)

Continue reading at: https://larepublica.pe/sociedad/2020/01/28/metropolitano-denuncian-discriminacion-contra-dos-mujeres-por-besarse-municipalidad-de-lima-lesbofobia-video/(Soure)

Australian show Home and Away criticised for cutting lesbian scenes

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Fans of Home and Away are questioning whether the show censored a gay storyline, after it ran romantic scenes involving a lesbian couple on New Zealand television, but cut the same moments from episodes aired in Australia.

While fans of the show in Australia have written on social media about their disappointment and confusion over the missing moments, Channel 7 said it accidentally aired the wrong versions of two episodes in Australia.

Alex Shillington covers queer pop culture on social media, and has written about the Home and Away characters, Alex Neilson and Willow Harris, who have become a new lesbian couple on the Channel 7 drama.

She said fans did not understand why the Australian audience did not see the full scenes between Alex and Willow.

“I would genuinely love for there to be a decent reason that is not them just censoring it,” she said.

But she said Channel 7’s explanation that it aired the wrong version of episodes “seems weird.”

Continue reading at: https://www.msn.com/en-au/entertainment/tv/home-and-away-cuts-gay-kisses-from-australian-television-network-blames-human-error/ (Source)

U.S.: Catholic church counselling in spotlight after suicide of young lesbian

Alana Chen

Like many teenagers, Alana Chen was sometimes not where she’d told her parents she was going. But while other teens were sneaking out to parties, Chen would tell her parents she was going out with friends and instead take the bus from her family’s home in the suburbs of Boulder, Colorado, to St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church downtown.

Chen was holding on to other secrets as well. Without her parents’ knowledge, Chen’s family says, she was receiving spiritual guidance from a priest at St. Thomas Aquinas, who told her that there was something she could never tell her family: She was a lesbian.

Chen struggled for many years to keep this secret, according to her family, and tried to follow the church’s teachings. But repressing her sexuality led to serious mental health problems that caused her to be hospitalized in 2016, Chen told The Denver Post last year.

Chen eventually left the church, feeling it was impossible to reconcile her sexual orientation and her Catholicism. In early 2019, she went away to Prescott College, in Arizona, to be farther away from St. Thomas Aquinas.

She seemed to be doing better, but on Dec. 7, while on a visit home, Chen, 24, was declared missing. After a search, her body was found at Gross Reservoir in Boulder County on Dec. 9. The Boulder County Coroner’s Office has ruled her death a suicide.

Chen’s death has focused attention on how religious institutions handle the question of sexuality in their counseling, especially when the counselor’s faith teaches that homosexuality is wrong or sinful. Last year, Colorado banned gay conversion therapy for minors. That ban, however, exempts religious counselors.

That’s something Chen’s mother and sister want to see changed. They believe the religious counseling Chen received contributed to her death.

Since her passing, Chen’s family said, nobody from the Denver Archdiocese has reached out directly to them. (Haas said this is because it did not believe that contact would be welcome.) Her funeral was held at a local Episcopal parish.

“People will say different things about her suicide and how that came to be,” Carissa Chen said. “I think the church played a huge role in the years of trauma and treatment that she went through and ultimately her suicide, and they’re just going to have to live with that. We all will now.”

Continue reading at: https://religionnews.com/2020/01/29/a-young-womans-suicide-puts-focus-on-churchs-counseling-for-lgbt-catholics/ (Source)

The Alana Faith Chen foundation: https://alanafaithchen.org/

U.K.: Man accused of raping lesbian on beach

M Uddin

A woman who says was raped on Cleethorpes beach has told a court that she is a lesbian who would never willingly have sex with a man.

The woman told the trial of the Indian restaurant owner accused of raping her: “I can’t stand a man touching me. I am not attracted to men.”

She said she had not called restaurant owner Mohammed Uddin down from the Promenade and initiated sex.

She also denied that she was disappointed with his poor sexual performance and that she had pestered him for sex, Grimsby Crown Court heard.

Uddin, 45, of Augusta Street, Grimsby, denies rape and an alternative charge of sexual assault on August 21.

The prosecution at Crown Court claims that the 36-year-old woman was drinking by herself on Cleethorpes beach after 11.45pm when Uddin asked her for sex.

She was a lesbian and would not have wanted sex with him because of that, claims the prosecution, but Uddin is said to have raped her.

Continue reading at: https://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/news/grimsby-news/woman-raped-cleethorpes-beach-tells-3791220 (Source)