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Lesbians ‘told they did not need cervical screening‘

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Women who have sex with women are often wrongly told they do not need a cervical screening test, say LGBT groups.

This results in half of all eligible lesbian and bisexual women never having had a smear test, they said.

The human papilloma virus (HPV), which causes most cervical cancers, can be transmitted through lesbian sex.

Cervical cancer charities say all women, no matter their orientation, should have regular cervical screening.

LGBT groups say women regularly face barriers to accessing healthcare and can have poor experiences when they do.

The charity Jo‘s Cervical Cancer Trust says all women, regardless of their sexual orientation, should have regular cervical screening.

“As HPV can be transmitted through skin-to-skin in the genital area, gay women [sic] are equally at risk of contracting HPV and experiencing abnormal cervical changes and, thus, should always attend when invited for cervical screening.”

In a study of attitudes to cervical screening among gay [sic] and bisexual women in the north-west of England, carried out by the University of Salford in 2011, 37% of women questioned said they had been told they did not require a cervical screening test because of their sexual orientation.

Continue reading: https://stockdailydish.com/lesbians-told-they-did-not-need-cervical-screening/ (source)

 

U.K: Men screamed homophobic slurs at lesbian couple on busy train

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Two Les Miserables actresses claim a group of men mocked them for being lesbians on a busy London train.

Josie Kemp and Lauren Soley stood up to the group as they screamed offensive and sexist chants.

The pair were on a busy London Marylebone to Banbury train and were allegedly swigging from cans of cider.

The men came to her attention when they were allegedly heard mocking an Indian man by copying his accent.

But after the woman boarded, the group apparently turned their attention to Miss Kemp and Miss Soley.

It is alleged the group sang a song about breasts before the women asked them to think their sisters, mothers and girlfriends.

Continue reading: https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/lesbian-couple-claims-men-screamed-21076980 (source)

U.S: Lesbian Kiss On Hallmark Channel Sparks Backlash

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A TV network that is known for its heartwarming movies and not for its rabble-rousing, Hallmark Channel has recently managed to rouse some rabble thanks to a commercial featuring two women sharing a kiss. The ad has sparked a negative reaction from the vocal advocacy group One Million Moms, which is now petitioning Hallmark Channel to reverse course and stop airing LGBTQ-related content.

Continue reading: https://www.cinemablend.com/
television/2486535/lesbian-kiss-on-hallmark-channel-sparks-backlash-from-one-million-moms
(source)

Russia: Seven men assault teenage lesbian in horrific attack

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Ekaterina Lyskh, 18-years-old, and her girlfriend Alina were walking through the streets of St Petersburg with a group of friends on Monday, December 9. Seven men followed them and started hurling insults at Ekaterina over her appearance.

On an Instagram post, Alina further detailed the attack, “Of course, seeing so many people, we decided to just leave. It so happened that we were divided and a tall guy came up to me with the phrases ‘Beauty, let’s get to know you?’.”

Alina further stated to Paper, “They came too close, asking what was in our pockets. We tried to move on, but the men blocked our moves. As a result, we still managed to run into some kind of coffee shop. I tried to call the guard, but did not have time.”

Ekaterina ran after the men “to find out why they are doing this,” according to Alina. She then received several blows to the face and head and later diagnosed with a concussion by medical professions. She received stitches to the side of her mouth.

Continue reading: https://gcn.ie/seven-men-teenage-girl-homophobic-attack/ (source)

Harper’s Magazine Claims They Can Change Stormé DeLarverie to a “He”

by Julia Diana Robertson
thevelvetchronicle.com

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“Harper’s Magazine is not only ‘comfortable’ with ‘the decision’ to reinvent Stormé as a ‘he,’ they’re comfortable with any distress it causes the lesbian community that surrounded Stormé while she was alive… The very people she spent her life protecting.”

Harper’s Magazine has refused to print a retraction for an article in which Eileen Miles calls lesbian icon, Stormé DeLarverie, “they,” “he,” and “him,” and claims ” ‘He’ was Stormé’s chosen pronoun.”

If “he” was “Stormé’s chosen pronoun,” as Miles claims, the people she was closest to would’ve known. And her circle certainly wouldn’t be running around giving interviews that didn’t reflect her wishes. In fact, the people in her circle are the type of people who would acknowledge that sort of thing—no problem—had it been the case.

Continue reading: https://thevelvetchronicle.com/harpers-bazaar-claims-they-can-change-storme-delarverie-to-a-he/ (source)

 

U.S: Catholic diocese denies lesbian judge communion

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A church in Michigan denied Holy Communion to a state district court judge because she is married to a woman.

Judge Sara Smolenski, the chief judge of Michigan’s 63rd District Court, received a call from the priest at St. Stephen Catholic Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, requesting she not attend communion.

Judge Sara Smolenski was told she could no longer receive communion at her Catholic Church because she is married to a woman.

“This is not about me against the priest, and it’s not really me against the church,” Smolenski told CNN. “This feels like selective discrimination. Why choose gay people, and why now?”

Smolenski, 62, said that the Rev. Scott Nolan, the priest at St. Stephen for approximately three years, called her on November 23 and told her, “‘It was good to see you in church on Sunday. Because you and Linda are married in the state of Michigan, I’d like you to respect the church and not come to communion.'”

Continue reading: https://edition.cnn.com/2019
/11/30/us/gay-michigan-judge-communion/index.html
(Source)

Update: Video of attack on lesbians released as perpetrators plead guilty

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A video released by police shows the moment a lesbian couple were brutally attacked on a London bus.

Melania Geymonat, 28, and her girlfriend, Chris, had been travelling on the double-decker bus from West Hampstead to Camden when they were set upon.

The two women were harassed and had sexual gestures made towards them, which can be seen in the video.

The incident left both women bloodied and they were taken to hospital to be treated for facial injuries.

Three teenagers have pleaded guilty to Public Order Act and other offences following a police investigation into the homophobic incident on the N31 bus route.

Continue reading: https://www.mylondon.news
/news/north-london-news/video-shows-moment-lesbian-couple-17334410
(Source)

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

Editor’s note: The video on the linked URL may be distressing to some viewers. Caution is advised.

U.S: Lesbian Expelled From Christian College For Marrying Another Woman

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Joanna Maxon of Fort Worth, Texas was almost able to complete her degree from Fuller Theological Seminary last year. The 53-year-old was studying for a master of arts in theology, and she only needed a few more classes to finish her degree.

Then she was suddenly expelled for being in a same-sex marriage.

“I was approaching the end and looking forward to graduation and all that stuff,” Maxon told NBC OUT. “To have that taken away unexpectedly — I was a really good student — I was devastated by it.”

Maxon attempted to resolve the issue with the college directly. But since that was unsuccessful, she’s taking them to court. Her attorney filed a federal suit in California, where Fuller’s main campus is based, last week.

Continue reading: http://gomag.com/article/woman-expelled-from-christian-college-for-marrying-another-woman/ (source)

Italy: father beats and threatens adult lesbian daughter

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Kicks, fists and hands to the throat. The victim is a 29 year old woman from Bari. The aggressor her father, a well-known 67-year-old fisherman from Barivecchia. On several occasions the woman has decided not to report her father for fear that his anger could become more violent. The last beating of 12 November was extremely violent. … He took her by the neck and started to abuse her, accusing her of being a “layabout lesbian”. The woman, who has problems with epilepsy, tried unsuccessfully to free herself from the man’s grip. The father, continuing to abuse her her, is alleged to have punched her in the face, and then kicked her body before slamming her head several times against the the living room wall.

When the violence ended, her father threatened her by saying that in future he would kill her with a bat or knife. The man’s words prompted the woman to file a complaint and go to the emergency room, accompanied by her brother and a friend of hers.
(Translated)

Calci, pugni e mani alla gola. La vittima è una 29enne barese. L’aggressore suo padre, noto pescatore 67enne di Barivecchia. In più occasioni la ragazza ha deciso di non denunciare il padre per paura che le sue ire potessero diventare più violente. L’ultimo pestaggio, del 12 novembre scorso, è stato violentissimo. … L’ha presa per il collo e ha iniziato ad offenderla, accusandola di essere una “lesbica nulla facente”. La ragazza, che ha problemi di epilessia, ha cercato vanamente di liberarsi dalla presa dell’uomo. Il padre, continuando ad offenderla, le avrebbe tirato un pugno in piena faccia, e poi calci sul corpo prima di sbatterle la testa più volte contro la parete attrezzata del soggiorno.

Finita la violenza, il padre l’ha minacciata dicendole che in un’altra occasione come quella l’avrebbe uccisa con una mazza o con un coltello. Le parole dell’uomo hanno spinto la donna a sporgere denuncia e a recarsi al pronto soccorso, accompagnata dal fratello e da una sua amica.
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Continue reading at: https://bari.ilquotidianoitaliano.com/cronaca/2019/11/news/pescatore-di-barivecchia-picchia-e-minaccia-di-morte-la-figlia-fate-qualcosa-o-mi-ammazza-253976.html/ (Source)

Ireland: Lesbian couple tell of terror over homophobic abuse and assault

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A LESBIAN couple in West Limerick are living in ‘hell’ following a campaign of homophobic abuse that has been directed at them, which saw them assaulted in front of a five-year-old child of one of the women involved.

The couple say during the attack they feared for their lives, due to the violent nature of the assault.

“They were all around us, attacking us. They pulled out lumps of our hair. We both knew that if we fell to the floor, we were dead.”

This is the second assault of the kind the couple has faced, with one of the women attacked on the street earlier this year. They feel as though they are being forced out of their home.

Continue reading: https://www.limerickleader.ie/
news/home/494337/lesbian-couple-tell-of-terror-over-homophobic-abuse-and-assault-in-county-limerick-town.html
(source)

U.S: Teachers terrorized a lesbian high school student

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Magali Rodriguez says that teachers and administrators at Bishop Amat Memorial High School in Upland forced her to follow strict rules to keep her from having a relationship with another girl and terrorized her for years. She also said that the school took steps to avoid her parents finding out that they were disciplining her for being gay (sic).

Continue reading: https://www.lgbtqnation.com/
2019/11/teachers-terrorized-lesbian-high-school-student-keep-relationship/
(source)

Italy: lesbian teenager attacked

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The story of Lisa, a 16 year old lesbian from Turin, was told and published by the Pressenza press agency.

Lisa says she didn’t pay attention to that man right away but at the Porta Nuova metro exit he began to rail against her.  “I didn’t think it could be directed at me because I wasn’t doing anything wrong,” she said, until the man approached and grabbed her by the arm. “He forced me to turn around, then he put his face almost against mine shouting that I was dressed as a boy and I sucked” she continued, “shouting many times ‘bloody lesbian’. Then suddenly I got punched in the face and everything went black. I doubled over. ”

And again: “When I bent down he started throwing punches at my side. Then because I do boxing, I put the fear aside and threw a punch and a hook at him”. “As soon as I saw him on the floor, even though I was sick and couldn’t see from one eye, I started running towards the bus” she continued, “I just wanted to get away from that place as quickly as possible”.
Although it was a school and work day and it was rush hour, eight o’clock in the morning, nobody intervened.

Nobody.
(Translated)

La storia di Lisa, ragazza lesbica torinese di appena 16 anni, è stata raccontata e resa pubblica dall’agenzia stampa Pressenza.

Lisa racconta di non aver prestato subito attenzione a quell’uomo. Lui, però, all’uscita della metro Porta Nuova, ha iniziato a inveire. «Non ho pensato che potessero diretti a me, non stavo facendo niente di male», racconta. Finché l’uomo non si è avvicinato e l’ha afferrata per un braccio. «Mi ha costretta a girarmi, poi ha messo il suo viso quasi contro il mio gridandomi che ero vestita da maschio e che facevo schifo – continua -, gridando numerose volte lesbica di merda. Poi all’improvviso mi è arrivato un pugno in faccia ed ho visto tutto nero. Mi sono piegata su me stessa».

E ancora: «Quando mi sono piegata ha iniziato a tirarmi pugni sul costato. Allora visto che faccio boxe, ho messo da parte la paura e gli ho tirato un pugno ed un gancio». «Appena lo ho visto per terra anche se avevo male e non vedevo da un occhio ho iniziato a correre verso l’autobus – continua la ragazza -, volevo solo andare via da quel posto il più velocemente possibile».
Nonostante fosse un giorno di scuola e lavorativo e fosse l’ora di punta, le otto del mattino, nessuno è intervenuto. Nessuno.
(Original)

Continue reading at: http://www.gaypost.it/lisa-16-anni-aggredita-lesbica-torino (Source)

Chile: two soldiers attack lesbian couple for rejecting sexual advances

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The Homosexual Integration and Liberation Movement (MOVILH) denounced on Tuesday that on October 12, two lesbian women – aged 21 and 22 – were harassed and assaulted for their sexual orientation by two subjects who, according to the accusation, carried a Military Identification Card  (TIM).

The Movilh complaint claims those responsible for the attack were identified as Jorge and Omar Rivera Alarcón.

“After one of the subjects approached the couple and repeatedly annoyed one of the women with sexual advances, the other asked him to stop. Instead the attacker, along with the second aggressor who appeared with a baseball bat, began to beat them with their fists and the baseball bat while yelling at them ‘Sissies, if I want them, I catch them and I take their dyke pussies”, said Rolando Jiménez, MOVILH representative.

The MOVILH spokesman added that when one of the women fell to the ground, they continued to beat her, at which time police officers appeared and stopped the attack.
(Translated, with thanks to Carmen Garland for her help)

El Movimiento de Integración y Liberación Homosexual (Movilh) denunció este martes que el pasado 12 de octubre dos mujeres lesbianas -de 21 y 22 años- fueron insultadas y agredidas por su orientación sexual por dos sujetos que -de acuerdo a la acusación- portaban Tarjeta de Identificación Militar (TIM).

La denuncia del Movilh sostiene los responsables del ataque fueron identificados como Jorge y Omar Rivera Alarcón.

“Luego de que uno de los sujetos se acercara al grupo y molestara repetidamente a una de las mujeres con insinuaciones sexuales, la otra le pidió que se detuviera. Lejos de eso, el sujeto, junto al segundo agresor que apareció con un bate de béisbol, comenzaron a pegarles golpes de puño y con el objeto mientras les gritaban ‘mariquitas, si quiero me las pesco y les saco la chucha mariconas’”, denunció el dirigente de la organización de la diversidad sexual, Rolando Jiménez.

El vocero del Movilh añadió que al caer una de las mujeres al suelo, siguieron golpeándola, momento en que aparecieron funcionarios de Carabineros, deteniéndose entonces el ataque.
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Continue reading at: https://www.elciudadano.com/justicia/denuncian-que-sujetos-con-identificacion-militar-golpearon-con-bate-de-beisbol-a-mujeres-lesbianas/10/29/ (Source)

 

U.S: Catholic Schools Keep Kids Away From Lesbian Astronaut

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Respected religious institutions drive homophobia in the United States. They teach it in both churches and schools. Three Catholic schools in the Spokane area just handed kids a vivid object lesson in how to stigmatize LGBTQ people. While diocese leaders are being publicly coy, teachers, parents, and students all know that a trip to see NASA astronaut Anne McClain was cancelled because she’s married to a woman.

Continue reading: https://medium.com/james-finn/catholic-schools-keep-kids-away-from-lesbian-astronaut-4f7b26054659 (source)

Lesbian creates Argentinian hate crime map of lesbophobia

 

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Every March 7, Lesbian Visibility Day is celebrated in Argentina. The date was chosen in memory of 27 year old Natalia “La Pepa” Gaitán, who was killed by her girlfriend’s stepfather on March 7 2010.

The story of “La Pepa” is a standard for Argentine lesbian activism because it showed how far hate can go. Today, her smiling face is stamped on flags and t-shirts.

Paula E. (as she is identified online) is a Social Work student who has been working in the systems area of ​​a company for 10 years. Lesbian and an activist, last year she noticed that many cases of violence against her community went unnoticed in the media and were somewhat forgotten by activism as well.

“I also saw that among heterosexual people there is a perception that lesbians do not suffer violence, that they do not violate us and that because of the Argentinian laws, we have no more problems,” she explains.

But changes in laws are not enough to end the violence.

Paula knows it well: all the time, stories come from other lesbians who are assaulted, discriminated against or verbally abused.

“That’s why I came up with the idea of ​​the map, to keep track and help make the cases visible,” she tells us.
(Translated)

 

Cada 7 de marzo, se celebra en Argentina el Día de la Visibilidad Lésbica. La fecha fue elegida en recuerdo de Natalia “La Pepa” Gaitán, quien a los 27 años fue asesinada por el padrastro de su novia, el 7 de marzo de 2010.

La historia de “La Pepa” es estandarte para la militancia lesbiana argentina porque desnudó cuán lejos puede llegar el odio. Hoy, su cara sonriente está estampada en banderas y camisetas.

Paula E. (así se identifica ella en sus redes) es estudiante de Trabajo Social y hace 10 años que trabaja en el área de sistemas de una empresa. Lesbiana y activista, el año pasado notó que muchos casos de violencia hacia su comunidad pasaban desapercibidos en los medios y quedaban algo olvidados por la militancia.

“También veía que entre las personas heterosexuales hay una percepción de que las lesbianas no sufrimos violencia, que no nos violentan y que con las leyes que hay acá en Argentina no tenemos más problemas”, explica.

Pero los cambios en las leyes no alcanzan para terminar con la violencia.

Paula lo sabe bien: todo el tiempo, le llegan historias de otras lesbianas que son agredidas, discriminadas o insultadas.

“Por eso se me ocurrió la idea del mapa, para llevar un registro y ayudar a visibilizar los casos”, nos cuenta.
(Original)

Continue reading at: https://www.playgroundmag.net/comunidad/mapa-crimenes-odio-lesbianas-argentina_48632290.html (Source)

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/
(source)

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
(source)

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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