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Lesbian and gay black leaders speak about finding their place

“Each time, I thought ‘I can’t really be out because I’ve got enough trouble. I’m black and a female, do I really want to add another one so I can actually really get the door slammed in my face?,’ ” the business consultant and affiliate faculty member at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies told a crowd at the Dr. Carter G. Woodson Museum. She was part of a panel discussion titled “Not A Trend: The Truth.”

“Gay was not a term that fit me because of the other stereotype, gay people are white they are not black. That is a prevailing understanding,” Dunlap, 70, said. “The other struggle for me was, of course, my community and my church. It is difficult, very, very difficult to sit in church and hear these sermons that were so condemning.”

Continue reading at: Gay, black leaders speak about finding their place | Tampa Bay Times (Source)

Lesbian couple Ymi and Cha, on getting punched by man who refused to accept “No”

“Minutes after, he got into a heated discussion with Ymi when she confronted him directly and asked him to go. It was when Ymi threw a tissue at him that he snapped and threw two punches at her (during this time they were outside Saguijo’s gate). I ran to them and tried to pull Ymi away, he punched me on my left cheek before giving Ymi another punch. This was when roadies and other Saguijo people ran to us.”

Continue reading at: Lesbian couple Ymi and Cha, on getting punched for standing up for their rights | Lifestyle | GMA News Online (Source)

Politicians refuse to back Serbia’s lesbian leader because of her sexuality

By nominating her, Vučić effectively made her Prime Minister of the conservative country but also needs backing from parliament.  Some MPs are refusing to vote for her because of sexuality however, which will prevent her from being confirmed by Parliament.

Continue reading at: Politicians refuse to back Serbia’s LGBT leader because of her sexuality (Source)

Dr Ann Louise Gilligan, wife of Minister for Children, dies

She described her wife as a fearless “champion of equality, fairness and justice” and said she was a tireless campaigner who “through the courts, the Oireachtas and ultimately on the doorsteps” helped to secure marriage equality in Ireland.

Continue reading at: Dr Ann Louise Gilligan, wife of Minister for Children, dies (Source)

Rejected for choosing ‘lesbian lifestyle,’ Ghana refugee gets new asylum hearing in Israel

Elam, who is representing Amponsah together with attorney Nitzan Ilani, said, “Now it is clear that the great suffering that Mavis endured from the Population Authority, including illegal incarceration of many months, and major legal expenses, was unnecessary. We asked two years ago to interview Mavis in her own language, as is required by court rulings and the procedures of the Authority itself. But the Authority refused. Thus it is operating against the law and forced us to appeal to the Appeals Tribunal just to compel the Authority, two years later, to act according to the law.”

Continue reading at: Rejected for choosing ‘lesbian lifestyle,’ Ghana refugee gets new asylum hearing in Israel – Israel News – Haaretz.com (Source)

Serbia gets its first female – and lesbian – prime minister

Goran Miletić, a civil rights activist and Belgrade Pride organiser, said: “Even in some western countries it would be big news and a positive signal if a gay or lesbian person became prime minister or minister. It is even more important for a country where 65% believe that homosexuality is an illness and 78% think that homosexuality should not be expressed outside homes. The appointment of a lesbian can only be a positive message.”

Continue reading at: Serbia gets its first female – and gay – prime minister | World news | The Guardian (Source)

Chicago Dyke March tells lesbians to stay away if they don’t like dick

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The homophobic “queer” community doesn’t think that lesbians belong at a Dyke March.

Continue reading at: https://purplesagefem.wordpress.com/2017/06/15/happy-pride/Purple Sage | Lesbian, feminist, gender abolitionist. (Source)

Print Thrives in the Lesbian Community

Harmon also feels Lesbian Connection also has a hand in stopping lesbian erasure.

“Well I believe that’s one of the things we’re trying to do. We are Lesbian Connection and then we’ll always remain that,” Harmon said. “Many readers have said that this is one of the last places that they have found to be connected to lesbians with the disappearing of spaces.”

Continue reading at: PrideSource – Print Thrives in the Lesbian Community (Source)

Lesbian ex-cop loses lawsuit: LAPD victorious in discrimination, retaliation court battle

Herold’s involvement in the Grobeson case “caused her to be identified and recognized as an outspoken defender of the rights of gay LAPD officers,” according to Herold’s attorneys’ court papers.

Continue reading at: Gay woman ex-cop loses lawsuit: LAPD victorious in discrimination, retaliation court battle – MyNewsLA.com (Source)

Paula Vogel Puts Her Story as a Lesbian Jewish Woman Onstage in Indecent

In the wake of hate speech, marginalization, and censorship, Indecent becomes a battle cry for resistance. But it’s also a love letter to art, proving the two are not mutually exclusive.

“The only way we can keep active is to make sure that we laugh,” Vogel says. “Arts keeps the heart resilient. Activism keeps us resistant. They go hand in hand.”

Continue reading at: Paula Vogel Puts Her Story as a Gay Jewish Woman Onstage in Indecent | Playbill (Source)

Paralympic swimmer Theresa Goh comes out as a lesbian

Born with spina bifida and confined to a wheelchair, she has always readily embraced aspects of herself that most will find tough to navigate, among them her disability and role as a trailblazer for disability sport in Singapore.  But even then, it has taken the 30-year-old half her life to reach this point where, as an ambassador for this year’s Pink Dot rally, she wants to be open about her sexuality – that she is gay.

Continue reading at: ‘It feels like the right time’: Paralympic swimmer Theresa Goh opens up about her sexuality, Singapore News & Top Stories – The Straits Times (Source)

Lesbian Former Kargo Sales Exec Awarded $40 Million in Arbitration Over Sexual Discrimination, Wrongful Termination

But Berger was also targeted with inappropriate comments based on her gender and sexuality, the document says, specifically citing incidents allegedly involving Kevin Canty, Kargo’s svp of sales for the east.

“At retreats, [Canty] would comment on [Berger’s] sexuality and talk about ‘flipping her back.’ (She is gay.) He also asked her and her partner in Cannes to have ‘a threesome with him,’” wrote Colombaro in the award.

Continue reading at: Former Kargo Sales Exec Awarded $40 Million in Arbitration Over Sexual Discrimination, Wrongful Termination – Adweek (Source)

Three openly lesbian coaches claim discrimination at University of Minnesota Duluth in $18 million lawsuit

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Miller’s attorneys contend that the university changed its explanation after Miller was let go during a “purge” of openly gay women in the athletics department — and that fellow plaintiffs Jen Banford, the softball coach, and Annette Wiles, the women’s basketball coach, were forced to resign due to a hostile work environment.

Continue reading at: Gay coaches counter University of Minnesota Duluth’s claims in $18 million lawsuit | Grand Forks Herald (Source)

Hong Kong: Court rules banks offering support to expat lesbian couple would not offer any new argument

A strong show of solidarity from 12 leading international financial institutions in support of an expatriate lesbian spouse was rejected by a Hong Kong court on Thursday on the grounds they would be unlikely to offer new arguments.

Continue reading at: Pro-LGBT banks offering support to expat lesbian couple would not offer any new argument, Hong Kong court rules | South China Morning Post (Source)

Rotterdam teens held for assaulting lesbian couple

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The police arrested a total of five teenagers, four girls and a boy, for at least two separate assaults on the Schouwburgplein in Rotterdam last week. The group of teens, 13, 14 and 15 years old, attacked a lesbian couple on Tuesday May 30th and another victim the following day, the police said in a statement.

Continue reading at: Rotterdam teens held for assaulting lesbian couple | NL Times (Source)

Idaho High Court: Unmarried Lesbian Partner Has No Custody Right

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Supreme Court has denied custody and visitation rights to a gay woman who raised a child with her former partner, reflecting state laws that have not been updated since gay marriage was legalized in 2014.

Grandparents, great-grandparents and even first cousins in Idaho can seek custody, guardianship or visitation rights to children in certain circumstances, but an unmarried same-sex partner cannot.

In the ruling Wednesday, the court decided unanimously that because the former partner is the one who was artificially inseminated and carried the baby and because the two women were not married, the woman identified only as Jane Doe has no parental rights to the 7-year-old child.

Continue reading at: Idaho High Court: Unmarried Gay Partner Has No Custody Right | Idaho News | US News (Source)

Gigi Louisa: Kenyan lesbian on fighting for lesbian and gay rights in Kenya

Being gay in Kenya is risky. This is according to Gigi Louisa, a 28-year-old Kenyan lesbian who has shared her experience of living in Kenya’s conservative society. The LGBQT activist is on a mission to fight for gay rights in Kenya.  In an interview with the Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya (GALCK), she said she always has to be careful.

Continue reading at: “I can be attacked at any time:” Meet woman, 28, dedicated to fighting for gay rights in Kenya (photo) ▷ Tuko.co.ke (Source)

Brenda Fassie: South African lesbian icon immortalised in comic book

Beukes knew from her first book, Maverick, a pop history on women in the country, that there were many who could fit the bill for Femme Magnifique. “I had many to choose from, from Lilian Ngoyi to Ruth First, Krotoa Eva and Sara Baartman.

“But Brenda Fassie worked on so many levels, as a provocative pop star, as a lesbian icon [she came out on Mambaonline in 2003], as a black woman who lived through apartheid and sang about the personal and the political.”

Continue reading at: Brenda Fassie immortalised in comic book – MambaOnline – Gay South Africa online (Source)

Mississippi: A Court Ruled That an Anonymous Sperm Donor Has Parental Rights, but This Lesbian Mom Doesn’t

“The court carved out an exception to the rule that a child born to a married couple is the legal child of both spouses, ruling that children born as a result of assisted reproduction are the children of the mother and the anonymous sperm donor,” said Beth Littrell, Lambda Legal Counsel. “The lower court’s decision is demeaning and destabilizing, marking Chris and her children as unworthy of the usual protections married families rely on when adult relationships fail.”

“That the court considers an unknowable donor who provided sperm to a fertility clinic more of a parent than the person who takes care of the child when he is sick or helps him with his homework is a slap in the face to thousands of Mississippi families,” Littrell added.

Continue reading at: A Court Ruled That an Anonymous Sperm Donor Has Parental Rights, but This Lesbian Mom Doesn’t. Lambda Legal Is Appealing. | Lambda Legal (Source)

‘Anna Livia Lesbia’ writer Joni Crone discusses coming out and being lesbian in 1980’s Ireland

It’s nearly 40 years ago but Joni Crone still remembers the “whoosh” of the studio lights seeking her out and her stomach churning fear as she waited for Gay Byrne to tell her relatives, neighbours, work colleagues – and the nation – that she was a lesbian. A sympathetic member of the Late Late Show team had given her a double vodka when she wondered if she was about to be the first person to faint on live TV. “He held my hand and said ‘trust me’. He told me I’d be grand, to just look Gay in the eye and to forget about everything else”.

It was 1980, two years before Declan Flynn, a gay man, was beaten to death in Fairview Park in Dublin. Homosexuality would be regarded as a crime for another 13 years. Crone was there to talk about the need for law reform and to give an insight into the horror stories she regularly heard on the helpline Lesbian Line, where she had once listened in as a whispering caller was interrupted and beaten in her own home. That caller rang back from a hospital corridor days later. Crone wanted to give out the telephone number of the helpline on the show so people like her would have somewhere to turn.

Continue reading at: Being gay she was asked if her parents thought she was “mentally deficient” (Source)