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Italy: Lesbian shares video calling for hate crime legislation following continued lesbophobic harassment

While talks of necessary Italian hate crime legislation continues, the long-awaited bill is not coming fast enough for many. Another homophobic attack occurred, this time in Genoa where Italian lesbian nurse, Camilla, shared a video of a hate crime: her car ruined by her homophobic neighbours.

Camilla, a 23 year-old nurse, recorded the video on TikTok while in tears after her neighbours vandalised her car. She asked the LGBTQ+ community for help in having her rights recognised since the government is still not forthcoming with hate crime legislation. She also shared how the police told her they can’t do much to help and she is now forced to park her car far from her house fearing of more vandalism.

In the first video posted to her TikTok, Camilla says:

“When you are a lesbian in Italy, this is how your homophobic neighbours behave: they break your car side mirror and they pierce and slash all four tires. Of course I reported this, but of course nothing will happen. To members of the LGBT community: can we do something to get some f***ing rights? Every day, I am called ‘whore’ and ‘pervert’. Now they went as far as vandalising the car I use every day to go to work.

“You tell me now, what can I do? I get up every morning, like everyone else, I go to work, I’m paying my f***ing mortgage. I’m 23 years-old, I’ve been paying it [the mortgage] for the past three years. I am not sure how many people my age do this. Can I get some help, please, since our Government is not helping me?”

In a second video, Camilla also said she received death threats. She continued, “What I want is only to live in peace, serene, and that all people can live hand in hand.”

Continue reading: https://gcn.ie/italian-lesbian-hate-crime-legislation/ (source)

ILD: Pia Beck the lesbian pianist who was a warrior for LGTBI rights under Franco

Marga Samsonowski and Pia Beck

Her son argues that the story of his two mothers is, above all, a love story: “Pia told me: ‘It took me just an instant to fall in love with your mother'”. A love story postponed by the passage of time and political laziness, but which brings together all the ingredients of the great passions that end up taking over books and screens. Pia Beck , considered by many to be the best jazz pianist of the 20th century, and Marga Samsonowski , lived their romance without hiding in the times of grayer Spain and turned their exclusive club, The Blue Note, into a haven of freedom and respect for diversity on the Costa del Sol.

The story of the two women who, without intending to, became icons of the LGBT community, is today little more than a footnote in the Malaga town. Gino acknowledges that “it hurts and saddens him” to see how her legacy has not resulted in the recognition she deserved as a star who in each of the thousands of interviews she gave throughout her life prooted the charms of the Costa del Sol: “They are two icons and what they did is enormous. If this were the United States they would have already made a movie about them. ”

Recent graffiti in homage to Pia is the only trace there exists of them. Jorge Pérez, president of the Pasaje Begoña Association , which tries to return part of the lost splendor to the location and recall its past as the cradle of LGTB rights, demands justice: “We do not want to die without her being recognised in Torremolinos: a street, a statue, something… ”. This neglect may be about to change, since Pérez confirms that a production company (WinWin) is preparing a story about the alley that gave colour to the darkest times. “And we have already asked that Pia Beck be one of the protagonists,” he reveals.

The pianist shared the archetypal dream of any self-respecting jazz musician: opening her own club. The Blue Note opened its doors in 1965 and very soon became a meeting place for the most exclusive national and international clientele, attracted by the fame of its owner. “At that time I was a child and they only let me stay for a few hours. I remember, for example, that Arthur Rubinstein was one of the regulars and that he was encouraged, on many occasions, to give small improvised recitals ” , evokes Gino. Names like Fred Astaire, Nat King Cole, Shirley MacLaine or Ginger Rogers appear on his family photo album. “Pia is the artist, I am not,” argued Marga, who bet on being in the background and avoiding media appearances to protect her family.

Although they never faced any episode of hatred from neighbours, until 1978 homosexuality was criminalised in Spain. Why did the Franco regime allow two lesbians to live as a couple with total normality and be the visible face of one of the most famous places in the country? “Pia was a great ambassador, she promoted the Costa del Sol a lot and attracted thousands of tourists. Furthermore, she was Dutch and he wanted to avoid a diplomatic confrontation, ”Juan Carlos Parrilla, vice president of the Association Pasaje Begoña, explains to this magazine that if they had been Spanish the situation would have been radically different.

The normality with which their relationship was seen meant that, without being a gay bar, the gays and lesbians of the time found in The Blue Note a place where they could enjoy the night with total freedom. “They, without knowing it, were an icon for the lesbian women’s community at a time when women were invisible and repressed in a patriarchal society,” added Parrilla. Despite the fact that her son assures that his mothers were never aware of the importance that their common life had for the group and that they did not have labels, Pia starred in the seventies in a famous episode in defence of the rights of homosexuals. The pianist faced the famous ultra-conservative activist Anita Bryant and she promoted a concert to defray the cost of an advertisement on the pages of The New York Times against Bryant’s anti-homosexual speech.

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Su hijo defiende que la de sus dos madres es, ante todo, una historia de amor: “Pia me decía: ‘Tardé solo un instante en enamorarme de tu madre’”. Una historia de amor postergada por el paso del tiempo y la desidia política, pero que reúne todos los ingredientes de las grandes pasiones que acaban copando libros y pantallas. Pia Beck, considerada por muchos como la mejor pianista de jazz del siglo XX, y Marga Samsonowski, vivieron su romance sin ocultarse en los tiempos de la España más gris y convirtieron su exclusivo club, The Blue Note, en un reducto de libertad y respeto a la diversidad en la Costa del Sol.

La historia de las dos mujeres que, sin pretenderlo, se erigieron en iconos de la comunidad LGTB, es hoy poco más que una nota a pie de página en la localidad malagueña. Gino reconoce que “le duele y entristece” ver cómo su legado no ha obtenido el reconocimiento merecido por una estrella que en cada una de las miles de entrevistas que concedió a lo largo de su vida divulgó los encantos de la Costa del Sol: “Son dos iconos y es enorme lo que consiguieron. Si esto fuera Estados Unidos ya les habrían hecho una película”.

Un reciente grafitti en homenaje a Pia es el único rastro que hay de ellas. Jorge Pérez, presidente de la Asociación Pasaje Begoña, que trata de devolver parte del esplendor perdido a la localización y rememorar su pasado como cuna de los derechos LGTB+, reclama justicia: “No nos queremos morir sin que ella tenga algún reconocimiento en Torremolinos: una calle, una estatua, algo…”. Una postergación que quizá esté a punto de cambiar, ya que Pérez confirma que una productora (WinWin) está preparando una ficción sobre el callejón que dotó de color los tiempos más oscuros. “Y ya hemos pedido que Pia Beck sea una de las protagonistas”, revela.

La pianista compartía el sueño arquetípico de cualquier músico de jazz que se precie: inaugurar su propio club. The Blue Note abrió sus puertas en 1965 y muy pronto se convirtió en lugar de encuentro de la clientela nacional e internacional más exclusiva, atraída por la fama de su dueña. “Por aquel entonces yo era un niño y solo me dejaban estar durante unas horas. Recuerdo, por ejemplo, que Arthur Rubinstein era uno de los clientes habituales y que se animaba, en muchas ocasiones, a dar pequeños recitales improvisados”, evoca Gino. En su álbum fotográfico familiar aparecen nombres como los de Fred Astaire, Nat King Cole, Shirley MacLaine o Ginger Rogers. “Pia es la artista, yo no”, argumentaba Marga, que apostó por quedar en un segundo plano y evitar apariciones en los medios para proteger a su familia.

Aunque jamás se enfrentaron a ningún episodio de odio por parte de los vecinos, hasta 1978 la homosexualidad fue tipificada como delito en España. ¿Por qué el régimen franquista permitió entonces que dos lesbianas hicieran vida en pareja con total normalidad y fueran la cara visible de uno de los locales más célebres del país? “Pia era una gran embajadora, hizo mucha promoción de la Costa del Sol y atrajo a miles de turistas. Además, era holandesa y se quería evitar un enfrentamiento de carácter diplomático”, explica a esta revista el vicepresidente de la Asociación Pasaje Begoña, Juan Carlos Parrilla, que considera que si hubieran sido españolas la situación habría sido radicalmente diferente.

La normalidad con la que se veía su relación provocó que, sin ser un bar de ambiente, los gays y lesbianas de la época encontraran en The Blue Note un rincón en el que podían disfrutar de la noche con total libertad. “Ellas, sin saberlo, fueron un referente para el colectivo de mujeres lesbianas en una época en la que la mujer era un ser invisible y reprimido en una sociedad patriarcal”, añade Parrilla. A pesar de que su hijo asegura que sus madres jamás fueron conscientes de la importancia que su vida en común tuvo para el colectivo y que prescindían de etiquetas, Pia protagonizó en la década de los setenta un sonado episodio en defensa de los derechos de los homosexuales. La pianista se enfrentó a la célebre activista ultraconservadora Anita Bryant y promovió un concierto con el que sufragar los gastos de un anuncio en las páginas de The New York Times contra el discurso antihomosexual de Bryant.
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Continue reading at: https://smoda.elpais.com/moda/actualidad/historia-amor-lesbico-pia-beck-marga-blue-note-pasaje-begona-torremolinos/ (Source)

Ghana: Military lesbian couple got married, have been detained and face court martial

A Ghanaian military lesbian couple who got married over the weekend, have reportedly been detained and facing court-martial. 

In the videos shared online before their arrest, the ladies looked happy as they danced together while their guests cheered them on. 

The event led to divided opinions on social media as many asked why such “ungodly and abominable” event will be allowed in the West African country.

Continue reading: https://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/Ghanaian-military-lesbian-couple-who-got-married-detained-facing-court-martial-1070242 (source)

Lesbian couple slam Facebook after snap of them touching foreheads was banned for being ‘sexually explicit adult content’

A lesbian couple have condemned Facebook after a promotional advert showing their foreheads gently touching was rejected for being ‘sexually explicit adult content’ – while an image showing a heterosexual couple in the same pose was allowed.

Musical duo Sera Golding-Young, 36, and her wife Frankie, 32, had posted a video to announce the release of a new album – and made a sponsored advertisement in a bid to reach fans.

But the post was said to have violated Facebook’s Community Standards rules under its ‘Objectionable Content’ clause, which targets illicit images of nudity or sexual activity.

Continue reading: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8780465/Lesbian-couple-slam-Facebook-video-touching-foreheads-BANNED.html (source)

U.K: Sue Perkins Reveals She Was Victim Of A Homophobic Attack

Former Great British Bake Off host Sue Perkins has revealed that she was victim to a homophobic attack that left her in tears.

The presenter and comedian says she “burst into tears” after a man verbally assaulted her on Hampstead Heath in North London. Speaking on an episode of the Homo Sapiens podcast, Perkins revealed: “I did have my first homophobic insult in 20 years recently … I was on the heath and this guy, I think he said, ‘You f***ing dyke.'”

The 51-year-old TV personality told podcast hosts Alan Cumming and Chris Sweeney that she feared the altercation might turn physical. “At the time, I sort of went right up to him and went: ‘What did you say?'” she recalled, “and he sort of postured a bit almost as if he was going to hit me, almost like an intimation of something physical.”

Fearful of the situation, Perkins kept her space: “I thought ‘I’m going to just stand here.’ I remember my hand was out because I wanted to keep that distance. Like if you come within the length of my arm I know that something really bad is going to happen.”

Perkins told Cumming and Sweeney that she maintained her composure before asking him again what he had said. “He just sort of buckled a bit and he went, ‘I just mean you’ve got a nice face, why would you…’ I just thought, ‘What’s my face got to do with you?'”

Not wanting to escalate the situation, Perkins said she “didn’t want to replace knee jerk unkindness with knee jerk unkindness,” and she told the man :I’m just walking my dog and I’m quiet and I’m in a good mood and I’ve got love for everyone here and you’ve destroyed that and you can’t take that back today” before leaving and bursting into tears.

Continue reading: https://www.bustle.com/entertainment/sue-perkins-victim-of-homophobic-attack (source)

Poland: journalist and her niece attacked for presumed lesbianism

There was a brutal beating in Warsaw. The journalist was walking with her niece, holding the teenager’s arm when passing man attacked the woman because he considered that those he was attacking were a couple – we read in polsatnews.pl. The case was publicized on Facebook by “Polityka” journalist, Piotr Pytlakowski. …

“About a week ago, a well-known journalist and reporter was beaten up. I found out about it recently. In the vicinity of Galeria Młociny she was walking with her probably 13-year-old niece. They were holding hands. A man started shouting: ***** ****** lesbians!”, wrote the journalist.

The man attacked the woman on a street near a shopping mall. “He hit the journalist’s face with his fist. Hard – he broke her nose and caused bruises around her eyes” – Pytlakowski reported.
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W Warszawie doszło do brutalnego pobicia. Dziennikarka spacerowała ze swoją siostrzenicą, trzymając nastolatkę pod rękę. Wtedy mężczyzna przechodzący obok zaatakował kobietę, bo uznał, że osoby, na które napada są parą – czytamy w polsatnews.pl. Sprawę nagłośnił na Facebooku dziennikarz “Polityki” Piotr Pytlakowski. …

“Ok. tygodnia temu została pobita znana dziennikarka, reportażystka. Dowiedziałem się o tym niedawno. W okolicy Galerii Młociny szła ze swoją chyba 13-letnią siostrzenicą. Trzymały się pod ręce. Jakiś mężczyzna zaczął krzyczeć: Ku* je** lesby!” – napisał dziennikarz.

Napastnik zaatakował kobietę na ulicy w okolicy galerii handlowej.

“Uderzył pięścią w twarz dziennikarki. Silnie – złamał jej nos i spowodował sińce w okolicach oczu” – poinformował Pytlakowski.
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Continue reading at: https://fakty.interia.pl/mazowieckie/news-warszawa-ktos-pobil-dziennikarke-bo-myslal-ze-jest-lesbijka,nId,4725391 (Source)

Italy: school fined for sacking lesbian teacher

The Court of Appeal confirmed the sentence against the Sacred Heart of Trento for the dismissal of a lesbian teacher due to the “confirmed discriminationy on the basis of sexual orientation, individual and collective, and the conduct implemented by the Institute regarding the recruitment of teachers”.

The sum is almost double what the private school had been required to pay to the women in the first instance: a total of €43,000, including both financial and moral harm. The Institute has now been called upon to pay the CGIL and the association Certi Rights, which had stood up in its defense, a sum of €10,000.

In the first instance, the compensation had been assessed at €25,000 while the association and the union would have been entitled to €1,500 each.
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La Corte di Appello conferma la sentenza contro il Sacro Cuore di Trento a causa della “accertata natura discriminatoria per orientamento sessuale, individuale e collettiva e la condotta attuata dall’Istituto in ordine alla selezione per l’assunzione degli insegnanti” per il licenziamento di una docente lesbica.

Una somma quasi raddoppiata rispetto a quella che la scuola privata era stata destinata a pagare in primo grado alla donna: in tutto 43mila euro tra danno patrimoniale e morale. L’Istituto è stato chiamato ora a risarcire con una somma di 10mila euro anche la Cgil e l’associazione radicale Certi Diritti, che si erano schierate in sua difesa.

In primo grado il risarcimento era stato quantificato in 25mila euro mentre all’associazione e al sindacato sarebbero spettati 1.500 euro a testa.
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Continue reading at: https://www.lavocedeltrentino.it/2020/09/02/licenziata-perche-lesbica-listituto-sacro-cuore-paga-piu-di-40mila-euro-alla-prof-discriminata/ (Source)

Brazil: how gynaecology fails lesbians

Lesbian and bisexual women go to the gynecologist less than heterosexual women. According to data from the report on Comprehensive Health Care for Lesbian and Bisexual Women, from the Ministry of Health, only 47% of this group have gynecological consultations annually, while the number rises to 76% when we talk about straight women, according to Febrasgo (Brazilian Federation of Associations of Gynecology and Obstetrics).

To understand why this happens, Delas listened to 45 non-heterosexual women on the topic. Anonymous reports reveal negligence, unpreparedness and prejudice by health professionals when it comes to sex between women. 
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Mulheres lésbicas e bissexuais vão menos ao ginecologista do que as heterossexuais. Segundo dados do relatório Atenção Integral à Saúde das Mulheres Lésbicas e Bissexuais, do Ministério da Saúde, apenas 47% deste grupo faz consultas ginecológicas anualmente, enquanto o número sobe para 76% quando falamos de mulheres hétero, segundo Febrasgo (Federação Brasileira das Associações de Ginecologia e Obstetrícia).

Para entender porque isso ocorre o Delas ouviu 45 mulheres não-heterossexuais sobre o tema. Os relatos anônimos revelam negligências, despreparo e preconceito de profissionais da saúde quando o assunto é sexo entre mulheres.
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Continue reading at: https://delas.ig.com.br/saudedamulher/2020-09-01/lesbicas-e-bi-denunciam-negligencia-de-ginecologistas-nao-nos-examinam.html (Source)

Argentina: attack on lesbian couple after long term harassment

September 2020:

In another anti-lesbian attack in the Buenos Aires neighborhood of Constitución, two lesbians were attacked on Monday night  after constant and long-standing hatrassment and threats. One of the assaulted lesbians lives on O’Brien Street and is a neighbor of the alleged aggressor.

He has always insulted her for her sexuality and made fun of her when he saw her hugging or walking hand in hand with her girlfriend in the neighborhood. Last Monday, faced with one of the usual insults, the couple responded. The man then retrieved a baseball bat from his house, and together with his friend, they chased and beat the women in the middle of the street.

The couple reached the corner of Santiago del Estero, trying to get help. A group of policemen who were traveling through the area heard the women’s screams and were able to arrest the 67-year-old man and an accomplice friend who was with him at the time of the savage beating. “He hit me because I am lesbian,” said the victim when she was helped by the police. The police immediately notified SAME, according to Infobae.
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Dos lesbianas fueron agredidas el lunes por la noche en un nuevo ataque lesboodiante en el barrio porteño de Constitución. Si bien este hecho legó a los medios, lo cierto es que las agresiones y amenazas son constantes y de larga data. Una de las lesbianas agredidas vive sobre la calle O’ Brien al 1.200 y es vecina del agresor.

Desde siempre, éste la insulta por su elección sexual y se burlara de ella cuando la veía abrazada o caminando de la mano de su novia por el barrio. El pasado lunes, ante una de las habituales agresiones, la pareja respondió. E hombre decidió entonces buscar un bate de beisbol de su casa, y junto a su amigo, las persiguieron y golpearon en plena calle.

Al llegar a la esquina de Santiago del Estero para pedir ayuda, un grupo de policías que recorría la zona escuchó los gritos de la mujer y pudo detener al hombre de 67 años y a un amigo cómplice que se encontraba con él en el momento de la feroz golpiza. “El me pegó porque soy torta”, relató la víctima al ser auxiliada por los efectivos, quienes inmediatamente dieron aviso al SAME, según consignó Infobae.
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Continue reading at: https://www.nueva-ciudad.com.ar/notas/202009/44492-ataque-lesboodiante-en-constitucion-me-pego-porque-soy-torta.html (Source)

 

Brazil: teenager attacked by father for being lesbian

The grandmother of a 16-year-old teenager reported the girl’s father after he attacked her granddaughter. According to the grandmother, the girl was beaten because of her sexual orientation – the girl is a lesbian. The complaint was made on Wednesday (9 September) and the case occurred in the city of Ipiaú, in Bahia.

The police are investigating what happened and the girl will remain with her grandmother. According to the 9th Regional Interior Police Coordination (Coorpin), the girl said she had also been attacked by her father with a machete “sheath”, a type of case used to preserve the object’s blade.

The perpetrator, who has already been summoned by the police, was not found at the house after the report. The grandmother also pointed out that the girl has been assaulted several times for the same reason.
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A avó de uma adolescente de 16 anos denunciou um pai após a sua neta ser espancada. Segundo a avó, a garota apanhou em função de sua orientação sexual – a menina é lésbica. A denúncia foi feita na quarta-feira (9) e o caso ocorreu na cidade de Ipiaú, na Bahia.

A polícia está investigando o ocorrido e, a priori, a menina deve permanecer com a avó. Segundo a 9ª Coordenadoria Regional de Polícia do Interior (Coorpin), a menina disse que também havia sido agredida pelo pai com uma “bainha” de facão, um tipo de estojo usado para preservar a lâmina do objeto.

O agressor, que já foi intimado pela polícia, não foi encontrado na casa após a denúncia. A avó ainda destacou que a garota já foi agredida várias vezes pelo mesmo motivo.
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Continue reading at: https://observatoriog.bol.uol.com.br/noticias/menina-e-espancada-pelo-pai-por-ser-lesbica-policia-investiga (Source)

U.K: Lesbian quits after finding homophobic note in work locker

A shop worker said she was “mortified” when she opened her locker and discovered a homophobic note.

The offensive message was found by Pammie Clinton during her shift at Wilko in Arnold, Nottinghamshire, on 9 September.

It directed a homophobic slur at her and implored her to quit. She handed in her notice a few days later.

Wilko said discrimination of any kind was not accepted and it was looking into the situation “very seriously”.

Ms Clinton, who is a lesbian, said the message had been pushed into her locker through a small hole.”I was absolutely disgusted with what I was reading – I felt like my heart had sunk to the pit of my stomach,” she said.

“I went straight to the bathroom and sat and cried.

“The incident was reported to management but the culprit was never found – and Ms Clinton said she felt compelled to resign.

She said: “I was filled with anxiety and found myself looking at everyone at work thinking ‘was it you?’, which was mentally and emotionally unhealthy.”

Continue reading: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-54183746 (source)

Nigeria: The filmmakers risking jail with lesbian movie Ife

Two Nigerian filmmakers face the prospect of imprisonment if they ignore the stern warning of the authorities and proceed with the release of a movie about a lesbian relationship. 

The dramatic face-off with the regulators – the Nigerian Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) – is worthy of a film itself. 

Producer Pamela Adie and director Uyaiedu Ikpe-Etim are determined that Ife (meaning “love” in the Yoruba language) reaches a Nigerian audience, but the NFVCB says it will not be approved as it violates the country’s strict laws on homosexuality.

To get around this, the filmmakers are planning a surprise online release to catch the regulators off-guard. The NFVCB, however, is diligently monitoring all digital platforms to prevent the movie from getting out.According to NFVCB boss Adebayo Thomas, Adie and Ikpe-Etim could be jailed for promoting homosexuality in a country where same-sex relationships are forbidden and can carry a 14-year sentence.

They are organising a private screening in the commercial capital, Lagos, at the end of the month, for which they believe they do not need to get permission. 

Ife will also get an international premiere in Canada in October.

Adie said the aim of the film was to show an accurate picture of lesbian and bisexual women in Nigerian movies.

If a lesbian woman does appear in a standard Nollywood movie they are often portrayed as being possessed, influenced by bad friends or forced into homosexuality and always needing “saving”, she told the BBC.

“You rarely see stories about LGBT people, especially about queer [sic] women that speak to the realities of our lives. 

“Ife was made to bridge the gap and to get the conversation going in Nigeria.”

Continue reading: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-54070446 (source)

Lesbian writer scared to live in Poland after threats

The writer and activist Sylwia Chutnik came out in June this year (2020). In the pages of the magazine “Replika” she stated that she is a lesbian. Now she has given another interview in which she says that she is afraid after having publicly stated her orientation.

Sylwia Chutnik fell victim to a homophobic attack
Sylwia Chutnik is a writer, feminist and social activist. She is a 2008 laureate of the Polityka Passport in the Literature category. She was also nominated for the Nike Literary Award three times. She also graduated from Gender Studies at the University of Warsaw, and currently runs the MaMa Foundation dealing with maternal rights. As she admitted, her coming out was “so that all people who live in fear could feel better for a moment”.

Now in an interview with “Newsweek” she told about what happened right after her coming out. “I feel fear for my loved ones, even for my son. On Saturday I was traveling with a few people on the tram and there was also a big guy there. As soon as he got out and the door closed, he started screaming:” f *** f *** “. The first time I was challenged as a lesbian was by a group of kids my son’s age. There are plenty of such acts of aggression”, confirms Sylwia Chutnik.
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Pisarka i aktywistka Sylwia Chutnik w czerwcu tego roku dokonała coming outu. Na łamach magazynu “Replika” przyznała, że jest lesbijką. Teraz udzieliła kolejnego wywiadu, w którym opowiedziała o tym, czego boi się po publicznym określeniu swojej orientacji.

Sylwia Chutnik padła ofiarą homofobicznego ataku
Sylwia Chutnik to pisarka, feministka i działaczka społeczna. Jest laureatką Paszportu Polityki w kategorii Literatura za rok 2008. Była także trzykrotnie nominowana do Nagrody Literackiej Nike. Ukończyła również Gender Studies na Uniwersytecie Warszawskim, a obecnie kieruje Fundacją MaMa, zajmującą się prawami matek. Jak sama przyznała, jej coming out był po to, “aby wszystkie osoby, które żyją w strachu, mogły choć przez chwilę poczuć się lepiej”.

Teraz w wywiadzie dla “Newsweeka” opowiedziała o tym, co wydarzyło się tuż po jej coming oucie. “Czuję strach o najbliższych, chociażby o syna. W sobotę jechałam z kilkoma osobami tramwajem i był tam też rosły facet. Jak tylko wysiadł i drzwi się zamknęły, zaczął wrzeszczeć: “j**** p*****”. A pierwszy zostałam wyzwana od lesb przez grupkẹ dzieciaków w wieku mojego syna. Takich aktów agresji jest mnóstwo” – przyznała Sylwia Chutnik.
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India: Armed guards provided for threatened lesbian couple

Payal and Kanchan fell in love as they trained to become policewomen. But their love has faced resistance and they have faced threats, forcing them to go to court to seek protection from their own families, reports BBC Gujarati’s Bhargav Parikh.

When Payal met Kanchan, back in 2017, she had no idea she would fall in love with her fellow trainee. That year, India’s Supreme Court had ruled that gay sex was no longer a criminal offence, overturning a previous judgement that upheld a colonial-era law. But age-old customs and regressive attitudes survived, making it difficult for same-sex relationships to be accepted by larger society.

The women, both now 24, have been living together as a couple since 2018 in the western Indian state of Gujarat, and they know first hand what the discrimination feels like. Their love story was thrust into the limelight last month when they approached the high court.

“Our families are against our relationship. They are threatening us,” Payal said, adding that the two filed an application before the court, asking for police protection. The court ruled that the couple should be protected by armed guards.

Continue reading: https://news.yahoo.com/armed-guards-provided-threatened-lesbian-230354595.html (source)

Brazil: Man accused of raping 13 year old lesbian daughter in front of grandfather

The Civil Police of Salto (SP) is interviewing witnesses to investigate the incident in which a man is suspected of raping his 13-year-old daughter in front of her grandfather on Saturday (29 August). Cell phones of those involved were also apprehended for analysis.

The mother told G1 [the media outlet]  that the assault occurred after they discovered the girl was a lesbian.
(Translated)

Polícia Civil de Salto (SP) está ouvindo testemunhas para investigar o homem suspeito de estuprar a filha de 13 anos na frente do avô dela, no sábado (29). Celulares dos envolvidos também foram apreendidos para serem analisados.

A mãe contou ao G1 que a agressão teria ocorrido depois que eles descobriram que a menina era lésbica.
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Continue reading at: https://g1.globo.com/sp/sorocaba-jundiai/noticia/2020/09/02/policia-ouve-testemunhas-para-investigar-suspeito-de-estuprar-filha-por-ser-lesbica.ghtml (Source)

Colombia: young lesbian murdered

Belén Pérez says she has no way to understand the reason for the murder of her daughter. She only knows that Kelly Carolina Pérez Trigos was working on the terrace of her house on Monday afternoon, as she had been for two years, when a man murdered her.

“ They say it was a robbery, but no one tried to rob her. I saw that the murderer arrived with a cap and mask, approached and shot her twice and walked away as if nothing had happened,” said Kelly’s mother, while she was making the arrangements for the delivery of her body to Legal Medicine.

The woman pointed out that the 29-year-old victim had been living on the corner of 60B Street and 13th Street, in the Nuevo Milenio neighborhood, in Soledad for more than 16 years.
(Translated)

Belén Pérez dice que no tiene más cabeza para intentar descifrar las causas que desencadenaron el homicidio de su hija. Ella solo sabe que Kelly Carolina Pérez Trigos estaba la tarde del lunes en la terraza de su casa trabajando, como desde hacía dos años, cuando un hombre la asesinó.

“Dicen que fue un atraco, pero a ella nadie intentó robarla. Yo vi que el homicida llegó con gorra y tapabocas, se acercó y le disparó dos veces y se fue caminando como si nada”, relató la mamá de Kelly, mientras realizaba las gestiones para la entrega de su cuerpo en Medicina Legal.

La mujer señaló que la víctima, de 29 años, llevaba más de 16 años residiendo en la calle 60B con la carrera 13, del barrio Nuevo Milenio, en Soledad.
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Continue reading at: https://www.elheraldo.co/judicial/piden-investigar-nuevo-asesinato-de-miembro-de-la-comunidad-lgbti-755215 (source)

Update: Four people convicted for murder of South African lesbian couple

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Four people tried for the murder of Mooinooi same-sex couple Anisha and Joey van Niekerk, who were raped and killed in December 2017, were convicted in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Wednesday.

Mercia Strydom, 24, Aaron Sithole, 27, his brother Jack Sithole, 21, and Alex Modau, 39, killed the couple before taking their bodies to a nearby river where they were burnt beyond recognition, National Prosecuting Authority regional spokesperson Lumka Mahanjana said in a statement.

Their burnt-out car was found in Magaliesburg six days later.

Strydom’s husband, Koos, believed to be the mastermind behind the murders, killed himself last year, News24 reported. He had been found dead in his single cell at Kgosi Mampuru 111 Prison in Pretoria.

Continue reading: https://www.news24.com/news24/
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Original article: South Africa: Seven arrested after horror torture and murder of lesbian couple

U.S: Lesbian baker who received homophobic cake order, made the cake anyway

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[April] Anderson, a pastry chef with a national reputation, was taken aback by a recent cake order that came into her Good Cakes and Bakes bakery on Livernois in Detroit’s Avenue of Fashion commercial corridor.

And, at least at first, she was unsure  how to handle it, worried she could wind up facing a lawsuit.

“We are so used to being Black lesbian women,” Anderson said. “You are used to people discriminating against you and saying mean things to you.”

On July 19, an online order came in for one of the bakery’s red velvet dessert cakes — an Anderson specialty.

The $40 order was paid for by credit card and  included a $10 tip — which is common.

Then Anderson read the message the customer wanted written on the cake and was stunned.

“I am ordering this cake to celebrate and have PRIDE in true Christian marriage,” the customer said in the order.  “I’d like you to write on the cake, in icing, ‘Homosexual acts are gravely evil. (Catholic Catechism 2357)'”

Anderson baked the cake, but without the requested message. In doing so, she was  following the bakery’s long-standing policy.  Written messages are not permitted on specialty dessert cakes ordered online, as stated on the bakery’s website.

Anderson and her wife also wrote a letter to Gordon and attached it to the cake, saying they stand against hate.

“We feel the only ‘grave evil’ is the judgement that good christians, like yourself, impose on folks that don’t meet their vision of what God wants them to be,” the letter said.

Continue reading: https://www.freep.com/story
/news/local/michigan/detroit/2020/08/13/detroit-baker-april-anderson-homophobic-cake-david-gordon/3343464001/
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The Netherlands: Lesbian couple attacked with boiling water at asylum centre

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A lesbian couple was attacked at the asylum center in Gilze last week, the police said on Monday. One woman was assaulted, the other had boiling water poured on her. Two suspects from Nigeria were arrested.

The attack happened in the Prinsenbosch asylum center early on Monday, August 3. The victims, aged 20 and 22 and also from Nigeria, got into an argument with the suspects. The 20-year-old woman was assaulted. The 22-year-old woman had boiling water poured over her. She was taken to a hospital in Tilburg with second degree burns, the police said. Both victims pressed charges.

Continue reading: https://nltimes.nl/2020/08/11/lesbian-couple-attacked-boiling-water-asylum-center (source)

U.S: Conservative pundit says lesbian mayor proves that liberals aren’t “sane”

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A rightwing pundit said that it’s not “sane” that Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) was elected since she’s a lesbian and that there’s “something seriously wrong with her judgment” because she married another woman.

Dave Daubenmire – who was the keynote speaker at a Harrison County, Ohio Republican Party fundraiser last year – attacked Lightfoot on his Pass The Salt Live webcast on Monday.

“I want somebody to tell me how that woman gets elected any place, anywhere,” Daubenmire said, showing a picture of Lightfoot and her wife.

“How could any sane person elect that woman to be head of the city?”

“This is the picture that the city of Chicago wants to send out to the world as the leader, as the top political leader in their city?” he asked. “You tell me that we’re dealing with sane people.”

He then made sure that everyone knew he was talking about the fact that she’s married to a woman.

“We’ve gotten in this mess because we haven’t pointed out the obvious. Listen, folks, there’s something seriously wrong with this woman if she would marry that other woman. There is something seriously wrong with her judgment.”

Continue reading: https://www.lgbtqnation.com
/2020/07/conservative-pundit-says-lesbian-mayor-proves-liberals-arent-sane/
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