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Colombia: Taxi driver beats lesbian

On June 1, a new case of intolerance was reported in Bogotá. According to the young woman’s account, on May 29 she took a taxi in Chapinero, to go to the Las Brisas neighborhood, in the town of San Cristóbal.

According to her account for W Radio, when they reached their destination the taxi driver charged her $ 40,000 for the ride, a price that seemed excessive.

She said that after appealing the price, the taxi driver closed the door, looked at her and asked if she was a lesbian, to which the woman replied that she was, but “that it had nothing to do with it.”

Onhearing that, according to the story by Yeimy Paola Triana, the man took a crossbrace and began to beat her until he smashed her head and broke her nose.
(Translated)

Este 1 de junio se conoció un nuevo caso de intolerancia en Bogotá. Según el relato de la joven, el pasado 29 de mayo tomó un taxi en Chapinero y se dirigía al barrio Las Brisas, en la localidad de San Cristóbal.

De acuerdo con su relato para W Radio, cuando llegaron a su destino el taxista le cobró $40.000 por la carrera, un precio que para ella fue exagerado.

Aseguró que luego de reclamar al conductor por el cobro, el taxista cerró la puerta, la miró y le preguntó si era lesbiana, a lo que la mujer le contestó que sí, pero “que no tiene nada que ver”.

Al escuchar estas palabras, según el relato de Yeimy Paola Triana, el hombre tomó una cruceta y empezó a golpearla hasta reventarle la cabeza y romperle la nariz.
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Continue reading at: https://www.infobae.com/america/colombia/2021/06/01/joven-denuncia-que-fue-agredida-por-un-taxista-solo-por-ser-lesbiana/ (Source)

US: ACLU seeks transport staff training over punishment of lesbian teen

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A civil rights group is threatening to sue a Kansas school district if it doesn’t train employees about LGBTQ rights in response to an eighth-grade student being suspended from riding a school bus after saying, “I’m a lesbian.”…

The ACLU is representing the student, Izzy Dieker, who graduated from eighth grade and plans to attend the district’s high school this fall. She was suspended from her bus for two days in January but didn’t ride again for two weeks because she felt humiliated, said Sharon Brett, the group’s legal director.

A Kansas Association of School Boards investigation found that the bus driver and the principal of Dieker’s K-8 school sexually harassed her, violating federal civil rights regulations and district policies.

Continue reading at: https://apnews.com/article/ks-state-wire-kansas-1673fad412a49676222df6f0c0d8c86f (Source)

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In Memoriam: Lesbian Activist and Author Sally Miller Gearhart (1931 – 2021)

Sally Miller Gearhart, the first out lesbian to receive a tenure-track position at San Francisco State University and a beloved LGBTQ rights advocate, died July 14, according to Jean Crosby, who sent out an email to friends. She was 90.

Ms. Gearhart had been in poor health for several years. She had lived for many years in Willits, California but had moved recently to a care home in Ukiah.

The GLBT Historical Society posted on Facebook about Ms. Gearhart’s passing, of which they were informed by her good friend, Ruth Mahaney.

“Losing Sally is like a huge tree falling. She was very tall, and she was so important in the world,” stated Mahaney. “She had been saying she wanted out of here, to be ‘up in the sky.’ She was ready to go.”

In 1973, Ms. Gearhart received the tenure-track position at SF State. She established one of the first women’s and gender studies programs in the country while at the university, and was a leading LGBTQ activist throughout the 1970s and 1980s.

Continue reading: https://www.ebar.com/news/latest_news//306938 (source)

Sally Miller Gearhart’s website can be found here: https://sallymillergearhart.net

US: lesbian describes escape from “ex-gay” ministeries in documentary

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Julie Rodgers, 35, grew up in a small, religious Texas town, and when she came out as gay, she was offered meetings at Living Hope Ministries, a so-called “ex-gay” organisation which still exists today.

She was promised that Living Hope would “heal” her homosexuality with conversion therapy, and she would go on to spend almost a decade in the ministry.

She attended multiple meetings every week, moved into the organisation’s “recovery house”, and even spent time living with Living Hope Ministries founder Ricky Chelette.

Rodgers became somewhat of an “ex-gay” poster child, and was coached by Chelette to speak at the notorious Exodus International, which at the time was the largest proponent of conversion therapy in America.

But she began to struggle with self-harm, and as her mental health deteriorated, she realised that the “ex-gay” movement was having a devastating impact on those around her, too.

Although she was determined to leave, when Exodus International president Alan Chambers eventually realised the harm he had done and renounced conversion therapy, he asked Rodgers to tell her story. A year later, Exodus International shut down.

Continue reading at: https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2021/06/26/netflix-ex-gay-documentary-pray-away-christian-lesbian-julie-rodgers-exodus/ (Source)

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Chile: young lesbian harassed and threatened by supermarket guards

8 June 2021: The Homosexual Integration and Liberation Movement filed a complaint alleging that a 21-year-old non-binary lesbian girl suffered discrimination due to her presentation in a Tottus supermarket, located on Gran Avenida in the El Bosque commune.

Movilh asserts that it is a case of “lesbophobic harassment”, which began when the young woman, who went to the compound with her aunt and two cousins, was harassed by two building guards.

According to her publicised testimony, she said: “When entering the supermarket, the guard asked me for my permit. He pent a long time looking at the permit, observing me from head to toe, but without looking me in the eye. “Angelica? Is this a joke?” I clarified, “Yes, I am a woman,” said the complainant.

“I could not believe the mockery and humiliation that I was experiencing in front of the people in line and my family,” said the young woman.

The guard stated: “Regardless of being a woman, I’ll hit her and beat her up.”
(Translated)

El Movimiento de Integración y Liberación Homosexual realizó una denuncia en que acusa que una joven lesbiana no binaria de 21 años sufrió un episodio de discriminación debido a su expresión de género en un supermercado Tottus, ubicado en Gran Avenida en al comuna de El Bosque.

Desde el Movilh aseguran que se trata de un caso de “acoso lesbofóbico” que comenzó cuando la joven fue al recinto junto a su tía y dos primos, siendo hostigados por dos guardias del recinto.

De acuerdo al testimonio que presentaron en una publicación: “Al entrar al supermercado, el guardia me pidió el permiso. Se quedó por bastante rato mirando el permiso, observándome de pies a cabeza, pero sin mirarme a los ojos. De la nada me dijo “¿Angélica?, ¿Es broma esta hueá?”. Le aclaré, “Sí, soy mujer”, señaló la denunciante.

“No podía creer la burla y humillación que estaba viviendo delante de la gente de la fila y de mi familia”, dijo la joven.

El guardia en una última ocasión habría señalado: “No importa que sea mujer, igual le pego y agarro a palos”.
(Original)

Continue reading at: https://www.24horas.cl/nacional/movilh-denuncia-grave-caso-discriminacion-joven-lesbiana-supermercado-4816250 (Source)

US: The lesbian survivor who took down Bill Cosby said it’s “disappointing” that he won his appeal

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The lesbian Temple University employee who was able to finally put Bill Cosby behind bars after decades of accusations from 60 women said that it’s “disappointing” that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court vacated his conviction and set him free.

Cosby was accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004 when she worked with the university’s women’s basketball team, and in 2018 a jury found him guilty on three second degree felony counts of aggravated indecent assault. But the state’s supreme court just overturned that conviction.

Related: Bill Cosby tried to discredit rape victim by saying she’s gay

“Today’s majority decision regarding Bill Cosby is not only disappointing but of concern in that it may discourage those who seek justice for sexual assault in the criminal justice system from reporting,” she said in a statement that was also signed by her lawyers Dolores Troiani and Bebe Kivitz.

“We remain grateful to those women who came forward to tell their stories,” the statement continues. “We do not intend to make any further comment.”

Sixty women have accused Cosby of sexual assault, many saying that he drugged and then raped them. Many weren’t taken seriously in time to prosecute Cosby.

Continue reading at: https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2021/07/lesbian-survivor-took-bill-cosby-said-disappointing-won-appeal/ (Source)

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Update: criminalisation of Russian lesbian feminist Yulia Tsvetkova continues

Yulia Tsvetkova is a young Russian artist and activist from Komsomolsk on the Amur (a city in the extreme east of Russia), who has suffered a homophobic and sexist campaign since March 2019, for defending the rights of women and LGBTI people.

She is accused of committing a crime of “production and dissemination of pornographic material” as a result of drawings of real women which she posted on social media as part of her activism. The criminal trial began on April 12 and she faces up to six years in prison. Given the desperate situation in which she finds herself, Yulia announced that she was on hunger strike on May 1, demanding that the process be sped up, the appointment of a public defender and the opening up of the trial, the hearings of which are held behind closed doors with all media excluded.

Unfortunately, since the process began, Yulia has been the target of homophobic attacks from various people, and of harassment and threats over the phone, on social media and by mail. In addition, she suffered harassment by the Russian police for more than a year, including arbitrary detention, searches at her home and workplace, an enforced psychiatric examination, and almost 4 months of house arrest during which time she could not get necessary medical care.

Previously, in December 2019, she was found guilty of committing an administrative offense, for “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations between minors”, and was fined 50,000 rubles (780 US dollars) for being the administrator of two LGBTI communities online in the Russian social network VKontakte.

In January 2020 a new administrative action was initiated against her for publishing his drawing on social networks “Family is where love is. Support LGBTI Families”, which represents two same-sex couples with sons and daughters. For this, Yulia was found guilty in July 2020, and was fined again. In parallel, that same month, administrative proceedings for the same type of offense were initiated for the third time.
(Translated)

Yulia Tsvetkova es una joven artista y activista rusa de Komsomolsk del Amur (ciudad del extremo oriental de Rusia), que desde marzo de 2019 sufre una campaña homófoba y machista por defender los derechos de las mujeres y las personas LGBTI.
Está acusada de cometer un delito de “producción y difusión de material pornográfico” a raíz de unos dibujos de mujeres reales que publicó en las redes sociales como parte de su activismo. El juicio penal comenzó el pasado 12 de abril y se enfrenta a hasta seis años de cárcel. Ante la desesperada situación en la que se encuentra, Yulia anunció el 1 de mayo una huelga de hambre, exigiendo celeridad en su proceso, la personación de un defensor público y la apertura del juicio, ya que actualmente las vistas se celebran a puerta cerrada (tampoco hay prensa).

Lamentablemente, desde que se inició el proceso Yulia ha sido objeto de ataques homófobos de distintas personas, y de acoso y amenazas por teléfono, en redes sociales y por correo. Además, sufrió acoso por parte de la policía rusa durante más de un año, incluyendo una detención arbitraria, registros en su domicilio y su lugar de trabajo, sometimiento a un examen psiquiátrico, y un arresto domiciliario de casi cuatro meses durante el que no pudo recibir la atención médica que necesitaba.

Con anterioridad, en diciembre de 2019 fue declarada culpable de cometer una infracción administrativa, por “propaganda de relaciones sexuales no tradicionales entre menores”, y fue multada con 50.000 rublos (780 dólares estadounidenses) por ser administradora de dos comunidades LGBTI en línea en la red social rusa VKontakte.

Y en enero de 2020 se inició una nueva actuación administrativa en su contra por publicar en las redes sociales su dibujo “La familia es donde está el amor. Apoye a las familias LGBTI”, que representa a dos parejas del mismo sexo con hijos e hijas. Por este hecho, Yulia fue declarada culpable en julio de 2020, siendo de nuevo multada. En paralelo, ese mismo mes, se iniciaron por tercera vez actuaciones administrativas por el mismo tipo de infracción.
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Continue reading at: https://www.es.amnesty.org/en-que-estamos/blog/historia/articulo/yulia-tsvetkova-a-la-carcel-por-dibujar/ (Source)

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Hate killings of black lesbians in South Africa Part 2: 2008 to 2018

Part two of this extract, the first part of which the Mail & Guardian published last week, lists the names of black lesbians who were murdered between 2007 and 2018, allegedly because of their sexual orientation.

Continue reading at: https://mg.co.za/news/2021-07-08-hate-killings-of-black-lesbians-in-south-africa-2008-to-2018/ (Source)

Read part 1 here: South Africa: ‘We only write about them when they are dead’: Hate killings of black lesbians in South Africa

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Chile: brothers found guilty of 2019 attempted murder of lesbian Carolina Torres

Carolina was 24 years old when she was attacked and beaten after 10:00 p.m. on February 13, 2019. At that time, she was holding hands with her girlfriend on the corner of Laguna del Inca and Laguna Sur avenues, in Pudahuel. The attackers started following her and insulted her because of her sexuality and clothing, and then attacked her.

“With the intention of killing her , the defendants approached her, locking her up and positioning herself in such a way that she was defenseless and prevented from starting,” the Western Metropolitan Prosecutor’s Office alleged in the trial, which began on June 8 2021, more than two years after the attack.

As a result of the lesbophobic attack, the young woman was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of the former Central Post of Santiago with serious injuries: complicated severe head trauma, consisting of a skull fracture , acute left frontotemporal subarachnoid hemorrhage, left frontal contusion, fracture clavicle, in addition to fracture of the bones of the nose. …

The TOP will also sentence a third defendant as an accessory for having given refuge to the perpetrators, in full awareness of them having comitted a crime.
(Translated)

Carolina tenía 24 años cuando fue agredida y golpeada pasadas las 22:00 horas del 13 de febrero de 2019. En ese momento, ella iba de la mano con su polola en la esquina de las avenidas Laguna del Inca y Laguna Sur, en Pudahuel. Los agresores comenzaron a seguirla y la insultaron por su orientación sexual y su forma de vestir, y luego la atacaron.

“Con la intención de matarla, los imputados la abordaron, encerrándola y ubicándose de tal forma que ésta quedó indefensa e impedida de arrancar”, detalló la acusación de la Fiscalía Metropolitana Occidente en el juicio, que inició el 8 de junio de este año, más de dos años después de la agresión.

Producto del ataque lesbofóbico, la joven quedó internada en la Unidad de Cuidados Intensivos de la ex Posta Central de Santiago y con graves heridas: traumatismo encéfalo craneano grave complicado, consistente en fractura de cráneo, hemorragia subaracnoídea aguda frontotemporal izquierda, contusión frontal izquierda, fractura de clavícula, además de fractura de huesos propios de la nariz. …

El TOP condenará además a una tercera acusada como encubridora por haber dado refugio a los acusados, estando en con total conocimiento del hecho que los hermanos habían cometido.
(Original)

Continue reading at: https://www.cooperativa.cl/noticias/sociedad/minorias-sexuales/justicia-condeno-a-dos-hermanos-por-brutal-golpiza-contra-joven-lesbiana/2021-07-01/215830.html (Source)

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Russia: lesbian family in removed ad faces death threats as supermarket apologises for including them

The ad was initially posted to the company’s official website as well as other social media channels. The chain quickly pulled the ad after an intense backlash and replaced the lesbian family with another heterosexual family.

The family at the centre of the storm, Yuma and her daughters Mila and Alina, along with Alina’s fiancee Ksyusha, have reportedly faced ongoing harassment and threats. Mila told the BBC that her family had been subjected to homophobic abuse and “threats to murder my family”. She added that they had also received just as many messages of support. …

The advertisement was released with an 18+ warning label in an effort to fall in line with the “gay propaganda law,” which was signed into law by President Vladimir Putin in June 2013. The controversial law bans the “promotion of nontraditional sexual relations to minors.” Violators of the law can face heavy fines with organisations and businesses subject to fines of one million rubles and forced closures for up to 90 days.

Company Apologises, Pulls Ad
The company released an apology on its official Facebook page, signed by the founder of VkusVill, Andrey Krivenko and many of his management team. The post said, “There was an article here that hurt the feelings of many of our customers, staff, partners and suppliers. We regret that this has happened and consider the publication to be our mistake, arising from a lack of professionalism on the part of the brand’s employees. The aim of our company is to help our customers have access to fresh and delicious produce and not to publish materials expressing political opinions or various points of view held by society. In no way did we wish to become a source of discord or hatred.”

Continue reading at: https://www.starobserver.com.au/news/lesbian-couple-featured-in-trashed-russian-ad-face-death-threats/204342 (Source)

Brazil: father attacks daughter for suspected lesbian relationship

The attack took place in Campo Grande, inside a residence on Rua Canjerana, in the Coopharabalho neighborhood, MS. According to the police report, a 20-year-old girl was thrown out of the house and beaten by her father, when he realised she might be in a relationship with another woman.

The father, 52 years old, hit the girl’s head against the wall and dragged her daughter by the hair, according to information from Top Mídia . The girl, who had been thrown out of the house, was attacked when she returned to the house to get her belongings.

(Translated)

O caso aconteceu em Campo Grande, dentro de uma residência na Rua Canjerana, no bairro Coophatrabalho, MS. Segundo o Boletim de Ocorrência, uma jovem de 20 anos foi expulsa de casa e espancada pelo pai, após o patriarca suspeitar que a garota mantinha um relacionamento com outra mulher.

O pai, de 52 anos, bateu a cabeça da jovem contra a parede e arrastou a filha pelos cabelos, conforme informações do Top Mídia. A garota, que tinha sido expulsa de casa, chegou a retornar ao local para buscar os seus pertences, e foi aí que as agressões aconteceram.

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Continue reading at: https://observatoriog.bol.uol.com.br/noticias/campo-grande-pai-espanca-filha-por-acreditar-que-ela-e-lesbica (Source)

Brazil: Murdered lesbian “just wanted to be happy”

On the morning of June 22, at the age of 39, Ana Paula Campestrini was executed with 14 shots when she arrived home. The entire event, which lasted about ten seconds, was recorded by the security cameras of the condominium where she lived, in Curitiba (PR). …

Living a personal process of discovery, Ana discovered that she was a lesbian and asked for a divorce from her husband, butr never from the children. From that point she was subjected to blackmail and threats from her ex, lawyer Wagner Oganauskas. …

“The only thing she wanted was to be able to be happy being who she was [a lesbian woman] and to be able to have contact with her children. And she was taken from our lives,” said Luana, in a choked voice, over the phone, as she headed to the demonstration for justice by Ana Paula. On Sunday (27 June), dozens of people walked through the central streets of Curitiba asking for the investigation into her murder to be prioritised. Two suspects have been arrested: Wagner Oganauskas, ex-husband of Ana Paula, and a friend of his, Marcos Antônio Ramon.
(Translated)

Na manhã de 22 de junho, aos 39 anos, Ana Paula Campestrini foi executada com 14 tiros ao chegar em casa. Quatorze. Toda a ação, que dura cerca de dez segundos, foi registrada pelas câmeras de segurança do condomínio onde ela morava, em Curitiba (PR). …

Vivendo um processo pessoal de descobertas, Ana se entendeu lésbica e pediu o divórcio. Do marido. Nunca dos filhos. Mas desde então passou a sofrer chantagens e ameaças do ex, o advogado Wagner Oganauskas. …

“A única coisa que ela queria era poder ser feliz sendo quem ela era [uma mulher lésbica] e poder ter contato com os filhos. E ela foi arrancada das nossas vidas”, desabafou Luana, com a voz embargada, por telefone, enquanto se dirigia à manifestação por justiça por Ana Paula. No domingo (27), dezenas de pessoas caminharam pelas ruas centrais de Curitiba pedindo celeridade na apuração do crime. Dois suspeitos foram presos: Wagner Oganauskas, ex-marido de Ana Paula, e um amigo dele, Marcos Antônio Ramon.
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Continue reading at: https://www.uol.com.br/universa/colunas/morango/2021/06/30/ex-marido-mandou-matar-ana-paula-campestrini-lesbica-com-14-tiros-no-pr.htm (Source)

USA: Boise 7 fired for lesbianism in police force in 1977 – telling their story

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BOISE, Idaho — An all-female production crew is working on a documentary telling the story of ‘The Boise 7’.

In 1977, seven women — Mary Morris, Janine Townsend, Lavonne Woody, Vardell Laursen, Judith Baker, Theresa Silva, and Sue Krohn — were fired from the Boise Police Department for “suspected lesbianism.” The firing followed an internal investigation where the seven were wiretapped on a telephone used for personal conversations. The wiretap was later ruled illegal by a judge.

Mary Morris was Boise’s first female patrol officer.

Sue Krohn said her supervisor at the time called her into his office where he played a recording of a phone call between Krohn and another woman. The call was recorded on a phone designated for personal calls.

“I said, ‘What is this all about?’, and he said some of the women had been inappropriate, I think is the word he used at that time with me, at work so we’ve let them go, and I don’t think you’re a part of it, I don’t think you’re a lesbian, but you lived in the house with all these women and plus that phone call — you need to make a decision. Either you can quit, or we’ll terminate you.”

The story quickly garnered national attention. The women had to not only deal with being fired but also being publicly forced out of the closet.

“I couldn’t tell my parents, but I had to. I couldn’t do it. I didn’t want to tell them I was gay, that I was fired, and then my dad disowned me. He wouldn’t talk to me. It was too much. I couldn’t deal with that,” said Janine Townsend.

Continue reading at: https://www.kivitv.com/news/the-boise-7-were-fired-from-boise-police-for-suspected-lesbianism-now-an-all-female-team-is-sharing-their-story (Source)

Italy: teen beaten and raped by father as punishment for being lesbian

Beaten and raped by her father at the age of 15 for being a lesbian. … (21 May 2021)

They decided to punish her for her homosexuality by beating her, locking her in her room and then having her father rape her. The victim was only 15 at the time of the offenses. Now the Prosecutor of Termini Imerese has asked for the sentence of the girl’s parents. The prosecutor asked for eight years for the father, including for the crime of sexual violence against a minor, and two years for the mother.
(Translated)

Picchiata e stuprata dal padre a 15 anni perché lesbica. …

Hanno deciso di punire la sua omosessualità picchiandola, rinchiudendola nella sua stanza e facendola poi stuprare dal padre. La vittime era solo 15enne all’epica dei fatti. Ora la Procura di Termini Imerese ha chiesto la condanna dei genitori della ragazza.
Il pubblico ministero chiede otto anni per il padre e solo due anni per la madre. nel caso dell’uomo, c’è il reato di violenza sessuale su una minore.
(Original)

Continue reading at: https://www.gayburg.com/2021/05/picchiata-e-stuprata-dal-padre-a-15.html (Source)

‘We only write about them when they are dead’: Hate killings of black lesbians in South Africa Part 1

This is an edited extract from the book Femicide in South Africa (Kwela) by Nechama Brodie.

In 1990, the year that Nelson Mandela was released, Johannesburg held the very first Gay and Lesbian Pride march, at which Simon Nkoli, Beverly Ditsie and Justice Edwin Cameron were among the speakers. The marchers chanted, “Out of the closet and into the streets.”

It was a significant moment, even though it would take several more years before gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual and intersex (LGBTI) individuals would be granted similar rights and protections as hetero- and cis-sexual South Africans, first under an interim and then a final constitution that prohibited discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender.

Between 1994 and 2005 a number of legal amendments were made and new laws introduced that formalised rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex individuals. The criminalisation of sodomy was declared unconstitutional. Same-sex partners were granted similar rights in terms of immigration and financial benefits as those granted to different-sex spouses or partners. Trans and intersex individuals were allowed to change their legally recognised sex. Same-sex couples were allowed to jointly adopt children or adopt each other’s children. Lesbian couples were allowed to be registered as the natural, legitimate parents of a child that one of them had born.

There were also challenges to the constitutionality of the Marriage Act, which did not then allow for same-sex unions to be recognised as marriages. By late 2005, the Constitutional Court ruled that the Marriage Act was unconstitutional and gave parliament one year in which to remedy the matter.

But being “out of the closet” also meant that LGBTI individuals were more openly targeted for hate, harassment, victimisation and violence — even as these new laws were passed supposedly protecting their rights. Although this text focuses on violence against black lesbians, it is important to note that the growth in hate crimes was experienced by all members of the LGBTI community, with transgender individuals experiencing even higher levels of violence, as a group, than lesbians or gay men.

Black lesbians face double jeopardy
This is also a good place to discuss why this is about “black lesbians” and not just lesbians, and also what the concept of “black lesbians” represents as a group, even though it is quite obviously made up of individual black women who are by no means homogenous because of their sexual preference.

In Nonhlanhla Mkhize, Jane Bennett, Vasu Reddy and Relebohile Moletsane’s book The Country We Want to Live In: Hate Crimes and Homophobia in the Lives of Black Lesbian South Africans (HSRC Press, 2010), they note that, although there were risks to “singling out a particular group of people as targets of gender-based violence”, black lesbians were “doubly vulnerable”.

This was because, firstly, although all women in South Africa were vulnerable to violence, there was a correlation between increased poverty and increased vulnerability and, in South Africa, being black meant there was a greater association with being poor or having less access to resources. Not only did black women live in environments in which, just as other black women, they were vulnerable to attack, they also lived in places in which cultures were often deeply homophobic and in which sexual violence had become a “popular weapon”.

In the 1980s, the country’s ongoing rape crisis had started to take on chilling new aspects, including gang rapes that became known as “jackrolling”. Jackrolling initially involved the selection and abduction of a victim, usually a woman who (her attackers believed) presented herself as if she was “better than them” and “out of reach”. There were echoes of these sentiments in the growing number of stories that began to emerge during the 1990s of black lesbian women being targeted, being beaten and raped by men, supposedly as a means of “teaching them how to be proper women”.

This gradually became referred to as “curative” or “corrective” rape, and involved three distinct aspects: one was punishment of the woman, for her choice of sexual identity and her lifestyle; a second was the humiliation of the victim — as with jackrolling, this was often achieved through gang rapes; the third was the repulsive misnomer of “transforming” lesbians into heterosexual women through violent penetration.

Even as newspapers carried the occasional story about black lesbians’ struggles for acceptance individually or within their communities in the context of the changing legislative landscape, almost every single one of these women’s accounts also included incidents of violence, most frequently rape. Sometimes these women were even raped with the knowledge of their family members, who either actively encouraged the assault in the hope of ridding the young woman of her homosexuality, or tacitly accepted such attacks as what should happen to “girls like that”.

Continue reading at: https://mg.co.za/news/2021-07-01-we-only-write-about-them-when-they-are-dead-hate-killings-of-black-lesbians-in-sa/ (source)

Read Part 2: Hate killings of black lesbians in South Africa Part 2: 2008 to 2018

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The Philippines: Lesbian Shamed By Public Head Shaving

The alleged public shaming of several lesbian women by shaving their heads has sparked outrage in the Philippines during Pride Month and prompted an investigation by the national human rights ombudsman.

LGBTQ acceptance has expanded in the Philippines over the years, illustrated in part by the success of some members of the community in politics, media and entertainment industries. But rights groups say gender-based discrimination and violence are still a major problem.

The independent Commission on Human Rights (CHR) said last week it is investigating reports of forced head shaving of women in the town of Ampatuan in Maguindanao province in the southern Philippines.

Videos and photos of the alleged punishment went viral on Facebook and were picked up by local news outlets, where reports said an estimated six women were targeted. Although the video was taken down, it triggered condemnation and calls for action.

A provincial officer who condemned the punishment was quoted as saying that members of the local community suggested it.

The CHR said a local news outlet claimed the public head shaving was carried out because the Muslim-majority town was opposed to same-sex relationships.

Continue reading at: https://www.vice.com/en/article/5dbyzx/lesbian-women-video-shamed-shaving-heads-philippines (Source)

USA: woman suffers chemical burns in homophobic attack

Image courtesy of Sarah Ward

2 June 2021 – Harford County Sheriff’s Office is looking for two suspects in a homophobic assault on a Baltimore County woman outside the Abingdon Home Goods store.

The victim told deputies she was in the Home Goods parking lot, in the Constant Friendship Shopping Center, between 12:30 and 1 p.m. May 27 when two people pulled up in a vehicle, yelled homophobic remarks at her, and threw an unknown liquid at her before driving off.

The victim believed the liquid was water, but about an hour later, her skin started itching and she went to urgent care for treatment of what appeared to be chemical burns, according to a press release.

Continue reading at: https://www.foxbaltimore.com/news/local/woman-treated-for-possible-chemical-burns-after-homophobic-assault-outside-home-goods (Source)

Italy: driver fined for threats to lesbians

The case ended with a fine of 700 euro – the bus driver had to pay a lot (or too little) for having nsulting a lesbian couple, in Ravenna in the autumn of 2019.

The two girls, after the serious and epeated insults, had reported the 50-year-old, who, when in front of the justice of the peace, chose to apologize and compensate the victims rather than go to trial.

The homophobic insults towards the lesbian couple
As Corriere Romagna reports, the homophobic offenses against the two girls occurred at two different times. The first set of insults came in September two years ago, but it was the offense, or rather the threat, of 9 October that triggered the complaint. This is when the driver told them “I would burn you”.
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La vicenda si è conclusa con un risarcimento di 700 euro. Tanto (o troppo poco) ha dovuto pagare un autista di autobus, colpevole di aver insultato una coppia lesbica, nell’autunno del 2019, a Ravenna.

Le due ragazze, dopo i pesanti e ripetuti insulti, avevano denunciato il 50enne, che davanti al giudice di pace ha preferito scusarsi e risarcire le vittime anziché andare a processo.

Gli insulti omofobi verso la coppia lesbica
Come riporta Corriere Romagna, le offese omofobe verso le due ragazze sono avvenute in due momenti diversi. La prima dose di insulti era arrivata a settembre di due anni fa. Ma è stata l’offesa, o meglio la minaccia, del 9 ottobre a far partire la denuncia, quando l’autista ha detto loro “Vi brucerei”.

A quel punto, infatti, una delle ragazze ha deciso di inviare un reclamo alla compagnia, Start Romagna. Fatte le dovute verifiche, la compagnia ha risposto che questo autista non era un loro dipendente. Ma la coppia voleva giustizia, e ha denunciato il fatto ai Carabinieri, i quali hanno identificato l’uomo, notificandogli l’avviso di garanzia.
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Original post: Italy: Driver on trial for threats against lesbian couple

Germany: gang of six men attacks 2 lesbian teens

14 June 2021:

As reported by the Berlin police, a14-year-old and her 17-year-old companion were in the park at Gleisdreieck when three strangers approached the two young women, punching and kicking them. Meanwhile, two adolescent men and their accomplice insulted them in an anti-lesbian manner.

The perpetrators were able to flee from the scene undetected. Before that, however, they grabbed and stole the 14-year-old’s handbag and destroyed her cell phone. The two attacked reported the crime and said they were seeking medical treatment themselves.
(Translated)

Wie die Berliner Polizei meldet, hielten sich eine 14-Jährige und ihre 17 Jahre alte Begleiterin im Park am Gleisdreieck auf. Plötzlich kamen drei Unbekannte auf die beiden jungen Frauen zu und schlugen mit ihren Fäusten auf sie ein und traten nach ihnen. Währenddessen wurden sie von zwei heranwachsenden Männern und ihrer Komplizin lesbenfeindlich beleidigt.

Die Täter:innen konnten unerkannt vom Tatort flüchten. Zuvor schnappten sie sich allerdings noch die Handtasche der 14-Jährigen, stahlen ihre Handtasche und zerstörten ihr Handy. Die beiden Angegriffenen erstatteten nach der Tat auf einem Polizeiabschnitt Anzeige und gaben an, sich selbst in ärztliche Behandlung zu begeben.
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Continue reading at: https://www.ggg.at/2021/06/14/lesbenfeindliche-attacke-in-berlin-kreuzberg/ (Source)

Italy: Driver on trial for threats against lesbian couple

The 56-year-old driver of a private transport company will stand trial on 3 June in Ravenna for threats he allegedly made on 9 October 2019 to two lesbian girls holding hands. “I would burn you” were the words he allegedly said to the couple as they passed a stop. This threat followed insults he said to the couple at the same place the previous September.

… At the end of the month, the young women first received a phone call from a man who claimed to be the driver in question and then, from the same number, the message “Withdraw the complaint”. This message became part of the alleged series of threats for which he was in court.
(Translated)

A processo il 3 giugno davanti al giudice di pace di Ravenna l’autista 56enne di una compagnia privata di trasporti, imputato di minacce che avrebbe rivolto, il 9 ottobre 2019, a due ragazze lesbiche che si tenevano mano nella mano. «Vi brucerei», queste le parole pronunciate dall’uomo contro la coppia mentre transitava davanti a una fermata. Minaccia, che avrebbe fatto seguito a insulti lanciati dall’autista nel settembre precedente contro le due ragazze nel medesimo posto.

… A fine mese la giovane avrebbe ricevuto prima una telefonata da un uomo che diceva di essere l’autista in questione e poi, dallo stesso numero, il messaggio “Ritira la denuncia“. Messaggio entrato a far parte delle contestate minacce.
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Continue reading at: https://www.gaynews.it/2021/05/30/ravenna-autista-processo-minacce-coppia-lesbica-vi-brucerei/ (Source)