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U.K: Man jailed for targeting and raping lesbians

The Gay Village in Manchester, Canal Street

The Gay Village in Manchester, Canal Street (Picture: Google Maps)

A rapist who targeted lesbians in Manchester’s popular Gay Village has been jailed for 20 years.
Ashfaq Khan, 60, attacked women who were ‘lone and vulnerable’ and even raped one victim ‘while she was vomiting’.
He impersonated a taxi driver before giving his victims a lift and then attacking them, Manchester Crown court heard.

Continue reading at: https://metro.co.uk/2018/09/28/man-who-targeted-lesbians-raped-one-as-she-was-vomiting-7988525/ (source)

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U.S: Social Security discriminated against lesbian after partner died, lawsuit says

A Washington woman whose lesbian partner died before same-sex marriage was legal in her state filed a lawsuit against the Social Security Administration on Tuesday for denying her benefits she would have been entitled to if they had been allowed to marry.

According to the lawsuit, Helen Thornton and Marge Brown were in a committed relationship from 1979 until 2006, when Brown died of cancer at age 50. The two women also have a son whom they raised since birth.

Despite being together for 27 years and raising a son together, the SSA denied Thornton survivor’s benefits on the grounds that they were not married before Brown died in 2006. However, the state of Washington didn’t allow same-sex marriage until 2012.

By withholding benefits, the lawsuit says, the federal government is discriminating against Thornton because of her sexual orientation.

Continue reading at: https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/
2018/09/25/Social-Security-discriminated-against-lesbian-after-partner-died-lawsuit-says/3061537917490/
(source)

U.K: Lesbian Couple Battles Hotel’s Lesbophobic Comments

A lesbian couple staying in an English hotel were “in shock” when they received an email from the owner that claimed “people like you should be put in a cage with the rest of the wild animals.”

Continue reading at: http://southfloridagaynews.com/World/
lesbian-couple-battles-hotel-s-anti-gay-comments.html
(source)

Update: Kenyan court lifts ban on lesbian love film

Kenya on Friday overturned a ban on Rafiki, a film about a lesbian love affair and the first ever movie from the country to be shown at the Cannes film festival.

Continue reading at: https://www.france24.com/en/20180921-kenyan-court-lifts-ban-lesbian-love-film (source)

Original article: Kenya bans lesbian love story film

U.K: Lesbian couple hurt in ‘unprovoked homophobic assault’ outside Asda, Worcester

A LESBIAN couple was punched and kicked in Worcester during what they believe was an unprovoked, homophobic attack by up to three men.
“It all happened so fast. They started hitting me and then my partner stood in front of me, trying to defend me. She got kicked in the face and I also got kicked two or three times in the face and punched four times as well.”

Continue reading at: https://www.worcesternews.co.uk/news/
16882345.lesbian-couple-hurt-in-unprovoked-homophobic-assault-outside-asda-worcester/
(source)

Belgium: Lesbian couple victim of lesbophobic violence in asylum centre

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‘From day one we already got threats. In one way or another the news spread very quickly that a lesbian couple was staying in the center. Since then, we are being chased and spitting at our feet. Once they threw balls at us, which caused me to suffer scrapes.But it quickly became a lot worse, “says an emotional Gona. 

The couple say she feels unsafe. ‘Our first room was completely behind the asylum center, far away from the employees. If something went wrong, it took a long time before an employee could come on the spot. ‘ They say it did not help that they were so far away from the employees. ‘In the evening only two staff members are present for the complete asylum center. If it goes wrong here, then all help will come too late. ” 

They were offered another room. But when they went to visit, the residents who stayed in the new hallway did not want to let them through. “A lesbian couple is not welcome in their ‘department'”.

Continue reading at: https://zizo-online.be/article/13252 (Source – Dutch)

Lesbian couple victim of LGBT violence in asylum center ZiZo-Online (Translated pdf – English)

Moldova: Deacon found guilty of throwing holy water on lesbian has to pay her compensation

Deacon found guilty of throwing holy water on lesbian has to pay her compensation

An Orthodox Deacon in Moldova who threw holy water on a lesbian during a live television broadcast will have to pay her compensation and publicly apologize to her.
A court found Deacon Ghenadie Valuta guilty of ‘incitement to discrimination based on beliefs and signs of sexual orientation’ for splashing LGBTI activist, Angelica Frolov. The court ordered him to pay Frolov $715 in damages and to cover her legal fees.

Continue reading at: https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/deacon-found-guilty-of-throwing-holy-water-on-lesbian-has-to-pay-her-compensation/#gs.K3g73Bc (source)

U.S: Lesbians Harassed by Anti- Lesbian Neighbours Paint House Rainbow

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Married lesbians in Pennsylvania who say they’ve endured years of homophobic slurs from their neighbors are fighting back by painting their house the colors of the rainbow.
The women, Lisa Licata and Sherry Lau, who moved to their Penn Hills neighborhood five years ago, said that their neighbors Ron Makay and his wife, Iolanda Wieczorkowski, have repeatedly shouted “homos, dykes, and lesbians” at them. They allege that Makay shot their dog with a BB gun, which he has denied.
To put some distance between themselves and the antigay neighbors, Licata and Lau erected a fence that they painted the colors of the rainbow flag. The fence allegedly set the neighbors off so much that they amped up the harassment. That’s when the women decided to paint the side of their house that faces the neighbors in rainbow colors.

Continue reading: https://www.advocate.com/women/
2018/8/31/lesbians-harassed-antigay-neighbors-paint-house-rainbow
(source)

Update: 100 People Attended Public Caning Of 2 Terengganu Women Charged With Lesbian Relations

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Earlier today, 3 September, 100 people witnessed the public caning of two Terengganu women who were convicted of attempting to have lesbian sex last month.
Berita Harian reported that the women were caned six times each by a caning officer from the Kajang Women’s Prison in front of a panel of judges at about 10.10am today.
Although the punishment was carried out behind closed doors, Malay Mail reported Syariah lawyer Marlina Amir Hamzah as saying that the women were caned in full view of nearly 100 people including members of the public, government agency representatives, and members of non-governmental organisations.

Continue reading at: https://says.com/my/news/100-people-attended-public-caning-of-2-terengganu-women-for-lesbian-sex-attempt (source)

Original article: Malaysian women to be caned for ‘attempting lesbian sex’

Canada: Calgary police hate crime unit investigating assault of lesbian couple in Beltline

A same-sex Calgary couple says they were physically attacked last weekend by a group of people who made derogatory comments about their sexuality.

Continue reading at: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/
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(source)

U.S: Lesbian photographer harassed for being gay

Houston photographer Alicia Verdier knew things were about to get uncomfortable last month when a prospective client asked if she was gay.
When Verdier affirmed the woman’s inkling, the client told her “you homos are trying to ruin this country.”
“You’re going to burn in hell,” the woman said, according to screenshots of the conversation. “I want everyone to know just what kind of awful things you stand for, and I will be sure to let everyone know! Don’t you know Texas is a Christian state ??”

Continue reading at: https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Burn-in-hell-Houston-photographer-says-client-13194151.php (source)

Kazakhstan: Lesbian Activist arrested over menstruation picture

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Kazakhstan: Zhanar Sekerbaeva, prominent LGBT activist from Kazakhstan and co-founder of feminist initiative Feminita, based in Almaty, was detained on Wednesday, August 14, 2018. According to Feminita, Zhanar, together with Elena Ivanova, Alina Nevidimko and Polina Pollinium, organized photo session at Arbat street in Almaty on August 9th, 2018, dedicated to de-stigmatization of menstruation that attracted a lot of attention both online and during the session itself. Despite that the photo session was peaceful, it was interrupted by men, who pulled out posters in aggressive manner and threatened to take away mobile phone from one of the participant. The participants decided to leave the venue since they did not want to become witnesses of the violence.

Continue reading at: https://centralasien.org/2018/08/17/lgbt-activist-is-charged-for-organising-peaceful-photo-session-in-kazakhstan/ (Source)

Cameroon: Lesbian on the Run

Cameroon (Map courtesy of Penpals-du-Monde.blogspot.com)

Police in Cameroon have been seeking a 22-year-old lesbian for the past three weeks, ever since a homophobic neighbor denounced her to police in Douala because of her sexual orientation.

Continue reading at: https://76crimes.com/2018/08/13/cameroon-lesbian-on-the-run/  (source)

 

Malaysian women to be caned for ‘attempting lesbian sex’

A map of Malaysia (Laris Karklis / The Washington Post)

Two Malaysian women convicted for attempting to have lesbian sex will be fined and caned, a prosecutor said on Tuesday, in a rare case against gay people in the Muslim-majority country.

Continue reading at:  https://www.reuters.com/article/us-malaysia-lgbt-court/malaysian-women-to-be-caned-for-attempting-lesbian-sex-idUSKBN1KZ1JF (source)

Update: https://listening2lesbians.com/2018/09/04/update-100-people-attended-public-caning-of-2-terengganu-women-charged-with-lesbian-relations/

U.S: Guidance counsellor may lose job after Catholic school learns she has a wife

Image: Shelly Fitzgerald

A guidance counsellor at an Indianapolis Catholic school has been placed on administrative leave after school officials discovered she was married to a woman.
Shelley Fitzgerald has worked at Roncalli High School, which is run by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis, for 15 years and has been with her now-wife for 22 years.
Fitzgerald said school administrators gave her an ultimatum: resign or “dissolve” her marriage.

Continue reading at: https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/guidance-counselor-may-lose-job-after-catholic-school-learns-she-n900401  (source)

Amsterdam: Nuns Kick Out Lesbian Asylum Seeker

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A Ugandan asylum seeker who was staying with the nuns of Missionaries of Charity in Amsterdam, was not allowed to return to the shelter after she revealed that she is a lesbian and helped with the Canal Pride Parade.

Continue reading at: https://nltimes.nl/2018/08/07/amsterdam-nuns-kick-lesbian-asylum-seeker-protest-planned  (source)

 

 

Nashville, USA: Man attacks lesbian

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A lesbian in Nashville, Tennessee is hoping there are consequences for the man who attacked her and her car after she rebuffed his advances. Bailey Cantrell was at a Kwik Sak gas station near Centennial Park when the man approached her. She said her friend was inside while she waited by the car when the man came up, calling her names and asking for her phone number.

‘After I declined, still a little bit mad, then the second I declined the third time and said “I’m gay, I’m just not interested,” that’s when it triggered him and he got very aggressive,’ she told Wave3 News. Security camera footage shows the man jumping onto the car, while Cantrell was in it, and kicking in the windshield.

Continue reading at: https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/nashville-man-attacks-lesbian-car/#gs.knkdbCY (Source)

St Peter, USA: Lesbians raise funds against workplace hate campaign

Jaime Angie Mace

The Maces and their attorney suspect an individual who works with them at the hospital sent all of the letters. “There’s some really sick person out there,” said attorney Lori Peterson. “This person needs to be locked up for a really long time.”

The notes the Maces were mailed last year say they “should be locked up” because they are ruining the country. The letters, which are posted on the Maces’ fundraising page, make multiple threats against the couple and their daughter, including references to a gun and burning down their house.

Jaime Mace said new threatening notes were mailed in May to two of their gay friends who also work at the hospital and live in St. Peter.

Continue reading at: http://www.mankatofreepress.com/news/local_news/more-threatening-anonymous-letters-reported-in-st-peter/article_07ec6036-969f-11e8-9743-6b65382eb58d.html (Source)

Columbus, USA: lesbian couple files discrimination suit against Columbus Urban League

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Two Columbus women say a local organization aimed at ending discrimination, fired them for being gay.

The couple worked at the Columbus Urban League and says shortly after management learned they were dating, they were both fired.

Wednesday they filed a federal discrimination lawsuit. The Urban League calls the allegations “bogus” and “absurd.”

Continue reading at: https://www.10tv.com/article/same-sex-couple-files-discrimination-suit-against-columbus-urban-league (Source)

Chicago, USA: Police fail to act on hate crime against lesbian minor

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teenager in Chicago was brutally attacked this past Tuesday, but police haven’t arrested any of the attackers. Now her mom is speaking out for her.

Amari Graves, 15, was walking to a store in her West Side neighborhood when she was attacked by a classmate and several adults.  “They all got out and walked up to me,” Amari said. She said that she recognized one of the people approaching her as another girl from her school, and the rest of the people were adults.

Continue reading at: https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2018/08/police-didnt-arrest-lesbian-girls-adult-attackers-now-angry-mom-stepping/ (Source)