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U.K: Lesbian beaten in horrific lesbophobic attack

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A lesbian has been left traumatised after being punched in the head from behind and thrown to the ground.

Charlie Graham was left battered and covered in blood after the terrifying and cowardly attack by two homophobic thugs.

Police are treating the beating as a hate crime, Daily Star Online reports, and 20-year-old Charlie wants everyone to see her shocking injuries in a bid to track down her attacker.

Charlie said: “I got hit from behind by a fist to the back of my head, then I hit the ground, hurting my legs and face.

“I tried to get back up, but they pushed me back to the ground and the two guys ran off.

“I was left bleeding and scared.”

Continue reading: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/lesbian-covered-blood-homophobic-attack-21296793 (source)

2019 in review: Lesbians in the News

 

By Liz Waterhouse

2019 Lesbian News Summary

In 2019 Listening2Lesbians expanded our coverage to challenge the previous dominance of English stories to better report global lesbian experiences. This shift saw an increase in news reported, with information from additional countries in 10 languages.

It remains difficult to find comprehensive reports of lesbian experiences given the legal or social situation in many countries; largely disinterested mainstream and specialist media; and various language barriers including a reliance on freely available news translation services and sometimes limited use of the word lesbian by victims, police or media.

The news that was reported in 2019 indicated significant continuing opposition to or punishment of lesbians, particularly in religiously conservative regions. The increasing conservatism and religiosity in some of these areas is of particular concern for lesbians who are subjected to both homophobia and sexism, as well as the intersection of the two.

LOCATION – CHALLENGING THE ANGLO DOMINANCE

2019 Stories by Country

 

In 2019 Listening2Lesbians found and shared 258 news stories from 53 counties, up from 152 stories from 35 countries in 2018.

Reports from the USA and United Kingdom dropped as a percentage from 50% of stories to 26% of location specific stories.

In 2018 we identified the dramatic over-representation of news from the USA and UK, based both in the cultural dominance mirrored in media resourcing / output and our reliance on English language media.

In an attempt to better track global lesbian experiences, we expanded news searches from only English to include daily searches in English, Russian, Polish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, German, French, Dutch, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese. It is hoped that this search can expand in coming years. Any readers who can assist are requested to contact us.

This expanded news search resulted in news posted in 10 languages in 2019 with 55% of news posted solely in English, 23% in Spanish, 6% in both French and Italian and 3% or under in Portuguese, German, Chinese, Polish, Dutch and Russian.

There remain significant gaps in representation, particularly in countries where homosexuality is strictly or defacto illegal (45 of the 123 countries never reported on by Listening 2 Lesbians). A lack of reported news from these countries cannot mean a lack of discrimination, harassment and persecution of lesbians in these countries.

The under-reporting of lesbian experiences in these countries is almost certainly exacerbated by the (LGBTI and mainstream) media focus on other groups within the LGBTI community. Lesbians continue to be omitted from reports on legal changes, persecution and their effects even when it is evident that they will be affected, and that their experiences will be further exacerbated by cultural expectations of and pressures on women and the punishment levied against women who do not meet these cultural norms and sex roles.

 

ISSUES

Discrimination and harassment were the dominant issue reported in 2019, representing 46% of the global stories reported in the English media.

Physical and sexual violence against lesbians, including murder, represented 37% of reported stories with persecution a further 11%, often including stories of lesbians seeking asylum to escape it.

Issues reported 2019 Global

This breakdown is not globally representative with the USA breakdown between discrimination and harassment and persecution significantly different to that in the rest of the world. Discrimination and harassment in the US represents 77% of the news items and persecution is not represented. This represents a shift from 2018 when 61% of the stories reported discrimination and harassment and persecution was present in 5% of the stories.

Physical or sexual violence, including murder, represented only 14% of the stories, down from 31% in 2018.

Issues reported 2019 USA

For the rest of the world, minus the USA, discrimination and harassment represent just 40% of the stories in 2019, marginally up on the 36% in 2018. Persecution stories decreased from 24% to 13%. 

Physical or sexual violence, including murder, represented 41% of the stories, up from the 29% in 2018.

Issues reported 2019 not USA

 

HOSTILITY SOURCE

News stories reported in 2019 were coded for source of hostility, abuse or discrimination to provide insight into the nature of the opposition to lesbians.

Global data was considered first, with individuals and community hostility increasing from 35% in 2018 to 55% of 2019 reports. Government hostility and discrimination dropped as a percentage from 28% in 2018, the single largest source, to 9% in 2019.

2019 hostility source chart global

The USA vs global minus USA data was also assessed, showing significantly lower community hostility than global reports but a mirrored increase in business hostility (approximately 10% difference in both).

2019 hostility source chart USA

 

The USA hostility source data shows no publicly reported hostility from family and friends and little government hostility.  Public sphere hostility represented 66% of hostility in USA stories (education, business and individual/stranger hostility combined), an increase on the 50% reported in 2018.

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2019 hostility source chart not USA

Government as a formal source of hostility decreased from 34% to 10% in global reports that excluded the USA. It is hard to know whether this represents a variation in incidents or reporting, or a variation in the source countries included in the 2019 news reports.

For countries other than the USA, community and in individual/stranger hostility rates are significantly higher than in 2018 reports (from 14% to 25% and 19% to 35% respectively, a net increase in 26%). The stories reported in 2019 challenge the idea that lesbians do not experience street violence, with butch or gender non conforming lesbians particularly subjected to harassment, violence and murder.

 

WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

The data gathered in reporting discrimination and violence against lesbians around the world in 2019 shows significant variation across the global lesbian experience, reinforcing our need to focus on the communities we do not hear about.

Given the fragmented and unreliable nature of reporting on crimes against lesbians, it is difficult to draw any conclusions from the limited reports we have, however, it is evident that the experiences of living in countries with deep and clearly expressed social and legal opposition to lesbians differs from that of lesbians facing discrimination and harassment in states with civil remedies and protections. The increasing conservatism and windback of legal protections in various jurisdictions around the world is of particular concern.

Civil remedies and greater community acceptance do not appear to have resolved the issue of interpersonal violence which represents approximately 36% of the 2019 reports, an increase on 30% in 2018.

RESPONSE TO THE NEWS

In 2018, the Listening2Lesbians story with the most individual views on WordPress was Brazil: murders of lesbians increased by 237% in 3 years, also the Facebook post with the greatest engagement.

In general, responses mirrored patterns evident in 2018, namely that reports of harassment or discrimination against white lesbians in the USA or UK received consistently higher engagement than reports of even murder of lesbians of colour, particularly those outside English speaking first world countries.

While this is disappointing it is not unusual. Listening 2 Lesbians will continue to respond by seeking to focus particularly on finding reports of non white lesbian experiences.

AREAS NOT REPORTED ON

Listening2Lesbians has largely not reported in depth on:

  • Harassment of lesbians in relation to views of gender identity
  • Inclusion or exclusion of mothers on birth certificates in various jurisdictions
  • Access to in vitro fertilisation treatment

In particular, lesbian experiences in relation to gender identity is a specific area with dedicated sites better suited to this focus.

 

POSTS FROM 2019:

 

Brazil: lesbophobic attack by three men on five women

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Last Sunday, photographer Gabrielle Amato, in a group of five women, suffered physical and verbal aggression from three unknown men in an amusement park 80 km from São Paulo, the so-called Hopi Hari de Vinhedo.

As reported in the videos posted on social networks the women, three friends and a lesbian couple, were enjoying the day while waiting in line at one of the park’s attractions. They were approached by a trio of a father and son together with a friend who, chanting in favour of fascist President Jair Bolsonaro, declared a desire to expel them from the scene, eventually culminating in assaults on women, punching and kicking them.

On her social media networks, the photographer Gabrielle Amato denounced the incident and outlined the real reasons for the violence: the fact that they are lesbians. Gabrielle also commented that she was surprised by the incident because, according to her, such aggression was unusual until then, at least involving her person.

The emergence of these types of cases, such as Gabrielle’s, are increasingly common among women and people of colour, reflecting the advancement of the far right in Brazil. If, as the photographer says, such a situation is different from what happened in the past, we have a strong practical example of how fascists act when they feel comfortable acting in national politics.
(Translated)

 

No último domingo, a fotógrafa Gabrielle Amato, junto a um grupo que totalizava cinco mulheres, sofreu agressões físicas e verbais provindas de três homens desconhecidos em um parque de diversões há 80 km de São Paulo, o chamado Hopi Hari de Vinhedo.

As mulheres, como relatam nos vídeos lançados nas redes sociais, estavam aproveitando o dia entre três amigas e um casal lésbico, quando enquanto esperavam na fila de uma das atrações do parque, foram abordadas por um trio de pai e filho juntos a um amigo que, entoando dizeres a favor do presidente fascista, Jair Bolsonaro, declaravam o desejo de expulsa-las do local, culminando por fim em covardes agressões feitas pelo grupo contra as mulheres, onde por meio de socos e chutes, atingiram as visitantes.

A fotógrafa em seus redes sociais denunciou o fato e escancarou os reais motivos da agressão: o fato de serem lésbicas. Gabrielle comenta além disso a surpresa com a situação pois, de acordo com a mesma, agressões desse tipo eram incomuns até então, pelo menos envolvendo sua pessoa.

O aparecimento destes tipos de caso como de Gabrielle, cada vez mais frequentes entre mulheres e negros, é um reflexo do avanço da extrema-direita no Brasil. Se como diz a fotógrafa, tal situação se mostra diferente do que acontecia no passado, temos um forte exemplo prático de como passa a agir os fascistas quando sentem-se confortáveis de atuarem na política nacional.
(Original)

Continue reading at: https://www.causaoperaria.org.br/mulher-e-espancada-por-ser-lesbica-e-preciso-reagir-a-extrema-direita/ (Source)

U.S: Alaskan lesbian activist slashed and beaten at home after she received threatening note

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An LGBTQ activist on the Kenai Peninsula says she was slashed with a knife and beaten in her home this month within a few weeks of two threatening incidents.

Tammie Willis said she found a note crammed under her pickup’s windshield wiper in mid-November: “Dumb Ass Dyke We don’t want your gay libtard ass shit here so take it some where else before you get hurt!!!”

A little over a week later, Willis says, she was driving before dawn to Kenai Peninsula College, where she is associate director of residence life, when she glimpsed someone standing in the bed of a pickup at the side of the road. That person threw something that broke her windshield.

Police this week said they found a rock with the word “dyke” written on it at the spot.

On Dec. 9, the power in Willis’ Sterling neighborhood went out, she said. She went to see if other houses were dark, and when she opened the door leading from her garage, someone pushed her back inside and began to slash her with a knife.

Continue reading: https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/crime-courts/2019/12/27/kenai-peninsula-lgbtq-activist-reports-being-slashed-and-beaten-at-home-after-she-received-threatening-note/ (source)

Mexico: bar staff charged with death and assault of lesbians celebrating anniversary

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December 2019: Two employees of the Debraye bar in Cuernavaca, Morelos, were arrested in relation to the death of a 24-year-old woman and assault of her girlfriend when they left the establishment.

Nancy Guadalupe and her girlfriend went to the bar on December 7 to celebrate their first anniversary, but it all ended in a nightmare.

When they left, they said that they had not left a tip and returned to leave the money on the table.

Back at the exit, one of the men struck Nancy in the head and the other did not let her girlfriend out because she had a glass. After discussing for a few moments, she returned to find a disposable container for the drink.

On her return, she found Nancy beaten by the bar. She had to be transferred to a Cuernavaca hospital but she died on December 9 as a result of the head injury caused by the blows.
(Translated)
Dos empleados del bar Debraye en Cuernavaca, Morelos, fueron detenidos por estar relacionados con la muerte de una joven de 24 años y agredir a su novia cuando salían del establecimiento.

Nancy Guadalupe y su novia fueron a ese bar el 7 de diciembre para festejar su primer aniversario, pero todo acabó en pesadilla.

Cuando salían, estos dos sujetos primero les reclamaron que no habían dejado propina, por lo que regresaron para dejar el dinero sobre la mesa.

Nuevamente en la salida, uno de los hombres le dio un golpe a Nancy en la cabeza y el otro no dejaba salir a su novia porque se llevaba un vaso de vidrio; tras discutir por unos momentos, su pareja tuvo que regresar a buscar algo desechable para la bebida.

Pero cuando volvió, encontró a Nancy golpeada abajo del edificio donde está el bar y tuvo que ser trasladada a un hospital de Cuernavaca.

Sin embargo, murió el 9 de diciembre a consecuencia de un traumatismo craneoencefálico provocado por los golpes.
(Original)

Continue reading at: https://www.elsoldemexico.com.mx/mexico/justicia/feminicidio-empleados-bar-debraye-cuernavaca-nancy-guadalupe-novia-4611448.html (source)

Italy: Nigerian lesbian attacked and threatened

Jen Novara Lesbophobia
Two days ago (December 19), at the exit of Novara station, around 6 pm, one of our [Arcigay Rainbow Vercelli-Valsesia Territorial Committee’s] Nigerian members was attacked by a compatriot, Solomon. The young woman, whose nickname is Jen, knew her alleged attacker already and following his initial advances had immediately clarified that she was not interested in the company of men and that she was a lesbian.

On leaving the station Jen tried to avoid Solomon, who followed her and for the umpteenth time he insistently asked her out, not accepting a further refusal.

Solomon angrily addressed her with phrases such as “in our country these things are not allowed” but Jen responded clearly, saying “I am now in Italy, I am free to do what makes me feel good”. At that point Solomon continued to insult her, saying “you’re a shame!” before attacking her. He hit her face threatening “it doesn’t end here – in our country they kill lesbians and I’ll kill you”.

While Solomon beat her, a small group of Italians who observed the scene did not move a finger, not even to call the police.
(Translated)

Due giorni fa (19 dicembre), all’uscita della stazione di Novara, intorno alle ore 18, una nostra iscritta nigeriana è stata aggredita da un connazionale, tale Solomon. La ragazza, il cui soprannome è Jen, aveva conosciuto il suo aggressore in precedenza e fin da subito, in seguito ad alcune prime avances, aveva chiarito di non essere interessata alla compagnia di uomini e di essere lesbica.

All’uscita della stazione Jen ha cercato di evitare Solomon, che però l’ha seguita e per l’ennesima volta le ha insistentemente chiesto di uscire, non accettando un ulteriore rifiuto.

Solomon le ha indirizzato con rabbia frasi del tipo “nel nostro Paese queste cose non sono ammesse” ma Jen è stata nuovamente molto chiara rispondendo “ora sono in Italia, sono libera di fare ciò che mi fa stare bene”. A quel punto Solomon ha continuato ad insultarla, dicendole “sei una vergogna!”, per poi arrivare ad aggredirla colpendola al volto proseguendo con “non finisce qui, nel nostro Paese uccidono le lesbiche e ti ucciderò”.

Mentre Solomon la picchiava, un capannello di italiani che osservavano la scena non hanno mosso un dito, neanche per chiamare le forze dell’ordine.
(Original)

Continue reading at: https://www.imolaoggi.it/2019/12/25/aggressione-omofoba-a-novara-nigeriano-picchia-connazionale/ (Source)

Germany: young lesbian couple confronted and assaulted on tram

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Because they kissed, the two women were first accosted and the man then became violent in the tram
The two women, 18 and 19 years old, waited for the tram around 3.45 a.m. at the tram stop Hohenschönhausener Straße / Weißenseer Weg in the district of Alt-Hohenschönhausen and kissed each other. A stranger, accompanied by two other men, initially insulted the couple in a hostile manner.

Finally, the two lesbians boarded the M6 ​​tram towards Riesaer Straße, with the trio following. According to current police investigations, the man who had previously insulted the lesbians is said to have knocked the 19-year-old down and then kicked her face several times, followed by slapping her partner in the face several times.

The man and his companions were able to leave the tram safely
The stranger and his two companions finally got out at the Konrad-Wolf-Straße / Altenhofer Straße stop and walked undisturbed towards Landsberger Allee.
(Translated)

Weil sie sich küssten, wurden die beiden Frauen zunächst angepöbelt – in der Tram wurde der Mann handgreiflich
Die beiden Frauen, 18 und 19 Jahre alt, warteten gegen 3.45 Uhr an der Straßenbahnhaltestelle Hohenschönhausener Straße/Weißenseer Weg im Stadtteil Alt-Hohenschönhausen auf die Tram und küssten sich dabei. Ein Unbekannter, der von zwei weiteren Männern begleitet wurde, beleidigte das Paar zunächst lesbenfeindlich.

Schließlich stiegen die beiden Lesben in die Tram der Linie M6 in Richtung Riesaer Straße. Das Trio folgte ihnen. Nach dem bisherigen Stand der polizeilichen Ermittlungen soll der Mann, der die Lesben zuvor beleidigt hatte, die 19-Jährige zu Boden gestoßen und dann mehrmals ins Gesicht getreten haben.Anschließend soll er auch ihre Partnerin mehrmals ins Gesicht geschlagen haben.

Der Mann und seine Begleiter konnten die Straßenbahn unbehelligt verlassen
Der Unbekannte und seine beiden Begleiter stiegen schließlich an der Haltestelle Konrad-Wolf-Straße/Altenhofer Straße aus und gingen unbehelligt in Richtung Landsberger Allee.
(Original)

Continue reading at: https://www.ggg.at/2019/12/23/unbekannter-tritt-einer-jungen-lesbe-in-der-strassenbahn-ins-gesicht/ (Source)

Australia: Allegations of “lesbian mafia” unfounded

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An independent panel has found there was no bias or agenda behind the controversial sacking of Alen Stajcic as Matildas coach and dispelled the notion that a “lesbian mafia” wanted him out of the job.

“The panel was unable to uncover any evidence supporting the existence of any formal ‘lesbian mafia’ or that the decision to terminate the Matildas head coach contract was driven by personal bias against Mr Stajcic or in pursuit of other agendas,” the report said.

Continue reading: https://www.msn.com/en-au/sport/more-sports/no-evidence-of-lesbian-mafia-plot-against-stajcic-report-finds/ar-BBY8vFC?li=AAgfYrC&ocid=iehp (source)

South Africa: Lesbian, Madonnah James, beaten and brutally murdered

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The brutalised body of Madonnah James, a 32-year-old lesbian woman, was found dumped in a field in Bloemfontein’s Namibia township.

According to family members, Mabatho Maradonnah James, known as Madonnah, was last seen alive on the night of Friday 29 November. It’s believed that she’d gone out to buy cigarettes with an unknown man.

Her body was discovered the next morning near her family home, where she’d lived with her younger brother and sister.

Madonnah had been stoned until her face was unrecognisable. It’s also suspected that she’d been raped. Her funeral was held on Saturday.

Continue reading: https://www.mambaonline.com/
2019/12/18/lesbian-woman-madonnah-james-brutally-murdered-in-bloemfontein/
(source)

Lesbians ‘told they did not need cervical screening‘

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

U.S: Lesbian Kiss On Hallmark Channel Sparks Backlash

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

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

Russia: Seven men assault teenage lesbian in horrific attack

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

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

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

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

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

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

by Julia Diana Robertson
thevelvetchronicle.com

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

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

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

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

 

U.S: Catholic diocese denies lesbian judge communion

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Italy: father beats and threatens adult lesbian daughter

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

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

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

Finita la violenza, il padre l’ha minacciata dicendole che in un’altra occasione come quella l’avrebbe uccisa con una mazza o con un coltello. Le parole dell’uomo hanno spinto la donna a sporgere denuncia e a recarsi al pronto soccorso, accompagnata dal fratello e da una sua amica.
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Ireland: Lesbian couple tell of terror over homophobic abuse and assault

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

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

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

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

Continue reading: https://www.limerickleader.ie/
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U.S: Teachers terrorized a lesbian high school student

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

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