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Chile: Corrective rape allegations against uncle of lesbian’s ex partner

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The first complaint of corrective rape against a woman in El Maule was filed this Monday at the Guarantee Court of Talca.

The legal action was filed by the lawyer Rodrigo Medina, of the Legal Clinic of the University of Santo Tomás, thanks to an agreement that exists with the Homosexual Integration and Liberation Movement (Movilh) Maule.

“The incident happened a little over a month ago and where the uncle of our client’s ex-partner raped her and rebuked her for her sexuality while committing the assault,” said the lawyer.

The complainant added that “the subject is free and my representative will testify on Friday. The complaint was made with the aggravating of article 12 number 21 of the Criminal Code Law to execute the crime for reasons of hatred towards sexual orientation.”
(Translated)

La primera querella por violación homofóbica contra de una mujer en El Maule fue presentada este lunes en el Tribunal de Garantía de Talca.

La acción judicial fue interpuesta por el abogado Rodrigo Medina, de la Clínica Jurídica de la Universidad Santo Tomás, gracias a un convenio que existe con el Movimiento de Integración y Liberación Homosexual (Movilh) Maule.

“El hecho ocurrió hace poco más de un mes y en donde el tío de la ex pareja de nuestra representada la violó y la increpó por su condición sexual mientras cometía la agresión”, dijo el jurista.

El abogado querellante agregó que “el sujeto está en libertad y mi representada declarará el viernes. Se hizo la denuncia con la agravante del artículo 12 número 21 de la Ley del Código Penal para ejecutar el delito por razones de odio hacia la orientación sexual”.
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Contimnue reading at: https://www.cooperativa.cl/noticias/pais/region-del-maule/presentan-querella-por-violacion-homofobica-a-una-mujer-en-el-maule/2019-07-29/135009.html (Source)

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Lesbian unlawfully deported from UK was ‘gang-raped and fearing for her life’ after removal to Uganda

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A gay woman who was unlawfully deported from the UK has described how she was gang-raped and has lived in perpetual fear since being sent back to Uganda six years ago.

The British government was ordered by the High Court this month to help the 26-year-old return to the UK on the grounds that its decision to reject her asylum claim was unlawful. The landmark ruling could open the door to thousands of similar challenges.

The Ugandan national, who is set to return on Monday, has also talked about the trauma of getting pregnant and having a child, who is now four months old, as a result of the sexual assault she suffered.

Continue reading: https://www.independent.co.uk/
news/uk/home-news/home-office-uganda-woman-deported-home-office-gang-rape-a9019356.html
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South Africa: Judge upholds life sentences for corrective rape of lesbians

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Judge Violet Phatshoane said what the rapist did was ‘repulsive and unpardonable’. Image: University of the Free State

A man who believed in “corrective rape” for lesbians has failed in an appeal against two life sentences.

Zabathini Jonas, from Petrusville in the Northern Cape, twice raped a 24-year-old woman, and told a magistrate in Philipstown that he “wanted to correct homosexual girls”.

After being convicted and jailed, the 30-year-old father of two appealed to the high court in Kimberley.

Judge Violet Phatshoane sent him packing last week, saying what he had done was “quite repulsive and unpardonable”.

She added: “The so-called ‘corrective rape’ is evil and cannot be countenanced. What [Jonas] did [to his victim] was to pulverise her sense of belonging and self-expression.”

Continue reading at: https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/south-africa/2019-07-24-youre-repulsive-judge-upholds-life-terms-for-rapist-who-targeted-lesbians/ (Source)

Russia: Lesbian activist murdered in St Petersburg

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The body of a 41-year-old woman was found in bushes near her home in the city on Sunday, local police said.

Relatives and friends later named the victim as Yelena Grigoryeva, Russian news website Fontanka reports.

Ms Grigoryeva, who had reportedly received death threats, regularly campaigned for human rights in Russia.

In a post on Facebook on Monday, activist Dinar Idrisov said his friend Ms Grigoryeva had been “brutally killed near her home”.

“She had recently been the victim of violence and death threats,” he wrote, adding that she had filed several complaints with the police.

Continue reading: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-49081626 (source)

Spain: Judge remains barred over malicious prevarication against lesbian couple

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The Contentious-Administrative Chamber of the Supreme Court has confirmed the decision taken at the time by the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ) to deny the reinstatement to active duty in the judicial career of Fernando Ferrín Calamita, the judge of Murcia who was sentenced in 2009 to ten years of special disqualification for the “malicious” delay in the procedures for adopting a minor by the wife of the biological mother of the child.

The resolution, of which the magistrate José Manuel Sieira has been a speaker, recalls that the crime of prevarication is one of the most serious that a member of the judicial career can commit  in that it breaches (both) the essence of the Judiciary and the baseline behaviour expected of those who represent it.

Moreover, it distinguishes between the crime of malicious prevarication provided for in article 446 of the Criminal Code, for which Ferrín Calamita was convicted, and that of guilty prevarication of article 447. Thus, he emphasizes that, in this case, “we are facing a crime of greater gravity”, which does the damage to the public service is undoubtedly greater.

The events date back to 2006 when a lesbian couple began the adoption process with the aim of one being recognized as the adoptive mother of the girl that her romantic partner had conceived through artificial insemination.
(Translated)

La Sala de lo Contencioso-Administrativo del Tribunal Supremo ha confirmado la decisión adoptada en su día por el Consejo General del Poder Judicial (CGPJ) de denegar la rehabilitación y el reingreso al servicio activo en la carrera judicial de Fernando Ferrín Calamita, el juez de Murcia que fue condenado en 2009 a diez años de inhabilitación especial por el retraso “malicioso” de los trámites de adopción de una menor por parte de la esposa de la madre biológica de la pequeña.

La resolución, de la que ha sido ponente el magistrado José Manuel Sieira, recuerda que el delito de prevaricación es uno de los más graves que puede cometer un miembro de la carrera judicial en cuanto quiebra la esencia del Poder Judicial y la conducta mínimamente exigible a quien lo encarna.

Es más, distingue entre el delito de prevaricación dolosa previsto en al artículo 446 del Código Penal, por el que fue condenado precisamente Ferrín Calamita, y el de prevaricación culposa del artículo 447. Así, subraya que, en este caso, “estamos ante un delito de mayor gravedad”, lo que hace el perjuicio para el servicio público sea indudablemente mayor.

Los hechos se remontan al año 2006 cuando una pareja de lesbianas inició el proceso de adopción con el objetivo de que una de ellas fuera reconocida como la madre adoptiva de la niña que su pareja sentimental había concebido por inseminación artificial.(Original)

Continue reading at: https://elcierredigital.com/sucesos/797032792/deniegan-volver-juez-calamitas.html (Source)

Italian council vice-president: “kill them all lesbians, gays and paedophiles”

Giuseppe Cannata

“And these scum continue undeterred. kill them all [these] lesbians, gays and paedophiles”. The shock sentence is signed by the vice-president of the [Vercelli] municipal council, Giuseppe Cannata, elected from the ranks of Brothers of Italy. This is how, on Facebook, Cannata commented on a post by Senator Pillon.
The post was then deleted, in a hurry but too late. Arcigay Rainbow Vercelli Valsesia, which published the screenshot, is already asking for his resignation both from the city council and from his role as vice president. But he also asks for his immediate expulsion from the medical association, adding that legal actions are under consideration in which the board itself could become a civil party.

“E questi schifosi continuano imperterriti. ammazzateli tutti ste lesbiche, gay e pedofili”. La frase choc è firmata dal vice presidente del Consiglio comunale Giuseppe Cannata, eletto tra le file di Fratelli d’Italia. E’ così che, su Facebook, Cannata commenta un post del senatore Pillon.
Il post è stato poi cancellato, in tutta fretta ma è troppo tardi. Arcigay Rainbow Vercelli Valsesia, che ne pubblica lo screenshot, chiede già le dimissioni sia dal consiglio comunale che da suo ruolo di vice presidente. Ma ne chiede anche la sua immediata espulsione dall’ordine dei medici, aggiungendo che si stanno valutando azioni legali in cui lo stesso direttivo potrebbe costituirsi parte civile.
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Continue reading at: http://www.gaypost.it/il-vicepresidente-del-consiglio-comunale-di-vercelli-ammazzateli-tutti-ste-lesbiche-e-gay (Source)

Australia: Lesbian elder speaks about abuse as young woman and in ageing

Malloy Rolfe (left) and Dr Catherine Barrett at the 2019 National Elder Abuse Conference .

The 84-year-old gay Adelaide woman began to speak to the National Elder Abuse Conference in Brisbane in clear and simple language.
“My name is Malloy and I’m going to share a story about what it was like to grow up as a lesbian in the 1950s,” Hazel ‘Malloy’ Rolfe said.
“Then I’m going to tell you about a recent experience of elder abuse at an aged care service provider.  Sadly, the two stories are connected.”
She moved to Australia from Middlesex in the UK as a teenager in 1948.
Ms Rolfe was sexually assaulted by her now deceased father, then her mother died nine years after arriving in Adelaide.
Ms Rolfe was later treated in Adelaide with LSD and electro-shock therapy for her sexuality.
She said growing up as a lesbian in Australia in the 1950s was “simply awful”.
“I was told that if I went back to feeling like a lesbian, God wouldn’t love me,” Ms Rolfe told delegates.
More recently, she was refused permission by a major aged-care provider to speak to women at aged-care facilities in South Australia because she was lesbian.

Continue reading: https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/
business/consumer-affairs/older-australians-abused-over-sexuality-and-money-conference-hears-20190722-p529ms.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed
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U.S: Daycare centre rejected a child because of her lesbian parents

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When Brittney Ready and her wife Stacey enrolled their youngest daughter Callie in the daycare program of Parkview Christian Academy of Waco, Texas, they hoped their child would continue being raised in the Christian faith, just like they’d done at home. Instead, Callie was rejected because her parents are lesbians.

Continue reading: https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2019
/07/daycare-rejected-child-lesbian-parents/
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U.S: Lesbian couple brutally attacked by group of men

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Kimberly Page is speaking out publicly about a violent attack as police search for suspects. Page said that she and her girlfriend were out late with friends in a town on Long Island on July 7.

At around 3:30 a.m., Page and her girlfriend were alone when a group of men approached them and taunted them.

They “started saying obscene things to my girlfriend and I,” Page said. “It originated by him asking her if she wanted a real [expletive] and why is she with this [slur].” She said that they tried to ignore the men, but then the men got angry.

One of the men told Page’s girlfriend, “I’m not going to fight you, I’m going to fight her,” because Page is “a dude.”

The man slapped Page’s girlfriend and then punched Page.

Continue reading: https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2019
/07/man-viciously-beat-lesbian-couple-calling-one-women-dude/
(source)

Google finally changes its French algorithm for the word lesbian

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Before July 18, 2019, the word “Lesbian” entered on Google displayed only pornography. It was a mistake for Google, but an error now corrected. On July 18, 2019, the word “Lesbian” no longer refers to pornographic results on the French search engine, even if Safe Search is not active. The subject that seems confined to technology hides in fact enormous social consequences.

On the one hand, access to information on lesbianism on the most used search engine in France was complex. On the other hand, the results by default were part of a dangerous sexualization of women’s bodies, vector of criminal behaviour far beyond the web – the latest example to date: London lesbians who were beaten after refusing to kiss in front of a man.
(Translation)

Avant le 18 juillet 2019, le mot « Lesbienne » entré sur Google n’affichait que de la pornographie. C’était une erreur pour Google, mais une erreur désormais corrigée. Le 18 juillet 2019, le mot « Lesbienne » ne renvoie plus sur des résultats pornographiques sur le moteur de recherche français, même si Safe Search n’est pas actif. Le sujet qui semble cantonné à la technologie cache en réalité des conséquences sociales énormes.

D’une part, l’accès à l’information sur le lesbianisme sur le moteur de recherche le plus utilisé en France était complexe. D’autre part, les résultats par défaut participaient à une sexualisation dangereuse du corps des femmes, vectrice de comportements criminels dépassant très largement le web — dernier exemple en date, ces lesbiennes londoniennes qui ont été battues après avoir refuser de s’embrasser devant un homme.
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Continue reading at: https://www.numerama.com/politique/534430-google-a-enfin-modifie-son-algorithme-pour-la-requete-lesbienne.html?utm_content=buffer82d3d&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer (Source)

France: Swimmer supported after lesbophobic attack

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Melanie Hene and her bronze medal at the 2011 Olympics in China © Abaca

She decided to file a complaint and told AFP in a statement released Sunday. Victim of a homophobic assault in Amiens on June 28, French swimmer Mélanie Hénique complained Friday, July 3. Beaten by several individuals as she was leaving a restaurant with two friends, the swimmer suffered a broken nose and many bruises. And she had to forfeit the French Open where all the Blues were gathered this weekend in Vichy. Now she is trying to recover, hoping to be able to participate in the world championships in early August in Kazan, Russia.
(Translated)

Elle a décidé de porter plainte et l’a annoncé à l’AFP dans un communiqué diffusé dimanche. Victime d’une agression homophobe à Amiens le 28 juin, la nageuse française Mélanie Hénique a porté plainte vendredi 3 juillet. Passée à tabac par plusieurs individus alors qu’elle sortait du restaurant avec deux amies, la nageuse souffre d’une fracture du nez et de nombreuses contusions. Et elle a dû déclarer forfait pour l’Open de France où tous les Bleus étaient réunis ce week-end à Vichy. Désormais, elle tente de se remettre en espérant pouvoir participer aux Mondiaux début août à Kazan, en Russie.
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Continue reading at: https://www.elle.fr/Societe/News/Melanie-Henique-la-nageuse-soutenue-apres-son-agression-homophobe-2965174 (Source)

U.S: Dressmaker refuses service to lesbian couple, but offers to convert them instead

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A St. Louis couple said a wedding dress designer refused to make a garment for them, saying it goes against her faith. Tiffany Allen and Angel Lane said they reached out to the New York-based company, D. AUXILLY, through e-mail to get some information. They said the designer, Dominique Galbraith, responded with the following e-mail that said in part:

“I wouldn’t be able to make a piece for a same-sex wedding. It goes against my faith in Christ. I believe Jesus died for our sins so that we would live for him according to His Holy Word. I know you both love each other and that this feels right but I encourage you both to reconsider and see what the Lord has to say and the wonderful things He has in store for you both if you trust and obey Him.

God Bless and be with you both!

I’m available to talk and share more about Jesus if you’d like. Feel free to call me.”

Continue reading: https://fox2now.com/2019/07/09/st-louis-couple-says-wedding-dress-designer-refused-their-business-because-of-their-sexual-orientation/ (source)

U.S: Posters of Megan Rapinoe defaced with lesbophobic and misogynistic slurs

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Posters of world-class soccer champion Megan Rapinoe hanging in New York City’s Bryant Park subway station were defaced with antigay and misogynistic slurs two days ahead of the U.S. Women’s National Team’s triumphant appearance at a ticker-tape parade to celebrate their fourth World Cup win. The New York Police Department is investigating the vandalism as a possible hate crime.

The Nike posters that depict Rapinoe, who is gay, in powerful positions accompanied by slogans like “Dream with us” and “Just do it” were covered with hateful phrases like “shemale” and “screw this ho” scrawled across her face

Continue reading: https://www.advocate.com/crime
/2019/7/11/antigay-vandalism-megan-rapinoe-posters-possible-hate-crime
(source)

Spain: Lesbian couple verbally abused by woman after she spots them ‘kissing’

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A woman with a buggy has been filmed hurling a torrent of homophobic abuse at a lesbian couple after she reportedly spotted them kissing.

In the footage taken on a tube, the woman is heard calling the pair “d—-” and “c———-“.

She also refers to her own gay brother as a “f—–” and shouts: “You disgust me, I have a gay brother, but he doesn’t kiss in front of me because he respects me.”

She adds: “It disgusts me to see you kissing. If you want respect, you also have to respect me.”

When she appears to hear the couple speaking Catalan, the woman scoffs and says: “Oh, you are also Catalan!”

One of the women replies: “Oh, so you are a homophobic and a racist!”

Continue reading: https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/world/lesbian-couple-verbally-abused-by-woman-with-pram-after-she-spots-them-kissing/ar-AAEeG0D?ocid=spartanntp#image=AAEeG0D_1|1 (source)

Chile: young lesbian attacked in Las Condes

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The Movement of Homosexual Integration and Liberation (Movilh) denounced that a young student, identified as Martina Vercellino (20), was the victim of a physical aggression for lesbophobic reasons in the Las Condes district. According to Movilh, through a statement, the girl said that “they grabbed me, hit me in the eye, lip, and scratched me with stones on my arm, everything happened very fast and I could not react. It’s huge that these things are still happening, I do not understand how they do not realize that we are the same people and we do not hurt anyone. ”
(Translated)

El Movimiento de Integración y Liberación Homosexual (Movilh) denunció que una joven estudiante, identificada como Martina Vercellino de 20 años, fue víctima de una agresión física por motivos lesbofóbicos en la comuna de Las Condes. De acuerdo a lo señalado por el Movilh a través de un comunicado, la joven expresó que “me agarraron. Me pegaron en el ojo, labio y me rasguñaron con piedras en el brazo. Todo pasó muy rápido y no pude reaccionar. Es una pena enorme que aún sigan pasando estas cosas. No entiendo cómo no se dan cuenta que somos personas igual y no le hacemos daño a nadie”.
(Original)

Continue reading at: https://www.publimetro.cl/cl/noticias/2019/07/05/movilh-ataques-lgbti-28-2019.html (Source)

 

U.K: Teenager severely beaten by women who screamed ‘f–king lesbian’ while they hit her

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A teenager was left bleeding and bruised after she was beaten up by two other women from her school.

Ellie-Mae Mulholland, 18, of Hull, UK, said that she confronted “one of her friends” yesterday afternoon over some money that the friend owed her.

“She had seen a couple of her friends, who are usually her friends, and one of them owed her a tenner and Ellie asked about it,” Mulholland’s sister Stevie-Leigh Ansell told Hull Live. “The lass said she never had it. Then they both beat [Ellie-Mae] black and blue.”

“Because she is gay they called her a ‘F–king lesbian, you and your girlfriend are going to get it ten times worse next time,’” Ansell said.

Continue reading: https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2019/07/
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Nigeria: Kebbi State College of Science and Technology expels four students for being lesbians

Kebbi college of Health Sciences expel four female students for engaging in Lesbianism

KEBBI State College of Science and Technology in Jega has expelled four female students for engaging in lesbianism as part of a crackdown on homosexuality after they were caught having sexual intercourse.

Continue reading: http://www.nigerianwatch.com/kebbi-state-college-of-science-and-technology-expels-four-students-just-for-being-lesbians/ (source)

 

Italy: two lesbians attacked

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“I hate gays and lesbians … you are the devil’s prostitutes … God hates you.” These would be some of the sentences addressed to two girls from Agrigento by a sixty-year-old man.
The homophobic aggression, both physical and verbal, took place last June 30 in a large Villaseta sales facility. The two young girlfriends say they were getting an ice cream from the bar when a sixty-year-old appeared holding hands with two children. After staring at them for a few minutes, he started screaming insults and curses, coming even to slap one of them, the girls told the carabinieri. Some people present came to help and the attacker quickly disappeared without a trace.
(Translated)

“Odio gay e lesbiche… siete le prostitute del diavolo… Dio vi odia”. Sarebbero queste alcune delle frasi rivolte nei confronti di due ragazze agrigentine da un uomo sessantenne.
L’aggressione omofoba, sia fisica che verbale, sarebbe avvenuta lo scorso 30 giugno in una grande struttura di vendita di Villaseta. Le due giovani fidanzate, a quanto raccontano, stavano prendendo un gelato al bar quando appunto è apparso un sessantenne che teneva per mano due bambini. Dopo averle fissate per qualche minuto ha iniziato ad urlare insulti e maledizioni, arrivando, raccontano le ragazze ai carabinieri, anche a dare uno schiaffo ad una di loro. Ad intervenire in loro soccorso sono arrivate alcune persone presenti e l’aggressore si sarebbe rapidamente dileguato senza lasciare traccia.
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Continue reading at: https://www.agrigentonotizie.it/cronaca/aggressione-omofobia-agrigento-gay-pride-carabinieri-denuncia.html (Source)

Turin, Italy: Lesbians targeted for months with swastikas inside their apartment building

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The swastika with a cross, the inscription “lesbians” and the initials of the two women.
A real persecution against Daniela and Cristina. Insults and threats engraved on the landing of the condominium where they live, in the Lingotto area in Turin.

After months of desperation, the couple decided to install cameras in front of the apartment to feel safer but the situation has not improved.
At the end of April, the couple turned to the Arcigay Torino circle “Ottavio Mai” and to the core of the Carabinieri of Torino Borgata. Together with the Councillor for the Rights of the City of Turin Marco Giusta, they contacted the administrator to request the removal of the writings and the installation of a sign to make the graffiti authors stop, threatening sanctions. Even this attempt, despite the support of the administrator and the condominiums, has not been useful.
(Translated)

La svastica con una croce, la scritta “lesbiche” e le iniziali delle due donne.
Una vera persecuzione nei confronti di Daniela e Cristina. Insulti e minacce incise sul proprio pianerottolo di casa del condominio dove abitano, in zona Lingotto a Torino.

Dopo mesi di disperazione la coppia ha deciso di installare delle telecamere davanti all’appartamento per sentirsi più al sicuro ma la situazione non è migliorata.
A fine aprile la coppia si è rivolta al circolo Arcigay Torino “Ottavio Mai” e al nucleo dei carabinieri di Torino Borgata. Insieme con l’assessore ai Diritti della Città di Torino Marco Giusta ha contattato l’amministratore per chiedere la cancellazione delle scritte e l’installazione di un cartello per far desistere gli autori a continuare, minacciando sanzioni. Anche questo tentativo, nonostante il sostegno dell’amministratore e dei condomini, non è servito.
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Continue reading at: http://www.gaypost.it/torino-perseguitate-nel-proprio-palazzo-coppia-lesbica-e-costretta-alla-telesorveglianza (Source)

Spain: I will kill you bolleras – Lesbian family attacked

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“I will kill you, bolleras” [d*kes]
Two lesbian mothers were quietly with one of their three children, 4 years old, on a terrace in Barcelona, ​​just two days after having held a Pride dedicated to homoparental families, when a drunk man came and attacked them in front of the child.
The Guàrdia Urbana intercepted the man, JMLL.M. (his initials), who now faces charges of threats, light mistreatment and a criminal offence against fundamental rights or hatred. The man approached and touched the child (we do not know why) and, obviously, one of the mothers told him what he did to which the man answered with insults.
(Translated)

“Os mataré, bolleras”
Dos madres lesbianas estaban tranquilamente con uno de sus tres hijos, de 4 años, en una terraza de Barcelona, tan solo dos días después de haber celebrado un Pride dedicado a las familias homoparentales, cuando llegó un hombre borracho y las atacó delante del pequeño.
J.M.LL.M. son las siglas del hombre que la Guardia Urbana interceptó y que ahora se enfrenta a presuntos delitos de amenazas, maltrato leve y un tipo penal contra los derechos fundamentales u odio. El hombre se acercó y tocó al niño (no sabemos por qué) y, obviamente, una de las madres le dijo que qué hacía a lo que el tipo contestó con insultos.
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Continue reading at: http://www.mirales.es/os-matare-bolleras-agresion-a-dos-lesbianas-en-barcelona-dos-dias-despues-del-pride/ (Source)