Namibia: First Lesbian Festival Held in Windhoek

More than sixty young lesbians from eight regions came together for a week of sharing both the pain and the joy of their lives, making new friends, building community, gaining feminist understanding of their oppression as lesbian and as women living in a patriarchal society that denies women autonomy, choice and freedom, developing their voice through learning new skills in creative expression, and creating visibility through outstanding public performances with their poetry, stories, music, drama and dance.

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Uganda and U.K: Athlete who feared death because she is a lesbian, is celebrating first Liverpool Christmas with partner

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A former Commonwealth Games athlete who feared she would lose her life if she was deported back to her native Uganda is now instead looking forward to sharing her first Christmas in Britain with her partner.

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U.K.: Woman Allegedly Killed by Partner’s Ex in Apparent Response to Lesbian Relationship

A murder probe has been launched after travel agent Cassie Hayes (right) allegedly had her throat slit.  Her partner Laura Williams (left) has paid tribute following her death

The former partner of travel agent [Cassie Hayes] killed in a TUI shop has described the heart-wrenching moment she told their four-year-old daughter her mother had died. Cassie Hayes, 28, was killed on Saturday in Southport, Merseyside, at the branch of Tui where she was assistant manager.

Andrew Burke, 30, from St Helens, appeared at Liverpool Crown Court today charged with her murder. A post-mortem examination showed Miss Hayes’ cause of death was shock and haemorrhaging as a result of the wound.

Continue reading at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5270817/Man-charged-murder-Cassie-Hayes-appears-court.html (Source)

Israel Demands That Lesbians Seeking to Adopt Children Declare They Are Not Sex Offenders

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A lack of legislation makes it difficult for lesbian couples seeking to recognize maternal legal status for their shared children, and are often left at the whim of the courts

Continue reading at: https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.829560 (Source)

U.K: Young Lesbian Politician Shuts Down ‘Makeover’ Offer From Senior Party Leader

Young lesbian politician shuts down 'makeover' offer from senior party leader

The UK’s youngest member of parliament for 300 years reveals she turned down a makeover from a senior party leader.

Continue reading at:  https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/mhairi-black-can-choose-her-own-clothes/ (Source)

Australia: Lesbian Couple Cop Homophobic Abuse by the Jeweller That Sold Them Engagement Rings

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A Ballarat couple has decided to keep their engagement ring despite a homophobic attack by the jeweller who made it.

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Tanzania: Couple involved in viral lesbian proposal granted bail

Four people facing charges of engaging in homosexual acts have been released by the Mwanza Residents Magistrates Court despite an affidavit submitted by prosecuting asking that court deny them bail. ‘‘The ruling has been made today, December 15, by the Principal Magistrate in Charge, Mr. Wilbert Chuma after agreeing with the argument by the defence lawyers Mashaka Tuguta, Ogastini Kulwa and Jebra Kambole that the arguments submitted by the prosecution are weak and baseless before the law,’‘ read the ruling. The accused are Milembe Selemani, 35, and Janeth Shonza, a 25-year-old university student, who the state accuses of committing offences of lesbianism when they fit engagement rings despite both being women.

Continue reading at: http://www.africanews.com/2017/12/15/tanzanian-couple-involved-in-viral-lesbian-proposal-granted-bail/ (Source)

 

Australia: Lesbian claims Centrelink asked her to pay back $7k after SSM vote

The woman claims that Centrelink retroactively recognised her 2016 overseas marriage and then told her she was not entitled to the payments she had been receiving. Picture: Tracey Nearmy/AAP

A TASMANIAN woman was left shocked after Centrelink allegedly ordered her to hand back over her welfare payments following the legalisation of same-sex marriage in Australia. The unnamed woman married her wife overseas in 2016 and says that, because of this, Centrelink claimed that she wasn’t entitled to any of the family payments she had received over the past year and requested that she pay back $6600 in welfare she had been given. The woman’s partner is not an Australian citizen and lives overseas and the couple do not share finances. This meant that they did not satisfy the Centrelink requirements for a de facto relationship, which is why the Australian woman was claiming family tax benefits.

Uganda: Lesbian facing deportation from UK despite fears of persecution

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Lazia Nabbanja had claimed asylum in the UK on the grounds that she would face oppression in her home country, but her bid was rejected by the Home Office last year. Despite her providing evidence of her sexuality, Ms Nabbanja’s lawyers told The Independent that Home Office officials used alleged inconsistencies in the details of her relationships to suggest they did not believe she is gay. Photos and videos of her attending gay pride marches have been widely shared on social media and she has been featured in Ugandan newspapers, prompting fears she could be arrested or attacked as soon as she returns to her home country.

Continue reading at: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/lesbian-uganda-women-deportation-home-office-lazia-nabbanja-gay-laws-a8123581.html (Source)

Illinois, USA: Former Joliet caregiver abused, discriminated for being a lesbian

[Nicole] Novak alleges that in 2016, her manager, Meagen Galloway, discriminated against her because she is a lesbian, saying “being a lesbian is a disability and said that lesbians should be banned because the Bible is against such behavior.”

Continue reading at: http://www.theherald-news.com/2018/01/12/lawsuit-former-joliet-caregiver-abused-discriminated-for-being-a-lesbian/airjlhr/ (Source)

Indiana, USA: Lesbian couple kidnapped and raped for days before escaping captors

Lesbian couple kidnapped and raped for days before escaping captors

November 2017:

A lesbian couple in Indianapolis say they were locked in a basement, beaten, and raped.

A probable cause affidavit filed Monday, 20 November, described the assaults that occurred in an east-side home in the city.

Kenneth A. Braswell, 32; Thomas J. Bell, 26; Jose Nieves, 35 face charges of 26 counts, including rape, criminal confinement, kidnapping, possession of meth, and battery by means of a deadly weapon.

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New York, USA: DNA Vindicates Lesbian Rape Victim Smeared by Daily News and NYPD 24 Years Later

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On an afternoon in late April 1994, a young woman was raped in broad daylight in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. Two days later, the biggest columnist in New York City’s biggest newspaper called her a liar.

The woman—black, a lesbian, and an activist—became the target of a vicious smear campaign by a Daily News columnist and sources within the NYPD, who charged that she had made up a “hoax” to advance a political agenda.

“I have had the misfortune of being raped twice—once in the park and again in the media,” she told her lawyer, Martin Garbus, after the attack.

Continue reading at: https://www.thedailybeast.com/in-1994-nypd-brass-called-her-rape-a-hoax-in-2018-they-found-her-rapist (Source)

Cameroon: Two women arrested for lesbianism while walking together

The Ndogbong gendarmerie, where Coco and Vivi were detained and tortured for three days. (Photo by Jacks Oke)

Around midnight, gendarmes arrived, beat up the two friends, arrested them, and hauled them to the gendarmerie on charges of lesbianism.  The officers interrogated them, kicked them, and beat them with the flat side of a machete blade.  They were handcuffed and hung, standing, from a window frame. The mistreatment lasted for three days.

Continue reading at: https://76crimes.com/2017/12/28/cameroon-two-women-arrested-for-walking-together/ (Source)

China: Lesbian Couple Allegedly Beaten Up In Shanghai Restaurant

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On December 17, a lesbian couple was allegedly assaulted by employees at The Nest, an upscale restaurant located in Shanghai’s famous waterfront, the Bund.

Continue reading at: http://supchina.com/2017/12/22/lesbian-couple-allegedly-beaten-up-in-shanghai-restaurant/ (Source)

Religious Extremists Threaten, Vandalize, Restaurant In Jerusalem Owned By Lesbian Couple

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A lesbian couple in Jerusalem say they’ve been threatened repeatedly after opening a restaurant near a synagogue in the ancient Jewish capital.

Continue reading at: http://www.newnownext.com/extremists-threaten-vandalize-restaurant-in-jerusalem-owned-by-lesbian-couple/12/2017/ (Source)

Taiwan: Taipei court rejects third lesbian couple

The Taipei High Administrative Court yesterday handed a setback to lesbian couple Jennifer Lu (呂欣潔) and Chen Ling (陳凌) when it decided the court cannot order local government offices to register their same-sex marriage.
They were the third lesbian couple to see their requests denied by the court since October last year, just nine days after the court rejected a similar request by Liang Tzung-huei (梁宗慧) and Chu Pei-shuan (朱珮諠).

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India: Teen beaten in Hostel for being a ‘Lesbian’

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An Indian teen has been beaten in a hostel and suffered abuse from the warden and other students. Their motive was linked with rumours that the 15-year-old was a ‘lesbian’.

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Australia: Centrelink website tells lesbian that same-sex marriage isn’t legal

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A BRISBANE woman has been left furious after a glitch on Centrelink’s website saw a message appear informing her that her marriage to her wife was “not recognised”.

Continue reading at: http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/gay-marriage/centrelink-website-tells-woman-samesex-marriage-isnt-legal/news-story/f1aada89525d927e0a2b8ad5e593873e
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U.S: The Air Force expelled her in 1955 for being a lesbian. Now, at 90, she is fighting back.

[Helen] James was arrested and put through hours of humiliating interrogation. The questions were so harsh and disgusting James had to run to the latrine because she felt sick. Finally, after an interrogator threatened to go to her family, James relented. She said she would sign whatever they wanted.
Her military career was over when she inked her name on the document. On March 3, 1955, James received an “undesirable” discharge from the Air Force.

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South Africa: Lesbian, 23, stabbed to death in Strand shebeen

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The only crime Noxolo Xakeka from Strand committed was that she was a lesbian. She was stabbed to death on New Year’s Day.

During celebrations in a shack in Blaau Street, Lwandle, the 23-year-old mother was harassed, called names and assaulted before being stabbed to death by a young man. Her family claim the attack was because of her sexual orientation.

Continue reading at: https://www.iol.co.za/news/south-africa/western-cape/lesbian-23-stabbed-to-death-in-strand-shebeen-12618736 (Source)