As lesbian bars continue to close and lesbian-only spaces continue to be attacked, Susan Cox highlights the disproportionate damage queer politics has done to lesbians and our spaces.
“To pretend the decline of lesbian spaces is merely a sign of progress is totally inconsistent with reality. Rosenthal implies we have reached a kind of utopia, with regard to female sexuality, stating, “It wasn’t too long ago that identifying as lesbian carried a huge stigma.” But she also notes that in Portland State University’s recent “survey of students and their identities, more students identified as ‘pansexual’ than lesbian” and quotes a young woman (who dates women, albeit some who identify as “non-binary”) saying, “‘I have never felt comfortable with the term lesbian.’”
Hmm. That sounds like… what’s the word… oh, yeah: stigma.
This “progress” explanation not only falls flat because stigma around lesbianism remains, but because it fails to account for the fact that spaces for gay males have remained largely intact. In my hometown of Philadelphia, for example, a peek at any “gayborhood” calendar offers a plethora of events catering to gay men, including: gay bingo, gaybill (musical theater night), gay burlesque roulette, free country line dancing, gay antiques shows, and a best gay mac and cheese contest.”
Continue reading at: Lesbian spaces are still needed, no matter what the queer movement says (Source)
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Tagged Culture, Discrimination, Elena Rosenthal, lesbian bars, lesbian space, lesbian voices, Lesbophobia, queer politics, representation, Susan Cox, women's space
The police arrested a total of five teenagers, four girls and a boy, for at least two separate assaults on the Schouwburgplein in Rotterdam last week. The group of teens, 13, 14 and 15 years old, attacked a lesbian couple on Tuesday May 30th and another victim the following day, the police said in a statement.
Continue reading at: Rotterdam teens held for assaulting lesbian couple | NL Times (Source)
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Supreme Court has denied custody and visitation rights to a gay woman who raised a child with her former partner, reflecting state laws that have not been updated since gay marriage was legalized in 2014.
Grandparents, great-grandparents and even first cousins in Idaho can seek custody, guardianship or visitation rights to children in certain circumstances, but an unmarried same-sex partner cannot.
In the ruling Wednesday, the court decided unanimously that because the former partner is the one who was artificially inseminated and carried the baby and because the two women were not married, the woman identified only as Jane Doe has no parental rights to the 7-year-old child.
Continue reading at: Idaho High Court: Unmarried Gay Partner Has No Custody Right | Idaho News | US News (Source)
Being gay in Kenya is risky. This is according to Gigi Louisa, a 28-year-old Kenyan lesbian who has shared her experience of living in Kenya’s conservative society. The LGBQT activist is on a mission to fight for gay rights in Kenya. In an interview with the Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya (GALCK), she said she always has to be careful.
Continue reading at: “I can be attacked at any time:” Meet woman, 28, dedicated to fighting for gay rights in Kenya (photo) ▷ Tuko.co.ke (Source)
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Tagged activism, Discrimination, Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya, Gigi Louisa, GLACK, homophobia, lesbian voices, Lesbians in Africa, Lesbians in Kenya, Lesbophobia, persecution, Threats of violence, violence against lesbians, violence against women
Beukes knew from her first book, Maverick, a pop history on women in the country, that there were many who could fit the bill for Femme Magnifique. “I had many to choose from, from Lilian Ngoyi to Ruth First, Krotoa Eva and Sara Baartman.
“But Brenda Fassie worked on so many levels, as a provocative pop star, as a lesbian icon [she came out on Mambaonline in 2003], as a black woman who lived through apartheid and sang about the personal and the political.”
Continue reading at: Brenda Fassie immortalised in comic book – MambaOnline – Gay South Africa online (Source)
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Tagged Anja “Nanna” Venter, Brenda Fassie, comic books, Culture, Femme Magnifique, Lauren Beukes, Lesbian history, lesbian singers, lesbian voices, Lesbians in South Africa, personal stories, representation
“The court carved out an exception to the rule that a child born to a married couple is the legal child of both spouses, ruling that children born as a result of assisted reproduction are the children of the mother and the anonymous sperm donor,” said Beth Littrell, Lambda Legal Counsel. “The lower court’s decision is demeaning and destabilizing, marking Chris and her children as unworthy of the usual protections married families rely on when adult relationships fail.”
“That the court considers an unknowable donor who provided sperm to a fertility clinic more of a parent than the person who takes care of the child when he is sick or helps him with his homework is a slap in the face to thousands of Mississippi families,” Littrell added.
Continue reading at: A Court Ruled That an Anonymous Sperm Donor Has Parental Rights, but This Lesbian Mom Doesn’t. Lambda Legal Is Appealing. | Lambda Legal (Source)
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Tagged Children of lesbian parents, Christina Strickland, Discrimination, family law, homophobia, Lambda Legal, Lesbian Mothers, Lesbians in U.S., Lesbophobia, Mississippi, parental rights
It’s nearly 40 years ago but Joni Crone still remembers the “whoosh” of the studio lights seeking her out and her stomach churning fear as she waited for Gay Byrne to tell her relatives, neighbours, work colleagues – and the nation – that she was a lesbian. A sympathetic member of the Late Late Show team had given her a double vodka when she wondered if she was about to be the first person to faint on live TV. “He held my hand and said ‘trust me’. He told me I’d be grand, to just look Gay in the eye and to forget about everything else”.
It was 1980, two years before Declan Flynn, a gay man, was beaten to death in Fairview Park in Dublin. Homosexuality would be regarded as a crime for another 13 years. Crone was there to talk about the need for law reform and to give an insight into the horror stories she regularly heard on the helpline Lesbian Line, where she had once listened in as a whispering caller was interrupted and beaten in her own home. That caller rang back from a hospital corridor days later. Crone wanted to give out the telephone number of the helpline on the show so people like her would have somewhere to turn.
Continue reading at: Being gay she was asked if her parents thought she was “mentally deficient” (Source)
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Tagged Anna Livia Lesbia, Discrimination, Gay Byrne, Hate crimes, homophobia, Joni Crone, Late Late Show, Lesbian history, Lesbian Line, Lesbians in Ireland, Lesbophobia, Marriage equality, representation
Before she reached space, the Californian native had to endure sexist media enquiries like “Will the flight affect your reproductive organs?” and “Do you weep when things go wrong on the job?”
When she was asked “Will you become a mother?”, a fed-up Ride tried to avoid the question, before remarking sardonically: “You notice I’m not answering.”
Later, she commented: “It may be too bad that our society isn’t further along, and that this is such a big deal.”
Continue reading at: Who was the first gay astronaut? · PinkNews (Source)
A gay Irish woman has taken legal action against a former partner in a bid stay in touch with a girl.Her former partner had given birth when the two women were living together in Ireland after the little girl was conceived through artificial insemination.They separated, and the Irish woman’s partner had moved to England and taken the little girl.
Continue reading at: Gay Irish woman takes legal action against former partner for access to child (Source)
Many lesbians and gays have increasingly felt excluded, alienated, even erased by trans dogma, yet when attempting to express genuine concern, they are pathologized, threatened, and publicly slandered. Left Forum cites the safety of trans people as just cause to cancel a panel of critical lesbians, but are conspicuously absent when threats using far more violent language, including bodily threats, are sent to me by the thousands.
Continue reading at: Left Forum Cancels Lesbian Panel Questioning Trans Advocacy Funding (Source)
A lesbian is asking the Mississippi Supreme Court to recognize her as a legal parent of a child born during her marriage to a woman. Chris Strickland filed an appeal Thursday, arguing a lower court was wrong to rule in her 2016 divorce that only her ex-wife is the legal parent of the child.
Continue reading at: Lesbian challenges Mississippi court ruling that she’s not legal parent (Source)
“Lesbians are very often under-counted as murder victims–both within the so-called LGBT community and by those who monitor violence against women. This is a beginning effort to honor the names of the lesbians that have been lost.”
This month we honor the following sisters:
Andreza Souza Dos Santos, Manaus, Brazil (February 2017)
Larissa Massaroli, Cabixi, Brazil (April 2017)
Kandis Major and Terri Seibeck, Illinois, USA (October 2009)
Lerato Moloi, Naledi, South Africa (May 2017)
Nonkie Smous, Maokeng, South Africa (April 2017)
Continue reading at: In Memoriam: Lesbian Murder Victims (Source)
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Tagged Andreza Souza Dos Santos, Hate crimes, homophobia, Kandis Major, Larissa Massaroli, Lerato Moloi, Lesbian Murder Victims, Lesbians in Brazil, Lesbians in South Africa, Lesbians in U.S., Nonkie Smous, Terri Seibeck, violence against lesbians, violence against women
Some of the questions asked by the migration board include: “Would you describe yourself as lesbian or gay?”, “When do you feel that you became sexually interested in other people? How do you think about this?” And “For me, this sounds like a form of sexual exploitation of you, and not one Equal sex relationship”
“I did not understand anything. No one told me what to expect. What I would do or say, or at least give me some guidelines,” she said.
Lucy further alleges that her life is in danger because her name has been released as a lesbian in the infamous Ugandan Tabloid Red Pepper among 200 other African lesbians.
Continue reading at: Kenyan lesbian fails Swedish ‘gay test’ – Entertainment News (Source)
You could argue that there’s no better or no worse time to be a police chief in Atlanta than right now. Although 2016 was Atlanta’s deadliest year in nearly a decade, the numbers of robberies, burglaries, and aggravated assaults in the city were down 27 percent going into this year. At the same time, heightened awareness of officer-involved shootings across the country has amplified calls to make the APD more transparent, accountable, and connected to the communities it serves. Cops are under intense scrutiny, making it hard to recruit and retain quality officers—especially when APD recruits earn a salary of just $35,000.
Continue reading at: The Chief: Erika Shields wants to change the way Atlanta police tackle crime – Atlanta Magazine (Source)
NYPD is looking for this man
BROOKLYN — Two men hurled anti-gay slurs at a woman in front of a Cypress Hills bodega, then hit her in the face with an umbrella after she tried to walk away, the NYPD said.Alex Santiago, 26, was charged with assault as a hate crime in connection with the attack against the 38-year-old woman, which took place May 26 on Miller Avenue and Fulton Street around 4:10 a.m., according to police.
The woman tried to walk away after Santiago and another man, whom police are still seeking, called her a “lesbian” and a “d–e.” They followed her, so she turned around to confront them, according to police.
Continue reading at: Bigots Hurl Anti-Gay Slurs at Woman, Hit Her in Head With Umbrella: NYPD (Source)
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Tagged Alex Santiago, Brooklyn, Discrimination, Hate crimes, homophobia, Lesbians in U.S., Lesbophobia, New York, Threats of violence, violence against lesbians, violence against women
Tennis is one of the all-time greatest sports. It’s easy for audiences to follow, the rules are simple to learn. It requires the most from its players: skill, endurance and intellect. And the one-on-one nature of the game gives it a gladiator quality that cannot be denied. Nothing is more exciting than that buzzer-beater final set. So why would one iconic woman player claim that other women are “ruining” the sport, as Margaret Court, the fifth greatest woman tennis champion of all time, asserted on May 31 about lesbian tennis players? Her claim has prompted two iconic tennis greats, Martina Navratilova and Billie Jean King—both lesbians and the first two people to come out in professional sports over 35 years ago—to demand Court’s name be stripped from the Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne Park, Australia.
Continue reading at: Tennis Is Full Of Lesbians! (Source)
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Tagged Australia, Billie Jean King, Discrimination, homophobia, Lesbians in sports, Lesbophobia, Margaret Court, Margaret Court Arena, Martina Navratilova, Melbourne, Tennis
The star explained that she hoped that coming out would help young people struggling with their sexuality, as well as dispel the idea that homosexuality is “unAfrican”.
“I speak on it because there are so many kids out there that are like that … people always have that notion where they say, ‘Oh, [being gay] is such a Western thing, they are copying it from the movies.’ So, I speak on it because people need to live freer lives.”
“And this is Africa. So, there is still a lot of time before that happens. But if they can look back and be like, ‘Well, Keko was not afraid to be open about it and stand up for herself, then I can just be myself’.”
Continue reading at: Despite facing persecution acclaimed Ugandan rapper Keko comes out as lesbian – MambaOnline – Gay South Africa online (Source)
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Tagged Coming out, Culture, Discrimination, homophobia, Keko, lesbian rapper, lesbian voices, lesbians in music, Lesbians in Uganda, Lesbophobia, representation
Being a lesbian can sometimes be an extremely isolating experience. The purpose of this gathering was to combat that by connecting a group of us to each other, and by using our time spent together to support lesbian artists and celebrate lesbian achievements.
Continue reading at: ACTUALIZE: An Intentional Lesbian Gathering | (Source)
Ten years ago, Rod Wheeler, then styled a “Fox News crime analyst,” appeared on the “The O’Reilly Factor” to report that “all over the country” hundreds of gangs of pink pistol-packing lesbians were terrorizing victims.
“Well, you know, there is this national underground group, if you will, Bill, of women that’s lesbians and also some men groups that’s actually recruiting kids as young as 10 years old in a lot of schools in the communities all across the country,” he said.
The gangs were armed and committing crimes, Wheeler warned, and numbered “well over” 150 in the Washington, D.C., area alone. Tragically, he informed host Bill O’Reilly, “some of the kids have actually reported that they were forced into, you know, performing sex acts with some of these people.”
Continue reading at: How I Got Fox News To Tell The Truth About ‘Violent Lesbian Gangs’ (Source)
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Tagged Bill O'Reilly, DC, Discrimination, Fox News, gangs, homophobia, Lesbians in U.S., Lesbophobia, media, Pink Pistols, Rod Wheeler, Southern Poverty Law Center, The O'Reilly Factor, Washington
[After I was elected], there was a public campaign against my intent to become president of a forum of women lawmakers because I wasn’t “woman enough.” The campaign resulted in more support for me, as well as more opposition to me, further propelling me into the public spotlight once I became president [of the forum].
Continue reading at: Guatemala’s First Lesbian Congresswoman Challenges Status — Women & Girls (Source)
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Tagged corrective rape, Culture, Discrimination, homophobia, lesbian politicians, Lesbians in Guatemala, lesbians in politics, Lesbophobia, Marriage equality, representation, Sandra Moran, violence against lesbians