Chile: brothers found guilty of 2019 attempted murder of lesbian Carolina Torres

Carolina was 24 years old when she was attacked and beaten after 10:00 p.m. on February 13, 2019. At that time, she was holding hands with her girlfriend on the corner of Laguna del Inca and Laguna Sur avenues, in Pudahuel. The attackers started following her and insulted her because of her sexuality and clothing, and then attacked her.

“With the intention of killing her , the defendants approached her, locking her up and positioning herself in such a way that she was defenseless and prevented from starting,” the Western Metropolitan Prosecutor’s Office alleged in the trial, which began on June 8 2021, more than two years after the attack.

As a result of the lesbophobic attack, the young woman was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of the former Central Post of Santiago with serious injuries: complicated severe head trauma, consisting of a skull fracture , acute left frontotemporal subarachnoid hemorrhage, left frontal contusion, fracture clavicle, in addition to fracture of the bones of the nose. …

The TOP will also sentence a third defendant as an accessory for having given refuge to the perpetrators, in full awareness of them having comitted a crime.
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Carolina tenía 24 años cuando fue agredida y golpeada pasadas las 22:00 horas del 13 de febrero de 2019. En ese momento, ella iba de la mano con su polola en la esquina de las avenidas Laguna del Inca y Laguna Sur, en Pudahuel. Los agresores comenzaron a seguirla y la insultaron por su orientación sexual y su forma de vestir, y luego la atacaron.

“Con la intención de matarla, los imputados la abordaron, encerrándola y ubicándose de tal forma que ésta quedó indefensa e impedida de arrancar”, detalló la acusación de la Fiscalía Metropolitana Occidente en el juicio, que inició el 8 de junio de este año, más de dos años después de la agresión.

Producto del ataque lesbofóbico, la joven quedó internada en la Unidad de Cuidados Intensivos de la ex Posta Central de Santiago y con graves heridas: traumatismo encéfalo craneano grave complicado, consistente en fractura de cráneo, hemorragia subaracnoídea aguda frontotemporal izquierda, contusión frontal izquierda, fractura de clavícula, además de fractura de huesos propios de la nariz. …

El TOP condenará además a una tercera acusada como encubridora por haber dado refugio a los acusados, estando en con total conocimiento del hecho que los hermanos habían cometido.
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Russia: lesbian family in removed ad faces death threats as supermarket apologises for including them

The ad was initially posted to the company’s official website as well as other social media channels. The chain quickly pulled the ad after an intense backlash and replaced the lesbian family with another heterosexual family.

The family at the centre of the storm, Yuma and her daughters Mila and Alina, along with Alina’s fiancee Ksyusha, have reportedly faced ongoing harassment and threats. Mila told the BBC that her family had been subjected to homophobic abuse and “threats to murder my family”. She added that they had also received just as many messages of support. …

The advertisement was released with an 18+ warning label in an effort to fall in line with the “gay propaganda law,” which was signed into law by President Vladimir Putin in June 2013. The controversial law bans the “promotion of nontraditional sexual relations to minors.” Violators of the law can face heavy fines with organisations and businesses subject to fines of one million rubles and forced closures for up to 90 days.

Company Apologises, Pulls Ad
The company released an apology on its official Facebook page, signed by the founder of VkusVill, Andrey Krivenko and many of his management team. The post said, “There was an article here that hurt the feelings of many of our customers, staff, partners and suppliers. We regret that this has happened and consider the publication to be our mistake, arising from a lack of professionalism on the part of the brand’s employees. The aim of our company is to help our customers have access to fresh and delicious produce and not to publish materials expressing political opinions or various points of view held by society. In no way did we wish to become a source of discord or hatred.”

Continue reading at: https://www.starobserver.com.au/news/lesbian-couple-featured-in-trashed-russian-ad-face-death-threats/204342 (Source)

Brazil: father attacks daughter for suspected lesbian relationship

The attack took place in Campo Grande, inside a residence on Rua Canjerana, in the Coopharabalho neighborhood, MS. According to the police report, a 20-year-old girl was thrown out of the house and beaten by her father, when he realised she might be in a relationship with another woman.

The father, 52 years old, hit the girl’s head against the wall and dragged her daughter by the hair, according to information from Top Mídia . The girl, who had been thrown out of the house, was attacked when she returned to the house to get her belongings.

(Translated)

O caso aconteceu em Campo Grande, dentro de uma residência na Rua Canjerana, no bairro Coophatrabalho, MS. Segundo o Boletim de Ocorrência, uma jovem de 20 anos foi expulsa de casa e espancada pelo pai, após o patriarca suspeitar que a garota mantinha um relacionamento com outra mulher.

O pai, de 52 anos, bateu a cabeça da jovem contra a parede e arrastou a filha pelos cabelos, conforme informações do Top Mídia. A garota, que tinha sido expulsa de casa, chegou a retornar ao local para buscar os seus pertences, e foi aí que as agressões aconteceram.

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Brazil: Murdered lesbian “just wanted to be happy”

On the morning of June 22, at the age of 39, Ana Paula Campestrini was executed with 14 shots when she arrived home. The entire event, which lasted about ten seconds, was recorded by the security cameras of the condominium where she lived, in Curitiba (PR). …

Living a personal process of discovery, Ana discovered that she was a lesbian and asked for a divorce from her husband, butr never from the children. From that point she was subjected to blackmail and threats from her ex, lawyer Wagner Oganauskas. …

“The only thing she wanted was to be able to be happy being who she was [a lesbian woman] and to be able to have contact with her children. And she was taken from our lives,” said Luana, in a choked voice, over the phone, as she headed to the demonstration for justice by Ana Paula. On Sunday (27 June), dozens of people walked through the central streets of Curitiba asking for the investigation into her murder to be prioritised. Two suspects have been arrested: Wagner Oganauskas, ex-husband of Ana Paula, and a friend of his, Marcos Antônio Ramon.
(Translated)

Na manhã de 22 de junho, aos 39 anos, Ana Paula Campestrini foi executada com 14 tiros ao chegar em casa. Quatorze. Toda a ação, que dura cerca de dez segundos, foi registrada pelas câmeras de segurança do condomínio onde ela morava, em Curitiba (PR). …

Vivendo um processo pessoal de descobertas, Ana se entendeu lésbica e pediu o divórcio. Do marido. Nunca dos filhos. Mas desde então passou a sofrer chantagens e ameaças do ex, o advogado Wagner Oganauskas. …

“A única coisa que ela queria era poder ser feliz sendo quem ela era [uma mulher lésbica] e poder ter contato com os filhos. E ela foi arrancada das nossas vidas”, desabafou Luana, com a voz embargada, por telefone, enquanto se dirigia à manifestação por justiça por Ana Paula. No domingo (27), dezenas de pessoas caminharam pelas ruas centrais de Curitiba pedindo celeridade na apuração do crime. Dois suspeitos foram presos: Wagner Oganauskas, ex-marido de Ana Paula, e um amigo dele, Marcos Antônio Ramon.
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USA: Boise 7 fired for lesbianism in police force in 1977 – telling their story

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BOISE, Idaho — An all-female production crew is working on a documentary telling the story of ‘The Boise 7’.

In 1977, seven women — Mary Morris, Janine Townsend, Lavonne Woody, Vardell Laursen, Judith Baker, Theresa Silva, and Sue Krohn — were fired from the Boise Police Department for “suspected lesbianism.” The firing followed an internal investigation where the seven were wiretapped on a telephone used for personal conversations. The wiretap was later ruled illegal by a judge.

Mary Morris was Boise’s first female patrol officer.

Sue Krohn said her supervisor at the time called her into his office where he played a recording of a phone call between Krohn and another woman. The call was recorded on a phone designated for personal calls.

“I said, ‘What is this all about?’, and he said some of the women had been inappropriate, I think is the word he used at that time with me, at work so we’ve let them go, and I don’t think you’re a part of it, I don’t think you’re a lesbian, but you lived in the house with all these women and plus that phone call — you need to make a decision. Either you can quit, or we’ll terminate you.”

The story quickly garnered national attention. The women had to not only deal with being fired but also being publicly forced out of the closet.

“I couldn’t tell my parents, but I had to. I couldn’t do it. I didn’t want to tell them I was gay, that I was fired, and then my dad disowned me. He wouldn’t talk to me. It was too much. I couldn’t deal with that,” said Janine Townsend.

Continue reading at: https://www.kivitv.com/news/the-boise-7-were-fired-from-boise-police-for-suspected-lesbianism-now-an-all-female-team-is-sharing-their-story (Source)

Italy: teen beaten and raped by father as punishment for being lesbian

Beaten and raped by her father at the age of 15 for being a lesbian. … (21 May 2021)

They decided to punish her for her homosexuality by beating her, locking her in her room and then having her father rape her. The victim was only 15 at the time of the offenses. Now the Prosecutor of Termini Imerese has asked for the sentence of the girl’s parents. The prosecutor asked for eight years for the father, including for the crime of sexual violence against a minor, and two years for the mother.
(Translated)

Picchiata e stuprata dal padre a 15 anni perché lesbica. …

Hanno deciso di punire la sua omosessualità picchiandola, rinchiudendola nella sua stanza e facendola poi stuprare dal padre. La vittime era solo 15enne all’epica dei fatti. Ora la Procura di Termini Imerese ha chiesto la condanna dei genitori della ragazza.
Il pubblico ministero chiede otto anni per il padre e solo due anni per la madre. nel caso dell’uomo, c’è il reato di violenza sessuale su una minore.
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Continue reading at: https://www.gayburg.com/2021/05/picchiata-e-stuprata-dal-padre-a-15.html (Source)

‘We only write about them when they are dead’: Hate killings of black lesbians in South Africa Part 1

This is an edited extract from the book Femicide in South Africa (Kwela) by Nechama Brodie.

In 1990, the year that Nelson Mandela was released, Johannesburg held the very first Gay and Lesbian Pride march, at which Simon Nkoli, Beverly Ditsie and Justice Edwin Cameron were among the speakers. The marchers chanted, “Out of the closet and into the streets.”

It was a significant moment, even though it would take several more years before gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual and intersex (LGBTI) individuals would be granted similar rights and protections as hetero- and cis-sexual South Africans, first under an interim and then a final constitution that prohibited discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender.

Between 1994 and 2005 a number of legal amendments were made and new laws introduced that formalised rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex individuals. The criminalisation of sodomy was declared unconstitutional. Same-sex partners were granted similar rights in terms of immigration and financial benefits as those granted to different-sex spouses or partners. Trans and intersex individuals were allowed to change their legally recognised sex. Same-sex couples were allowed to jointly adopt children or adopt each other’s children. Lesbian couples were allowed to be registered as the natural, legitimate parents of a child that one of them had born.

There were also challenges to the constitutionality of the Marriage Act, which did not then allow for same-sex unions to be recognised as marriages. By late 2005, the Constitutional Court ruled that the Marriage Act was unconstitutional and gave parliament one year in which to remedy the matter.

But being “out of the closet” also meant that LGBTI individuals were more openly targeted for hate, harassment, victimisation and violence — even as these new laws were passed supposedly protecting their rights. Although this text focuses on violence against black lesbians, it is important to note that the growth in hate crimes was experienced by all members of the LGBTI community, with transgender individuals experiencing even higher levels of violence, as a group, than lesbians or gay men.

Black lesbians face double jeopardy
This is also a good place to discuss why this is about “black lesbians” and not just lesbians, and also what the concept of “black lesbians” represents as a group, even though it is quite obviously made up of individual black women who are by no means homogenous because of their sexual preference.

In Nonhlanhla Mkhize, Jane Bennett, Vasu Reddy and Relebohile Moletsane’s book The Country We Want to Live In: Hate Crimes and Homophobia in the Lives of Black Lesbian South Africans (HSRC Press, 2010), they note that, although there were risks to “singling out a particular group of people as targets of gender-based violence”, black lesbians were “doubly vulnerable”.

This was because, firstly, although all women in South Africa were vulnerable to violence, there was a correlation between increased poverty and increased vulnerability and, in South Africa, being black meant there was a greater association with being poor or having less access to resources. Not only did black women live in environments in which, just as other black women, they were vulnerable to attack, they also lived in places in which cultures were often deeply homophobic and in which sexual violence had become a “popular weapon”.

In the 1980s, the country’s ongoing rape crisis had started to take on chilling new aspects, including gang rapes that became known as “jackrolling”. Jackrolling initially involved the selection and abduction of a victim, usually a woman who (her attackers believed) presented herself as if she was “better than them” and “out of reach”. There were echoes of these sentiments in the growing number of stories that began to emerge during the 1990s of black lesbian women being targeted, being beaten and raped by men, supposedly as a means of “teaching them how to be proper women”.

This gradually became referred to as “curative” or “corrective” rape, and involved three distinct aspects: one was punishment of the woman, for her choice of sexual identity and her lifestyle; a second was the humiliation of the victim — as with jackrolling, this was often achieved through gang rapes; the third was the repulsive misnomer of “transforming” lesbians into heterosexual women through violent penetration.

Even as newspapers carried the occasional story about black lesbians’ struggles for acceptance individually or within their communities in the context of the changing legislative landscape, almost every single one of these women’s accounts also included incidents of violence, most frequently rape. Sometimes these women were even raped with the knowledge of their family members, who either actively encouraged the assault in the hope of ridding the young woman of her homosexuality, or tacitly accepted such attacks as what should happen to “girls like that”.

Continue reading at: https://mg.co.za/news/2021-07-01-we-only-write-about-them-when-they-are-dead-hate-killings-of-black-lesbians-in-sa/ (source)

Read Part 2: Hate killings of black lesbians in South Africa Part 2: 2008 to 2018

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The Philippines: Lesbian Shamed By Public Head Shaving

The alleged public shaming of several lesbian women by shaving their heads has sparked outrage in the Philippines during Pride Month and prompted an investigation by the national human rights ombudsman.

LGBTQ acceptance has expanded in the Philippines over the years, illustrated in part by the success of some members of the community in politics, media and entertainment industries. But rights groups say gender-based discrimination and violence are still a major problem.

The independent Commission on Human Rights (CHR) said last week it is investigating reports of forced head shaving of women in the town of Ampatuan in Maguindanao province in the southern Philippines.

Videos and photos of the alleged punishment went viral on Facebook and were picked up by local news outlets, where reports said an estimated six women were targeted. Although the video was taken down, it triggered condemnation and calls for action.

A provincial officer who condemned the punishment was quoted as saying that members of the local community suggested it.

The CHR said a local news outlet claimed the public head shaving was carried out because the Muslim-majority town was opposed to same-sex relationships.

Continue reading at: https://www.vice.com/en/article/5dbyzx/lesbian-women-video-shamed-shaving-heads-philippines (Source)

USA: woman suffers chemical burns in homophobic attack

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2 June 2021 – Harford County Sheriff’s Office is looking for two suspects in a homophobic assault on a Baltimore County woman outside the Abingdon Home Goods store.

The victim told deputies she was in the Home Goods parking lot, in the Constant Friendship Shopping Center, between 12:30 and 1 p.m. May 27 when two people pulled up in a vehicle, yelled homophobic remarks at her, and threw an unknown liquid at her before driving off.

The victim believed the liquid was water, but about an hour later, her skin started itching and she went to urgent care for treatment of what appeared to be chemical burns, according to a press release.

Continue reading at: https://www.foxbaltimore.com/news/local/woman-treated-for-possible-chemical-burns-after-homophobic-assault-outside-home-goods (Source)

A Chat with Pride Founder Ellen Broidy — Protest, Life Lessons and Historical Revisionism

By JD Robertson

The Velvet Chronicle

“Every now and again, as you’re marching forward, turn around and wave back at us. We’re still here… Much the same way as I needed to acknowledge the shoulders that I stood on, I would like others to acknowledge us. We did a lot of work. And it wasn’t easy.”
Last year, Stonewall vet, Fred Sargeant, told me all about his dear friend Ellen Broidy, one of the four founders of Pride. He was concerned about how media underplays (or ignores altogether) the contributions lesbians have made. Broidy tells me that since 2018, this has changed — that in the last few years, media has contacted her for interviews, lining up whenever Pride month rolls around. She says, “I feel like a bear that hibernates all winter, and then June comes, Pride month comes, and everyone is lined up in front of my den.”

And they should be lining up… Ellen Broidy, a Jewish lesbian shero from New York, holds the key to the past. A past that’s been aggressively revised over the last several years.

Continue reading at: https://thevelvetchronicle.com/a-chat-with-pride-founder-ellen-broidy-protest-life-lessons-and-historical-revisionism/ (Source)

Italy: driver fined for threats to lesbians

The case ended with a fine of 700 euro – the bus driver had to pay a lot (or too little) for having nsulting a lesbian couple, in Ravenna in the autumn of 2019.

The two girls, after the serious and epeated insults, had reported the 50-year-old, who, when in front of the justice of the peace, chose to apologize and compensate the victims rather than go to trial.

The homophobic insults towards the lesbian couple
As Corriere Romagna reports, the homophobic offenses against the two girls occurred at two different times. The first set of insults came in September two years ago, but it was the offense, or rather the threat, of 9 October that triggered the complaint. This is when the driver told them “I would burn you”.
(Translated)

La vicenda si è conclusa con un risarcimento di 700 euro. Tanto (o troppo poco) ha dovuto pagare un autista di autobus, colpevole di aver insultato una coppia lesbica, nell’autunno del 2019, a Ravenna.

Le due ragazze, dopo i pesanti e ripetuti insulti, avevano denunciato il 50enne, che davanti al giudice di pace ha preferito scusarsi e risarcire le vittime anziché andare a processo.

Gli insulti omofobi verso la coppia lesbica
Come riporta Corriere Romagna, le offese omofobe verso le due ragazze sono avvenute in due momenti diversi. La prima dose di insulti era arrivata a settembre di due anni fa. Ma è stata l’offesa, o meglio la minaccia, del 9 ottobre a far partire la denuncia, quando l’autista ha detto loro “Vi brucerei”.

A quel punto, infatti, una delle ragazze ha deciso di inviare un reclamo alla compagnia, Start Romagna. Fatte le dovute verifiche, la compagnia ha risposto che questo autista non era un loro dipendente. Ma la coppia voleva giustizia, e ha denunciato il fatto ai Carabinieri, i quali hanno identificato l’uomo, notificandogli l’avviso di garanzia.
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Original post: Italy: Driver on trial for threats against lesbian couple

Germany: gang of six men attacks 2 lesbian teens

14 June 2021:

As reported by the Berlin police, a14-year-old and her 17-year-old companion were in the park at Gleisdreieck when three strangers approached the two young women, punching and kicking them. Meanwhile, two adolescent men and their accomplice insulted them in an anti-lesbian manner.

The perpetrators were able to flee from the scene undetected. Before that, however, they grabbed and stole the 14-year-old’s handbag and destroyed her cell phone. The two attacked reported the crime and said they were seeking medical treatment themselves.
(Translated)

Wie die Berliner Polizei meldet, hielten sich eine 14-Jährige und ihre 17 Jahre alte Begleiterin im Park am Gleisdreieck auf. Plötzlich kamen drei Unbekannte auf die beiden jungen Frauen zu und schlugen mit ihren Fäusten auf sie ein und traten nach ihnen. Währenddessen wurden sie von zwei heranwachsenden Männern und ihrer Komplizin lesbenfeindlich beleidigt.

Die Täter:innen konnten unerkannt vom Tatort flüchten. Zuvor schnappten sie sich allerdings noch die Handtasche der 14-Jährigen, stahlen ihre Handtasche und zerstörten ihr Handy. Die beiden Angegriffenen erstatteten nach der Tat auf einem Polizeiabschnitt Anzeige und gaben an, sich selbst in ärztliche Behandlung zu begeben.
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Continue reading at: https://www.ggg.at/2021/06/14/lesbenfeindliche-attacke-in-berlin-kreuzberg/ (Source)

Italy: Driver on trial for threats against lesbian couple

The 56-year-old driver of a private transport company will stand trial on 3 June in Ravenna for threats he allegedly made on 9 October 2019 to two lesbian girls holding hands. “I would burn you” were the words he allegedly said to the couple as they passed a stop. This threat followed insults he said to the couple at the same place the previous September.

… At the end of the month, the young women first received a phone call from a man who claimed to be the driver in question and then, from the same number, the message “Withdraw the complaint”. This message became part of the alleged series of threats for which he was in court.
(Translated)

A processo il 3 giugno davanti al giudice di pace di Ravenna l’autista 56enne di una compagnia privata di trasporti, imputato di minacce che avrebbe rivolto, il 9 ottobre 2019, a due ragazze lesbiche che si tenevano mano nella mano. «Vi brucerei», queste le parole pronunciate dall’uomo contro la coppia mentre transitava davanti a una fermata. Minaccia, che avrebbe fatto seguito a insulti lanciati dall’autista nel settembre precedente contro le due ragazze nel medesimo posto.

… A fine mese la giovane avrebbe ricevuto prima una telefonata da un uomo che diceva di essere l’autista in questione e poi, dallo stesso numero, il messaggio “Ritira la denuncia“. Messaggio entrato a far parte delle contestate minacce.
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Australia: Lesbian farmers breaking down barriers

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Karyn Cassar and Carissa Wolfe operate one of just seven certified organic dairy farms in New South Wales, on a 190-hectare property at Hannam Vale on the Mid North Coast. That’s not the only thing that makes this female-farming duo unique, they are also openly gay and have been so for 21 years. “We don’t know any other female couples that run a commercial dairy operation in the world,” Carissa said. …

Being different can be difficult
The biggest challenge the couple face as female farmers is people’s confusion surrounding gender roles on the farm, not their same-sex relationship.

“Just as female farmers we are always questioned,” Karyn said.

“[People have said] ‘well how are you going to lift fence posts?'”

The pair say they were once asked if they owned a quad bike, which they didn’t at the time, and felt it implied they were not capable of running the farm without one.

But that certainly isn’t the case at Benmar Farm, where the pair manage 130 heifers and produce 7,000 litres of milk each week for their local community.

“We get it done, as women we just have to work smarter, not harder,” Karyn said. …

Being female benefits the business
Carissa and Karyn believe as women they approach farming differently and that they incorporate a range of different skills and experiences they’ve gained from previous jobs.

“I think being a female-only managed farm, we definitely bring a different perspective to the way that we farm and different techniques,” Carissa said.

“In terms of the animal engagement, there’s a different interaction with the cows.

“With my background as a mum, but also a lactation consultant and as a doula, those are all things that come into the way that I interact with the cows knowing that they’re also a lactating mammal that’s gestating and having babies and all part of that cycle.”

Their philosophy is to care for and nurture their animals like individuals, treating their milk like a reciprocal gift.

Continue reading at: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-06-29/lesbian-dairy-farmers-breaking-barriers-in-regional-nsw/100248972?fbclid=IwAR2_NdTRE6icJgJnXd2UQw0c2MwcDBLs-jWr_QQspBeen6CZPq39Pk8YL-s (Source)

Ghana: lesbian DJ kidnapped, drugged and raped

Elladeevah Ellios, is known among her peers on Facebook as a DJ and an advocate for the LGTBQ community.

She came out today to disclose on social media that she has been kidnapped, drugged and raped for 2 days.

From a screenshot of her Facebook post, she added that the assault was filmed. The men who engaged in the act are unknown.

Continue reading at: https://www.pulse.com.gh/entertainment/celebrities/efya-reacts-to-reports-of-unknown-men-gang-raping-popular-ghanaian-lesbian-for-2-days/eljkvr5 (Source)

Cameroon: lesbians jailed for sexuality after rejected man denounced them

Sexual advances from a love-sick man led to 18 months in prison for Roro and Gold, a lesbian couple who had been in a close, untroubled relationship for four years.

Until then, they had a peaceful life. Roro, 22, lived with one of her aunts. Gold, 26, rented a small room in a corner of Yaoundé, the capital of Cameroon. She lived away from her family, who had rejected her because of her sexual orientation.

Gold ran a small “Call Box” firm — a common type of business in Cameroon at which customers pay to use the company’s mobile phones for calls and money transfers. Roro was a waitress in a dance bar.

A horny patron of the bar spotted Roro while she was working there and told her how he felt. She quickly rejected his advances, telling him she was not at all interested in a relationship with him.

But he didn’t give up. Instead, he became a regular at the dance bar, hoping he could eventually win her heart. As he hung around at the bar, he noticed that Gold often showed up to meet Roro at closing time. Eventually he confronted Roro and insulted Gold. A fight broke out.

Scorned once again, he went to the police and denounced them as lesbians. Police arrested Roro and Gold on homosexuality charges.

Police offered to release them if they paid a bribe, but they didn’t have money to pay it, so they were put on trial. On Dec. 23, 2019, they were sentenced to 18 months in prison plus fines and court costs totaling 400,600 CFA francs (about US $730).

Because they couldn’t pay that amount, when the 18 months was over they would need to remain in prison for an additional four months to work off the fine.

Continue reading at: https://76crimes.com/2021/06/25/imprisoned-for-whom-they-love-lesbian-couple-has-been-set-free/ (Source)

Italy: violent attack on a lesbian in Catanzaro

May 2021: The attacks on people who openly declare their sexual orientation are endless, with reports continuing to show a constantly declining situation with no room for improvement without proper legal protections being introduced. …

Silvana was brutally attacked because she is a lesbian – her attackers yelled “Filthy lesbian whore! They should kill you! I’m talking to you, you shitty lesbian!”

While on the phone to her girlfriend, she heard these insults being shouted by her neighbour. She went out with the intent of settling the matter, but the unthinkable happened.

Aggression in broad daylight, Arcigay appeals to the government
As soon as Silvana went down the street she was attacked by the man, with the complicity of his wife and two other adults, who immobilized her and stole her phone. The man headbutted her, which broke her nose and made her lose consciousness.
(Translated)

Non si arrestano le aggressioni contro persone che dichiarano apertamente il loro orientamento sessuale. Le denunce continuano a far trapelare una situazione in costante declino che sembra non avere margine di miglioramento senza una tutela valida da parte della legge. …

Silvana è stata brutalmente coinvolta in una rissa perché lesbica. Le hanno urlato: “Lesbica schifosa puttana! Ti dovrebbero ammazzare! Sto parlando proprio con te, lesbica schifosa!”.

La donna mentre era al telefono con la fidanzata viene raggiunta da questi epiteti dichiarati a gran voce dal vicino di condominio. Lei scende in strada innervosita e intenta a sistemare la faccenda, ma succede l’impensabile.

Aggressione in pieno giorno, Arcigay lancia l’appello al Governo
Appena Silvana scende in strada è attaccata dall’uomo con la complicità della moglie e di altri due adulti, che la immobilizzano e le sottraggono il telefono. L’uomo le dà una testata che le rompe il setto nasale e le fa perdere coscienza.
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China: Leaked Messages Show Billionaire’s Son Harassed Lesbian Influencer

An explosive leak of chat records between the son of China’s once-richest men and a woman struggling to get away from him has fueled intense discussions about sexual harassment and entitled wealthy men.

The man, Wang Sicong, is the only son of Wang Jianlin, who founded conglomerate Dalian Wanda and previously owned movie theater chain AMC.

At 33 years old, the younger Wang is known for his lavish lifestyle (he famously bought a pair of gold Apple Watches for his Alaskan malamute), and his dates with models and internet celebrities regularly make gossip page headlines.

Despite his splurges and bluntly sexist comments, he is widely worshipped for his ultra-wealthy background, so much so that he earned the nickname “national husband”—for it should be all Chinese women’s dream to marry him.

But the latest leaks have reminded the public of the dark side of being fancied by a so-called eligible bachelor.

On Tuesday, Sun Yining, a previously little-known livestreaming host in her early 20s, shared screenshots of her private chat with Wang, accusing the man of pursuing her insistently against her will, even after she repeatedly told him she is a lesbian.

The chat records from April to June, posted by Sun on the microblogging site Weibo, included dozens of flirtatious messages allegedly sent by Wang. It showed that he traveled to the city Sun lives without telling her in advance and demanded she have a meal with him.

After Sun explained she was not interested in him and why, Wang told her that being a lesbian would hurt her entertainment career, and insisted he was her Mr. Right.

“Am I not the man destined for you?” says a text he sent after 3:30 a.m. on May 27, according to the screenshots posted on Weibo. “I will make you the happiest woman.”

“Can you let me love you dearly?” he continued. “Can you let me accompany you in your life?”

Every time Sun was seen turning Wang down, but the flirting did not stop. One day he asked Sun to abandon her livestreaming career and said, “I will take care of you, dummy.”

This month, following weeks of pursuit, Wang’s messages turned aggressive. He threatened to expose information about Sun that would ruin her reputation.

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France: Historic first as lesbophobia recognised in rape conviction

May 2021: In a “historic first” according to the victim’s lawyer and lesbian activists, on Friday, the Paris Assize Court sentenced a man to 14 years jail for “rape because of sexual orientation” of a lesbian.

In March 2020, Jeanne’s attacker was sentenced to 15 years by the Seine-Saint-Denis assize court, without the aggravating circumstance of homophobia being recognised. This time, jurors and judges ruled it was lesbophobic rape, not least because the 25-year-old accused “knew from the start of their meeting the sexual orientation” of his victim.

Recognition of the lesbophobic nature of this assault “was most important to me,” Jeanne said after the trial. The rape was fueled by that – he wanted to deny me as a lesbian, to punish me. At the first trial, the second denial of my identity by the courts and by society was the hardest part. “
(Translated)

C’est une «première historique» selon l’avocat de la victime et les militantes lesbiennes : ce vendredi, la cour d’assises de Paris a condamné un homme à 14 ans de réclusion criminelle pour «viol en raison de l’orientation sexuelle» sur une femme homosexuelle.

En mars 2020, l’agresseur de Jeanne (1) avait été condamné à 15 ans par la cour d’assises de la Seine-Saint-Denis. Sauf que la circonstance aggravante de l’homophobie n’avait pas été retenue. Cette fois, les jurés et les juges ont estimé qu’il s’agissait d’un viol lesbophobe, notamment car l’accusé, âgé de 25 ans, «connaissait dès le début de leur rencontre l’orientation sexuelle» de sa victime.

La reconnaissance du caractère lesbophobe de cette agression «était le plus important pour moi, a réagi Jeanne à l’issue du procès. Le viol était nourri par ça, il voulait me nier en tant que lesbienne, me punir. Au premier procès, j’avais été niée une deuxième fois par la justice, la société, dans mon identité, c’était ça le plus dur.»
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UK: lesbian raped, tells court no consent given because of sexuality

A woman who was allegedly sexually assaulted by a man at a party has said she did not consent to a sex acts with him – as she’s a lesbian.

The woman, who can’t be named for legal reasons, is said to have been abused by Kieran McNally, 23, in front of two of their friends, following the bash in a flat.

McNally denies sexually assaulting her, by engaging in sex acts with her while she was drunk and asleep – and incapable of giving consent.

He is currently on trial at Paisley Sheriff Court, accused of assaulting her at a flat in Linwood, Renfrewshire, on June 24, 2018.

He has lodged a special defence of consent, claiming she was a willing participant in any sexual interaction between them on the day in question.

And on Thursday, when giving evidence about the day in question, she insisted she would not have consented to anything between them due to her sexuality.

When asked by Advocate Joe Barr, defending McNally, about her sexuality, she said she was a lesbian.

Continue reading at: https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/crime/woman-tells-court-not-consent-24200666 (Source)