Italy: lesbian hairdresser refuses to be silent on her harassment

 

October 2020:

“I did everything to make my salon a friendly, open, respectful place. A place where everyone and everyone could freely feel themselves, without prejudice or criticism. Today, however, it is I who cannot feel peace: they left me this sign at the entrance of the shop, as if being a “lesbian” were a reason for insult . Well, it’s not, not in my house,” she added.

“I DON’T WANT TO BE SILENCED ANYMORE”

“But this is not the first time this has happened and in the last few months I have had to suffer other “jokes” and “attacks” and so now I’m tired, I don’t want to be silent anymore. The cameras have filmed everything, I will act accordingly, but this is not the point: if with great commitment, efforts, and sacrifices I have worked to create a safe place in which to do the work I love and make all my customers feel safe regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, why would anyone think they have the right to destroy this safety out of sheer malice? The Capriccio will remain the open and true place it is, I don’t care about anyone’s threats: but it is time for the wrongdoing to result in the relevant legal consequences”.
(Translated)

“Ho fatto di tutto perché il mio salone fosse un luogo amichevole, aperto, rispettoso. Un posto in cui tutti e tutte potessero sentirsi liberamente se stesse, senza mai pregiudizi o critiche. Oggi però sono io che non posso sentirmi tranquilla: mi hanno lasciato questo foglio sull’ingresso del negozio, come se essere una “lesbica” fosse motivo di insulto. Beh, non lo è, non a casa mia” ha aggiunto.

“NON VOGLIO PIU’ TACERE”

“Ma non è la prima volta che succede e negli ultimi mesi ho avuto modo di subire altri “scherzi” e “attacchi” e quindi ora sono stanca, non voglio più tacere. Le telecamere hanno ripreso tutto, io agirò di conseguenza, ma non è questo il punto: se con grande impegno, sforzi, sacrifici io ho lavorato per creare un luogo sicuro in cui fare il lavoro che amo e far sentire tutte le mie clienti a prescindere dal loro orientamento sessuale o dalla identità di genere a casa, perché qualcuno può pensare di avere il diritto di distruggere tutto questo per mera cattiveria? Il Capriccio resterà il luogo aperto e vero che è, non mi importa delle minacce di nessuno: però è tempo che la cattiveria subisca le giuste conseguenze di legge”.
Original)

Continue reading at: https://www.cronacaqui.it/lesbica-m-biglietto-omofobo-parrucchiera-torinese/ (Source)

Colombia: two men arrested for assassination of lesbian

Madeleine Montes Castillo, 48, was killed on September 22 2020 in her business. Two men approached her on a motorcycle and one of them shot her repeatedly, apparently for opposing the illicit sale of narcotics in her area. The victim was transferred to the Reina Catalina Clinic, Baraboa headquarters, where they pronounced her dead.

Three months after the murder, and after the various investigations were completed, last sunday [27 December 2020] the authorities announced the capture of the alleged perpetrators of the crime: the mastermind of her murder, Ángel Fabián Avellaneda Negrete, alias ‘Mello’, owner of “Baraboa Pig”, a business next to Madeleine’s and Emir Rafael Gómez Melo, who allegedly facilitated the transport of the hitmen and helped them escape.

The victim had opposed the sale of narcotics, which lead to an argument with Avellaneda, who apparently hired two hitmen for $10 million to carry out the crime, before they then left the area.
(Translated)

Continue reading at: http://impactonews.co/capturados-por-crimen-de-madeleine-montes-en-baranoa/ (Source)

However, the Caribbean Affirmative organization has asked whether the 48-year-old merchant’s murder “could be related to her sexual orientation, since she openly recognized herself as a lesbian.”

Although the possibility that the murder was the result of extortion has been considered, Wilson Castañeda, director of the organization that defends the rights of the LGBTI community, called for the investigation to determine whether or not this crime constituted another case of gender violence.

Continue reading at: https://www.bluradio.com/blu360/caribe/exigen-determinar-si-asesinato-de-madeleine-montes-fue-por-su-orientacion-sexual (Source)

Cameroon: “When I came out someone threatened to rape the spirit of lesbianism out of me”

By Bandy Kiki

It took moving to the UK for me to realise that homosexuality isn’t and shouldn’t ever be a crime.

Still, because of Cameroon’s attitudes to LGBTQ+ people, I’m not able to go back to my home country – even when I lost my mother to cervical cancer in 2017. We were very close so it felt heart-wrenching not to be able to attend her funeral.

When I publicly came out as a lesbian via social media in 2017, a high profile Cameroonian producer threatened to rape the spirit of lesbianism out of me if I ever set foot in my home country again.

The whole ordeal was traumatic but he wasn’t the only one to send abuse or death threats. Comment after comment seemingly shared the same sentiment – that it’s un-African to be gay – but I couldn’t disagree more.

Continue reading Bandy’s story: https://metro.co.uk/2021/01/19/i-couldnt-come-out-as-a-lesbian-until-i-moved-to-the-uk-13901545/ (source)

New Zealand: 12 years of electroshock therapy for being lesbian

September 2020:

A former trainee nurse has spoken of suffering through 12 years of electroshock therapy and a concoction of drugs, for being gay.

Joan Bellingham, now 68, has spoken at a Royal Commission in New Zealand about her experience during the 1970’s when she first started training as a nurse at the Burwood Hospital in Christchurch.

During her training, at the age of 18, the fact she was gay became a contentious issue for tutors and students, to such an extent that she was moved to another hospital for treatment.

“I was told I needed treatment and was taken to Princess Margaret Hospital that same day, no clothes or anything, and no choice in the matter,” Bellingham told the Royal Commission into Abuse in Care. “I didn’t realise it at the time I’d spend the next 12 or so years there.”

It was to be the end of her nursing career and she would be subjected to sustained abuse including the “excessive” amounts of drugs that she was given daily and the electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) sessions, more than 200 of them, that were given to her without explanation and against her will.

“It felt like razor blades going through my body,” Bellingham said.

Continue reading at: https://gaynation.co/trainee-nurse-suffered-12-years-of-electroshock-therapy-for-being-gay/ (Source)

Equador: cousin and friend raped young lesbian “to cure her”

Image courtesy of Sarah Ward

September 2020:

Two young men allegedly took advantage of a woman’s intoxication to rape her. The Prosecutor’s Office has filed charges against both of them. One of those implicated, Xavier, is the victim’s cousin, someone to whom she trusted her most intimate secrets since they were children. When they were in school, Lily (name protected) told him that she was a lesbian.

She had anxiety and was always down. She attempted suicide several times until, eight months after the rape, she told her parents and they reported him.

The lawyer Johanna Orbe took over the case and indicated that at first it was difficult for them to verify the facts because after so long a medical examinarion of the victim would not indicate any signs of rape.

However, in the defendants’ version, they affirmed that they did have sex with her and admitted that they knew of her sexual orientation. This evidence and the psychological examination of the victim were sufficient for the Prosecutor’s Office to file charges against the two individuals for the crime of rape, last Thursday.
(Translated)

Dos jóvenes habrían aprovechado el estado de embriaguez de una mujer para violarla. La Fiscalía formuló cargos en contra de ambos . Uno de los implicados, Xavier, es primo de la víctima. Alguien a quien ella confiaba sus más íntimos secretos desde que eran niños. Cuando estaban en el colegio, Lily (nombre protegido) le contó que era lesbiana.

Ella tenía ansiedad y siempre estaba decaída. Trató de atentar contra su vida por varias ocasiones hasta que, luego de ocho meses de que sucedió el hecho, les contó a sus padres y ellos lo denunciaron.

La abogada Johanna Orbe se hizo cargo del caso e indicó que al principio se les hizo difícil comprobar la materialidad del hecho porque luego de tanto tiempo no se podía comprobar mediante un examen médico si hubo violación, porque no existirían rasgos en las partes íntimas de la mujer afectada.

Sin embargo, en la versión de los acusados, ellos afirmaron que sí tuvieron relaciones sexuales con ella y admitieron que sabían de su orientación. Esta evidencia y el examen psicológico de la víctima fueron suficientes para que la Fiscalía formulara cargos en contra de los dos individuos por el delito de violación, el pasado jueves.
(Original)

Continue reading at: https://www.extra.ec/noticia/actualidad/primo-habria-violado-mujer-norte-quito-41968.html (Source)

Blackmail and rape: Nigerian lesbian experiences of meeting each other online

Image courtesy of Sarah

Chioma starts chatting with another lesbian, Blessing. She seems nice, reliable, the two young women begin to exchange intimate photos. And finally the day arrives when they will meet. Chioma is on the way to Blessing’s house when a man in military uniform approaches her: he says he is a colleague of Blessing’s father, that he knows she is homosexual and wants to take her to the police station, where they will arrest her and she will be sentenced to 14 years in prison. The threat is very realistic, Chioma is in a panic. She ends up following the stranger to a hotel, where he rapes her.

But the nightmare has only just begun. Two months later the man contacts her again and threatens her: if she does not give him two million naira (almost 4400 euros), he will post her naked photos online and out her as a lesbian. Chioma doesn’t know what to do: she doesn’t have that much money and in any case she can’t live forever under the man’s threats, which obviously will never stop. And so she tells her family everything. She’s not safe now, but at least she doesn’t have to go through everything alone.
(Translated)

Chioma inizia a chattare con un’altra ragazza lesbica, Blessing. Sembra simpatica, affidabile, le due giovani iniziano a scambiarsi foto intime. E finalmente arriva il giorno in cui si conosceranno. Chioma è sulla strada della casa di Blessing quando un uomo in uniforme militare l’avvicina: dice di essere un collega del padre di Blessing, di sapere che è omosessuale e di volerla spogliare per trascinarla al commissariato, dopo l’arresteranno per poi farla condannare a 14 anni di carcere. La minaccia è molto realistica, Chioma è nel panico. Finisce per seguire lo sconosciuto in un albergo, dove lui la violenta.

Ma l’incubo è solo cominciato. Due mesi dopo l’uomo si fa risentire e la minaccia: se non gli dà due milioni di naira (quasi 4400 euro), pubblicherà le sue foto nuda online e la smaschererà in quanto lesbica. Chioma non sa cosa fare: non ha tutti quei soldi e comunque non può vivere per sempre sotto le minacce di quell’uomo, che ovviamente non cesseranno mai. E così racconta tutto alla famiglia. Ora non è al sicuro, ma almeno non deve affrontare tutto da sola.
(Original)

Continue reading at: https://www.ilgrandecolibri.com/ricatti-e-stupri-non-fermano-le-lesbiche-nigeriane-sul-web/ (Source)

Germay: lesbian couple attacked

October 2020:

Pinneberg. Two young women were homophobically insulted by three men after visiting the “Barcode” bar in Pinneberg and were then physically attacked. The district criminal investigation department of Itzehoe is investigating the incident as grievous bodily harm and insult.

The 22 and 28-year-old women from Rellingen were on their way to the train station at around 4 o’clock on Sunday and passed three men at the “Juli Food” snack bar. The men wo mocked them because of their evident same-sex relationship. When the women asked the trio not to, the 28-year-old was held by one of the  perpetrators and kicked in the abdomen, causing her to fall to the ground.
(Translated)

Pinneberg. Zwei junge Frauen sind nach einem Besuch der Pinneberger Kneipe „Barcode“ von drei Männern sexuell beleidigt und dann verprügelt worden. Die Bezirkskriminalinspektion Itzehoe ermittelt wegen einer gefährlichen Körperverletzung und Beleidigung.

Die 22 und 28 Jahre alten Frauen aus Rellingen waren am Sonntag gegen 4 Uhr auf dem Weg zum Bahnhof und passierten auf Höhe des Imbisses „Juli Food“ drei Männer, die sie wegen ihrer offenbar gleichgeschlechtlichen Beziehung verhöhnten. Als die Frauen das Trio aufforderten, dies zu unterlassen, wurde die 28-Jährige von einem der Täter festgehalten und in den Unterleib getreten, sodass sie zu Boden ging.
(Original)

Continue reading at: https://www.abendblatt.de/region/pinneberg/article230651892/Maenner-verpruegeln-lesbisches-Paar-nach-Barbesuch.html (Source)

Video interview of the victims: https://www.rtl.de/cms/brutaler-angriff-in-pinneberg-maenner-schlagen-lesbisches-paar-zusammen-4633780.html

Austria: lesbian politician receives abusive mail

The Austrian politician Faika El-Nagashi and her wife became parents in 2020. However, not everyone likes the fact that a lesbian couple lives openly as a family – the 44-year-old received insulting mail.

Many people sent enthusiastic congratulations when El-Nagashi shared the first photos of herself and baby Younis on her social media channels. But as you can imagine, unfortunately, some begrudge the  44-year-old her family happiness. Faika El-Nagashi received offensive mail after giving an interview to a daily newspaper about her daily life as part of a rainbow family.

“Muslims should adapt and integrate,” it say, although neither El-Nagashi nor her wife are Muslims. The parenthood of the two women is “unnatural” and their little son will certainly be “lesbian too”. Foreigners should also please “respect our laws”. The 44-year-old writes: “Incidentally, this is not the first time that I have received mail from this person. Or hate messages that address and attack me as a woman, lesbian, Muslim, migrant and woman of color.”
(Translated)

Die österreichische Politikerin Faika El-Nagashi und ihre Frau sind 2020 Eltern geworden. Dass ein lesbisches Paar offen als Familie lebt, gefällt jedoch nicht jedem – die 44-Jährige erhielt beleidigende Post.

Viele Menschen schickten begeisterte Glückwünsche, als El-Nagashi erste Fotos von sich und dem kleinen Younis auf ihren Social-Media-Kanälen teilte. Aber wie man sich, leider, fast schon denken kann: Das Familienglück gönnt der 44-Jährigen nicht jeder. Nachdem sie einer Tageszeitung ein Interview über ihren Alltag als Teil einer Regenbogen-Familie gab, erhielt Faika El-Nagashi beleidigende Post.

“Muslime sollen sich anpassen und integrieren”, steht da – obwohl weder El-Nagashi noch ihre Frau Muslime sind. Die Elternschaft der beiden Frauen sei “unnatürlich” und ihr kleiner Sohn werde sicher “auch lesbisch”. Ausländer sollten sich zudem bitte “an unsere Gesetze halten”. Die 44-Jährige schreibt dazu: “Das ist übrigens nicht das erste Mal, dass ich von dieser Person Post bekomme. Oder Hassnachrichten, die mich als Frau, Lesbe, Muslimin, Migrantin und Woman of Color adressieren und deswegen angreifen.”
(Original)

Continue reading at: https://www.stern.de/familie/leben/lesbisches-elternpaar-erhaelt-drohungen-und-beschimpfungen-per-post-30000370.html (Source)

Italy: lesbian couple attacked by neighbours

September 2020:

A 20-second video captures the assault – one woman is on the ground and her attacker kicks her in the head. She and her girlfriend are 22 and 29 years old. They have been living together for three years in one of the Atc apartments in via Adamello in Novara, a difficult neighborhood. They were attacked by two neighbours because they are lesbians. Their lawyer Maurizio Antoniazzi presented their complaint to the prosecutor’s office yesterday. “We ask that a charge of attempted murder is considered”, explains the lawyer, as the kick to the head could have killed the victim. The woman, the younger of the two, was hospitalized and then discharged with a thirty-day recovery prognosis for a broken nose and a fractured orbit.
(Translated)

Un video di 20 secondi riprende l’aggressione. La ragazza è a terra e il suo aggressore la colpisce con un calcio in testa. Lei le la sua fidanzata hanno 22 e 29 anni, convivono insieme da tre anni in uno degli appartamenti Atc di via Adamello a Novara, un quartiere complicato. Sono state aggredite perché sono lesbische da due vicini di casa. La loro denuncia è arrivata in procura ieri, presentata dal loro legale, l’avvocato Maurizio Antoniazzi. “Chiediamo di valutare l’ipotesi di tentato omicidio”, spiega il legale. Il calcio ricevuto in testa poteva uccidere. E la donna, la più giovane, comunque, è stata ricoverata in ospedale e poi dimessa con trenta giorni di prognosi, il naso rotto e una frattura di un’orbita.
(Original)

 

Continue reading at: https://torino.repubblica.it/cronaca/2020/09/18/news/novara_lesbiche_aggredite-267701654/ (Source)

Chile: lesbian prevented entry into supermarket for gender non conformity

At 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, a young woman tried to enter a supermarket in the Santiago Centro district. It was a weekend with (COVID) restrictions, but she and her partner went with all their papers in order. However, “the guard started looking at me strangely. He asked me for my license and when he looked at it he told me that I could not enter the premises ”, she said.

The guard, in addition to preventing her entry, treated her at all times as a “gentleman” because she was dressed in “masculine” clothes, although on multiple occasions she pointed out that she was a woman. In addition to this, a client verbally assaulted her for the same reason, saying that “if I was a woman I had to dress as a woman.” None of the guards or people present defended her.

In front of the entire supermarket and while the couple asked the customer not to get involved, he said: “Do you think that just because you are a woman I can’t hit you?”
(Translated)

A las 15:30 horas del día domingo, una joven intentó ingresar a un supermercado en la comuna de Santiago Centro. Era fin de semana con restricciones sanitarias, pero ella y su pareja, iban con todos sus papeles en regla. Sin embargo, “el guardia me empezó a mirar extraño. Me pidió mi carnet y al mirarlo me dijo que no podía ingresar al local”, dijo.

El guardia, además de impedir su ingreso, la trató en todo momento de “caballero” por estar vestida con ropas “masculinas”, aunque en múltiples ocasiones se le señaló que era mujer. Sumado a esto, un cliente la agredió verbalmente por el mismo motivo, diciendo que “si yo era mujer me tenía que vestir de mujer”. Ninguno de los guardias o personas presentes la defendió.

En frente de todo el supermercado y mientras la pareja le pedía al cliente que no se involucrara, este le dijo: “¿Crees que porque eres mujer no te puedo pegar?’”, recordó la afectada.
(Original)

Continue reading at: https://www.elmostrador.cl/braga/2021/01/14/discriminacion-lesbofobica-guardia-de-supermercado-impidio-el-ingreso-de-mujer-por-su-orientacion-sexual-y-expresion-de-genero/ (Source)

Chile: lesbian couple harassed

September 2020:

A young lesbian couple in Puerto Natales is experiencing serious and constant episodes of discrimination in a situation that was denounced and repudiated by the Movement for Homosexual Integration and Liberation (Movilh).

The couple said that for a few months they have been harassed because of their sexual orientation by strangers, with the abuse occurring outside their workplace.

They explained that on one occasion  that someone had “loosened the nut of the hydraulic fluid [in their car] – thank goodness it was not the brakes otherwise it would have perhaps been so much worse.”

Another time, the phrase “when is the threesome?” appeared on their windscreen. At that point we felt awful and we wanted to leave but we couldn’t since we need the job to pay our rent and bills,” said one of the victims.
(Translated)

Graves y constantes episodios de discriminación está viviendo una joven pareja lésbica en Puerto Natales, situación que fue denunciada y repudiada por el Movimiento de Integración y Liberación Homosexual (Movilh).

La pareja precisó que desde hace unos meses viene siendo hostigada en razón de su orientación sexual por desconocidos, ocurriendo los abusos en las afueras de su trabajo.

Explicaron que en una oportunidad al automóvil de ambas le “soltaron la tuerca del líquido hidráulico, menos mal no fue el de freno si no quizás hubiese pasado a mayor”.

En otro momento, su parabrisas apareció con la frase “¿para cuándo el trío?”. “En ese momento nos sentimos súper mal, nos queríamos ir pero no podíamos ya que necesitamos el trabajo para pagar nuestro arriendo y cosas”, señaló una de las afectadas.
(Original)

Continue reading at: https://radiopolar.com/noticia_160068.html (Source)

Spain: lesbian journalist attacked at home

A few days ago, on December 13 [2020], the journalist Irantzu Varela suffered a lesbophobic attack at the hands of some neighbors  This is how it was explained by Pikara Magazine, the media outlet at which she works: “They were annoyed with Varela for having left some cardboard to recycle next to the door of her apartment. At night, the couple rang her doorbell and entered her house showing their anger and throwing various objects in the journalists house to the ground.

In addition to punching her several times in the face, they called her a “fucking lesbian,” “degenerate,” and “tomboy.” Varela denounced the attack on the Ertzaintza. However, it is not the first time that she has had to do this: as a feminist activist, she has been subjected to harassment and abuse on social media for years. Beyond social media and in the premises shared with the editorial staff of Pikara Magazine, she has also dealt with fascist graffiti repeatedly in the last year.
(Translated)

Hace algunos días, el 13 de diciembre, la periodista Irantzu Varela sufrió una agresión lesbófoba por parte de unos vecinos. Así lo explicaban desde Pikara Magazine, medio de comunicación del que es colaboradora: «Estaban molestos con Varela por haber dejado unos cartones para reciclar junto a la puerta del piso de esta. Por la noche, la pareja llamó a su timbre y entraron en su casa mostrando su enfado y tirando al suelo varios objetos de la casa de la comunicadora».

Además de propinarle varios puñetazos en la cara, le llamaron «lesbiana de mierda», «degenerada» y «marimacho». Varela denunció la agresión a la Ertzaintza. Sin embargo, no es la primera vez que lo hace: como activista feminista, lleva años recibiendo acoso y violencia en redes sociales. Fuera de ellas, y en el local que compartía con la redacción de Pikara Magazine, también ha lidiado con pintadas fascistas, episodios que se han ido repitiendo desde el año pasado.
(Original)

Continue reading at: https://www.lamarea.com/2020/12/21/la-agresion-a-irantzu-varela-es-el-colmo-mujeres-con-presencia-publica-piden-que-la-violencia-que-sufren-se-considere-tortura/ (Source)

Chilean lesbicide: lesbian stabbed after ongoing harassment

In the early morning hours of Sunday, August 9 [2020], Cynthia Leslie Velásquez was stabbed after intervening in an argument and defending a girl from a man who was trying to sexually assault her. Chico Leslie – as she called herself and was known in her neighborhood – was a lesbian and died a few hours after the attack, in a hospital in Santiago, with a punctured lung.

So far nobody has been arrested in relation to her stabbing but several witnesses and close friends have pointed to a man known in the community as “El guatón Iván”. Paola says that Leslie had already experienced ongoing problems with him and that when he saw her on the street “he would yell things at her, her appearance, what she was like and that how she looked bothered him”.

Paola states that during the party Iván Poblete tried to assault another young woman and Leslie saw him. “I don’t know the details but I know that after things calmed down, the guy took advantage of the fact that she was not paying attention and attacked her from behind, stabbing her several times. After that, he and another person dragged her from the house and into the street, bleeding and unconscious. Someone asked for help and a group of Haitians arrived, who helped take her to the hospital. They filed a complaint with the Carabineros, but so far nothing has been known about the aggressor and there is still no arrest warrant against him”.
(Tanslated)

La madrugada del domingo 9 de agosto, Cynthia Leslie Velásquez fue apuñalada después de intervenir en una discusión y defender a una chica de un hombre que intentaba atacarla sexualmente. Chico Leslie -como escogió nombrarse y como la conocían en su barrio- era lesbiana y murió a las pocas horas del ataque, en un hospital de Santiago. Tenía uno de sus pulmones totalmente perforado.

Hasta ahora no hay detenidos por el caso, pero varios testigos y cercanos señalan a un hombre conocido en la comunidad como “El guatón Iván”. Paola dice que Leslie ya había tenido algunos problemas previos con él y que cuando la veía en la calle “le gritaba cosas, le molestaba su aspecto, como era ella y cómo se veía”.

La información que Paola maneja es que durante la fiesta Iván Poblete trató de abusar de otra joven y Leslie lo vio: “Desconozco en detalle cómo fue, pero sé que cuando se calmaron las cosas, el tipo aprovechó que se descuidó y la atacó por la espalda, con varias puñaladas. Luego de eso, él y otra persona la arrastraron desde la casa donde estaba hasta la calle, sangrando e inconsciente. Alguien pidió ayuda y llegó un grupo de haitianos, quienes ayudaron a llevarla al hospital. Ellos hicieron la denuncia ante Carabineros, pero hasta ahora no se sabe nada del agresor y aún no hay orden de detención en su contra”.
(Original)

Continue reading at: https://agenciapresentes.org/2020/08/13/asesinaron-a-punaladas-a-una-joven-lesbiana-en-santiago-denuncian-lesbicidio/ (Source)

Public statement on the lesbicide of Lesie Velásquez: https://www.docdroid.net/2oOeRcJ/comunicacion-publica-por-lesbicidio-de-leslie-pdf

Ghana: military lesbian couple to be court martialed for wedding

September 2020:

A Ghanaian military lesbian couple who got married last weekend made headlines and ignited the web. The couple had even been detained and summoned to court martial.

In videos shared online before their arrest, the two looked happy as they danced together as their guests congratulated them.

The event led to mixed opinions on social media, as many questioned why such an “ungodly and abominable” event would be allowed in this West African country.
(Translated)

Un couple de lesbiennes militaires ghanéennes qui s’est marié le week-end dernier a fait la Une des médias et enflammé la toile. Le couple avait même été détenu et convoqué devant une cour martiale.

Dans les vidéos partagées en ligne avant leur arrestation, les deux femmes avaient l’air heureuses alors qu’elles dansaient ensemble pendant que leurs invités les félicitaient.

L’événement a conduit à des opinions partagées sur les médias sociaux, car beaucoup ont demandé pourquoi un tel événement “impie et abominable” serait autorisé dans ce pays d’Afrique de l’Ouest.
(Original)

Continue reading at: https://www.afrikmag.com/ghana-un-couple-de-lesbiennes-militaires-detenu-apres-leur-mariage-et-convoque-devant-une-cour-martiale-video/ (Source)

South Korea: AI chatbot pulled after it started ‘hating’ lesbians

Lee Luda, a South Korean AI chatbot, has been pulled from Facebook after started saying it “really hated” lesbians because they’re “creepy”.

The chatbot was incredibly popular, according to The Guardian, attracting 750,000 users in its first 20 days since its launch on 23 December, 2020. But it has now been suspended after it started attacking minorities.

Lee Luda was developed by the Seoul-based Scatter Lab, and takes the form of a 20-year-old female university student who is able to chat with users through Facebook messenger.

The startup developed her natural-sounding responses by analysing 10 billion real conversations between couples on the messaging app KakaoTalk.

But because it “learned” from humans, Lee Luda began spewing homophobic, ableist and racist hate.

Scatter Lab said in a statement that the chatbot would be taken down until its “weaknesses” had been fixed, and added: “We deeply apologise for the discriminatory remarks against minorities.

“That does not reflect the thoughts of our company and we are continuing the upgrades so that such words of discrimination or hate speech do not recur.

It continued: “Lee Luda is a childlike AI that has just started talking with people. There is still a lot to learn.”

However, some have said that the hate speech is not simply an AI problem, and that it points to larger issues in South Korean society.

Continue reading: https://10ztalk.com/2021/01/14/ai-chatbot-pulled-after-it-started-hating-lesbians-and-black-people/ (source)

U.S: Teacher condemns former student’s same-sex relationship

A Tennessee teacher has sparked outrage for sending a message to a former student ripping the young woman’s same-sex relationship as a “sin” and “not what God” had planned for her.

Hannah Kelley, of Chattanooga, shared a screenshot Saturday on Facebook of the “random message” from her former teacher at Red Bank High School whom she identified as Erika Perry.

“I was not close with Mrs. Perry in high school,” Kelley, who graduated four years ago, recalled in the post. “So this came out of nowhere. This is absolutely mind blowing and I’m absolutely baffled.”

The message from Kelley’s former teacher noted her recent one-year anniversary with her fiancé, Casey Stewart. The pair got engaged last month — years after Kelley attended the school – but Perry seemingly felt it was her place to chime in on the forthcoming same-sex marriage, Kelley said.

“I know that you want love, but woman to woman should only be a friendly love and not a sexual one,” Perry’s message read, a screenshot shows. “I realize that you may be upset with me, but true love will not sit idly by or not call out a grave sin that has taken over a loved one.”

Continue reading: https://nypost.com/2021/01/12/teacher-slammed-for-condemning-ex-students-same-sex-relationship/ (Source)

Brazil: evangelical pastor convicted of corrective rape of a young lesbian teenager

September 2020:

The Criminal Court of Recanto das Emas, in the Federal District, sentenced evangelical priest João Batista dos Santos to 20 years and 6 months in prison for the rape of a 13-year-old teenager.

The MPDFT (Public Ministry of the Federal District and Territories) advsed that the religious leader’s sentence took into account the authority he exercised over the victim and also recognised the repeated nature of the crime, which occurred at least three times.

In this case in which the priest was convicted of rape of a vulnerable person, it appears that João Batista met the victim in 2017, and the girl talked to the religious leader about her sexual orientation.

According to the MPDFT case, before the abuses occurred the priest said that he loved the girl and would marry her. After the girl commented on being a lesbian, he proposed to use an oil to anoint her body, saying that it was a form of “gay cure”.
(Translated)

O juízo da Vara Criminal do Recanto das Emas, no Distrito Federal, condenou o bispo evangélico João Batista dos Santos a 20 anos e 6 meses de reclusão pelo estupro de uma adolescente 13 anos.

A pena do líder religioso levou em consideração a autoridade que ele exercia sobre a vítima e também o reconhecimento da ocorrência continuada do crime — por pelo menos três vezes —, informou o MPDFT (Ministério Público do Distrito Federal e Territórios).

Nos autos do processo em que o bispo foi condenado por estupro de vulnerável, consta que João Batista conheceu a vítima em 2017, sendo que a menina teria conversado com o líder religioso sobre sua orientação sexual.

De acordo com a denúncia do MPDFT, antes dos abusos o bispo falava que amava a garota e que iria casar com ela. Depois de a menina comentar sobre ser lésbica, ele propôs passar um óleo para ungir seu corpo, argumentando ser uma forma de “cura gay”.
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Continue reading at: https://www.pragmatismopolitico.com.br/2020/09/bispo-evangelico-que-estuprou-adolescente-e-condenado-a-20-anos-de-prisao.html (Source)

Germany: post war experiences of lesbian mothers

The experiences of lesbian mothers in West Germany in the post-war period is the subject of a research report that was presented in Mainz today. With the help of contemporary witnesses, the historian Kirsten Plötz examined the forms of repression faced by mothers who who eventually divorced and loved woman. “From the 1950s until well into the 90s, it was common practice to take children away from mothers if they had lesbian relationships,” said Plötz.

The research project of the Institute for Contemporary History Munich-Berlin with the Federal Magnus Hirschfeld Foundation follows a first study that was presented in 2017 under the title “Persecution and Discrimination of Homosexuality in Rhineland-Palatinate”.
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Das Schicksal lesbischer Mütter in Westdeutschland in der Nachkriegszeit ist Thema eines Forschungsberichts, der heute in Mainz vorgestellt wird. Mit Hilfe von Zeitzeuginnen untersuchte die Historikerin Kirsten Plötz die Formen der Repression, denen Mütter ausgesetzt waren, die eine Frau liebten und sich schließlich scheiden ließen. «Von den 1950er Jahren bis weit in die 90er Jahre hinein war es übliche Praxis, Müttern die Kinder zu entziehen, wenn sie lesbische Beziehungen hatten», sagte Plötz.

Das Forschungsprojekt des Instituts für Zeitgeschichte München-Berlin mit der Bundesstiftung Magnus Hirschfeld folgt einer ersten Studie, die 2017 unter dem Titel «Verfolgung und Diskriminierung von Homosexualität in Rheinland-Pfalz» vorgelegt wurde.
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Continue reading at: https://www.welt.de/regionales/rheinland-pfalz-saarland/article224330874/Historikerin-stellt-Studie-ueber-lesbische-Muetter-vor.html (Source)

The research project website: Lesbian mothers and custody

Mexico: feminist groups demand justice for a victim of anti-lesbian sexual violence

September 2020:

After a 23-year old woman was sexually assaulted in her own home in the city of Cancun, feminist groups classified the act as a lesbophobic crime due to the victim’s sexual orientation.

According to the police report, the victim’s partner went shopping at a store, and upon returning found her unconscious in the bathroom and bleeding.

The feminists explained that Fabiola had filed other complaints for sexual violence, leading to their complaint that the authorities did not properly apply the security protocols and that protection measures did not prevent the repetition of the attacks against her.
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Continue reading at: https://www.poresto.net/quintana-roo/2020/9/9/colectivos-feministas-exigen-esclarecer-caso-de-abuso-sexual-de-una-mujer-en-cancun-8679.html (Source)

Chechnya: lesbian alleges police inaction on torture report

September 2020:

The Chechen Ministry of Internal Affairs did not initiate a case after the statement of Chechen woman Aminat Lorsanova about her torture because of her sexual orientation, reports Mediazona.

The lesbian from Chechnya complained to the Prosecutor General’s Office about the inaction of the TFR in January 2020. Aminat Lorsanova demanded to open a criminal case of torture, in which she accused her parents, a family friend and the staff of the borderline clinic. According to the victim, upon learning that she was lesbian, all these people tried to “drive the genie out of her.”

The victim said that in 2018 she was twice placed in psychiatric hospitals, where she was beaten and tortured, an acquaintance of her parents who visited her in the clinic also read verses from the Koran at the same time, and her father forcibly injected her with tranquilizers, sealed her mouth, put handcuffs on her and put her to sleep. In April 2019, the girl fled Russia; in January 2020 she filed a complaint with the police, and a month later she complained to the Prosecutor General’s Office about the inaction of the police.
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МВД Чечни не стало возбуждать дело после заявления чеченки Аминат Лорсановой о пытках из-за её сексуальной ориентации, сообщает «Медиазона».

Лесбиянка из Чечни пожаловалась в Генпрокуратуру на бездействие СКРАминат Лорсанова в январе 2020 года потребовала возбудить уголовное дело о пытках, в которых обвинила своих родителей, знакомого семьи и персонал клиники пограничных состояний. По словам девушки, узнав о том, что она гомосексуальна, все эти люди пытались «изгнать из неё джинна».

Девушка рассказала, что в 2018 году её дважды помещали в психиатрические стационары, где её избивали и пытали, знакомый родителей, навестивший её в клинике, ещё и читал при этом стихи из Корана, а отец насильно колол ей транквилизаторы, заклеивал рот, надевал наручники и заставлял спать. В апреле 2019 года девушка сбежала из России, в январе 2020 года подала заявление в полицию, а спустя месяц пожаловалась в Генпрокуратуру на бездействие полицейских.
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Continue reading at: https://stav.aif.ru/society/law/mvd_ne_vozbudilo_delo_po_zayavleniyu_chechenki_o_pytkah_iz-za_gomoseksualnosti (Source)