Arizona Supreme Court considers rights of lesbian parents

PHOENIX — The Arizona Supreme Court will decide whether the same-sex spouse of a gay woman who has given birth is entitled to the same parental presumptions and rights as if she were a man.In a brief order, the justices said they want to review claims that state laws governing who is legally presumed to be the parent of a child apply only when that other person is male, arguments rejected by the state Court of Appeals.

Continue reading at: Supreme Court considers gay-rights case | News | paysonroundup.com (Source)

London’s highest ranking police officer comes out

London’s highest ranking police officer revealed she is in a same-sex relationship.  In February the queen appointed Cressida Dick to become the new Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, London’s police force.  She is the first woman to hold the rank since it was created in 1829.  Now she has also become the first out LGBTI person to hold the rank.  Her partner Helen is also a police officer.

Continue reading at: London’s highest ranking police officer quietly comes out (Source)

Grand Canyon National Park’s first openly lesbian superintendent visits Boulder at Conference on World Affairs

The first openly lesbian superintendent of Grand Canyon National Park, Chris Lehnertz, came to CU Boulder on Friday. She talked about the future of the National Park Service and her role in fixing ongoing sexual harassment issues in the organization.

Moderated by Lori Bergen, founding dean of CU’s College of Media, Communication and Information, Lehnertz’s talk, titled “An Insider’s Scoop on America’s National Parks,” was part of this year’s Conference on World Affairs at CU.During the event, Lehnertz talked about park management, outreach and diversity efforts. She spoke openly about a sexual harassment scandal between park employees that came to light shortly before she was hired. The ensuing investigation uncovered a pattern of sexual harassment going back 15 years. In the wake of that investigation, Lehnertz’s main goal as superintendent is “to build a respectful and inclusive workplace.”

Continue reading at: Grand Canyon National Park’s first openly lesbian superintendent visits Boulder at Conference on World Affairs (Source)

West Virginia county clerks sued for harassing and mistreating lesbian couple

Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the LGBTQ organization Fairness West Virginia have filed a lawsuit against Gilmer County (W.V.) officials on behalf of a same-sex couple who was harassed and mistreated by a county clerk who voiced her religious objections to issuing the two women a marriage license.High school sweethearts Amanda Abramovich and Samantha Brookover went to the Gilmer County Clerk’s Office on Feb. 3, 2016, to obtain a marriage license. But Deputy Clerk Debbie Allen insulted and ranted at the couple, calling them an “abomination” to God.

Continue reading at: West Virginia county clerks sued for harassing and mistreating lesbian couple – Metro Weekly (Source)

Italy: Court rules lesbian can visit the twins she helped to raise

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A court in Palermo has given a lesbian visitation rights to the children of her estranged partner, the biological mother of the eight-year-old twins.

Continue reading at: Court rules lesbian can visit the twins she helped to raise | World | The Times & The Sunday Times (Source)

Muslim lesbian couple defy death threats to tie the knot in civil ceremony

Two former Birmingham students have defied death threats to make legal history by becoming the first Muslim lesbian couple to get married in a civil ceremony in the UK. Rehana Kausar, 34, and Sobia Kamar, 29, from Pakistan, tied the knot at a registration office in front of their solicitors and two Pakistani friends earlier this month.

Continue reading at: Muslim lesbian couple defy death threats to tie the knot in civil ceremony – Birmingham Mail (Source)

Challenging lesbophobia: A lesbian love story staged at National School of Drama India

The faculty members and students at NSD appreciated the actors for their performances. Talking about the bold scenes in the play, Neha Singh, one of the actors, said, “I can’t say we are fearless. Even now, before performing our play in small towns, we are sometimes afraid that people might not like the play as it is too bold. But we have never censored our play.” She added, “Lesbian love remains one of the taboos on stage. There have been lesbian characters in plays, but not as central characters. In the case of queer plays, there are more gay characters than lesbians.”

Continue reading at: A lesbian love story staged at National School of Drama (Source)

Lesbian ex-administrator at U of Iowa begins trial claiming discrimination and bias

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DES MOINES, Iowa — The former associate athletic director at the University of Iowa will square off against the school in a trial Monday that centers on her claim that she suffered discrimination as a gay female who fought bias in college sports.

Continue reading at: Ex-official’s trial to focus on bias claims against Iowa AD – StarTribune.com (Source)

Scottish man who threatened the lives of his lesbian niece and her girlfriend sentenced to 60 hours of unpaid work 

Pratt also sent the two women a message which included their home address, and another in which he said he couldn’t wait to “ruin” their Christmas.

He then began phoning the couple, leaving a number of voicemails, including one where he said “you’re dead”.

Continue reading at: Man threatened the lives of his lesbian niece and her girlfriend in homophobic attack · PinkNews (Source)

Melbourne Area: Encounter seeks lesbian voices for professional development series (Update)

In a previous article, Encounter the LGBTI Community: Professional development that excludes lesbian voices, we questioned the lack of lesbian voices for an LGBTI professional development course being held in Melbourne in May.  After all comments from people asking why lesbian voices were left off the panel were erased from the organization’s Facebook page, Encounter later responded:

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According to Encounter, if you, or someone you know, is interested in representing a lesbian voice for professional development, you can call them to discuss your involvement.  Their number is 1300 38 50 20.  They also have an online form.

Encounter the LGBTI Community: Professional development that excludes lesbian voices

Encounter, an organization that provides, “professional development training in LGBTI issues and culture in Australia,” has announced it’s lineup of speakers for the May 29-30 Encounter Course in Melbourne.  According to the organizations website, this introductory course, “covers the ten most common myths surrounding the LGBTI community and sets the record straight by presenting the latest research and lived experience.”  The description goes on to say, “we look at the common issues in the LGBTI community, with a special emphasis on the ‘coming out’ journey'”

Unfortunately, this important professional development course will feature no lesbians, as according to their Facebook page, “we have two on our team, but both have had to pull out.”

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If this series is so, “essential for those working with LGBTI clients, employing LGBTI people or simply those wanting to gain a better understanding of the journey of a person they care for,” why were they unable to find a single lesbian on the east coast of Australia who could share her experience as a lesbian?

Without the “L” represented as the title proclaims, this organization is at the very least being disingenuous and at most, erasing lesbian lived experience and lesbian voice from the community it claims to represent.

After several people voiced concerns that there was no lesbian representation in their course, the Facebook page moderators removed all questions and comments related to this matter.

Source: Encounter the LGBTI Community | Professional development training in LGBTI issues and culture

The best decision I’ve ever made? Coming out at 65

From the time I was a teenager, I was attracted to women, but it was difficult back then to even think about my sexuality. I was born 71 years ago, when the social and cultural repression around homosexuality was at its peak in the US. As a young adult I had several intense friendships – crushes really – on women, including one that was loving, sensual and addictive. However, the idea that it could ever be sexual didn’t occur to me. My sister remembers me saying, a few years later, that I found relationships with my women friends difficult – the feelings were just that strong. Because I didn’t know what to do with them, there was a lot of internal conflict.

Continue reading at: The best decision I’ve ever made? Coming out at 65 | Opinion | The Guardian (Source)

No action taken against principal who outed ‘lesbian’ pupils

It appears that the principal accused of the homophobic abuse of 38 high school pupils in the Eastern Cape will not face any disciplinary action.

It was reported last month that Principal Nomampondomise Kosani of Ulwazi High School ‘outed’ the girls, aged 14 to 18, as lesbians to their parents, guardians and teachers after two female pupils were found kissing in the toilets. The humiliated girls were allegedly subjected to insults and were told to ‘stop’ being gay’.  Some of the parents reacted with anger and said they were prepared to use violence to ‘make their children straight’.

Continue reading at: No action taken against principal who outed ‘lesbian’ pupils – MambaOnline – Gay South Africa online (Source)

$500 Million Lawsuit Filed Against Man Who Brutally Raped, Shot, Young Lesbian Couple

The man who brutally assaulted a teenage lesbian couple in Texas is being sued for $500 million by the survivor of his horrible attack.

 David Strickland was convicted in September of raping and shooting Mary Kristene Chapa, 18, and her girlfriend, 19-year-old Mollie Olgin, in a park near Corpus Christi in 2012. Olgin died at the scene, while Chapa, who was shot in the head, survived.

 

Continue reading at: $500 Million Lawsuit Filed Against Man Who Brutally Raped, Shot, Young Lesbian Couple | NewNowNext (Source)

Corrective Rape Culture: Rugby player sexually assaulted teenage lesbian after saying he was the ‘only one who could turn her straight’

Innes Frazer, 30, who is engaged to be married, confessed to describing the vulnerable 18-year-old autism sufferer to others as “my favourite lesbian”.

Continue reading at: Rugby player sexually assaulted teenage lesbian after saying he was the ‘only one who could turn her straight’ (Source)

Toronto: Anonymous letter sent to lesbian politician threatening attack on pride parade

A letter has been sent to an out politician in Canada threatening an attack on a Pride parade.

The letter was sent to Kristyn Wong-Tam, an openly gay politician who sits on Toronto City Council, as the city marked a day against homophobic bullying on Wednesday.

Continue reading at: Anonymous letter sent to gay politician threatening attack on ‘faggot’ pride parade · PinkNews (Source)

Scotland: 18-year old disabled lesbian sexually assaulted by groom-to-be at Ardrossan rugby club party

A DISABLED lesbian has told a court she was physically sick after being sexually assaulted by a groom-to-be in a storage container at a rugby club Christmas party.

The 18-year-old, who is autistic and dyslexic, said she ran to the toilet and vomited after being groped by Innes Frazer.

Continue reading at: Disabled lesbian ‘sexually assaulted by groom-to-be in storage container’ at Ardrossan rugby club Christmas party (Source)

Australia: Victoria offers creative grants to fight homophobia, lesbian voices needed

THE Victorian government is offering grants for creative projects to combat homophobia.

 The $300,000 Combatting Homophobia social impact program, part of the government’s Creative State strategy, will enable creative projects to make a positive impact in the community.

 

Continue reading at: Victoria offers creative grants to fight homophobia – Star Observer (Source)

South Africa: Threats to decapitate lesbians as murder suspects released in death of Nonki Smous


According to activists on the ground, three men have been arrested in connection with the murder, with two subsequently released. It is believed that one man remains in custody.

Shockingly, it appears that he has only been charged with robbery after being found in possession of items belonging to Smous.

Mambaonline has as yet been unable to communicate with the authorities in the area and officially verify these reports.pain-for-Nonkis-family-as-suspects-released

Local LGBTI activist Nthabiseng Mokanyane, who is also a relative of Smous, told Mambaonline that one of the released suspects had allegedly threatened a member of the community. “He said that they are going to kill all the lesbians and take off their heads,” she said.

Continue reading at: Lesbian South Africa Lifestyle | News | Dating (Source)

ACLU backs Georgia woman fired for being lesbian

The ACLU of Georgia argued that federal law protects LGBT people from workplace discrimination, weighing in on the case of a Georgia lesbian fired for being gay.

Continue reading at: ACLU backs Georgia woman fired for being gay — Project Q Atlanta (Source)