U.S: Two lesbians were the first “out” people to be elected to office, rather than Harvey Milk

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Yes, this is a picture of the first out gay person elected to a major political office.

It is a photo of Elaine Noble, elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in November, 1974, three years before Milk was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, and, actually, she was the second out elected official.

The first was 21-year-old Kathy Kozachenko elected to the Ann Arbor, Michigan, City Council in April, 1974. Prior to her election, council members Nancy Wechsler and Jerry DeGrieck had come out in office and convinced the majority of the council to vote to add “sexual orientation” to Ann Arbor’s antidiscrimination ordinance.

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When a lesbian dies: the search for justice for Nicole Saavedra and DJ Anna Cook

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We talk about lesbicide when a lesbian is killed for being so. In our society, loving a woman as a woman is one of the greatest insults to masculinity shown by corrective sexual harassment, rapes that serve as a “warning”, and coexistence with mandatory heterosexuality that repeatedly urges you to stay in the closet. Visibility is the political point that links them: Nicole and Anna were visible lesbians, and they pose the question: did they die because they were lesbians?

Francisca Millán is a lawyer specialising in human rights and gender. Partner of the AML study, which is dedicated exclusively to the defence of women in cases involving gender violence. Her project offers a feminist perspective to realise the right of access to justice. Millán affirms that women are violated in the Chilean legal system. In this scenario, being a lesbian is a direct and very specific affront.

“Lesbianism, from hegemonic masculinity, is a resistance to the social order, because I do not submit to heteropatriarchal logic, I am out of it, and I am not willing to occupy that role,” Millán explains.

Crimes that directly affect lesbians for being lesbian are lesbicide (murder of a lesbian)  and corrective rape (rape of a lesbian in order to “correct her”). They do not exist as such in the Chilean penal code, but, according to Millán, mixing the base crimes with the Zamudio Law, they can be put forward as hate crimes.

“Crimes of this nature express a lot of power, and show that there is an exercise of subjugation with respect to others. That is quite common in the case of lesbians: what more obvious way to subjugate a woman who is a lesbian than to force her to practice oral sex, ”says the lawyer.

Carmina Vásquez is a lawyer. She is part of the Lesbofeminist Network, an articulator of organizations whose purpose is to form support networks for lesbians. Their venture, Chueca Bar, will open soon – a lesbian bar that wants to be a safe space within a very hostile city.

“This has been a tough year. There is the case of Carolina Torres (beaten in Pudahuel), we recently learned about violent girls in the Forest Park. That scares you, it happens at five in the afternoon, and it happens in the places where we meet,” she explains. For her, there is a social punishment for being a lesbian, coupled with being a woman. “These crimes of lesbo-hate go hand in hand with sexual issues under the premise of the “I am going to teach you” type. We talk about corrective violations, which also target a specific type of lesbian: the truck [butch], who defies heteronormal roles”, she says.

The first recorded and investigated lesophobia crime is that of Mónica Briones, beaten to death in one of the corners of Plaza Italia in 1984. The case accelerated the formation of the first lesbian feminist collective in Chile, Ayuquelén, which existed for 15 years.

“In the year 84, when they killed Monica, it lead to our broad understanding of what happened to us all, the discrimination we were living. But there is no current reflection on hate crimes as they are understood today, ”says Cecilia Riquelme, one of its founders, who last Saturday October 12 participated in the Day of Lesbian Rebellion, in Valparaíso.(Translated)

Hablamos de lesbicidio cuando se mata a una lesbiana por serlo. En nuestra sociedad, amar a una mujer, siendo mujer, es una de las afrentas que más hiere a la masculinidad. Desde un acoso sexual correctivo, hasta violaciones que sirven de “advertencia”, y la convivencia con la heterosexualidad obligatoria que, muchas veces, te insta a permanecer en “el clóset”. De ahí que la visibilidad sea la herramienta política que las vincula: Nicole y Anna eran lesbianas “visibles”, y plantean la pregunta: ¿murieron por ser lesbianas?

Francisca Millán es abogada especializada en DD.HH. y género. Socia del estudio AML, que se dedica exclusivamente a la defensa de mujeres en causas que involucran violencia de género. Su proyecto ofrece una perspectiva feminista para materializar el derecho del acceso a la justicia. Millán afirma que las mujeres son vulneradas en el sistema legal chileno. En este escenario, ser lesbiana es una afrenta directa y muy específica.

“El lesbianismo, desde la masculinidad hegemónica, es una revelación al orden social, porque yo no me someto a las lógicas heteropatriarcales, estoy por fuera de ello, y no estoy dispuesta a ocupar esos roles”, explica Millán.

Delitos que afectarían directamente a lesbianas por el hecho de serlo sería el lesbicidio, el asesinato a una lesbiana, y la violación correctiva, la violación a una lesbiana con el fin de “corregirla”. No existen como tales en el código penal chileno, pero, de acuerdo a Millán, mezclando los delitos base con la Ley Zamudio, pueden relevarse los motores de odio.

“Los delitos de esta naturaleza tienen mucha expresión de poder, y demuestran que existe este ejercicio de sometimiento respecto de otras. Eso es algo bastante común en el caso de las mujeres lesbianas: qué forma más evidente de someter a una mujer que es lesbiana que obligarla a practicar sexo oral”, comenta la abogada.

Carmina Vásquez es abogada. Integra la Red lesbofeminista, una articuladora de organizaciones cuyo fin es formar redes de apoyo para las lesbianas. Su emprendimiento, Chueca Bar, abrirá pronto, un bar para lesbianas que quiere ser un espacio seguro dentro de una ciudad muy hostil.

“Este ha sido un año duro. Está el caso de Carolina Torres (golpeada en Pudahuel), hace poco supimos de chicas violentadas en el Parque Forestal. Eso te da miedo, pasa a las cinco de la tarde, y pasa en los lugares donde nos reunimos”, explica. Para ella, existe un castigo social al ser lesbiana, sumado al de ser mujer. “Estos crímenes de lesbo-odio van aparejados a temas sexuales bajo la premisa del yo te voy a enseñar. Hablamos de violaciones correctivas, que además se dirigen a un tipo específico de lesbiana: la camiona, que se sale de la heteronorma”, dice.

El primer crimen de lesbofobia registrado e investigado es el de Mónica Briones, asesinada a golpes en una de las esquinas de Plaza Italia el año 1984. El caso aceleró la formación de la primera colectiva lesbofeminista en Chile, Ayuquelén, que funcionó durante 15 años.

“El año 84, cuando matan a Mónica, se generó una reflexión amplia respecto de lo que nos pasaba a todas, la discriminación que vivíamos. Pero no hay una reflexión puntual sobre los crímenes de odio como son entendidos hoy en día”, dice Cecilia Riquelme, una de sus fundadoras, que el pasado sábado 12 de octubre participó del Día de las rebeldías lésbicas, en Valparaíso.
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Excerpts from Romina Reyes’ article.
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Update: Arrest finally made over young lesbian Nicole Saavedra’s 2016 rape and murder

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The Valparaíso Prosecutor’s Office has confirmed that an individual was arrested as for the kidnapping, rape and murder of young lesbian Nicole Saavedra, who was found dead on June 25, 2016, after having disappeared on the 18th of the same month in Quillota [Chile].

Víctor Alejandro Pulgar Vidal, micro driver of the El Melón-Limache route, was identified by the Investigative Police (PDI), and charges will be formalised in the Quillota Guarantee Court on November 13 2019 at 8:40 am.

[prosecutor Claudia] Perivancich also said that Pulgar is already serving a sentence “of ten years and one day, for the rape of a minor, with another rape charge underway”, also of a minor.

For her part, Saavedra’s cousin, María Francisca Bahamondes, said on Facebook that “after a long struggle of more than three years, where I had to chain myself to the National Prosecutor’s Office to be heard, where we took over the Prosecutor’s Office of Quillota, after a tireless and painful fight, I want to tell you that we found Nicole’s killer, the damn bastard is Víctor Alejandro Pulgar Vidal, driver of the Guerra commercial micro. Bahamondes family, we did it!”
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La Fiscalía de Valparaíso confirmó que se detuvo a un sindicado individuo … como el autor de los delitos de secuestro y violación con homicidio de Nicole Saavedra, la joven lesbiana, que fue encontrada muerta el 25 de junio de 2016, tras haber desaparecido el 18 del mismo mes en Quillota.

Se trata de Víctor Alejandro Pulgar Vidal, chofer de micro del recorrido El Melón-Limache, quien fue identificado por la Policía de Investigaciones (PDI), quien será formalizado el próximo 13 de noviembre a las 8:40 en el Tribunal de Garantía de Quillota.

Perivancich también afirmó que Pulgar ya se encuentra cumpliendo una condena, “de diez años y un día, por el delito de violación de menor de edad. Actualmente también cursa un proceso criminal en su contra, también por el delito de violación” de otra persona, menor de 18 años.

Por su parte, la prima de Saavedra, María Francisca Bahamondes, sostuvo en su cuenta de Facebook que “después de más de tres años de una larga lucha, donde tuve que encadenarme en Fiscalía Nacional para ser escuchada, donde nos tomamos la Fiscalía de Quillota, tras una incansable y dolorosa lucha, quiero decirles que encontramos al asesino de Nicole, el maldito desgraciado es Víctor Alejandro Pulgar Vidal, chofer de la micro comercial Guerra. Familia Bahamondes, lo logramos!”.
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Original article: Chile: three years after her lesbicide, still no justice for Nicole Saavedra

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Italy: lesbian targeted in hospital workplace

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Sabrina, an employee of the Manzoni Hospital in Lecco, had already been targeted by homophobes, who had attacked her for her lesbianism. In recent days, however, they escalated with “Get out of here, lesbian” appearing on the door of her locker.

“Women are the ones who say the worst things to me. And my coworkers are the most ferocious. Someone had already told me that I was not welcome in the locker room. On September 23rd I found the writing. For two days I didn’t go in the locker room, and after that I then only stayed a few minutes, eyes down,  changing quickly so as not to make anyone uncomfortable.”

Although Sabrina has every right to use the women’s locker room, she always tried not to make her colleagues uncomfortable, hurriedly changing to get out as soon as possible. But after this, she stopped being intimidated.
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Sabrina, dipendente dell’Ospedale Manzoni di Lecco, era già stata presa di mira da degli omofobi, che l’avevano attaccata per la sua omosessualità. Nei giorni scorsi però hanno esagerato: sulla porta del suo armadietto, è comparsa la scritta “Vai fuori di qua lesbica“.

“A pronunciare le frasi più pesanti nei miei confronti sono soprattutto le donne. E le colleghe sono le più feroci. Già qualcuna mi aveva detto che nello spogliatoio non ero la benvenuta. Il 23 settembre scorso ho trovato la scritta. Per due giorni non sono più entrata nello stanzino, dove, per altro, resto solo pochi minuti, occhi bassi, il tempo di cambiarmi rapidamente per non mettere a disagio nessuno.“

Nonostante Sabrina abbia tutto il diritto di utilizzare lo spogliatoio femminile, cercava sempre di non mettere a disagio le colleghe, sbrigando in fretta le sue cose per uscire al più presto. Ma dopo questo fatto, non si è fatta intimidire di certo.
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Chile: Lesbian sues University of Las Americas for lesbophobic harassment and dismissal

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A professional and faculty head filed a lawsuit against the University of Las Americas (UDLA) for harassment and dismissal due to her sexual orientation.

With the sponsorship of the Homosexual Integration and Liberation Movement (Movilh), they detailed that “the affected woman had entered the UDLA to work in 2013 and a year later she assumed a role as faculty head for one of her areas. Her performance was always evaluated positively, until she confided to one of her superiors that she was a lesbian”.

Movilh’s lawyer, Monica Arias, said that “due to rumours among few colleagues regarding her sexual orientation, in March 2018 the professional decided to have a confidential conversation with one of her direct heads”.

In relation to this, Arias added that “in this conversation, the boss assured her total discretion, so the professional acknowledged being a lesbian and asked that it not be disclosed. The next day, the personal life of the woman became the knowledge of a large part of university officials”.

In addition she started experiencing “hostile treatment and harassment” from her boss, which meant for the first time receiving poor performance reviews and being undermined publicly. The lawsuit indicates that, among others, the boss said to the woman that “you are not fit for the position, which is obvious given your condition which we all know”.

The facts were communicated in May 2019 to one of the university deans, who promised to investigate and resolve what happened, but that never happened. On the contrary, the woman ended up being fired weeks later for “business needs” reasons.
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Una profesional y directora de carrera presentó en tribunales una demanda contra la Universidad de Las Américas (UDLA) por hostigamiento y despido en razón de su orientación sexual.

Con el patrocinio del Movimiento de Integración y Liberación Homosexual (Movilh), detallaron que “la afectada había ingresado a trabajar a la UDLA en 2013 y un año más tarde asumió como directora de una de sus carreras. Su desempeño siempre tuvo buenas evaluaciones, hasta que le confidenció a una de sus superiores que era lesbiana”.

La abogada del Movilh, Mónica Arias, dijo que “debido a rumores entre pocos colegas referentes a su orientación sexual, en marzo de 2018 la profesional decidió mantener una conversación de carácter confidencial con una de sus jefas directas”.

En ese sentido, Arias agregó que “en dicha conversación, la jefa aseguró total discreción, por lo que la profesional reconoció ser lesbiana y pidió que ello no fuese divulgado. Al día siguiente, la vida personal de la profesional pasó a ser conocimiento de una gran parte de los funcionarios de la universidad”.

A ello se añadió un “trato hostil y de acoso laboral” por parte de su superior, lo que signifco en obtener por primera vez bajas calificaciones por su desempeño y en menoscabos públicos. En la demanda se indica que, entre otros, la jefa señaló a la profesional que “tú no eres apta para el cargo, lo que es obvio dada tu condición que todos sabemos”.

Los hechos fueron comunicados en mayo del 2019 a uno de los decanos, quien se comprometió a investigar y solucionar lo ocurrido. Pero eso jamás ocurrió. Por el contrario, la mujer terminó siendo despedida semanas después por “necesidades de la empresa”.
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U.K: Lesbian kicked unconscious in a spate of homophobic attacks in Birmingham

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A gay woman has told how she was kicked unconscious in Birmingham’s Gay Village after confronting a straight couple for ‘touching her inappropriately’.

Rebecca Tebbett was enjoying a night out in the city ‘safe space’ with her friends as she had done many times before when she says the pair approached her.

The 39-year-old lesbian claims the strangers began touching her inappropriately in a pub, but when she made it clear that she wasn’t interested the situation turned violent.

Rebecca said: “I was dancing with my friends, like I have done a million times before when I was approached by a straight couple.

“They started touching me inappropriately and making me feel very uncomfortable. But when I told them to stop, the woman threw her drink over me.

“I then threw the last of the drink I had over her but that was when the man pushed me to the ground shouting homophobic comments at me.

“His friends started kicking me and I ended off unconscious for a few seconds.”

Continue reading: https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/
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Guatemalan lesbian fled death threats and corrective rape

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Marveny Suchite hurriedly left Guatemala last November. She later told an American official that she had received death threats for being a lesbian, according to the formal notes taken by the authorities, to which Reuters had access.

Her mother warned her that there were people who were going to look for her, she told Reuters, explaining that they were “macho.” Suchite fled that day.

She had been beaten and raped before, first by close members of her family and then by strangers in an alley where he was ordered to “stop” being gay, according to the official’s notes that review asylum procedures.

She says she got pregnant after the attack in that alley and then, when she tried to report the rape to the police, they laughed at her.
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Suchite dejó apresuradamente Guatemala en noviembre pasado. Más tarde le dijo a un funcionario estadounidense que había recibido amenazas a su vida por ser lesbiana, según las notas formales que tomó la autoridad y a las que Reuters tuvo acceso.

Su madre le advirtió que había personas que irían a buscarla, dijo a Reuters, explicando que eran “machistas”. Suchite huyó ese día.

Antes ya había sido golpeada y violada, primero por miembros cercanos de su familia y después por extraños en un callejón donde le ordenaron que “dejara” de ser gay, de acuerdo a las notas del funcionario que revisa los procedimientos de asilo.

Cuenta que quedó embarazada tras los ataques en ese callejón y que luego, cuando intentó reportar la violación ante la policía, se rieron de ella.
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Australia: Discrimination devastates elderly lesbian

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The volunteer visitor, who is referred to only as Malloy, could not understand why any of the residents would complain about her, as the facility claimed in October 2017.

She was horrified. An uncomfortable meeting with the nurse manager only added to her hurt.

“She said that I was not allowed to talk about my sexuality with the residents,” Malloy told the aged care royal commission.

The nurse manager said Malloy could continue to visit one male resident because he liked her and another two or three people.

“I was devastated to be told that I was no longer allowed to visit all my usual residents and to hear that they had been complaining about me,” Malloy said on Thursday.

The 84-year-old said she did not hide the fact that she was a lesbian while at the facility, but it was not something she actively spoke to residents about.

Continue reading: https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story
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Chile: graffiti identifies lesbian family home

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Aqui viven lesbianas – lesbians live here

The Homosexual Integration and Liberation Movement (Movilh) denounced that on Sunday a lesboparental couple was the victim of an attack in the commune of Maipú, after the gate of their house was newly graffitied with the phrase “here live lesbians”.

In this regard, the spokeswoman for Movilh, Daniela Andrade, explained that the victims “have lived at the same address for two years without  any discrimination problems with neighbours.”

“It is precisely this situation that has the family very frightened. They have no idea who could be responsible for this attack which leaves them very vulnerable and frightened because it is clear that there are people who have been watching.
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El Movimiento de Integración y Liberación Homosexual (Movilh) denunció que el día domingo una pareja lesboparental fue víctima de un ataque en la comuna de Maipú, luego de que el portón de su casa amaneciera rayado con la frase “aquí viven lesbianas”.

Al respecto, la vocera del Movilh, Daniela Andrade, detalló que las afectadas “viven hace dos años en el mismo domicilio, pero jamás han tenido un problema de discriminación con vecinos”.

“Justamente esta situación es la que tiene a la familia muy atemorizada. No tienen la menor idea de quiénes podrían ser los responsables de este ataque que las deja en gran vulnerabilidad y con mucho miedo, pues es claro que hay personas que las han estado observando.
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International Lesbian Day: A lesbian athlete wore rainbow sneakers while competing in a country where being homosexual is illegal

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While competing in Qatar at the IAAF World Athletics Championships, U.S. competitor Erica Bougard made an impression and a subtle statement by wearing Nike shoes with rainbow flaps over their laces.

Bougard, who is an out athlete competing in the heptathlon — an event made up of seven track-and-field events — says she wasn’t trying to make a statement even though Qatar punishes homosexuality with seven years imprisonment and even death (though no known executions for being gay have ever officially occurred in the country).

Continue reading: https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2019
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International Lesbian Day: Chocolate Remix – “That a lesbian woman sings reggaeton is already a political fact in itself”

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The Argentine artist Romina Bernardo calls herself, when she records and when she goes on stage, Chocolate Remix. She is mainly reggaeton, and is a lesbian, so that in her style she has been awarded an obvious label, that of ‘lesbian reggaeton’.

Her musical proposal combines fun, subversion and activism with great originality. Chocolate Remix is ​​a proud fighter who not only seeks to make you dance and pound. “History has always been commanded by heterosexual men, and those of us who have been segregated have to formulate our strategies to empower ourselves and create a more just society ,” she says.

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La artista argentina Romina Bernardo se hace llamar, cuando graba y cuando se sube al escenario, Chocolate Remix. Hace principalmente reguetón, y es lesbiana, de manera que a su estilo se le ha adjudicado una etiqueta obvia, la de ‘reguetón lésbico’.

Su propuesta musical une diversión, subversión y activismo con gran originalidad. Chocolate Remix es una luchadora orgullosa que no solo busca hacerte bailar y perrear. “La historia siempre ha estado comandada por varones heterosexuales, y quienes hemos quedado segregados tenemos que formular nuestras estrategias para empoderarnos y crear una sociedad más justa”, afirma.

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Continue reading: https://shangay.com/2019/07/13/chocolate-remix-mujer-lesbiana-regueton-argentina-entrevista/ (source)

 

International Lesbian Day: “A love in rebellion” recounts the first lesbian movement in Mexico

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* Art activist and curator Yan María Castro shares her experience as leader of the Oikabeth group

In order to demand respect and recognition from society and the authorities, at the end of the 70s, Oikabeth, an autonomous political group of lesbians, was created.

It was the first feminist lesbian movement in Mexico, commanded by painter, manager and art curator Yan María Yaoyólotl Castro, who tired of abuse, decided to raise her voice, defend her sexual preferences and fight for her rights.

Her story and that of other women was embodied through the documentary short film A love in rebellion, which under the direction of Tania Claudia Castillo, is part of the Continuous Program of the Cuórum Morelia festival. In addition, he won the Silver Camelina in the third Sexual Diversity Program + Morelia.

For 14 minutes, Yan María remembers the beginning of the group, how she organized with other women to demonstrate in the streets of the Mexican capital. It also reveals her transformation from girl to teenager and adult. When she had to recognize herself as a lesbian with her relatives and in return she got a deep rejection.

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*La activista y curadora de arte Yan María Castro comparte su experiencia como líder del grupo Oikabeth

Con el propósito de exigir respeto y reconocimiento por parte de la sociedad y las autoridades, a finales de la década de los 70 se creó Oikabeth, un grupo político autónomo de lesbianas.

Fue el primer movimiento lésbico feminista en México, comandado por la pintora, gestora y curadora de arte Yan María Yaoyólotl Castro, quien cansada del maltrato, decidió levantar la voz, defender sus preferencias sexuales y luchar por sus derechos.

Su historia y la de otras mujeres quedó plasmada a través del cortometraje documental Un amor en rebeldía, que bajo la dirección de Tania Claudia Castillo, forma parte del Programa Continuo del festival Cuórum Morelia. Además, ganó la Camelina de plata en el tercer Programa de Diversidad Sexual + Morelia.

Durante 14 minutos, Yan María recuerda el inicio del grupo, de cómo se organizó con otras mujeres para manifestarse en las calles de la capital mexicana. También revela su transformación de niña a adolescente y adulta. De cuando tuvo que reconocerse lesbiana con sus familiares y a cambio obtuvo un rechazo profundo.

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Continue reading: https://www.20minutos.com.mx/
noticia/839893/0/un-amor-rebeldia-relata-primer-movimiento-lesbico-mexico/
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International Lesbian Day: Stormé DeLarverie – The Lesbian Spark in the Stonewall Uprising

July 31, 2018

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Next year will be the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. In the early morning hours, gay men and lesbians fought back against the police raid of the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village. After that event, which began in the early morning of June 28,1969, Gay Liberation had joined the lexicon of Women’s Liberation, Black Liberation, and Chicano Liberation.

There are phenomenal lives and stories connected to that night that should not be forgotten or erased. One is that of Stormé DeLarverie—who had been fighting back all her life and fought back that night.

Stormé was involved in forming the Stonewall Veterans Association and was later elected vice president. They often had panels of speakers, and over the decades she was always quick to remind later generations what it was like before Stonewall: Lesbians and gay men could receive a $70 fine for “looking at someone with desire.”

You could be arrested for not wearing a certain number of “gender appropriate articles of clothing.” This meant that lesbians who might be wearing a three-piece suit had to be able to show they were also wearing a bra and stockings. If not, they could be thrown in jail.

Stormé’s recollection 

Stormé recalled her part in the uprising at a public, videotaped event sponsored by the Stonewall Veterans Association. She started at the beginning: “The cops were parading patrons out of the front door of the Stonewall at about 2 a.m. in the morning. I saw this one boy being taken out by three cops, only one in uniform. Three to one.  I told my pals, ‘I know him! That is Williamson, my friend Sonia Jane’s friend.

“Williamson briefly broke loose but they grabbed the back of his jacket and pulled him right down on the cement street. One of them did a drop kick on him. Another cop senselessly hit him from the back. Right after that a cop said to me, ‘move faggot,’ thinking I was a gay guy. I said, ‘I will not and don’t you dare touch me.’ With that the cop shoved me, and I instinctively punched him in the face.”

Four officers then attacked her and handcuffed her in response. When she pointed out that she was cuffed too tightly, one officer hit her head with a billy club. As she was bleeding from the head, she turned to the crowd and shouted, “Why don’t you guys do something?” After a long struggle, she was dragged towards a police van, and that was when everything exploded. Many who were there recall her call to arms.

Stormé was always clear: “It was a rebellion, it was an uprising, it was civil disobedience. It was no damn riot.”

Of course she was correct. Stonewall was not a one-night riot. Thousands of gays and lesbians rose up for six nights. There was organizing during the day and returning to the Stonewall Inn every night for six nights. Out of the uprising grew two activist organizations, the Gay Liberation Front and the Gay Activist Alliance, and three gay and lesbian newspapers.

Erasing Black lesbians

Claire Heuchan wrote an article for AfterEllen.com entitled, “We Need to Talk about Misogyny and the LGBT Community’s Erasure of Black Lesbian History.” (See: http://www.afterellen.com/general-news/561237-we-need-to-talk-about-misogyny-and-the-lgbt-communitys-erasure-of-black-lesbian-history )

Heuchan focused in the article on the erasing of Stormé from some of the “official” histories of Stonewall. She was cut from the 1995 and the 2015 “Stonewall” films as well as from many histories of that period—and most recently in a press release by the National Center For Lesbian Rights.

Heuchan pointed out, “Lesbian history is hard to find, Black representation, female representation, and lesbian representation are not always straightforward to find, especially when you are looking for all three at once. Stormé, in all her Black butch magnificence, put herself at extraordinary risk to fight injustice and she deserves to be remembered for it. It was Stormé who led the resistance of homophobic police brutality at the Stonewall Inn.”

Continue reading: https://socialistaction.org/2018/07/31/storme-delarverie-the-lesbian-spark-in-the-stonewall-uprising/ (source)

International Lesbian Day: 5 Lesbian Couples who Joined Football

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What united football that does not separate man. The saying was like that, right? Well, today we are going to talk about 10 incredible lesbian athletes who met in the field and ended up teaming up together. These are five lesbian couples that joined football.

(Translated)

Lo que unió el fútbol que no lo separe el hombre. ¿El dicho era así no? Pues hoy vamos a hablar de 10 increíbles deportistas lesbianas que se conocieron en el campo y terminaron formando equipo juntas. Estas son cinco parejas lésbicas que unió el fútbol.

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Continue reading: https://lesbicanarias.es/2019/05/07/5-parejas-lesbicas-que-unio-el-futbol/ (source)

International Lesbian Day: Nigerian lesbian and Namibian lesbian marry in the Netherlands

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Mona is from Namibia, while Judith is from Nigeria.

In attendance were prominent lawyers, activists, and persons who flew in from the U.S., EU, UK, and Canada. Family and friends were also present including lots of LGBTIQ+ persons.

The wedding was officiated by renowned Nigerian gay reverend, Rev. Jide Rebirth Macaulay, founder of House of Rainbow, an LGBTIQ+ affirming faith-based organization.

Continue reading: https://nostringsng.com/nigerian-lesbian-couple-marries-netherlands/ (source)

Editor’s note: We have included this article as Lesbian Resistance, because homosexuality is illegal in the countries where both Mona and Judith come from.

International Lesbian Day: Monica Briones – The woman killed in dictatorship, that inspires the Day of Lesbian Visibility

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The brutal murder of the 34-year-old painter and sculptor became a mystery to justice. In parallel, for organizations the figure of the artist has become a source of inspiration to boost the fight for lesbian rights. More than three decades after the crime, activism accuses that the hatred and injustices that haunted the death of women remain as present as before. This July 9, the lesbian feminist groups will make a request to the Monuments Council to install a memorial in the place where she was killed.

Bold, talented and bold, they are the adjectives that are most repeated when asked about Monica Briones Puccio. “A woman ahead of her time,” they will say here and there. Owner of an outstanding talent for painting and sculpture, an innate artist who became one of the most relevant figures for the lesbian movement in Chile.

Monica was a proud lesbian, with a masculine gender expression and decided to face her sexual orientation at a very young age, opening the door – possibly – to the greatest violence and oppressions she would live later, even in the family. But the truth is that in 1984, in full dictatorship, at 34, Monica lived life with passion and was the protagonist of intense love relationships that would mark her.

Two days after her birthday, on July 9, while she was retiring from the last of several celebrations, at the exit of the Jaque Mate bar and while waiting for the bus to return home, the painter was beaten to death. His attacker kicked her on the ground until her skull fractured.

The story of Monica Briones has inspired television reports, a chronicle of Pedro Lemebel, plays and even a movie. Thus, more than three decades after his death, the artist’s memory has remained in force in the memory of those who have empathized with the case.

“A creative and different woman,” titled a magazine of the time with a small profile of the artist. There she confessed, probably to an insistent journalist: “I have not married because it would take time from my art.”

In that same article he sentenced that he was not afraid of death, because he knew he would die young.

(Translated)

El brutal homicidio de la pintora y escultora de 34 años se convirtió en un misterio para la justicia. En paralelo, para las organizaciones la figura de la artista se ha transformado en una fuente de inspiración para impulsar la lucha por los derechos de las lesbianas. A más de tres décadas del crimen, el activismo acusa que el odio y las injusticias que rondaron la muerte de la mujer siguen tan presentes como antes. Este 9 de julio, las agrupaciones lesbofeministas harán ingreso de una solicitud al Consejo de Monumentos para instalar un memorial en el lugar donde fue asesinada. Esta es su historia.

Atrevida, talentosa y audaz, son los adjetivos que más se repiten al preguntar por Mónica Briones Puccio. “Una mujer adelantada a su época”, dirán aquí y allá. Dueña de un talento descollante para la pintura y la escultura, una artista innata que se convirtió en una de las figuras más relevantes para el movimiento lésbico en Chile.

Mónica era una lesbiana orgullosa, con expresión de género masculina y decidió enfrentar su orientación sexual a muy corta edad, abriendo la puerta -posiblemente- a las mayores violencias y opresiones que viviría después, incluso en el seno familiar. Pero lo cierto es que en 1984, en plena dictadura, a sus 34 años, Mónica vivía la vida con pasión y era protagonista de intensas relaciones amorosas que la marcarían.

A dos días de su cumpleaños, un 9 de julio, mientras se retiraba de la última de varias celebraciones, a la salida del bar Jaque Mate y mientras esperaba la micro para volver a su casa, la pintora fue golpeada hasta la muerte. Su atacante la pateó en el suelo hasta que su cráneo se fracturó.

La historia de Mónica Briones ha inspirado reportajes televisivos, una crónica de Pedro Lemebel, obras de teatro y hasta una película. Así, a más de tres décadas de su muerte, el recuerdo de la artista se ha mantenido vigente en la memoria de quienes han empatizado con el caso.

“Una mujer creativa y distinta”, tituló una revista de la época con una pequeña semblanza de la artista. Allí ella confesó, probablemente a un insistente periodista: “No me he casado porque quitaría tiempo a mi arte”.

En ese mismo artículo sentenció que no le temía a la muerte, porque sabía que moriría joven.

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Continue reading: https://www.eldesconcierto.cl/2019/07/09/el-recuerdo-insistente-de-monica-briones-la-mujer-asesinada-en-dictadura-que-inspira-el-dia-de-la-visibilidad-lesbica/ (source)

 

 

International Lesbian Day: Martha Shelley, the Lesbian who Proposed the Protest March of Stonewall

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Martha Shelley, was the one who proposed the protest march of Stonewall, although everyone remembers Harvey Milk. Well, this lesbian activist not only promoted the protest that night in the Greenwich Village, but has been and is a very struggling feminist.

Who is Martha Shelley?

If you still don’t know our heroine, you should know that Shelley was born in 1943, in Brooklyn. From a young age she participated in movements protesting human rights, so much so that she was watched by the FBI. In fact, her real name is Martha Altman, but she had to choose Shelley’s alias to go unnoticed.

Her participation as a social activist begins with the first protest against the Vietnam War. Subsequently, she joined the association DOB (Daughters of Bilitis), the Daughters of Bilitis. This association was the first lesbian civil and political rights organization, of which Shelley was president.

The women who belonged to the DOB were constantly monitored by the authorities, hence Martha Altman, to be called Martha Shelley. The continuous raids, harassment, and police harassment was a constant while the organization lasted. Founded in San Francisco in 1955, it lasted 14 more years against wind and tide.

But let’s go back to Martha Shelley and her work as an activist for LGTBI rights. This female fighter also joined the Student Homophile League, the first gay student organization, founded in 1966 at Columbia University.

Subsequently, she was one of the four people who founded the [New York] Gay Liberation Front. The first of the GLF was that of New York, which was founded just after Stonewall in 1969. There are different locations in the US, United Kingdom and Canada, but Shelley participated in the foundation of the first organization.

(Translated)

Martha Shelley, fue quien propuso la marcha protesta de Stonewall, aunque todo el mundo recuerda a Harvey Milk. Pues bien, esta activista lesbiana no solo promovió la protesta aquella noche en el Greenwich Village, sino que ha sido y es una feminista muy luchadora.

¿Quién es Martha Shelley?

Si todavía no conoces a nuestra heroína, debes saber que Shelley nació en 1943, en Brooklyn. Desde muy joven participó en movimientos protesta por los derechos humanos, tanto, que estuvo vigilada por el FBI. De hecho, su nombre real es Martha Altman, pero tuvo que escoger el alias de Shelley para pasar desapercibida.

Su participación como activista social, comienza con la primera protesta contra la guerra de Vietnam. Posteriormente, entró a formar parte de la asociación DOB (Daughters of Bilitis), las Hijas de Bilitis. Esta asociación, fue la primera organización lésbica de derechos civiles y políticos, de la cual Shelley fue presidenta.

Las mujeres que pertenecían a la DOB eran vigiladas constantemente por las autoridades, de ahí que Martha Altman, pasara a llamarse Martha Shelley. Las continuas redadas, el hostigamiento, y el acoso policial fue una constante mientras duró la organización. Fundada en San Francisco en 1955, duró 14 años más contra viento y marea.

Pero volvamos a Martha Shelley y su labor como activista por los derechos LGTBI. Esta mujer luchadora se unió también al Student Homophile League, primera organización de estudiantes gais, fundada en 1966 en la Universidad de Columbia.

Posteriormente, fue una de las cuatro personas que fundaron el Frente de Liberación Gay de [New York]. El primero de los GLF fue el de Nueva York, que se fundó justo después de Stonewall en 1969. Hay distintas sedes en EEUU, Reino Unido y Canadá, pero Shelley participó en la fundación de la primera organización.

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Continue reading: https://www.lesbiana.es/2019/07/06/no-fue-harvey-milk-fue-martha-shelley/ (source)

International Lesbian Day: Instagram Series, “Rebu”, Resignifies Lesbian Woman Issues

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Pernambuco’s video artist Mayara Santana tells her experiences in the documentary designed for the IGTV format.

Gone are the days when calling a lesbian woman “dyke” was a curse. After years of prejudice and aggression, they re-signified the term and now “romp” has become a cry for freedom. A compliment of the most valuable, which, by the way, says a lot about pride. A lesbian woman carries machismo and homophobia in the same package (if she is black, she also has racism in the combo). And these are still obstacles that make it impossible to support some initiatives. As existence gains a new contour, it also innovates in the way it is counted.

Designer and video maker Mayara Santana, 27, found this gap. And from her personal experience, she made the “Rebu – Egolombra of an almost sorry shoe” web series, designed for the Instagram IGTV format. The documentary series comes from a specific place of speech: Mayara’s reality as a black and lesbian woman in Recife.

(Translated)

A videasta pernambucana Mayara Santana conta as suas experiências no documentário pensado para o formato de IGTV

Já se foi o tempo em que chamar uma mulher lésbica de “sapatão” era um xingamento. Depois de anos de preconceitos e agressões, elas ressignificaram o termo e, agora, “sapatão” virou grito de liberdade. Um elogio dos mais valiosos, o que, aliás, diz muito sobre orgulho. Uma mulher lésbica carrega o machismo e a homofobia no mesmo pacote (se for negra, também tem racismo no combo). E essas ainda são travas que impossibilitam apoio a algumas iniciativas. Ao passao que a existência ganha novo contorno, também se inova no jeito de contá-la.

A designer e videasta Mayara Santana, de 27 anos, encontrou esta lacuna. E fez, a partir da sua experiência pessoal, a websérie “Rebu – Egolombra de uma sapatão quase arrependida”, pensada para o formato de IGTV do Instagram. A série documental vem de um lugar de fala específico: a realidade de Mayara enquanto mulher negra e lésbica no Recife.

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Continue reading: https://www.folhape.com.br/diversao
/diversao/series/2019/07/06/NWS,
109803,71,539,DIVERSAO,2330-REBU-SERIE-PARA-INSTAGRAM-RESSIGNIFICA-QUESTOES-MULHER-LESBICA.aspx
(source)

International Lesbian Day: Police arrest lesbian activist during Atlanta climate protest

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Longtime LGBTQ activist Lorraine Fontana was one of 19 people arrested in a wave of Atlanta protests that demanded action on climate issues.

The protests on Sept. 27 — organized by climate action group Extinction Rebellion Atlanta — began in Buckhead and later moved to Midtown.

“Their idea was to go to some busy intersection in Atlanta and make a point by really messing up the traffic and having people say, ‘What the hell is this?’ and, ‘Who are you?,’” she told Project Q Atlanta.

Fontana (photo), who was a 2013 Atlanta Pride grand marshal, was part of a group that blocked roads at the intersection of 10th and Peachtree. The 72-year-old activist sat in a chair in the road alongside another activist, Daniel Hanley.

Continue reading: https://www.projectq.us/atlanta
/police_arrest_lesbian_activist_during_
Atlanta_climate_protest?gid=20186
(source)

International Lesbian Day: Lesbian migration, living freely in Taiwan

Melinda Philippines to Taiwan

“I like life in Taiwan because I can live freely.” Melinda, a lesbian, was not accepted by her father in her native family. After coming to Taiwan [from the Philippines], she felt goodwill for the first time. “I When I first came to Taiwan, my mentor at work was very good with me. He didn’t discriminate against me because of my sexuality. When he told my male supervisor that I like girls, the male executive also said: “Go! Let’s go together and look for a girl for you!”

This is a friendly environment that allows Melinda to be herself; it is also because of this freedom that she wants to stay here and learn to be independent. She took us to the nearby Philippine grocery store to visit. I watched her talk to the clerk in a familiar way, sometimes whispering and sometimes laughing, and introducing us to the food and culture of the Philippines, so confident. Living so confidently is the reason why her mother wanted her to come to Taiwan.
(Translated)

「我喜歡在台灣的生活,因為我可以很自由地活著。」身為女同志的 Melinda,在原生家庭中不被父親所接受;來到台灣後,他第一次感受到善意,「我剛來台灣的時候,工作的導師跟我很好,完全沒有因為我的性向歧視我;而當他跟我的男主管說我喜歡女生時,那位男主管還說:『走!我們一起去找女孩!』」

便是這樣友善的環境,讓 Melinda 能自在地做自己;也是因為這份自在,讓他想繼續留在這裡,也因此學會了獨立。他帶著我們到附近的菲律賓雜貨店參觀,我看著他熟稔地與店員們談天,時而細語呢喃、時而開懷大笑,還向我們介紹菲律賓的食物與文化,如此自信的模樣或許也是他的母親希望他來台灣的原因吧。
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Continue reading at: https://womany.net/read/article/19973 (Source)