Peru: security guard stops lesbians kissing on public transport

Peru Metro Guard

A citizen denounced a security guard from the Lima Metro because she and her partner were forbidden to kiss, both experiencing the lesbophobia at Central Station. When they kissed the guard approached them to tell them that they could not show affection.
The victim began to record the incident and asked which Metro rule prohibits demonstrations of affection in its vicinity. “It’s a public place and you can’t be kissing in a public place,” the man replied.

After she asked him where it says she couldn’t kiss her girlfriend, the guard told her to “set the example.” “Because there are children here. There is a small child. No one says  don’t feel love and romance, but there are places where you can and there are other places where you can’t show it,” he said.

Through a statement, the Municipality of Lima said they reject all types of discrimination and have therefore initiated a thorough investigation to establish responsibilities and any corresponding sanctions.

They said that security guards, counsellors and other personnel who have direct contact with the public at the stations are constantly trained to provide adequate care.

“The Lima municipality deeply regrets this incident and reiterates its commitment to continue working for equality and to sanction any discriminatory practice or act,” they stated.
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Una ciudadana denunció a un agente de seguridad del Metropolitano de Lima porque le prohibió besarse con su pareja. Ambas sufrieron un ataque de lesbofobia en la estación Central. Cuando se besaron esta persona se les acercó para decirles que no podían darse muestras de cariño.
La afectada comenzó a grabarlo y a pedirle la norma del Metropolitano que prohíbe las demostraciones de afecto en sus paraderos. “Es un lugar público y usted no puede estar besándose en un lugar público”, le respondió el hombre.

Después de que le preguntó dónde dice que no podía besarse con su novia, el trabajador del municipio le pidió que “dé el ejemplo”. “Porque aquí hay niños. Hay un niño pequeño. Nadie dice que no sientan su cariño, su romance, pero hay lugares donde se puede y hay otros lugares donde no”, aseguró.

A través de un comunicado, la Municipalidad de Lima indicó que rechazan todo tipo de discriminación y por ello han iniciado una profunda investigación para establecer responsabilidades y las sanciones correspondientes.

Precisaron que los agentes de seguridad, orientadores y demás personal que tiene contacto directo con el público en las estaciones son constantemente capacitados para brindar una atención adecuada.

“La comuna limeña lamenta profundamente este incidente y reitera su compromiso de seguir trabajando por la igualdad y sancionar toda práctica o acto discriminatorio”, adujeron.
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Continue reading at: https://larepublica.pe/sociedad/2020/01/28/metropolitano-denuncian-discriminacion-contra-dos-mujeres-por-besarse-municipalidad-de-lima-lesbofobia-video/(Soure)

Australian show Home and Away criticised for cutting lesbian scenes

Home and Away

Fans of Home and Away are questioning whether the show censored a gay storyline, after it ran romantic scenes involving a lesbian couple on New Zealand television, but cut the same moments from episodes aired in Australia.

While fans of the show in Australia have written on social media about their disappointment and confusion over the missing moments, Channel 7 said it accidentally aired the wrong versions of two episodes in Australia.

Alex Shillington covers queer pop culture on social media, and has written about the Home and Away characters, Alex Neilson and Willow Harris, who have become a new lesbian couple on the Channel 7 drama.

She said fans did not understand why the Australian audience did not see the full scenes between Alex and Willow.

“I would genuinely love for there to be a decent reason that is not them just censoring it,” she said.

But she said Channel 7’s explanation that it aired the wrong version of episodes “seems weird.”

Continue reading at: https://www.msn.com/en-au/entertainment/tv/home-and-away-cuts-gay-kisses-from-australian-television-network-blames-human-error/ (Source)

U.S.: Catholic church counselling in spotlight after suicide of young lesbian

Alana Chen

Like many teenagers, Alana Chen was sometimes not where she’d told her parents she was going. But while other teens were sneaking out to parties, Chen would tell her parents she was going out with friends and instead take the bus from her family’s home in the suburbs of Boulder, Colorado, to St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church downtown.

Chen was holding on to other secrets as well. Without her parents’ knowledge, Chen’s family says, she was receiving spiritual guidance from a priest at St. Thomas Aquinas, who told her that there was something she could never tell her family: She was a lesbian.

Chen struggled for many years to keep this secret, according to her family, and tried to follow the church’s teachings. But repressing her sexuality led to serious mental health problems that caused her to be hospitalized in 2016, Chen told The Denver Post last year.

Chen eventually left the church, feeling it was impossible to reconcile her sexual orientation and her Catholicism. In early 2019, she went away to Prescott College, in Arizona, to be farther away from St. Thomas Aquinas.

She seemed to be doing better, but on Dec. 7, while on a visit home, Chen, 24, was declared missing. After a search, her body was found at Gross Reservoir in Boulder County on Dec. 9. The Boulder County Coroner’s Office has ruled her death a suicide.

Chen’s death has focused attention on how religious institutions handle the question of sexuality in their counseling, especially when the counselor’s faith teaches that homosexuality is wrong or sinful. Last year, Colorado banned gay conversion therapy for minors. That ban, however, exempts religious counselors.

That’s something Chen’s mother and sister want to see changed. They believe the religious counseling Chen received contributed to her death.

Since her passing, Chen’s family said, nobody from the Denver Archdiocese has reached out directly to them. (Haas said this is because it did not believe that contact would be welcome.) Her funeral was held at a local Episcopal parish.

“People will say different things about her suicide and how that came to be,” Carissa Chen said. “I think the church played a huge role in the years of trauma and treatment that she went through and ultimately her suicide, and they’re just going to have to live with that. We all will now.”

Continue reading at: https://religionnews.com/2020/01/29/a-young-womans-suicide-puts-focus-on-churchs-counseling-for-lgbt-catholics/ (Source)

The Alana Faith Chen foundation: https://alanafaithchen.org/

U.K.: Man accused of raping lesbian on beach

M Uddin

A woman who says was raped on Cleethorpes beach has told a court that she is a lesbian who would never willingly have sex with a man.

The woman told the trial of the Indian restaurant owner accused of raping her: “I can’t stand a man touching me. I am not attracted to men.”

She said she had not called restaurant owner Mohammed Uddin down from the Promenade and initiated sex.

She also denied that she was disappointed with his poor sexual performance and that she had pestered him for sex, Grimsby Crown Court heard.

Uddin, 45, of Augusta Street, Grimsby, denies rape and an alternative charge of sexual assault on August 21.

The prosecution at Crown Court claims that the 36-year-old woman was drinking by herself on Cleethorpes beach after 11.45pm when Uddin asked her for sex.

She was a lesbian and would not have wanted sex with him because of that, claims the prosecution, but Uddin is said to have raped her.

Continue reading at: https://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/news/grimsby-news/woman-raped-cleethorpes-beach-tells-3791220 (Source)

Medical prejudice affects health of Cuban lesbians

semlac-mujeres

“There are lesbian women who fear going to the doctor and spend years and years without attending. Doctors say awful things when they see that you don’t meet the classic image of a woman painted and wearing heels, and that’s hard. So, given that rejection, women don’t go to the clinic anymore, ” Isbrailda Ruiz Bell tells SEMlac.

Ruiz Bell is an activist and member of the group of lesbian and bisexual women Las Isabelas, in the province of Santiago de Cuba, 762 km from the capital. According to her experience, stereotypes and prejudices can be found in different medical consultations, but in some there is more abuse.

“The gynecology consultation is a service where lesbian woman are subjected to more abuse. For example, they should ask for consent for students to attend the physical exam, but that does not happen, ”says Ruiz Bell.

Among the main problems are the low perception of risk of sexually transmitted infections, poor self-care and prevention of cervical and breast cancer, as well as depression and anxiety caused by lesbophobic discrimination.

“There are women who have been diagnosed with diseases at very advanced stages because of their fear of being rejected in a medical institution, I tell you from local experience and also because we have seen it in the workshops organized by Las Isabelas,” recalls Ruiz Bell.

The study confirms what the testimonies say: “The vast majority of women express having received a differentiated attention, nuanced by prejudices and stereotypes, attitudes expressed in gestures and a rigid body language, unfriendly and lacking sympathy, which becomes in an obstacle that limits their attendance to specialized health consultations”, the authors subscribe.
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“Hay mujeres lesbianas que temen ir al médico y pasan años y años sin atenderse. Los médicos te dicen cosas feas cuando ven que no repites el prototipo clásico de mujer pintada y con tacones, y eso es duro. Entonces, ante ese rechazo, la persona no va más a la consulta”, dice Isbrailda Ruiz Bell a SEMlac.

Ruiz Bell es activista e integrante del colectivo de mujeres lesbianas y bisexuales Las Isabelas, en la provincia Santiago de Cuba, a 762 km de la capital. Según su experiencia, los estereotipos y ofensas pueden encontrarse en distintas consultas médicas, pero en algunas existe mayor maltrato.

“La consulta de ginecología es un servicio donde la mujer lesbiana es más agredida. Por ejemplo, debieran pedir el consentimiento para que estudiantes asistan al examen físico, pero eso no sucede”, afirma Ruiz Bell.

Entre los principales problemas aparecen la baja percepción de riesgo ante las infecciones de transmisión sexual, el escaso autocuidado y prevención del cáncer cérvico uterino y de mama, además de depresión y ansiedad producto de la discriminación lesbofóbica.

“Hay mujeres a quienes se les han descubierto enfermedades en estadios muy avanzados por miedo a ser rechazadas en una institución médica, te lo digo por experiencias cercanas y también porque lo hemos visto en los talleres que organizan Las Isabelas”, recuerda Ruiz Bell.

El estudio confirma lo que los testimonios denuncian: “La gran mayoría de las mujeres expresa haber recibido una atención diferenciada, matizada por prejuicios y estereotipos, actitudes expresadas en gestos y un lenguaje corporal rígido, poco cordial y carente de simpatía, lo cual se convierte en un obstáculo que limita su asistencia a consultas especializadas de salud”, suscriben sus autores.
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Continuereading at: https://rotativo.com.mx/2020/01/27/mujer/cuba-mujeres-lesbianas-salud-a-costa-de-prejuicios-821686/ (Source)

Spain: expulsion of Moroccan lesbian from migrant centre condemned

Melilla CETI

A Melilla migrant association, Prodein, denounced, Monday, the expulsion of a young Moroccan lesbian from a migrant reception center, as well as the assaults she allegedly suffered after sleeping on the street, Spanish news agency Europa Press said.

The last assault she suffered was on Friday, January 17, when she was threatened and injured in the hand while trying to protect herself from someone who reportedly attempted to stab her in the chest.

“The young woman expelled from CETI de Melilla (…) is sleeping on the street, where she has been subjected to several assaults for not accepting sexual advances”, Prodein’s president José Palazon told the same source.

Palazon said the young woman fled her home when she was 16, after her father wanted to marry her to a 50-year-old man. He also allegedly “locked her up to treat her from homosexuality”. (sic)

 

Continue reading at: https://en.yabiladi.com/articles/details/88165/melilla-denounces-expulsion-moroccan-lesbian.html (Source)

Russia: young lesbian escapes after family takes her to Azerbaijan for sexuality

Sevgiya Subkhani-Ismailova

Student Sevgiya Subkhani-Ismailova, who was forcibly taken away by her mother from Krasnoyarsk, told how her life was going after escaping. This was reported by the publication “Rise” in its Telegram channel. A woman took her daughter to another country after learning that she was a lesbian.

Earlier, Sevgiya admitted that she is still afraid of her relatives, because “they are just animals.” The girl said that she still does not have an understanding of how to move on. She reported that her mother sent her voice messages with threats, promising “a lot of blood.” Sevgiya believes that this is not a figure of speech, because the mother is able to “go to extreme measures.”

On January 15, a friend of Sevgiya’s, Polina, said that the girl had been deceived into Azerbaijan, having taken away her documents, phone and antidepressants. After this, several unsuccessful attempts by the girl to escape were reported. In a message from one of her friends, she complained of beatings and tying. On January 17, it became known that the girl managed to escape, but the details of the escape were not specified.
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Насильно увезенная матерью в Азербайджан из Красноярска студентка Севгия Субхани-Исмаилова рассказала, как проходит ее жизнь после побега. Об этом сообщило издание «Подъем» в своем Telegram-канале. Женщина забрала дочь в другую страну, узнав, что та лесбиянка

Ранее Севгия призналась, что до сих пор боится своих родственников, потому что «они просто животные». Девушка рассказывала, что у нее пока нет понимания, как двигаться дальше. Она сообщала, что мать присылала ей голосовые сообщения с угрозами, обещая «много крови». Севгия считает, что это не фигура речи, потому что мать способна «пойти на крайние меры».

15 января подруга Севгии Полина рассказала, что девушку обманом увезли в Азербайджан, отобрав у нее документы, телефон и антидепрессанты. После этого сообщалось о нескольких неудачных попытках девушки сбежать. В сообщении одной из подруг она пожаловалась на побои и связывание. 17 января стало известно, что девушке удалось сбежать, однако детали побега не уточнялись.
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Continue reading at: https://lenta.ru/news/2020/01/27/zayavlenie/ (Source)

 

Argentina: Higui, lesbian accused of murder in corrective rape case to face court

Higui

There are four weeks left before the trial against Higui begins. Analía De Jesús, Argentina, 45, born in Haedo on June 7, 1974, is on trial for defending herself against corrective rape for being lesbian. On Mother’s Day 2016 (October 16), Higui went to visit her sister Mariana in the Lomas de Mariló neighborhood. That day, a group of men who had already attacked her on other occasions for being “chonga” (butch) surrounded her when she left a hallway. They threw her on the floor with a punch. One of them lowered her pants and ripped her boxers. Higui stabbed the rapist with a knife she had in her clothes to defend herself.

The other men began to kick her, while she protected her mostly curled up body as if it were a ball, covering her head with her arms. She was kicked very hard around her arms and shoulders, kidneys, genitals and perineum. While they beat her, Higui lost consciousness. Hours later, the flashlight and the screaming of the police officers woke her up. No one wanted to hear that Analía De Jesús defended herself from rape. “Who is going to want to rape you, black and fat?” the police mocked her. “I didn’t understand anything,” Higui recalls. “From one moment to another I was stunned by the pain, and stripped of all dignity, in a dungeon in Bella Vista”, accused of homicide although they hadn’t even informed her.  I didn’t know the aggressor was dead.

Higui waits in freedom for the trial that will take place between February 17 and 20 in Court No. 7 of San Martín. There is a defence request to postpone the debate until April, but the court has not yet responded.
(Translated)

Faltan cuatro semanas para que comience el juicio contra Higui. Analía De Jesús, argentina, 45 años, nacida en Haedo el 7 de junio de 1974, está procesada por defenderse de una violación correctiva por ser lesbiana. El Día de la Madre de 2016 (16 de octubre), Higui fue a visitar a su hermana Mariana en el barrio Lomas de Mariló. Aquel día, un grupo de hombres que ya la habían atacado en otras oportunidades por “chonga” (lesbiana masculina), la rodearon cuando salía de un pasillo. La tiraron al piso de una trompada. Uno de ellos le bajó los pantalones y le rompió el bóxer. Higui se defendió clavándole al violador un cuchillo que llevaba entre las ropas para defenderse.

Los demás hombres comenzaron a asestarle patadas, mientras ella protegía su cuerpo menudo enrollada como si fuera una bolita, cubriendo la cabeza con los brazos. La patearon muy fuerte en la zona de brazos y hombros, riñones, genitales y perineo. Mientras la golpeaban, Higui perdió la conciencia. Horas después, la despertaron la linterna y el griterío de los policías. Nadie quiso escuchar que Analía De Jesús se defendió de una violación. “¿Quién te va a querer violar a vos, negra, gorda?”, se burlaban los policías. “Yo no entendía nada”, recuerda Higui. De un momento a otro estaba aturdida de dolor, y despojada de toda dignidad, en un calabozo de Bella Vista. Acusada de homicidio. Aunque ni siquiera se lo habían informado. No sabía que el agresor estaba muerto.

Higui espera en libertad el juicio que se llevará a cabo entre el 17 y el 20 de febrero en el Tribunal Nº7 de San Martín. Hay un pedido de la defensa de postergar el debate hasta abril, pero el tribunal aún no respondió.
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Continue reading at: https://www.pagina12.com.ar/243430-se-viene-el-juicio-a-higui-acusada-por-defenderse (Source)

 

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Argentina: minimal punishment for attacking lesbian couple

Fabián Vildoza

Fabián Vildoza, 36, approached Barbara and Lara and practically ordered them to stop hugging. “They should separate because there are children in the place,” snapped the man, whose lesbophobic attack escalated until he almost became physical.

Now, Prosecutor Adrián Dávila, in charge of the Criminal, Contravention and Fault Prosecutor’s Office No. 36 of the City of Buenos Aires, decided this week that the man, who assaulted the couple of women in November 2019 complete two government-run courses. We find this a rather mild sentence for the seriousness of the aggression, since we remember that, in addition to verbally assaulting them, the son of the same was present, giving a bad example of what respect for diversity is.
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Fabián Vildoza, de 36 años, se acercó a Bárbara y Lara y prácticamente les ordenó que dejaran de abrazarse. “Podrían separarse porque hay chicos en el lugar”, espetó el hombre, cuyo ataque lesbofóbico fue creciendo hasta casi volverse físico.

Ahora, el Fiscal Adrián Dávila, a cargo de la Fiscalía Penal, Contravencional y de Faltas N°36 de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires, acordó esta semana que el hombre, que agredió a la pareja de mujeres en noviembre de 2019 complete dos cursos dictados por el Gobierno. Nos resulta una sentencia un bastante leve para lo grave de la agresión, ya que recordamos que, además de agredirlas verbalmente, estaba presente el hijo del mismo, dando un ejemplo pésimo de lo que es el respeto por la diversidad.
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Continue reading at: http://www.mirales.es/sentencia-un-hombre-que-agredio-una-pareja-de-lesbianas (Source)

Original story and video: https://www.cronica.com.ar/info-general/Lesbofobico-ataco-a-pareja-de-jovenes-en-Parque-Avellaneda-20191108-0014.html

Chile: sushi restaurant expels lesbians for hugging

local sushi expulsan lesbianas

We have become aware of another lesbophobic incident which occurred in Chile. A video went viral on social networks in which two women alleged that they were discriminated against for their sexual orientation in a Peruvian food and sushi restaurant called Saki, in the heart of Santiago.

Through her Instagram account, one of the affected women alleged that the cashier told them that they could not be “hugging” because, according to them, it was inappropriate for them to do so in front of a girl who was eating at the store.

At one point in the video, one of the women speaks directly to the girl asking if the situation “affected her” in any way – to this the girl makes a clear sign denying any possible harm from the events.
(Translated)

Hemos tenido conocimiento estos días de un nuevo hecho lesbófobo sucedido en Chile. Se viralizó a través de las redes sociales un vídeo en el que una pareja de mujeres acusó haber sido discriminadas por su orientación sexual en un local de sushi y comida peruana llamado Saki, en pleno centro de Santiago.

A través de su cuenta de Instagram, una de las mujeres afectadas acusó que la cajera les dijo que no podían estar “abrazándose” porque, según les increpó era inapropiado que lo hiciesen enfrente de una niña que se encontraba comiendo en el local.

En un momento de los vídeos, una de las chicas le habla directamente a la niña preguntando si la situación antes mencionada “le afectó” de alguna forma. A lo que la niña hace un decidido gesto negando cualquier posible molestia por lo ocurrido.
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Continue reading at: http://www.mirales.es/pareja-de-lesbianas-expulsada-de-un-local-de-sushi-en-chile (Source)

 

A Queensland Herstory project – telling the stories of 8 older lesbians

A Matter of Time Heather Faulkner

A spotlight is being shined on LGBT rights — or, more accurately, the historic lack thereof —  in the Australian state of Queensland. The beam is in the form of an upcoming book, North of the Border, by cross-media storyteller and documentary photographer Heather Faulkner. The book builds on Faulkner’s doctoral thesis research project, A Matter Of Time, and through six years of interviews and photography, tells the stories of eight lesbians who grew up in Queensland. The women range in age from their mid-50s to 70s.

“I want older lesbian and gay readers to know that their stories are important,” she told The Huffington Post. “That what they lived through matters.”

Faulkner realized that no one had investigated the Queensland lesbian experience before, especially not in a documentary. “So I decided to do it,” she said.

She describes a Queensland under the rule of Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen (the longest serving premier of Queensland) from 1968 to 1987 as an ultra-conservative state where women’s rights were minimal. Domestic violence was rife and women needed male signatories to purchase things like refrigerators or to get a bank loan; indigenous rights, homosexual rights, education, disability rights, environmental rights, etc. all needed redressing.

“Those who didn’t fit the government-prescribed norm — straight, white, married with children, Christian and conservative politically — didn’t fit in at all. This included feminists, homosexuals, aboriginals, academics, environmentalists, unmarried women or single moms,” Faulkner said. “The government made demonstrations illegal, a policy that resulted in several mass arrests … known demonstrators were ostracized from work places, spied on, bullied or beaten by police,” she describes.

Continue reading at: https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/telling-the-story-of-the-lives-and-loves-of-older-lesbians_n_55fb19e1e4b08820d917e311(Source)

Chile: Sexualised attack on lesbians

agresion-lesbofobia-Renca

Christian Mauricio García Silva, 45, is being investigated for lesbophobia against two women who were outside their home when he allegedly insulted, sexually harassed and intimidated them, in addition to physically assaulting them more than once.

The victims, identified as MJYC (38) and TAAC (44), were painting the fence surrounding the property where they live in Renca, Chile, when García Silva walked behind them and began to insult them for being lesbians. He brushed TAAC’s body, saying “I’m going to suck your tits to make you a woman, sick fag”.

Additionally, the perpetrator allegedly showed his erect penis to her.

When the alleged perpetrator returned, the aggression became even more violent – he began trying to hit her until she managed to push him; at the same time he repeated endless lesbophobic insults, sexual advances and death threats, until another neighbour approached to help them.
(Translated)

Additional information from MOVILH regarding the significant disabilities of one of the victims: https://www.movilh.cl/sujeto-ataca-a-pareja-lesbica-en-renca-te-voy-a-chupar-las-tetitas-para-hacerte-mujer-maricona-enferma/

Christian Mauricio García Silva, de 45 años, está siendo investigado por haber cometido una agresión lesbofóbica en contra de una pareja de mujeres que se encontraban a las afueras de su domicilio en cuando él llegó a insultarlas, acosarlas sexualmente y tratar de intimidarlas, además de agredirlas físicamente en más de una ocasión.

Las víctimas, identificadas como M.J.Y.C (38) y T.A.A.C (44), estaban pintando la reja que rodea a la propiedad donde viven en Renca, Chile, cuando García Silva pasó por detrás de ellas caminando y comenzó a insultarlas por ser lesbianas, rozó el cuerpo con el del T.A.A.C y le dijo “te voy a chupar las tetitas para hacerte mujer, maricona enferma”.

Adicionalmente, el agresor habría intentado mostrar su pene erecto a la mujer.

Cuando el sujeto volvió, las agresiones se tornaron aun más violentas, él comenzó ha tratar de golpearla hasta que ella consiguió empujarlo; al miso tiempo él repetía insultos lesbofóbicos, insinuaciones sexuales y amenazas de muerte que parecían infinitos, hasta que otro vecino se acercó para auxiliarlas.
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Continue reading at: https://elmanana.com.mx/te-voy-a-hacer-mujer-sujeto-ataca-a-pareja-de-mujeres-en-su-casa/ (Source)

Update: Update: Chilean couple granted protection order after lesbophobic attack

 

 

Spinifex Press: Celebrating Radical Lesbian Publishing

Sue_and_Renate Spinifex Press

by Claire Heuchan

AfterEllen.com

Spinifex was founded in March of 1991 by Susan Hawthorne and Renate Klein. The press began as a pushback to the cuts that threatened feminist and literary publishing during Australia’s recession. Susan and Renate started out with four titles. Since then, Spinifex has gone from strength to strength. They publish everything from fiction to poetry to political tracts.

Almost 30 years on, Spinifex Press has now published over 200 books. They’ve shared writing by some of the most relevant and necessary voices in the modern feminist movement. Among their authors are Robin Morgan, editor of the iconic Sisterhood is Powerful anthology, and Rachel Moran, an abolitionist campaigner. Other notable writers include Julie Bindel, Unity Dow, and Sheila Jeffreys.

Continue reading: https://www.afterellen.com/general-news/574816-spinifex-press (Source)

Italy: lesbian beaten by two boys

Giulia Ventura Potenza

Giulia Ventura is a thirty year old lesbian, which was enough for two boys to kick and punch her. Her swollen face and broken nasal septum – Giulia shared the signs of the violence and the hospital report on Facebook.

“It was Wednesday night – she says – I was walking in this wonderful city of Potenza, with my blue headphones in my ears. I heard someone talk at me and, not understanding what was happening, I removed my headphones. I see two boys who crossed the road and stood in front of me, blocking me. I asked them what the problem was and after two shoves that knocked me down, still conscious I hear a phrase: “People like you have to die. Do you want to be a boy? I will show you how men do it.”

That’s when the nightmare began. “I don’t have time to reply”, Giulia continues “the first punch breaks my lip, the second was at my nose, the third my eye. I got up and tried to defend myself with a headbutt that I think broke my admirer’s nose, but then I fell. I felt two kicks, one in my ribs and one on my shoulder. Then I passed out.”
(Translated)

Giulia Ventura ha trent’anni ed è lesbica. Tanto è bastato due ragazzini per prenderla a calci e pugni. Il volto tumefatto, il setto nasale rotto. Giulia mostra i segni della violenza subita e il referto dell’ospedale su Facebook.

“Era mercoledì sera – racconta – cammino a piedi, in questa meravigliosa città di Potenza, con le mie cuffiette blu nelle orecchie, sento qualcuno blaterare verso di me, non capendo cosa stesse accadendo, mi tolgo le cuffiette e vedo due ragazzini che, attraversando la strada e si mettono di fronte a me, intralciandomi il passaggio. Chiedo loro che problemi avessero e dopo due spintoni che mi hanno atterrata, ancora cosciente sento una frase: “Le persone come te devono morire, vuoi fare il maschio? E mo ti faccio vede come abbuscano i maschi”.
È allora che comincia l’incubo. “Non ho il tempo di rispondere – continua Giulia – che il primo pugno mi rompe il labbro, il secondo il naso, il terzo l’occhio. Mi alzo e cerco di difendermi con una testata che credo abbia rotto il naso al mio ammiratore, ma poi cado. Sento due calci, uno sulla costola e uno sulla spalla. Svengo”.
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Continue reading at: https://napoli.repubblica.it/cronaca/2020/01/17/news/potenza_presa_a_calci_e_pugni_perche_lesbica-246050514/ (Source)

U.K: Lesbian beaten in horrific lesbophobic attack

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A lesbian has been left traumatised after being punched in the head from behind and thrown to the ground.

Charlie Graham was left battered and covered in blood after the terrifying and cowardly attack by two homophobic thugs.

Police are treating the beating as a hate crime, Daily Star Online reports, and 20-year-old Charlie wants everyone to see her shocking injuries in a bid to track down her attacker.

Charlie said: “I got hit from behind by a fist to the back of my head, then I hit the ground, hurting my legs and face.

“I tried to get back up, but they pushed me back to the ground and the two guys ran off.

“I was left bleeding and scared.”

Continue reading: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/lesbian-covered-blood-homophobic-attack-21296793 (source)

2019 in review: Lesbians in the News

 

By Liz Waterhouse

2019 Lesbian News Summary

In 2019 Listening2Lesbians expanded our coverage to challenge the previous dominance of English stories to better report global lesbian experiences. This shift saw an increase in news reported, with information from additional countries in 10 languages.

It remains difficult to find comprehensive reports of lesbian experiences given the legal or social situation in many countries; largely disinterested mainstream and specialist media; and various language barriers including a reliance on freely available news translation services and sometimes limited use of the word lesbian by victims, police or media.

The news that was reported in 2019 indicated significant continuing opposition to or punishment of lesbians, particularly in religiously conservative regions. The increasing conservatism and religiosity in some of these areas is of particular concern for lesbians who are subjected to both homophobia and sexism, as well as the intersection of the two.

LOCATION – CHALLENGING THE ANGLO DOMINANCE

2019 Stories by Country

 

In 2019 Listening2Lesbians found and shared 258 news stories from 53 counties, up from 152 stories from 35 countries in 2018.

Reports from the USA and United Kingdom dropped as a percentage from 50% of stories to 26% of location specific stories.

In 2018 we identified the dramatic over-representation of news from the USA and UK, based both in the cultural dominance mirrored in media resourcing / output and our reliance on English language media.

In an attempt to better track global lesbian experiences, we expanded news searches from only English to include daily searches in English, Russian, Polish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, German, French, Dutch, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese. It is hoped that this search can expand in coming years. Any readers who can assist are requested to contact us.

This expanded news search resulted in news posted in 10 languages in 2019 with 55% of news posted solely in English, 23% in Spanish, 6% in both French and Italian and 3% or under in Portuguese, German, Chinese, Polish, Dutch and Russian.

There remain significant gaps in representation, particularly in countries where homosexuality is strictly or defacto illegal (45 of the 123 countries never reported on by Listening 2 Lesbians). A lack of reported news from these countries cannot mean a lack of discrimination, harassment and persecution of lesbians in these countries.

The under-reporting of lesbian experiences in these countries is almost certainly exacerbated by the (LGBTI and mainstream) media focus on other groups within the LGBTI community. Lesbians continue to be omitted from reports on legal changes, persecution and their effects even when it is evident that they will be affected, and that their experiences will be further exacerbated by cultural expectations of and pressures on women and the punishment levied against women who do not meet these cultural norms and sex roles.

 

ISSUES

Discrimination and harassment were the dominant issue reported in 2019, representing 46% of the global stories reported in the English media.

Physical and sexual violence against lesbians, including murder, represented 37% of reported stories with persecution a further 11%, often including stories of lesbians seeking asylum to escape it.

Issues reported 2019 Global

This breakdown is not globally representative with the USA breakdown between discrimination and harassment and persecution significantly different to that in the rest of the world. Discrimination and harassment in the US represents 77% of the news items and persecution is not represented. This represents a shift from 2018 when 61% of the stories reported discrimination and harassment and persecution was present in 5% of the stories.

Physical or sexual violence, including murder, represented only 14% of the stories, down from 31% in 2018.

Issues reported 2019 USA

For the rest of the world, minus the USA, discrimination and harassment represent just 40% of the stories in 2019, marginally up on the 36% in 2018. Persecution stories decreased from 24% to 13%. 

Physical or sexual violence, including murder, represented 41% of the stories, up from the 29% in 2018.

Issues reported 2019 not USA

 

HOSTILITY SOURCE

News stories reported in 2019 were coded for source of hostility, abuse or discrimination to provide insight into the nature of the opposition to lesbians.

Global data was considered first, with individuals and community hostility increasing from 35% in 2018 to 55% of 2019 reports. Government hostility and discrimination dropped as a percentage from 28% in 2018, the single largest source, to 9% in 2019.

2019 hostility source chart global

The USA vs global minus USA data was also assessed, showing significantly lower community hostility than global reports but a mirrored increase in business hostility (approximately 10% difference in both).

2019 hostility source chart USA

 

The USA hostility source data shows no publicly reported hostility from family and friends and little government hostility.  Public sphere hostility represented 66% of hostility in USA stories (education, business and individual/stranger hostility combined), an increase on the 50% reported in 2018.

2018 hostility source chart global - usa

2019 hostility source chart not USA

Government as a formal source of hostility decreased from 34% to 10% in global reports that excluded the USA. It is hard to know whether this represents a variation in incidents or reporting, or a variation in the source countries included in the 2019 news reports.

For countries other than the USA, community and in individual/stranger hostility rates are significantly higher than in 2018 reports (from 14% to 25% and 19% to 35% respectively, a net increase in 26%). The stories reported in 2019 challenge the idea that lesbians do not experience street violence, with butch or gender non conforming lesbians particularly subjected to harassment, violence and murder.

 

WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

The data gathered in reporting discrimination and violence against lesbians around the world in 2019 shows significant variation across the global lesbian experience, reinforcing our need to focus on the communities we do not hear about.

Given the fragmented and unreliable nature of reporting on crimes against lesbians, it is difficult to draw any conclusions from the limited reports we have, however, it is evident that the experiences of living in countries with deep and clearly expressed social and legal opposition to lesbians differs from that of lesbians facing discrimination and harassment in states with civil remedies and protections. The increasing conservatism and windback of legal protections in various jurisdictions around the world is of particular concern.

Civil remedies and greater community acceptance do not appear to have resolved the issue of interpersonal violence which represents approximately 36% of the 2019 reports, an increase on 30% in 2018.

RESPONSE TO THE NEWS

In 2018, the Listening2Lesbians story with the most individual views on WordPress was Brazil: murders of lesbians increased by 237% in 3 years, also the Facebook post with the greatest engagement.

In general, responses mirrored patterns evident in 2018, namely that reports of harassment or discrimination against white lesbians in the USA or UK received consistently higher engagement than reports of even murder of lesbians of colour, particularly those outside English speaking first world countries.

While this is disappointing it is not unusual. Listening 2 Lesbians will continue to respond by seeking to focus particularly on finding reports of non white lesbian experiences.

AREAS NOT REPORTED ON

Listening2Lesbians has largely not reported in depth on:

  • Harassment of lesbians in relation to views of gender identity
  • Inclusion or exclusion of mothers on birth certificates in various jurisdictions
  • Access to in vitro fertilisation treatment

In particular, lesbian experiences in relation to gender identity is a specific area with dedicated sites better suited to this focus.

 

POSTS FROM 2019:

 

Brazil: lesbophobic attack by three men on five women

Gabrielle Amato

Last Sunday, photographer Gabrielle Amato, in a group of five women, suffered physical and verbal aggression from three unknown men in an amusement park 80 km from São Paulo, the so-called Hopi Hari de Vinhedo.

As reported in the videos posted on social networks the women, three friends and a lesbian couple, were enjoying the day while waiting in line at one of the park’s attractions. They were approached by a trio of a father and son together with a friend who, chanting in favour of fascist President Jair Bolsonaro, declared a desire to expel them from the scene, eventually culminating in assaults on women, punching and kicking them.

On her social media networks, the photographer Gabrielle Amato denounced the incident and outlined the real reasons for the violence: the fact that they are lesbians. Gabrielle also commented that she was surprised by the incident because, according to her, such aggression was unusual until then, at least involving her person.

The emergence of these types of cases, such as Gabrielle’s, are increasingly common among women and people of colour, reflecting the advancement of the far right in Brazil. If, as the photographer says, such a situation is different from what happened in the past, we have a strong practical example of how fascists act when they feel comfortable acting in national politics.
(Translated)

 

No último domingo, a fotógrafa Gabrielle Amato, junto a um grupo que totalizava cinco mulheres, sofreu agressões físicas e verbais provindas de três homens desconhecidos em um parque de diversões há 80 km de São Paulo, o chamado Hopi Hari de Vinhedo.

As mulheres, como relatam nos vídeos lançados nas redes sociais, estavam aproveitando o dia entre três amigas e um casal lésbico, quando enquanto esperavam na fila de uma das atrações do parque, foram abordadas por um trio de pai e filho juntos a um amigo que, entoando dizeres a favor do presidente fascista, Jair Bolsonaro, declaravam o desejo de expulsa-las do local, culminando por fim em covardes agressões feitas pelo grupo contra as mulheres, onde por meio de socos e chutes, atingiram as visitantes.

A fotógrafa em seus redes sociais denunciou o fato e escancarou os reais motivos da agressão: o fato de serem lésbicas. Gabrielle comenta além disso a surpresa com a situação pois, de acordo com a mesma, agressões desse tipo eram incomuns até então, pelo menos envolvendo sua pessoa.

O aparecimento destes tipos de caso como de Gabrielle, cada vez mais frequentes entre mulheres e negros, é um reflexo do avanço da extrema-direita no Brasil. Se como diz a fotógrafa, tal situação se mostra diferente do que acontecia no passado, temos um forte exemplo prático de como passa a agir os fascistas quando sentem-se confortáveis de atuarem na política nacional.
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Continue reading at: https://www.causaoperaria.org.br/mulher-e-espancada-por-ser-lesbica-e-preciso-reagir-a-extrema-direita/ (Source)

U.S: Alaskan lesbian activist slashed and beaten at home after she received threatening note

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An LGBTQ activist on the Kenai Peninsula says she was slashed with a knife and beaten in her home this month within a few weeks of two threatening incidents.

Tammie Willis said she found a note crammed under her pickup’s windshield wiper in mid-November: “Dumb Ass Dyke We don’t want your gay libtard ass shit here so take it some where else before you get hurt!!!”

A little over a week later, Willis says, she was driving before dawn to Kenai Peninsula College, where she is associate director of residence life, when she glimpsed someone standing in the bed of a pickup at the side of the road. That person threw something that broke her windshield.

Police this week said they found a rock with the word “dyke” written on it at the spot.

On Dec. 9, the power in Willis’ Sterling neighborhood went out, she said. She went to see if other houses were dark, and when she opened the door leading from her garage, someone pushed her back inside and began to slash her with a knife.

Continue reading: https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/crime-courts/2019/12/27/kenai-peninsula-lgbtq-activist-reports-being-slashed-and-beaten-at-home-after-she-received-threatening-note/ (source)

Mexico: bar staff charged with death and assault of lesbians celebrating anniversary

Debraye

December 2019: Two employees of the Debraye bar in Cuernavaca, Morelos, were arrested in relation to the death of a 24-year-old woman and assault of her girlfriend when they left the establishment.

Nancy Guadalupe and her girlfriend went to the bar on December 7 to celebrate their first anniversary, but it all ended in a nightmare.

When they left, they said that they had not left a tip and returned to leave the money on the table.

Back at the exit, one of the men struck Nancy in the head and the other did not let her girlfriend out because she had a glass. After discussing for a few moments, she returned to find a disposable container for the drink.

On her return, she found Nancy beaten by the bar. She had to be transferred to a Cuernavaca hospital but she died on December 9 as a result of the head injury caused by the blows.
(Translated)
Dos empleados del bar Debraye en Cuernavaca, Morelos, fueron detenidos por estar relacionados con la muerte de una joven de 24 años y agredir a su novia cuando salían del establecimiento.

Nancy Guadalupe y su novia fueron a ese bar el 7 de diciembre para festejar su primer aniversario, pero todo acabó en pesadilla.

Cuando salían, estos dos sujetos primero les reclamaron que no habían dejado propina, por lo que regresaron para dejar el dinero sobre la mesa.

Nuevamente en la salida, uno de los hombres le dio un golpe a Nancy en la cabeza y el otro no dejaba salir a su novia porque se llevaba un vaso de vidrio; tras discutir por unos momentos, su pareja tuvo que regresar a buscar algo desechable para la bebida.

Pero cuando volvió, encontró a Nancy golpeada abajo del edificio donde está el bar y tuvo que ser trasladada a un hospital de Cuernavaca.

Sin embargo, murió el 9 de diciembre a consecuencia de un traumatismo craneoencefálico provocado por los golpes.
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Continue reading at: https://www.elsoldemexico.com.mx/mexico/justicia/feminicidio-empleados-bar-debraye-cuernavaca-nancy-guadalupe-novia-4611448.html (source)

Italy: Nigerian lesbian attacked and threatened

Jen Novara Lesbophobia
Two days ago (December 19), at the exit of Novara station, around 6 pm, one of our [Arcigay Rainbow Vercelli-Valsesia Territorial Committee’s] Nigerian members was attacked by a compatriot, Solomon. The young woman, whose nickname is Jen, knew her alleged attacker already and following his initial advances had immediately clarified that she was not interested in the company of men and that she was a lesbian.

On leaving the station Jen tried to avoid Solomon, who followed her and for the umpteenth time he insistently asked her out, not accepting a further refusal.

Solomon angrily addressed her with phrases such as “in our country these things are not allowed” but Jen responded clearly, saying “I am now in Italy, I am free to do what makes me feel good”. At that point Solomon continued to insult her, saying “you’re a shame!” before attacking her. He hit her face threatening “it doesn’t end here – in our country they kill lesbians and I’ll kill you”.

While Solomon beat her, a small group of Italians who observed the scene did not move a finger, not even to call the police.
(Translated)

Due giorni fa (19 dicembre), all’uscita della stazione di Novara, intorno alle ore 18, una nostra iscritta nigeriana è stata aggredita da un connazionale, tale Solomon. La ragazza, il cui soprannome è Jen, aveva conosciuto il suo aggressore in precedenza e fin da subito, in seguito ad alcune prime avances, aveva chiarito di non essere interessata alla compagnia di uomini e di essere lesbica.

All’uscita della stazione Jen ha cercato di evitare Solomon, che però l’ha seguita e per l’ennesima volta le ha insistentemente chiesto di uscire, non accettando un ulteriore rifiuto.

Solomon le ha indirizzato con rabbia frasi del tipo “nel nostro Paese queste cose non sono ammesse” ma Jen è stata nuovamente molto chiara rispondendo “ora sono in Italia, sono libera di fare ciò che mi fa stare bene”. A quel punto Solomon ha continuato ad insultarla, dicendole “sei una vergogna!”, per poi arrivare ad aggredirla colpendola al volto proseguendo con “non finisce qui, nel nostro Paese uccidono le lesbiche e ti ucciderò”.

Mentre Solomon la picchiava, un capannello di italiani che osservavano la scena non hanno mosso un dito, neanche per chiamare le forze dell’ordine.
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Continue reading at: https://www.imolaoggi.it/2019/12/25/aggressione-omofoba-a-novara-nigeriano-picchia-connazionale/ (Source)