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Aram Bolandpaz: a lesbian TV reporter fighting for her community in Iran

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By Aram Bolandpaz

To be an openly proud member of the LGBT+ community working as a journalist and presenter is a unique opportunity.

It has enabled me to report on the issues I care about the most. My work primarily focuses on human rights and edgy stories. That includes reporting on LGBT+ life inside Iran and the experiences of the LGBT+ community more broadly in the Middle East.

You see, LGBT+ rights in Iran have come into conflict with the Iranian penal code since the 1930s.

Post-revolutionary Iran forbids any type of sexual activity outside of a heterosexual marriage. Moreover same-sex sexual activities are punishable by imprisonment, corporal punishment, or execution.

In the Middle East, Iran is one of five countries to punish same-sex relations by the death penalty. The others are Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Mauritania, and Sudan.

When it comes to the lesbian and bisexual community inside Iran, the punishment for same-sex conduct starts with lashes. But on the fourth ‘offence’ the court can give the death penalty.

Continue reading at: https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/how-this-lesbian-tv-reporter-uses-journalism-to-fight-for-the-lgbt-community-in-iran/ (Source)

Equatorial Guinea: Lesbians raped and impregnated to “cure” them

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The terrible torture of lesbians in Equatorial Guinea: families order them to be repeatedly raped and made pregnant

Homosexual women suffer double discrimination, because of their gender and the group to which they belong. Furthermore, in Equatorial Guinea they are brutally tortured by their own families.

Melibea Obono is a writer, politician and lesbian which is a stigma in her country, Equatorial Guinea: “In Guinea a person who is homosexual is not considered a person.”

This group not only receives the rejection of the whole society, but in this former Spanish colony they suffer all kinds of torture. If you are a woman, there is an additional horrifying factor: you are forced to become pregnant with the aim of being “cured” of your homosexuality.

“If you don’t do this, the family brings a man to rape her at home,” explains Obono, adding: “So if in the first pregnancy she isn’t cured, they go for the second child. If in the second pregnancy she isn’t cured, then for the third. When the time comes that she continues to have sons and daughters and is not cured, they throw both lesbians and their offspring into the streets.”
(Translated)

La terribles torturas a las lesbianas en Guinea Ecuatorial: las familias ordenan que las violen y embaracen repetidamente
Las mujeres homosexuales sufren una doble discriminación, por su género y por el colectivo al que pertenecen. Además, en Guinea Ecuatorial son brutalmente torturadas por sus propias familias.

Melibea Obono es escritora, polítologa y lesbiana, un estigma en su país, Guinea Ecuatorial: “En Guinea una persona que es homosexual no es considerada una persona”.

Este colectivo no sólo recibe el rechazo de toda la sociedad, sino que las personas del colectivo de esta antigua colonia española sufren todo tipo de torturas. Si se es mujer, con un agravante: son obligadas a quedarse embarazadas con el objetivo de que se “curen” de su homosexualidad.

“Si no hace esto, la familia trae un hombre y la viola en casa”, explica Obono, y añade: “Entonces si en el primer embarazo no se cura, tiene que ir a por el segundo. Si en el segundo no se cura, a por el tercero, y cuando llega el momento de que sigue teniendo hijos, hijas y no se cura, echan a la calle tanto a la homosexual como a su descendencia”.
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Continue reading at: https://www.antena3.com/noticias/mundo/la-terribles-torturas-a-las-lesbianas-en-guinea-ecuatorial-las-familias-ordenan-que-las-violen-y-embaracen-repetidamente_202002295e5adf430cf20bdcde34305c.html (Source)

Update: Chilean couple granted protection order after lesbophobic attack

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Prosecutor Patricia Varas has granted a protection order to a lesbian couple who reported experiencing a lesbophobic attack at the hands of a man in Renca, according to the Homosexual Integration and Liberation Movement (Movilh), an association that fights for the LBGTI community in Chile.

After learning of the abuse, threats and violence they experienced from the perpetrator, identified as Christian Mauricio García Silva, periodic rounds by police officers were ordered to for a period of 60 days. The Movilh shared a video which recorded the attack the couple reported.
(Translated)

La fiscal Patricia Varas ha concedido una medida de protección en favor de una pareja lésbica, después de que denunciaran que recibieron agresiones lesbofóbicas por parte de un hombre en Renca, según consigna el Movimiento de Integración y Liberación Homosexual (Movilh), asociación que lucha en favor de los derechos del colectivo LGTBI en Chile.

En detalle, se ordenaron rondas periódicas de Carabineros en el domicilio de las mujeres por un plazo de 60 días, esto tras conocer los insultos, amenazas y golpes que recibieron por parte del sujeto identificado como Christian Mauricio García Silva. El Movilh compartió un vídeo en el que se encuentra el registro de las agresiones que denuncia la pareja.
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Continue reading at: http://www.mirales.es/nuevo-ataque-contra-una-pareja-de-lesbianas (Source)

Original Article: Chile: Sexualised attack on lesbians

Chile: Sexualised attack on lesbians

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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

 

 

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)

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)

We talk about lesbianicide when a lesbian is killed for being a lesbian. In our society, loving a woman, being a woman, is one of the insults that most hurts masculinity. From corrective sexual harassment, to violations that serve as a “warning”, and coexistence with compulsory heterosexuality that, many times, urges you to remain “in the closet”. Hence, visibility is the political tool that links them: Nicole and Anna were “visible” lesbians, and they ask the question: did they die from being lesbians?

Francisca Millán is a lawyer specialized in Human Rights and gender. Member of the AML study, which is exclusively dedicated to defending women in cases involving gender violence. Her project offers a feminist perspective to materialize the right of access to justice. Millán affirms that women are violated in the Chilean legal system. In this setting, being a lesbian is a direct and very specific affront.

“Lesbianism, from hegemonic masculinity, is a revelation to the social order, because I do not submit to heteropatriarchal logics, I am outside of it, and I am not willing to occupy those roles,” explains Millán.

Offenses that would directly affect lesbians by virtue of being so would be 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, by mixing base crimes with the Zamudio Law, hate engines can be relieved.

“Offenses of this nature have a lot of expression of power, and demonstrate that there is this exercise of submission with respect to others. That is something quite common in the case of lesbian women: what more obvious way to subdue a woman who is a lesbian than to force her to perform oral sex, ”says the lawyer.

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

“This has been a tough year. There is the case of Carolina Torres (beaten in Pudahuel), we recently found out about girls being raped in the Forest Park. That scares you, it happens at five in the afternoon, and it happens in the places where we meet, ”he explains. For her, there is a social punishment for being a lesbian, added to that of being a woman. “These hate-lesbo crimes are coupled with sexual themes under the premise of the I am going to teach you. We are talking about corrective rapes, which are also directed at a specific type of lesbian: the truck, which breaks out of the heteronorm, ”she says.

The first crime of lesbophobia registered and investigated 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 worked for 15 years.

“In 1984, when Monica was killed, a broad reflection was generated regarding what was happening to all of us, the discrimination we were experiencing. But there is no specific reflection on hate crimes as they are understood today, ”says Cecilia Riquelme, one of its founders, who participated in the Day of Lesbian Rebellions on Saturday, October 12, in Valparaíso.
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Excerpts from Romina Reyes’ article.
Continue reading at:  https://www.theclinic.cl/2019/10/16/cuando-muere-una-lesbiana-la-busqueda-de-justicia-para-nicole-saavedra-y-anna-cook/  (Source )

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Chile: Corrective rape allegations against uncle of lesbian’s ex partner

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The first complaint of corrective rape against a woman in El Maule was filed this Monday at the Guarantee Court of Talca.

The legal action was filed by the lawyer Rodrigo Medina, of the Legal Clinic of the University of Santo Tomás, thanks to an agreement that exists with the Homosexual Integration and Liberation Movement (Movilh) Maule.

“The incident happened a little over a month ago and where the uncle of our client’s ex-partner raped her and rebuked her for her sexuality while committing the assault,” said the lawyer.

The complainant added that “the subject is free and my representative will testify on Friday. The complaint was made with the aggravating of article 12 number 21 of the Criminal Code Law to execute the crime for reasons of hatred towards sexual orientation.”
(Translated)

La primera querella por violación homofóbica contra de una mujer en El Maule fue presentada este lunes en el Tribunal de Garantía de Talca.

La acción judicial fue interpuesta por el abogado Rodrigo Medina, de la Clínica Jurídica de la Universidad Santo Tomás, gracias a un convenio que existe con el Movimiento de Integración y Liberación Homosexual (Movilh) Maule.

“El hecho ocurrió hace poco más de un mes y en donde el tío de la ex pareja de nuestra representada la violó y la increpó por su condición sexual mientras cometía la agresión”, dijo el jurista.

El abogado querellante agregó que “el sujeto está en libertad y mi representada declarará el viernes. Se hizo la denuncia con la agravante del artículo 12 número 21 de la Ley del Código Penal para ejecutar el delito por razones de odio hacia la orientación sexual”.
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Contimnue reading at: https://www.cooperativa.cl/noticias/pais/region-del-maule/presentan-querella-por-violacion-homofobica-a-una-mujer-en-el-maule/2019-07-29/135009.html (Source)

Chile: Lesbian conversion therapy as a child

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By Camila Toro Aguirre

In spite of the historical advances that the movement for the rights of the LGBTIQ+ community has achieved, conversion therapies are still practiced behind the walls of numerous psychological providers in Chile.
A pseudoscientific method that seeks to “cure homosexuality” psychologically, limiting and repressing any type of sexual orientation that does not conform to heterosexuality.
However, it is proven that there is nothing good in these treatments. According to the World Psychiatric Association, those who attend these therapies often “develop addictions, suicidal tendencies, sexual disorders and depression.”
In Chile in the 2000s, Carmina Vásquez, an accomplished lawyer from the University of Chile and a member of the Lesbofeminist Network in support of the LGBTIQ + community, attended conversion therapy for the first time when she was only 14 years old.
(Translated)

A pesar de los históricos avances que ha logrado el movimiento por los derechos de la comunidad LGBTIQ+, detrás de las paredes de numerosas consultas psicológicas de Chile todavía se practican las terapias de reconversión sexual.
Un método pseudocientífico que desde la psicología busca “curar la homosexualidad”, limitando y reprimiendo cualquier tipo de orientación sexual que no se ajuste a la heteronorma.
Sin embargo, está demostrado que no hay nada de bueno en estos tratamientos. Según la Asociación Mundial de Psiquiatría, quienes asisten a estas terapias suelen “generar adicciones, tendencias suicidas, trastornos sexuales y depresión”.
En un Chile de los 2000, Carmina Vásquez, una realizada abogada de la Universidad de Chile e integrante de la Red Lesbofeminista en apoyo a la comunidad LGBTIQ+, asistió por primera vez a una terapia de reconversión sexual cuando sólo tenía 14 años.
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Continue reading at: https://m.elmostrador.cl/braga/2019/07/24/lesbianismo-el-amor-no-se-cura/ (Source)

South Africa: Judge upholds life sentences for corrective rape of lesbians

Judge Violet Phatshoane

Judge Violet Phatshoane said what the rapist did was ‘repulsive and unpardonable’. Image: University of the Free State

A man who believed in “corrective rape” for lesbians has failed in an appeal against two life sentences.

Zabathini Jonas, from Petrusville in the Northern Cape, twice raped a 24-year-old woman, and told a magistrate in Philipstown that he “wanted to correct homosexual girls”.

After being convicted and jailed, the 30-year-old father of two appealed to the high court in Kimberley.

Judge Violet Phatshoane sent him packing last week, saying what he had done was “quite repulsive and unpardonable”.

She added: “The so-called ‘corrective rape’ is evil and cannot be countenanced. What [Jonas] did [to his victim] was to pulverise her sense of belonging and self-expression.”

Continue reading at: https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/south-africa/2019-07-24-youre-repulsive-judge-upholds-life-terms-for-rapist-who-targeted-lesbians/ (Source)

Lesbian activist Gerald Hayo: corrective rape is a common practice in Kenya

Gerald Hayo

Kenya is one of the 70 countries in the world that as of March 2019 criminalizes having sex with someone of the same sex. Currently, being gay in Kenya is punishable by up to 14 years in prison. The situation is aggravated if you are a lesbian woman, as is the case of Gerald Hayo, who survived a multiple corrective rape organized by her own family. The activist is now dedicating her life to fighting for the rights of lesbian, bisexual and queer (LBQ) women in the African country. Fire!!, the International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival in Barcelona, ​​has premiered the documentary Now you are woman by journalist Alba Muñoz, in which Hayo tells her story to the world. At a time when talking involves exposing oneself, Hayo wants to break with the systematic silence that makes invisible the violations of human rights and the inequality suffered by Kenyan women who do not follow the mandate of heterosexuality.
(Translated)

Kenia es uno de los 70 países del mundo que a fecha de marzo de 2019 criminaliza tener relaciones con alguien de tu mismo sexo. Actualmente, ser homosexual en Kenia se castiga con hasta 14 años de prisión. La situación se agrava si eres una mujer lesbiana, como es el caso de Gerald Hayo, que sobrevivió a una violación múltiple correctiva organizada por su propia familia. La activista dedica ahora su vida a luchar por los derechos de las mujeres lesbianas, bisexuales y queer (LBQ) del país africano. Fire!!, la Muestra Internacional de cine Gay y Lésbico de Barcelona, ha estrenado … el documental Now you are woman de la periodista Alba Muñoz, en el que Hayo relata su historia al mundo. En un momento en el que hablar supone exponerse, Hayo quiere romper con el silencio sistemático que invisibiliza las vulneraciones de derechos humanos y la desigualdad que sufren las mujeres keniatas que no siguen el mandato de la heterosexualidad.
(Original)

Continue reading at: https://www.elsaltodiario.com/kenia/gerald-hayo-las-violaciones-correctivas-a-mujeres-lbq-son-una-practica-comun-en-kenia- (Source)

Costa Rica: lesbian forced to wear dress then brutally murdered

Stephannye Paola Castro Mora

(November 2018)

Those who knew Steph [Stephannye Paola Castro Mora] said that she had a style of dress, and that she never wore dresses or skirts. Hence, the psychologist who has evaluated this case on account of the hatred with which her murderers tried to humiliate her before killing her, putting a dress on her. “In this particular case not only hate, intolerance and excessive anger toward the sexual orientation of the victim are denoted, but also the imposition of their own code and how he (or the murderers) think must express the sexuality of a woman (with a dress)” commented Ana Yancy Benavides. …
We are filled with rage at the murder of this young woman who worked as a security guard, a girl who was the target of deranged just because of her sexual orientation, because she did not fulfil the heterosexual and feminine “codes” that the lesbophobes wanted to see in them.
(Translated)

Los que conocían a Steph decían que tenía un estilo muy propio de vestir, y que jamás usaba vestidos ni faldas. De ahí que la psicóloga que ha evaluado este caso de cuenta del odio con el que sus asesinos intentaron humillarla antes de matarla, poniéndole un vestido. “En este caso particular no solo se denotan odio, intolerancia y enojo desmedido hacia la orientación sexual de la víctima, sino también la imposición de su propio código y como él (o los asesinos) piensan debe expresarse la sexualidad de una mujer (con un vestido)”, comentó Ana Yancy Benavides. …
Nos llena de rabia el asesinato de esta joven mujer que trabajaba como guardia de seguridad, una chica que fue el blanco de desquiciados sólo por su orientación sexual, por no cumplir los “códigos” heterosexuales y femeninos que los lesbófobos querían ver en ellas.
(Original)

Continue reading at: http://www.mirales.es/asesinan-a-una-chica-lesbiana-e-intentan-humillarla-poniendole-un-vestido/ (Source)

Girlhood Interrupted – The Path of Desistance

Listening 2 Lesbians is excited to see a new space for lesbian voices in the creation of The Velvet Chronicle.

Chiara

Chiara Canaan
The Velvet Chronicle

“The view from my window is of the house next door, and a little winding road that leads to a local co-op… I wish my life, like this view, could’ve been so simple.

When I was fifteen, I had a girlfriend who used to hold my hand in the halls. Our song was “I Will Wait” by Mumford & Sons. And when it ended, I got lost in screens, in an alternate reality. It’d be three years till I found my way. My childhood was interrupted. I can’t change that—but I can fight for other young people, in the hope that they might not have to go through the same thing. ”

Continue reading more of Chiara Canaan at: http://thevelvetchronicle.com/path-of-desistance-childhood-interrupted/ (Source)

Being lesbian in Sri Lanka

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“When I was 14 years old I realised I totally liked women. The other party was an English teacher. But at that time there was no word “lesbian” around me, only confusion. No one told me. Or everyone treated homosexuality as something that should not be.”

She has found the word “lesbian” that represents her mind on the Internet, but that was not yet common. When I confessed to my parents, they said, “It’s a transient illness,” and her parents also cried or got angry. Then she spent her teens without telling anyone.
(Translated)

自分が完全に女性が好きだと気が付いたのが14歳のとき。相手は英語の先生だった。でもその当時は自分の周りには”レズビアン”という言葉はなく、ただ混乱するのみ。誰も教えてくれなかった。というか誰もが同性愛はあってはいけないものと扱っていた。

彼女はまだ一般的でなかったインターネットでなんとか自分の心を表す”レズビアン”という言葉を見つけた。両親に打ち明けると「それは一過性の病気」と言われ、彼女の両親も泣いたり、怒ったり。それから彼女は誰にも打ち明けることのないまま10代を過ごした。

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TO KILL A WOMAN, YOU DON’T NEED MUCH – THE STORY OF A CHECHEN LESBIAN WHO FLED FROM RUSSIA

To kill a lesbian in Chechnya

My family learned about my orientation from my girlfriend. She told my family – I do not know why. She is not a Chechen. After that, I started having problems, and I stopped communicating with her. I ran away from home twice. The first time I ran away, I was actively searched. Where I am hiding, my girlfriend told my relatives. After that, one of the brothers came for me, and we went home. My mother was unhappy with this. She told her brother: “Why did you bring her home? You should have shot her somewhere in the forest, as we agreed. ” But the brother did not do it – my father forbade him to do it.
(Translated)

О моей ориентации домашние узнали от моей девушки. Она рассказала моей семье – не знаю зачем. Она не чеченка. После этого у меня начались проблемы, и я перестала с ней общаться. Я дважды убегала из дома. В первый раз, когда я убежала, меня активно искали. Где я скрываюсь, моим родственникам рассказала моя девушка. После этого за мной приехал один из братьев, и мы поехали домой. Моя мама была недовольна этим. Она сказала брату: «Зачем ты привез ее домой? Ты должен был ее где-нибудь в лесу расстрелять, как мы и договаривались». Но брат этого не сделал – мой отец запретил ему это делать.
(Original)

Continue reading at: https://www.currenttime.tv/a/chechen-lgbt-refugee-monologue/29769095.html

Chechen lesbians: murdered, abused and assaulted just like the gay men

This is a translation of an article by Ilya Panin at the Aids Centre Russia. The article is located here and IP for the original article is fully retained by the original writer. A condensed version of the original article is also produced on the original site.

Translation was undertaken by Phil S and we thank her for her generous support.

In Moscow on the 10th February, on the day of human rights, human rights advocates presented “a report on the results of the amount of violence received by lesbian, bisexual and transgender women in the Northern Caucasus in the Russian Federation.” Aids.center is publishing the proceedings, as well as the discussion with a Chechen lesbian about the proceedings with LGBT people in the Russian Caucasus.

The presentation of the report was carried out in complete secrecy: the centre of Moscow, a basement room. Such scenes are more suited to signing secret protocols and journalists have been asked not to name the place where the presentation took place, nor the authors of the study, in their notes, nor their names – the organizers seriously fear for their own lives.  And they have reason to fear – one of the female respondents, whose evidence was used for the document, recently died. In the village, where she lived, they said that she “poisoned herself”. One still hasn’t been in touch.

There still exists a serious stigmatisation of LGBT people in Russian society, especially in the North Caucasus republic, where the situation deepens with traditional and religious aspects.

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Illustration 1 from “the report on violence against queer women of the Caucasus”

Illustration translation:
The violence suffered from law enforcement officers
Physical: 14%, sexual: 10%, psychological: 38%

 

In 2017 the leading Russian media published material detailing the kidnappings, violence and torturing of gay men in Chechnya, they mentioned practically nothing about LGBT women: “the first wave of treatment was against men. The treatment of women remained invisible,” one authors states.

In total, twenty-one residents from Chechnya, Dagestan, Ingushetia and North Ossetia took part in the study. One of them was a transgender woman. Five more, who were contacted by researchers, refused to participate.

Not leaving the accommodation, we speak to Kamilla, not her real name, but she asks to call herself this. A Chechen woman, she was born not far from Grozny. In a village which she has asked us not to publish. She has already lived in Moscow for 2 years.

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Illustration 2 from “the report on violence against queer women of the Caucasus”

Illustration translation:
33% attempted suicide –
copyright “Queer Women in Northern Caucasus” project 2018 funded by Genrich Bellya (Moscow)

 

Short hair, sports jacket, leggings. She speaks very quietly, her lips tightly pursed. She’s a lesbian and the only member of the study daring to talk to the reporters in person.

“In Grozny, my friends and I had our own small community of ‘non-traditional orientation’. We met in a flat, we hung out together. It’s not like we were drinking, we would simply simple and talk. Talk quietly. Now 70-80% of the guys and girls have left the republic. Only those with children and families have stayed,” she says. “The police came for some of those who stayed, but they were released in exchange for bribes. No one admitted to what they “are”, because if we admitted it, they would simply kill us. So, it’s a miracle that we were saved. People collected money, brought it to the flat, as a ransom. Then they ran.”

 

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Illustration 3 from “the report on violence against queer women of the Caucasus”

Illustration translation:
The outing and coming out of lesbian, bisexual and transgender women in their families in the Northern Caucasus
“My brother came home from work and started to look for me. He found me with a girl. We were walking in the street. He started to brutally beat me, he beat me on the head, on my face…in the street. My cousin (male) took me home. My brother said that he would kill me, take me to the outskirts of the city and simply kill me there. I was a shame to the family and a constant problem” (CH. R)
38% told us of honour killings of their relatives and (female) friends

 

The Guardians of Islam

Kamilla is now around 35 years old. 29% of those surveyed during the study stated that they had suffered from sexual violence. Researchers in these situations shared the sexual violence in their families and with their spouse. Kamilla escaped this. But she did not escape the loneliness and isolation that many homosexual women face upon leaving their familial home.

“I can’t cut ties with my mother, because we are very close,” Kamilla says so quietly, that you can barely make out the words. “During my time here, I have even gone home to see her twice. I miss her. I haven’t come out. But my mum always sees my way of life: that I socialise with girls. She has never insisted that I stop all this, only got upset, that I don’t live like everyone else. My (female) cousins got married long ago, they had several children, even those younger than me. It upsets her. The male half, of course, knows nothing.”

“No one admitted to what they ‘are’, because if we admitted it, they would simply kill us”

Due to the specific way of life and risks associated with it, ‘coming out’ is rarely done in North Caucasus.  More often, there is an ‘outing’ when an acquaintance, former partner, relative or neighbour tells others about the “non-traditional” sexual preferences or gender identity of someone.

Only one women from those who agreed to talk to researchers came out to her family, but her fate is now unknown: she went missing after a while and all contact has been lost.

“When people are outed, they become outcasts. The family tries to influence them, either physically or morally. Life after this in the Republic is not an option. In every case, you need to leave,” Kamilla verifies. We speak right in the corner of the room, in a safe space, where no one can find us, there are only a few people in the room. But even in this setting, distrust and tension can be felt.

“When I came to study and work in Grozny, my brother blamed me for not living with my mum in my hometown, but I was always bored with my classmates. At this point, I started to become friends with girls through the internet and to travel to a friend in the neighbouring republic.”

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Illustration 4 from “the report on violence against queer women of the Caucasus”

Illustration translation:
24% victims of religious torture
38% witnesses of honour killings of their relatives, friends, acquaintances

 

The more I tried living on my own, the more pressure and threats I received. In Chechnya, it is believed that the male half of the father’s line is responsible for the girl. The same nephews or cousins on the father’s side.

“Now I’m trying to leave the country, I’m waiting for a response. But as far as I know, they can also reach me abroad,” Kamilla continues, carefully choosing her words, “it happened to my friend, they even wrote about him in the paper, he got to know some Chechens online, went on a date, and they turned out to be “Guardians of Islam” and pushed him into a car. Thankfully, he wasn’t a Chechen, but from a neighbouring republic. Otherwise everything could have ended badly, and so he was released.”

 

Undercover marriage

As a rule, underlined by the authors of the report, after relatives learn that a member of the family belongs to the LGBT community, the family is considered to be ‘disgraced’. The purity of the reputation happens through “honour killings”, a practise which is still carried out in Northern Caucasus. 38% of the respondents who participated in the study said that they had not only heard of “honour killings” but personally knew acquaintances or (female) friends who had been killed in this way “due to behaviour that disgraces the family.”

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Illustration 5 from “the report on violence against queer women of the Caucasus”

Illustration translation:
The outing and coming out of lesbian, bisexual and transgender women in their families in the Northern Caucasus
“One of them said that I needed a “purifying of demonic blood” ritual. To do this, my parents pierced the skin of my back with needles, and made small outlines on my arms and legs. They took such a thing…a vacuum, to get the blood. After this I was put in a bath with very salty water and I had to lie there” (CH R)
Undergoing the practice of “chasing out of Djinns” – 24%

 

Forced marriage is an alternative form of “purifying the reputation”. Of the respondents, nine admitted that they were or had been in forced marriages. Seven of the eight women who had gone through a forced marriage, said that their marriage took place after their outing. That is, after relatives received confirmation of their sexual orientation from third parties: for example, through correspondence or personal photographs.

However, events do not always take such a serious turn. Needles to say, open marriage between LGBT people in the Caucasus is forbidden. But family-imposed marriages with the “right” husband can be both a form of punishment and salvation, often being the only way a woman can live relatively normally, without arousing suspicion.

“I still have a tense relationship with my relatives, they believe that I need to come home and get married. I was proposed to not once but twice. They gave out my number, sent grooms,” Kamilla recounts her personal life.

“In the event of an outing, the person becomes an outcast. The family tries to influence them, either physically or morally. Living in the Republic after this is not an option. You need to leave in any situation.”

“To those who are sent, I can’t respond sharply or rudely, as I don’t want to arouse suspicion. There’s technology. We need to break contact slowly with these young men. It’s stressful, of course. But it could be worse. There are families where a father and brother have ordered it, and the girl cannot get out, because a girl must submit to an adult. That’s not happened to me,” she explains.

“Undercover marriage” is a fictitious marriage which often takes place between a homosexual man and woman, so that they can appear to their parents as a “fully-fledged” traditional family.

“I attempted this,” Kamilla says, “we met through the internet. He knew everything about me, I wasn’t against it. In time we became friends. Fictitious marriage is a saviour for women. She can’t go anywhere alone, she can’t travel alone, and she can’t live alone. Men, if they’re not suspected of being gay, have more possibilities to move. But if there are suspicions that the guy isn’t like everyone else, that he isn’t interested in the opposite sex, that there are no dates, it’s not so easy…rumours spread quickly. That’s why they try to marry, to reassure the family. My marriage didn’t happen because at the very last moment the guy got HIV.”

Such legalised forms of relationships give a feeling of security, the authors of the report say, however, patriarchal foundations often hit and this is a fact in a fictitious marriage. Not only heterosexual men but also gay and bisexual men continue to try to completely control their wives, using violent practises, despite the forced and feigned nature of the partnership itself.

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Illustration 6 from “the report on violence against queer women of the Caucasus”

Illustration translation:
Psychological condition of LGBT women, having lived through violence and hate speech
29% self-harm
43% suicidal thoughts
33% attempt suicide

 

Fear of Djinns

It may seem strange that in traditional Caucasus society the practise of “chasing out the Djinns” is still carried out, it is customary to ‘correct’ or ‘heal’ LGBT people through rites of exorcism.

Researchers explain that even parents with a higher education often converse with “specialists on chasing out Djinns.” Moreover, women themselves often believe in the diabolical essence of their desires: a “male djinn” living inside them and the like. The process of expelling the Djinns, after their sexual orientation had been discovered by relatives, had been suffered by 5 out of 21 respondents.

In general, the authors of the report underline that the stigma, the general atmosphere of fear in which homosexual in the Caucasus live, often doesn’t allow them to seek help in time, even in situations of mortal danger. 100% of the respondents in this study claimed to have experienced both physical and psychological violence.

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Illustration 7 from “the report on violence against queer women of the Caucasus”

Illustration translation:
The outing and coming out of lesbian, bisexual and transgender women in their families in the Northern Caucasus
“My brother sat next to me on his knees, he gave me a pistol…he was crying, I swear, he was crying and he was saying, “I gave father my word that I would not kill you. I beg you, shoot yourself, and just shoot yourself!” and…like a zombie, I went up to him and I gave the pistol to him and I said “you want it, so kill me yourself. I’m not going to shoot myself.” And he said, “If you kill yourself, all this will end, we will tell people that it was an accident” (Ch.P) 

14% survived a direct order to commit suicide.

 

“Even if this report doesn’t change anything and nothing else happens, it’s important that we share it, it’s important that you hear us,” Kamilla concludes towards the end of our conversation, “it’s important that there are people with whom we can just share this with. Someone we can trust. In our region, we know about violence, we have nowhere to turn to, there are Russian laws, but nobody complains about the fact that they’re not complied to. It’s a completely different world there. In traditional families, the person must either live with their relatives or have their own family. Otherwise you will be alone, an outcast, and most of us simply do not have the freedom of choice. What we can wear, who we can talk to, how we can live and in which city, with a male or female partner. Women must be women, men must be men, and everyone has their responsibility. But, nevertheless, I dream of having the freedom to choose”

For the first few days after the presentation, the authors didn’t publish the report online, fearing for their own safety. Today, it went out on an overseas site. Unfortunately, to date, those who are at risk of being exposed are not only those who do not fit into the “traditional” ideas according to local customs, but also human rights activists, researchers and journalists covering “uncomfortable topics”, often beyond the law, discussing the lives of the people there.
The Caucasus.
Where human rights do not exist.

Original Russian article: https://spid.center/ru/articles/2223 (Source)

 

Harassment and teasing: what lesbians live in Peru

Carolia Silva Santisteban

If I go out with my girlfriend or with the girl that I am in that moment I have to consider in what district I am to know how expressive I am going to be for my integrity and the safety of the person who accompanies me. I have a male gender expression … I am exposed to teasing and insults.
(Translated)

Si yo salgo con mi novia o con la chica que estoy en ese momento tengo que considerar en qué distrito estoy para saber qué tan expresiva voy a ser por mi integridad y la seguridad de la persona que me acompaña. También está el acoso callejero. Tengo una expresión de género masculina… Estoy expuesta a burlas e insultos.
(Original)

Continue reading at: https://peru21.pe/peru/carolina-silva-santisteban-lesbiana-peru-464305 (Source)

Chile: Corrective Rape of lesbians – the silenced attack

Chile

Committed by neighborhood friends or close relatives – parents or siblings in the most sordid cases – who do not accept lesbianism, corrective rape pursues the idea of ​​”amending” the orientation of their victims through sexual assault. Different groups started the fight to make visible and fight a crime that is not yet recognized, but it seems to be more and more present.
(Translated)

Cometido por amigos del barrio o familiares cercanos -padres o hermanos en los casos más sórdidos- que no aceptan el lesbianismo, la violación correctiva persigue la idea de “enmendar” la orientación de sus víctimas mediante la agresión sexual. Distintos colectivos iniciaron la lucha por visibilizar y combatir un delito que aún no es reconocido, pero parece estar cada vez más presente.
(Original)
Continue reading at: https://www.latercera.com/reportajes/noticia/violacion-correctiva-el-ataque-silenciado/551274/ (Source)

Chile – Corrective rape and the justice system

Lesbianas Existimos y Resistimos

On Friday, February 15, María José Moreno, San Bernardo guarantee judge, decided not to close a case for corrective rape denounced by a 22-year-old girl against her uncle. Previously, the San Bernardo Prosecutor’s Office had determined that there was no background necessary to establish the crime of rape. Carmen was in college, she was 20 years old when she went to live with her uncles, due to the precarious economic situation in her home. The relationship was good, that she was devoted to her aunt and to a great fatherly admiration for her uncle. Carmen is a lesbian and a large part of her family, including her uncles, they knew it, but after a few months of coexistence she began to receive questions about her sexual orientation. Her uncle doubted that she was a lesbian. According to the complaint, he began to offer “his toy”, referring to his penis, so that “you can enjoy and know what a man is,” he repeated insistently. Later he forced her to have sex, a fact that was reiterated on several occasions, and even outside of her home.
(Translated)
El viernes 15 de febrero, María José Moreno, jueza de garantía de San Bernardo, decidió no cerrar una causa por violación correctiva denunciada por una joven de 22 años en contra de su tío. Anteriormente la Fiscalía de San Bernardo había determinado que no existían los antecedentes necesarios para que se constituyera el delito de violación. Carmen estaba en la universidad, tenía 20 años cuando se fue a vivir a casa de sus tíos, debido a la precaria situación económica en su hogar. La relación era buena, querendona con su tía y de una gran admiración paternal hacia su tío. Carmen es lesbianaz y gran parte de su familia, incluidos sus tíos, lo sabían, pero pasado unos meses de convivencia empezó a recibir cuestionamientos respecto de su orientación sexual. Su tío ponía en duda que fuera lesbiana. Según narra en la denuncia, él comenzó a ofrecerle “su juguete”, refiriéndose a su pene, para “que puedas disfrutar y conocer lo que es un hombre”, le repetía con insistencia. Al tiempo después la obligó a tener relaciones sexuales, hecho que se reiteró en diversas ocasiones, y hasta fuera de su hogar.
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India: Lesbian couple seeks protection from Rajasthan High Court

L2L India

JAIPUR: A lesbian couple on Tuesday approached the Rajasthan High Court seeking protection for their life and to restrain their families from forcing them to get married to men.

The girls , belonging to the backward Bairwa and Koli communities, are from the same village Gudha Ashiqpura in Dausa district.

Continue reading at: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/68177532.cms  (Source)

Chile: young lesbian raped by stepfather then beaten by father for her sexuality

 

Chile

A 14-year-old girl in Chile revealed her stepfather allegedly raped her. But [her] biological father who beat her saying she deserved to be raped ‘for being a lesbian’. The girl told her partner in December that her stepfather had raped her the year before. Her mother then sent her away to live with her biological father, but she was not safer there either. According to Chile’s main LGBTI organization, Movilh, her evangelical Christian father allegedly has kept the girl detained illegally. He has also stopped her from speaking to anyone and beat her with a leash. He claimed she deserved the rape and that he beat her to get the ‘bad out of her’.

Continue reading at: https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/father-of-raped-daughter-said-she-deserved-it-for-being-a-lesbian/#gs.XS9ENA9V (Source)