Tag Archives: Discrimination

U.S: Lesbian and Guide Dog Refused Access at Stonewall Inn

Last Friday, June 1st, Lynn Zelvin was denied entrance to the legendary New York bar Stonewall Inn. Zelvin, who is blind and has used a guide dog since 1999, was told by a bouncer she could not enter without providing proof that her dog was a service animal.

Continue Reading at: https://intomore.com/impact/lesbian-and-their-guide-dog-refused-access-at-stonewall-inn/5abd114e9bdf4101 (source)

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U.S: Lesbian couple says Uber driver kicked them out over a kiss

A Big Apple Uber driver kicked a lesbian couple out of his car for kissing in the backseat — because he found the act “disrespectful,” according to video showing the aftermath of the incident.

Continue reading at: https://nypost.com/2018/06/11/lesbian-couple-says-uber-driver-kicked-them-out-over-a-kiss/ (source)

U.S: Lesbian teacher says cyberbullying drove her from the classroom

Amy Estes, a middle school teacher in Rocklin, says she was cyberbullied by her students after they learned she was gay. She is currently on leave from the school district.
A Rocklin teacher said a picture on Instagram of her and her partner, discovered by one of her students, began a series of incidents that drove her from her classroom and could trigger a lawsuit against the Rocklin Unified School District.
This week Amy Estes filed a discrimination complaint against the district with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing.
“I was outed,” said Estes, who is gay, but has never discussed that with students.
Estes, who has taught English at Spring View Middle School in Rocklin for five years, considered herself well-liked before the barrage of online taunts, nasty statements and memes began at the beginning of the school year.

Continue reading at: https://www.sacbee.com/latest-news/article212758569.html (source)

US: Lesbian Joann Newak Considers Legal Action After 1982 Dishonorable Discharge And Hard Labor Sentence

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Joann Newak had been sentenced to seven years hard labor. She was 23 years old, just coming to terms with her attraction to women. It landed her in maximum security military prison. “The very first lesbian relationship I had was with the partner that testified against me at my court marshall,” she says. “It’s like screwing around for the first time and getting pregnant. That was my first experience.”

The year wasn’t 1930. The country wasn’t on some far-flung continent. It was 1982. She was stationed in New York.

Newak is among an estimated 100,000 LGBTQ former service members that were discharged without an “honorable” distinction. When “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” (DADT) the military policy banning service members from serving openly, was repealed, their discharges were never upgraded. More than 30 years later, she considers, for the first time, that she may be owed an honorable discharge. Her attorney, Elizabeth Kristen, says they are going to pursue legal options to obtain one.

Continue reading at: https://intomore.com/impact/Former-Lesbian-Air-Force-Member-Considers-Legal-Action-After-Dishonorable-Discharge-And-Hard-Labor-Sentence-in-1982/3ea2d7cf64db42dc

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South Carolina, US: Hilton Head Catholic school rejected lesbian couple’s kids

 

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[Two] Hilton Head mothers, who have been legally married since 2009, applied to St. Francis Catholic School earlier this spring in hopes that their two children would attend in the 2018-19 school year.

The couple requested that neither they nor their children be named in this story out of fear of harassment.

One of the mothers, who spoke with the school’s pastor over the phone after receiving a rejection via email, said the priest told her: “Your children have been denied because you’re homosexual. If we admit your children, it will send a bad message to the other families.”

St. Francis by the Sea Catholic Church’s pastor, the Rev. Mike Oenbrink, said Friday that he rejected the children’s application because of the same-sex marriage, not the mothers’ sexual orientation.

Continue reading at: http://www.islandpacket.com/news/local/education/article211817424.html (Source)

UK immigration official ‘told lesbian to find religion and get cured’

Lesbian told by UK immigration to 'find religion and get cured of her sexuality'

Ugandan lesbian Awori was forced to leave her homeland after being called ‘evil’ and beaten for being gay.
The 37-year-old said she was detained for four hours the first time she put her first asylum application in.
“This Home Office guy asked me to change. He told me to go to a church and repent and then I will stop claiming I am a lesbian.”

Continue reading at: https://metro.co.uk/2018/05/16/uk-immigration-official-told-lesbian-to-find-religion-and-get-cured-7547511/  (source)

Lesbian endures Islamic exorcism, flees from Chechnya

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A young Chechen lesbian was subjected to an Islamic “exorcism” recently at the insistence of her family, who believed that her sexual orientation was a sign of demonic possession.
She said that her family threatened to kill her or imprison her in a mental hospital if she did not agree to the exorcism.

Continue reading at: https://76crimes.com/2018/05/09/lesbian-endures-islamic-exorcism-flees-from-chechnya/  (source)

Ireland: Attacker drilled hole in lesbian’s head, court told – teen boy remanded

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A woman sustained a circular hole in her skull when she was attacked with part of a drill during a suspected homophobic attack in Northern Ireland, police have told a court.
Brenda McLaughlin told officers she believed she was targeted on Saturday because she is homosexual and it is being treated as a hate crime.

Continue reading at: https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/
northern-ireland/attacker-drilled-hole-in-gay-womans-head-court-told-teen-boy-remanded-36881422.html
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Texas School Bans Lesbian Couple From Going To Prom Together

Administrators at a Texas high school told two lesbians they couldn’t go to prom together.
Merary Melchor, a senior at John Tyler High School, applied twice for tickets to take Sydney Aparicio, her girlfriend of more than two years and a freshman at another high school, to prom. But school officials denied Melchor’s request both times, even after she obtained permission from an administrator.

Continue reading at: http://www.newnownext.com/lesbian-couple-banned-prom-texas/05/2018/ (source)

Mississippi Youth Court judge denies lesbian couple adoption of new baby

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A lesbian couple were supposed to pick up their new foster child from Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. On their way home from the hospital, after meeting their new child, they were told a judge changed his mind about the approval.

Continue reading at: https://www.rawstory.com/2018/04/
mississippi-youth-court-judge-denies-lesbian-couple-adoption-new-baby-reason-absurd/
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Kenya bans lesbian love story film

Kenyan authorities have banned a film that tells the love story of two women and is set to debut at Cannes Film Festival next month, saying it promotes lesbianism.
The film “Rafiki”, a word that means friend in KiSwahili, was this week invited to premiere at the prestigious festival in France — the first Kenyan film to receive to be invited.

Continue reading at: https://www.iol.co.za/news/africa/kenya-bans-lesbian-love-story-film-rafiki-set-to-debut-at-cannes-14676629 (source)

Australia: Lesbian couple attacked as ‘sickheads’ in hateful note left outside home, car tyre punctured with knife

Note left on gay couple's car saying "Lesbianism is an abhorrent practice".

A same-sex couple who had their car tyre punctured and a note left outside their home calling “lesbianism an abhorrent practice” is encouraging anyone else targeted in the same way to speak out and notify police.

Continue reading at: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-24/gay-couple-attacked-sickheads-hateful-note-car-tyre-slashed/9688284  (source)

Lesbian mums can’t register baby in Italy

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Authorities in Turin, northern Italy, have refused to register the baby of a lesbian couple.
Chiara Foglietta, a Turin councillor, underwent artificial insemination in Denmark and gave birth last Friday to baby boy Niccolo Pietro.
Italian law sets strict rules for fertility treatment, making it available only to stable heterosexual couples.

Continue reading at: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-43823692 (source)

Cameroon: School expels 2 allegedly lesbian students

The principal of the illustrious Etoile School in Douala, Cameroon, has expelled two students for alleged lesbianism.
The principal, Emile Ndongo, has a reputation as a strict disciplinarian. He defended his harsh action in blatantly homophobic terms:
“Homosexuality is an animal baseness. My institution is not a homosexual dump,” he said.

Continue reading at: https://76crimes.com/2018/04/05/
cameroon-school-expels-2-allegedly-lesbian-students/
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U.S: Former Hamilton County magistrate discriminated against, fired for being lesbian

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A former Hamilton County magistrate was demoted, treated differently and fired without explanation because she’s openly gay and her boss didn’t believe that would reflect well on Republican constituents as he ran for re-election in Hamilton County Juvenile Court in 2014, the woman’s attorney said on the first day of her discrimination trial in Chattanooga.

Continue Reading at: http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/local/
story/2018/mar/20/attorney-former-magistrate-judge-discriminate/466331/
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Vatican rejects International Woman’s Day event over lesbian speaker

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At a time when women around the world are speaking up against abuse and demanding greater gender equality, the Vatican’s actions to silence these women speakers have prompted some Catholics to reflect on whether the church really values women’s voices.
Ssenfuka Joanita Warry, a lesbian Catholic activist from Uganda, was reportedly one of the women whose presence at the conference did not meet the approval of the Vatican.
During the conference, Warry spoke about what life was like for her as a lesbian activist in a country where homosexuality is illegal. She condemned the silence of religious leaders in the face of this discrimination against queer Ugandans.

Continue Reading at: https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/
catholic-women-voices-of-faith-conference-vatican_us_5aa164dee4b002df2c61e586

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U.S: Lesbian coach forced to resign from school because she wants to get married

Lesbian coach forced to resign from school because she wants to get married

Kristen Nelson was a softball coach for five years at West Catholic High School in Michigan — until she wanted to get married.
When it became known Nelson wanted to marry her partner, a ‘parent concern’ materialized. It resulted in conversations with both the school and Roman Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids. Consequently, Catholic leaders gave Nelson an ultimatum: if she got married to a woman, she wouldn’t have her job anymore.

Continue reading at: https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/
lesbian-coach-resign-married/
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U.S: Appeals court upholds ruling against B&B owner who refused room to lesbian couple

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On Friday, Hawaii’s Intermediate Court of Appeals upheld a previous ruling that found a Hawaii Kai bed and breakfast was discriminatory for refusing the lesbian couple a room because of their sexual orientation.

Continue reading at:  http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/
37581493/lesbian-couple-wins-discrimination-lawsuit-against-hawaii-kai-bed-and-breakfast-owner
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U.S: Lesbian couple says martial arts teacher discriminated against them, kicked son out of class

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An Albuquerque woman says her son’s martial arts teacher kicked him out of class after finding out she’s a married lesbian.
“He said, ‘We’re a monastery. We worship God here. That goes against what God teaches.’ And then he looked at my son, addressed him by name and told him, ‘What your mother is doing is wrong,’” she said.

Continue reading at:  http://krqe.com/2018/02/23/lesbian-couple-says-martial-arts-teacher-discriminated-against-them-kicked-son-out-of-class/ (Source)

Lesbian Musician Denise Ho Denied Malaysia Permit ‘Over LGBT Views’

Hong Kong pop star Denise Ho says she has been denied a performance permit in Malaysia over her views on gay rights.

Continue Reading at: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-43072223 (Source)