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(LVD) Australia: Thanks To Lesbian Stand-Up Hannah Gadsby We Are FINALLY Seen

By Julia Diana Robertson

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Hannah Gadsby, a suit-rocking lesbian, just put out a Netflix stand-up special, and you MUST go watch it now. As a matter of fact, anyone who cares at all about a lesbian, needs to watch it now. I’d go so far as to say, it should be mandatory. It’s groundbreaking. Unprecedented. Monumental. Certainly one of the best things I’ve ever seen. I laughed (a lot) & cried. And I don’t cry easily. I’m a tough nut to crack—been shot at, seen b*mbs, and my tears are typically relegated to the privacy of a locked bathroom—So lesbians, when I say something powerful went down, I mean something powerful went down. Plus, added bonus, she uses the word lesbian about 100 times.

Gadsby wants her audience to feel the tension because they should know, if only briefly, the tension that women like her feel “all the time.”  Because of this dangerous attitude—‘If you want to look like a man, I’ll beat you like a man’—has been upheld, while the world carries on around us. In 2018, while rule-breaking lesbians are still relegated to a punchline, the mainstream will currently feature— with dignity and style—anyone, whether L, G, B, or T, so long as they adhere to the ‘rules’ of ‘gender’. Gadsby poignantly saysIf I’d been ‘feminine’, that would not have happened. I am ‘incorrectly’ female.” And that’s what the media tells us every single day of our lives… we are “‘incorrectly’ female.”

But despite her anger, depression and #metoo stories, she doesn’t want to be seen as a victim. “There is nothing stronger than a broken woman who has rebuilt herself,” she says valiantly. And I agree. Gadsby is now added to a proud history of suit-wearing lesbian warriors—And those warriors are often the best that womanhood has to offer.

WE ARE NOT A PUNCHLINE. Thanks to Gadsby, our voice FINALLY broke into the mainstream. And IT’S ABOUT. F*CKING. TIME.

Continue reading: https://www.afterellen.com/general-news/560969-thanks-to-lesbian-stand-up-hannah-gadsby-we-were-finally-seen-and-its-about-fcking-time (source)

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(LVD) South Africa: Lesbians Fight for Acceptance in the Rainbow Nation

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Being a lesbian in South Africa can be a death sentence.
Nondi, Vee and over one hundred others came to the Isini Sam conference to meet and strategize on how to fight the hate and end the violence. They discussed how to better represent themselves and advocate as a cohesive group, how to combat stigmas and misconceptions, as well as how to better work with the police and community members.
“In South Africa we are free. But in our communities that we are living in, here in Khayelitsha, we are not free,” Jara said.
“We are trying to bring the community to also understand and to accept that we are humans and we are here and also that we are someone’s daughter or mother or sister,” Vokwana said.
They stress the similarities between all people. Many are quick to assert that while they are activists, their sexuality does not define them. They want to be seen as equals, as humans and accepted by their families, community, in the eyes of the law and by members of the police.
Those at the conference have chosen to speak out, but this choice comes with a price.
But activists still meet, organize and fight.
At the conference attendees broke into small groups to discuss plans for lobbying, greater visibility, training for police and ways to talk with their community members, family members and friends. They sang and danced and celebrated knowing they were among friends, among comrades, and for a while, they were safe.
They brought different viewpoints, had their own hopes for the movement and opinions on how to get there, but they shared a common goal.
Written on a white easel, a unanimously agreed upon goal from one of the groups said, “Look at me beyond my sexuality. Look at me as a human being.”

Continue reading: https://pulitzercenter.org/
reporting/south-africa-fight-acceptance-rainbow-nation
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U.S: Lesbian couple were denied service at H&R Block

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A same-sex couple in Merced says they filed a state complaint against a local H&R Block claiming employees discriminated against them and denied them tax services.

Sylvia Valdez said she visited the H&R Block location on 12 W. Main St. in Merced on March 31 to get help filing her and her wife Lynn Werner-Valdez’s taxes as a married couple, filing jointly. The couple was legally married in Washington state in 2013, according to their marriage certificate. And Sylvia provided the last two years of tax returns filed as a married couple to aid H&R Block.

But when a tax preparer noticed Sylvia’s spouse’s name was female, the employee told Sylvia the taxes could get “complicated,” Sylvia said. And after a call to a manager, Sylvia said the employee claimed the couple classified as a domestic partnership and couldn’t file their taxes as a married couple.

Continue reading: https://www.mercedsunstar.com/
news/local/article229321549.html
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Update: Chinese social media giant reverses ban on lesbian content amid uproar

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China’s online LGBT community has won a victory against China’s Twitter-like Weibo over its recent silencing of lesbian and bisexual women.

Weibo on Monday restored a community titled “les” (short for lesbian), after first shutting it down on Friday, as Chinese internet users have flooded the site with symbols in support of lesbians and messages of solidarity.

Continue reading: https://www.inkstonenews.com/society
/chinas-weibo-reverses-lesbian-ban-amid-protests/article/3006393
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Original article: China: Weibo is removing content with the #les hashtag

U.S: Republican preacher hits out at ‘demonic’ lesbian Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot

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E.W. Jackson, who was the Republican Party nominee for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia in 2013, hit out at Lightfoot after her victory in the April 2 runoff election.
Speaking on radio show The Awakening on April 3, Jackson said the mayor-elect’s comments are “a satanic, demonic twisting of language.”
The Conservative pastor commentator said: “Chicago just elected a lesbian woman, and she got up and said, ‘We’re showing the world it doesn’t matter who you love.’
“I almost get nauseous every time I hear that because we know that’s a euphemism for, ‘It doesn’t matter who you have sex with.’”
He added: “They’re not talking about love, they’re talking about who you have sex with. And specifically, they’re saying it doesn’t matter if you have sex with someone of the same gender.
“The euphemism is just disgusting. It really is, because this is a satanic, demonic twisting of language.”

Continue reading: https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2019
/04/08/republican-preacher-demonic-lesbian-chicago-mayor-lori-lightfoot/
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Italy: Engaged lesbians face abuse, discrimination on college campus

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Two lesbians engaged to be married have said they are the victims of ongoing abuse and discrimination.

Known only as GB, 27, and LS, 21, the pair said they have no respite from ongoing taunts about their sexuality. They even face from some of their friends in group chats they belong to.

The pair study psychology and cultural mediation (the study using data to analyse the cultural difference between people) respectively. They are students at the University of Padua in the northern Italian region of Veneto. Both women live on campus in the Copernicus Residence.

‘When they came to tell us that our displays of affection were too noice, we laughed, then it degenerated and we realized that this was an attack on us, because we are lesbians,’ the pair told media.

Continue reading: https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/
engaged-lesbians-face-abuse-discrimination-on-college-campus-in-italy/#gs.68c6gs
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China: Weibo is removing content with the #les hashtag

Weibo began the ban on the #les hashtag over the weekend. (Mark Ralston/Getty)

The Chinese microblogging website Sina Weibo has reportedly been removing posts and comments with the hashtag #les.

The ban on the term, which is short for lesbian, was discovered by users who use the site’s “super topic” feature, where people can create online communities using a hashtag.

Continue reading: https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2019
/04/15/weibo-bans-lesbian-hashtag/
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Ukraine: Lesbian conference targeted by lesbophobic protesters

Editorial note: Listening2Lesbians is watching the harassment and demonstrations against the European Lesbian Conference as shown in this story, and the conference’s twitter feed and Facebook timeline. We will keep our readers updated.

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About 350 lesbian activists to meet in Kyiv on April 11-14 to discuss their rights and challenges at the second European and Central Asian Lesbian Conference or EL*C.
Olena Shevchenko fears the conference, which will be held in hotel Tourist on Kyiv’s left bank, can be attacked by ultra-right groups.
“Someone broke the windows last night in a hotel and wrote: “LGBT out!” Shevchenko said. The police and National Guard promised to secure the event, she added.

Continue reading: https://www.kyivpost.com/lifestyle/
people/journalism-of-tolerance/hundreds-of-lesbian-activists-to-meet-in-kyiv-on-april-11-14.html?cn-reloaded=1
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U.S: Lesbian Parents Of Toddler With Cancer Receive Lesbophobic Message

Tiffany and Albree Shaffer with their children (via Facebook)

The parents of a one-year-old girl diagnosed with advanced cancer were shocked to receive a hateful message on social media from a stranger.

“My prayers for Callie. I was going to donate $7600.00 to her fund, but I found out her parents are lesbian. I’ve chosen to donate to St. Jude due to that fact. Sorry. I’ll still pray for her though, but maybe it’s God’s way of getting your attention that she needs a mommy and a daddy, not two mommies.”

Continue reading: https://instinctmagazine.com/
post/parents-of-toddler-with-cancer-receive-hateful-message/
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Callie’s GoFundMe Page:  https://au.gofundme.com/
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Australia: Lesbian women forced to pay fees to Royal Brunei Airlines after cancellation

Lesbian women forced to pay fees to Royal Brunei Airlines after cancellation

Two lesbian women have hit out at travel group Flight Centre for asking them to pay hundreds in cancellation fees to Royal Brunei Airlines (RBA).
Shannon, 26, and Jaqueline, 28, from Australia booked the flights with RBA with a stopover in Brunei last month through Flight Centre. However, after learning about the implementation of Sharia Law – which would see gay and bisexual men stoned to death and queer women face public lashing – they cancelled.
Flight Centre agreed to waive the cancellation fees. The group informed the pair they still needed to pay a $300AUS ($213.42/€190.08) to Royal Brunei Airlines.

Continue reading: https://lgbt.10ztalk.com/2019/04/05/
lesbian-women-forced-to-pay-fees-to-royal-brunei-airlines-after-cancellation/
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Brazil: Bus conductor abuses lesbian

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Bah Fernandes, so titled in the Facebook post, revealed that she suffered serious humiliation on her way to work. The girl who works as a dog walker in São Paulo, revealed everything in a post spread in social media, which soon obtained many shares. Bah reports that she did not have credits on her single ticket, so she had to make the payment through a $ 20.00 bill. The bill collector… “frowned at having to give the change”. He threw the change over the cash box and, shouting, started calling her a dyke.
(Translated)

Bah Fernandes, assim intitulada no post do facebook, revelou que sofreu sérias humilhações a caminho do trabalho. A garota que trabalha como passeadora de cães em São Paulo, revelou tudo em um post difundido nas mídias sociais, que logo obteve vários compartilhamentos. Bah relata que, não tinha créditos no seu bilhete único, então teve que efetuar o pagamento através de uma nota de $20,00. O cobrador …“fez cara feia ao ter de dar o troco”. Ele jogou o troco em cima da caixa de dinheiro e, aos gritos, começou a chamá-la de sapatão.
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Continue reading at: https://observatoriog.bol.uol.com.br/noticias/2019/04/lesbica-e-ofendida-por-cobrador-de-onibus-apos-pedir-o-troco (Source)

U.S: Brooklyn lesbian attacked by Uber driver

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[Taylor] De Souza had to get stitches on her head after she said her Uber ride ended with her being physically assaulted by the driver.
“He said ‘you f—ing lesbian, get out my car,'” De Souza said. “He told me he’ll chop me up and throw me in the river.”
De Souza told PIX11 she did not get out of the vehicle because she said she didn’t feel safe. According to De Souza, that’s when the driver started smoking, despite her telling him she has asthma.

Continue reading: https://pix11.com/2019/04/02/
exclusive-brooklyn-woman-says-uber-driver-attacked-her/
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Lesbians march against stigma and discrimination in Guadalajara, Mexico

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Lesbian march in Guadalajara (Fernando Carranza).

In Guadalajara, more than one hundred women participated in the IX Gay Lesbian March. … To the rhythm of “we do not want males to kill us” and “my body is mine and I decide”, women demanded that they be accepted with the sexual orientation they chose.
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En Guadalajara, más de cien mujeres participaron en la IX Marcha Lésbico Gay. … Al ritmo de “no queremos machos que nos asesinen” y “mi cuerpo es mío y yo decido”, las mujeres exigen que se les acepte con la orientación sexual que eligieron.
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Contine reading at: https://www.milenio.com/politica/comunidad/realizan-marcha-lesbico-gay-en-guadalajara (Source)

The 11-Year-Old Who Wants To Be America’s First Lesbian President

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Ella Briggs, an 11-year-old Connecticut resident, became her state’s first openly gay “kid governor” in January ― and she’s aiming to one day have national and even global impact.

She’s already so invested in public service, she said she would love to become America’s “first lesbian president”.

Still, the road to living authentically hasn’t been easy. Ella has said she was harassed at the public school she attended in East Hampton, Connecticut, after she first identified as a lesbian. In third and fourth grade, she said her classmates ostracized her and refused to sit next to her in class.

“I think they were just scared of me,” she told the Post. “They were afraid to touch me.”

When she told a substitute teacher that she identified as gay, Ella said, the teacher told her that subject wasn’t “school appropriate.”

“It really hurt my feelings,” she told the Courant. “I cried in the bathroom and I don’t want kids to feel like that because like I already didn’t feel like I fit in at that school.”

Continue reading: https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au
/entry/connecticut-ella-briggs-kid-governor-lesbian-president_n_5c950965e4b0a6329e15f504
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Serbian lesbian mothers – the closet and legal rights

Serbian Premier Ana Brnabic

Serbian society is unfamiliar with gay couples who have children. It is therefore rare. Apart from the legal obstacles, it is also practically impossible. Lesbian couples who do not want to or are unable to find a donor in their own circle must go abroad because there are no sperm banks in Serbia. For gay men it is completely impossible, because only married couples can adopt and same-sex marriage is not recognized. That does not mean that there are no gays and lesbians with children, but it is almost always hidden from the outside world. They lead a life like that of Natasa.
(Translated)

De Servische samenleving is onbekend met homostellen die kinderen hebben. Het komt dan ook weinig voor. Los van de wettelijke obstakels, is het ook praktisch bijna onmogelijk. Lesbische stellen die niet in eigen kring een donor willen of kunnen vinden, moeten ervoor naar het buitenland omdat in Servië geen spermabanken zijn. Voor homomannen is het helemaal onmogelijk, omdat alleen getrouwde stellen mogen adopteren en het homohuwelijk niet wordt erkend. Dat betekent niet dat er geen homo’s en lesbiennes met kinderen zijn. Maar het wordt vrijwel altijd verborgen gehouden voor de buitenwereld. Ze leiden een leven als dat van Natasa.
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Continue reading at: https://nos.nl/artikel/2274048-servische-lesbienne-ik-ging-terug-in-de-kast-voor-een-kind.html (Source)

Indonesian university shuts down student news site over lesbian love story

Suaru USU newsroom (Photo: Provided)

University officials in Indonesia this month ordered a student news website shut down its entire operation after it published a fictional same-sex short story.
They could also face up to 12 years in prison under Indonesia’s draconian pornography law, which forbids anything with ‘salacious content or sexual exploitation that violate the moral values of society’.
The 18 student journalists at North Sumatra University (USU) were given just 48 hours to close the site and vacate the news room.
Publisher and author Yael Stefany Sinaga wrote the 1,000-word story about a woman expressing her love for another young woman.
Titled Everyone Refuses My Presence Near Her, it was published on March 12. The journalists also shared it on social media.

Continue reading: https://lgbt.10ztalk.com/2019/03/26
/indonesian-university-shuts-down-student-news-site-over-lesbian-love-story/
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Pasaia, Spain: Lesbian fired for wanting to be a mother

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The LAB union has denounced on Thursday the discriminatory situation that, in their opinion, a lesbian woman in Pasaia suffered from. According to a statement in a media release, a local bar has fired a woman “for wanting to be a mother.” The union explains that “since the company knew two of its workers were a couple, the relationship has been going wrong.” Thus, according to the union, “a few weeks ago, knowing that one of them was undergoing a fertility treatment, they have fired the other worker.”
(Translated)

El sindicato LAB ha denunciado este jueves la situación discriminatoria que, a su entender, está padeciendo una mujer lesbiana en Pasaia. Según señalan en un comunicado, un bar de la localidad ha despedido a una mujer «por querer ser madre». El sindicato explica que «desde que la empresa supo dos de sus trabajadoras eran pareja, la relación ha ido torciéndose». Así, según la central, «hace unas semanas, a sabiendas de que una de ellas se estaba sometiendo a un tratamiento de fertilidad, han despedido a la otra trabajadora».
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Continue reading at: https://www.diariovasco.com/oarsoaldea/pasaia/lab-denuncia-pasaia-despide-lesbiana-camarera-20190321185819-nt.html(Source)

 

The lesbian Nazi victims who allegedly did not exist: Elli Smula and Margarete Rosenberg

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There are numerous publications on the fate of lesbian women who were imprisoned in the Ravensbrück concentration camp. In the last year, comments by a doctorate in history from Berlin caused a sensation, saying that there is no evidence for the actual detention and a whatsoever designed commemorative ball was thus falsifying the history. The LSVD Berlin-Brandenburg relied on this assessment in their remembrance work for women at the Ravensbrück Concentration Camp Memorial Site. … In the traditions of the ITS in Bad Arolsen, although no original access books of the former concentration camp Ravensbrück have been preserved, a few contemporary copies of these camp books have been partially preserved there. From these are two sides of the present complex of topics of great interest – namely the access list of November 30, 1940 : The admission reason for women numbers 11 and 26 was given as “lesbian”. These women are Elli Smula and Margarete Rosenberg, nee Quednau.
(Translated)

Zum Schicksal von lesbischen Frauen, die im Konzentrationslager Ravensbrück inhaftiert waren, gibt es zahlreiche Publikationen. Im letzten Jahr erregten Äußerungen eines promovierten Historikers aus Berlin Aufsehen, der sich damit zu Wort meldet, es gäbe keine Nachweise für die tatsächliche Inhaftierung und eine wie auch immer gestaltete Gedenkkugel sei somit geschichtsverfälschend. Der LSVD Berlin-Brandenburg berief sich bei der Erinnerungsarbeit für Frauen in der KZ-Gedenkstätte Ravensbrück auf diese Einschätzung. … In den Überlieferungen des ITS in Bad Arolsen haben sich zwar keine Originalzugangsbücher des ehemaligen KZ Ravensbrück erhalten, jedoch sind die wenigen zeitgenössischen Abschriften dieser Lagerbücher dort teilweise erhalten geblieben. Aus diesen sind zwei Seiten zum vorliegenden Themenkomplex von großem Interesse – nämlich die Zugangsliste vom 30. November 1940: In ihr werden unter den fortlaufenden Nummern 11 und 26 zwei Frauen mit dem Einlieferungsgrund lesbisch genannt. Bei diesen Frauen handelt es sich um Elli Smula und um Margarete Rosenberg, geborene Quednau.
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Continue reading at: https://www.blu.fm/aktuell/community/lesbische-naziopfer-ravensbrueck/ (Source)

Further information: “Rioting” – dispute between LSVD Berlin-Brandenburg and activists escalated

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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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Discrimination against lesbians in Polish Volleyball

Znam osoby, które nie mogą powiedzieć o swoim homoseksualizmie, bo boją się, że stracą miejsca w swoich reprezentacjach narodowych. W siatkówce działa agent który zapowiadał, że przygotuje listę lesbijek i osób biseksualnych. Ja pytam w jakim celu?! Przecież to jest patologia – mówi siatkarka Katarzyna Skorupa.
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