Tag Archives: Discrimination

Columbus, USA: lesbian couple files discrimination suit against Columbus Urban League

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Two Columbus women say a local organization aimed at ending discrimination, fired them for being gay.

The couple worked at the Columbus Urban League and says shortly after management learned they were dating, they were both fired.

Wednesday they filed a federal discrimination lawsuit. The Urban League calls the allegations “bogus” and “absurd.”

Continue reading at: https://www.10tv.com/article/same-sex-couple-files-discrimination-suit-against-columbus-urban-league (Source)

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U.S: Lesbian couple denied housing in Sunset Hills senior living community, lawsuit claims

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A St. Louis County senior community has denied housing to a married lesbian couple who have been together for nearly four decades because of the couple’s sexual orientation, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court.

Mary Walsh, 72, and Bev Nance, 68, both of Shrewsbury, say the Friendship Village senior living community, which has locations in Sunset Hills and Chesterfield, denied occupancy to them to live at the Sunset Hills community in 2016 because their relationship violated its cohabitation policy that defines marriage as “the union of one man and one woman, as marriage is understood in the Bible,” according to the lawsuit.

Continue reading at: https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/
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U.S: Federal judge denies lesbian Ugandan woman’s plea for release, stay of removal

The Rev. Hall Kirkham (left) embraced a woman from Uganda, whose daughter is trying to stay in the US to escape persecution because she is gay.

A Massachusetts federal court judge ruled late Thursday that he has no jurisdiction to delay deportation proceedings of a gay Ugandan woman who has said she believes she could be persecuted, and even killed, if she returns to Uganda, where homosexuality is illegal and punishable by life in prison.

Continue reading at: https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/
2018/07/20/federal-judge-denies-gay-ugandan-woman-plea-for-release-stay-removal/0MYWBgInk1TbmmSbNCouxO/
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U.S: Police Tell Lesbian Couple to “Ignore” Man Yelling Homophobic Slurs at Them

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Wendy and Trudy Dragoon were crossing a street in their Southeast neighborhood of Brentwood-Darlington yesterday evening around 7:30 when they heard an engine rev nearby. They turned to see a truck speeding towards them. The couple ran onto the sidewalk to watch the truck whip by, do a U-turn, and park in front of a nearby home. Three men exited the vehicle, including a skinny 20-something who had been yelling out the window at the women as the truck drove by.

“He got out of the car and said something about ‘Beating the shit out of fucking dykes,'” says Wendy. When Trudy crossed the street to where the truck was parked to confront the man, Wendy began filming using her cell phone.

Continue reading at: https://www.portlandmercury.com/
blogtown/2018/07/16/21357150/police-tell-lgbt-couple-to-ignore-man-yelling-homophobic-slurs-at-them
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Update: This Lesbian Couple Sailed Oceans To Be Together. Their Epic Journey Is Far From Over.

Russian Elena Ivanova and Canadian Meg Stone spent 10 months at sea, defying storms and tempestuous seas, to reach Canada. But their love story and safety are far from settled.

Continue reading at: https://www.thedailybeast.com/this-lesbian-couple-sailed-oceans-to-be-together-their-epic-journey-is-far-from-over (source)

Original article: Lesbian escapes Russia by boat and sails to Canada to be with the woman she loves

New Zealand: Lesbian couple “shocked” by Kiwi baker who refused to make wedding cake

Moe Barr, left, and Sasha Patrick had their request for a wedding cake refused by a Warkworth cake maker.

A same-sex couple is “shocked and upset” that their request for a wedding cake was refused by a Warkworth baker who said marriage equality was against her beliefs.

Moe Barr and Sasha Patrick both live in Brisbane, but since Australia had not yet legalised same-sex marriage when they got engaged last year, they planned their wedding at Waipu in Northland for next January.

When they approached Kath’s Devine Cakes in Warkworth to make the cake, “Kath” refused, saying despite the New Zealand government legalising same-sex marriage, she believed it was not correct and therefore she would not make the wedding cake.

Continue reading at: https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/weddings/105324741/lesbian-couple-shocked-by-kiwi-baker-who-refused-to-make-wedding-cake  (source)

Sacramento, US: man blankets street with lesbophobic flyers

Man blankets a street with vile flyers claiming lesbian sex causes cancer

This man sparked outrage after blanketing a street with flyers that falsely claim lesbian sex causes cancer.

The man refused to speak when confronted by homeowners in the West Sacramento neighborhood about his leaflet, titled ‘The key to the mystery of estrogen and cancer.’

Continue reading at: https://metro.co.uk/2018/07/05/man-blankets-street-vile-flyers-claiming-lesbian-sex-causes-cancer-7687338/  (source)

Mthatha, South Africa: Cop and his mom accused of beating women because they are lesbians

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A suspended Mthatha police officer has been accused of assaulting four women in his home, allegedly because they are lesbians. He is due to appear in court on July 17.

The women say that the off-duty officer and his mother hit them with sticks while they were sleeping over at his house in Kwa-Payne on June 13, after attending a party with the accused’s brother.

Continue reading at: https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/
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U.S: Lesbian Lourdes alum alleges discrimination in coaching search

Lourdes alum alleges discrimination in coaching search

A former Lourdes basketball standout says she was denied the opportunity to coach for her high school alma mater because of her sexual orientation.
[Katie] Erbe-Shea, who is lesbian, was told the decision came from Father Peter Schuster, co-chair of the board of trustees for Rochester Catholic Schools.
“I would have never believed in 2018 that they would come back with something like that,” Erbe-Shea said in an interview Tuesday.
Erbe-Shea said she had been encouraged to apply for the position by a member of the school’s coaching staff. Before she could get the application in, however, the coach told her of the district’s position.
“I was pretty much offered the job,” she explained, “and then the next day, I was told I would never be able to coach for them.”

Continue reading at: https://www.medcitybeat.com/news-blog/2018/prospective-coach-alleges-bias-against-rochester-catholic-schools (source)

Israel Recognized Lesbian Couples as Mothers. Now It Says It Was a Mistake

Irit and Einat Zvieli-Efrat with their children.

Israel’s Interior Ministry has been making retroactive changes to birth certificates issued to children born to lesbian couples, deleting the name of the non-biological mother. This was discovered when couples who obtained new copies of birth certificates found that the documents were different from those already in their possession.

Continue reading at: https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-interior-min-changes-birth-certificates-of-lesbian-couples-kids-1.6197156  (source)

Cameroon: Lesbians beaten for being ‘witches’, ‘who deserve to die’

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‘For more than a year, Renée and Soltera have been facing insults, intimidation and death threats from the son of their deceased landlord, who wants to evict them from their home on the grounds of their sexual orientation,’ the statement read.

‘When they refused to leave, he savagely assaulted them at home and beat them with a thick board. He ignorantly declared that, as lesbians, they must die because they are witches.’

Continue reading at:  https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/lesbians-beaten-for-being-witches-and-who-deserve-to-die-in-cameroon/#gs.8jmhyYE (source)

A lesbian story of survival and the power of community Pride

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Gay Freedom Day Parade, San Francisco, California, June 1979. Photographer unknown, c/o @chicagotribune.

BY FELON EVANS

The end of Pride weekend. I skipped the Parade but went to a concert Friday and then to a Lesbian Potluck this afternoon.

Pride has lost a lot of its meaning for me, but the reason why we have a Pride has not. I came out in the mid-70s. Coming out to family and friends was not difficult for me but coming out to the larger world often felt dangerous. I was closeted with neighbors and landlords because it could cost you your housing. My girlfriend became my “roommate.” There was the bedroom you shared and then a spare room made to look like a second bedroom in case family visited. We would de-dyke the house before certain people would come over. If you had friendly neighbors, it was likely that you kept your lesbian books out of the living room.

I was closeted at work, too, and it meant that I kept a distance from co-workers, especially when they were talking about their personal relationships. Going to work meant always hiding a secret about who you were. Even being closeted, I was still fired from my job at a domestic violence shelter for being a lesbian. The Reagan Administration put a proviso on grants to DV shelters across America that in order to receive federal funding, they had to get rid of their lesbian staff. The Board called me in and said “You are a lesbian and can no longer work here.” When I went to an attorney, he asked me to show him where it was illegal to fire me for my sexual orientation.

Being a lesbian in the 70s and 80s also meant going to bars. We had wonderful music and dances and concerts and AA meetings, and bars were an important part of that community. We could not afford to be oblivious to the fact that something as ordinary as one’s own life could induce hatred in someone else. The bar I went to in Cleveland had one of those little windows in the door they would peep out of to check you out before you could gain admittance. Bars had to be careful. One night , two lesbians in our community left the bar and were kidnapped, raped, and shot and left for dead. One of them survived. It rocked our community to its core, and yet we still went to the bar because it was part of our community.

Not being able to talk openly about being a lesbian meant that you had to send out signals in a conversation or an interaction if you thought another woman was gay. A certain type of direct eye-contact, held a bit longer than usual, a nod of the head as you walked by each other on the sidewalk were used to determine if someone was likely a lesbian. Lesbians hug differently than do straight women and that was often a sign you could count on.

I was both disadvantaged and advantaged in being a Lesbian. It is stressful to hide something as fundamental as your relationships and community. There was danger and discrimination, the times we would get yelled at on the street or at a concert or denied admittance to a restaurant on Valentine’s Day or how your girlfriend would be treated differently by hospital staff if you went to the hospital . Once a van full of men pulled up and several men jumped out with baseball bats and ran at my girlfriend and I. She had her large dog with us and the dog growled and lunged at them. They jumped back in the van and peeled off. I don’t know what would have happened had we not had the dog, but I have every reason to believe we would have been hurt by them.

Through it all, community is what helped us survive that type of emotional and psychic trauma, it’s what ameliorated shame, what provided us with some great coping skills and survival strategies. Our community is where we went after the bad family interactions, after the bad work experiences, after the firing or the insensitive doctor asking again what kind of birth control you use, even after you came out to her.

We so often get attached to a narrative of suffering as if that makes us more “authentic.” Anyone who came out back in the day has been through the shit. It takes a toll on a human being. And yet it also has allowed me to be part of a community of survivors who faced bigotry with both anger and humor, with resilience and guts.

What I want to celebrate on Pride is not the freedom to be myself but rather the gift of a community that held one another up, that endured shitty treatment and insensitivity and outright hate and still insisted on loving other women.

Tonight I went to a lesbian potluck with typical potluck food and ordinary lesbians talking about our commonplace lives, remarking on how much easier things are now. And yet we are all part of an extraordinary phenomenon, a community of women in what has been a lesbophobic culture, many of whom have endured decades of hostility for our choices, and who are undeterred in our insistence on loving each other.

Thank you Lesbian community. You are who I celebrate on Pride Weekend.

 

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)

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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