Tag Archives: Discrimination

Update: Kenyan court refuses to lift ban on acclaimed lesbian romance film

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A Kenyan court on Wednesday refused to lift a ban on a locally-made acclaimed film portraying a lesbian romance, the film’s producer said, adding that she would continue to fight for freedom of expression in the East African nation.

The film “Rafiki” – which means friend in Kiswahili – was banned by the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) in April 2018 on the grounds that it promotes homosexuality in a country where gay sex is a criminal offence.

Rafiki’s producer Wanuri Kahiu appealed against the ban, arguing it was against freedom of expression which is enshrined in Kenya’s constitution. But the constitutional court stayed the ban, saying there was no violation of freedom of expression.

“We are disappointed of course. But I strongly believe in the constitution and we are not going to give up,” Kahiu told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

“I think it is very important for us to define what freedom of expression means in Kenya as per our constitution. We are going to appeal. The ruling today is not a true reflection of what the constitution says.”

Continue reading: https://news.trust.org/item
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Original article: https://listening2lesbians.com/2018/09/24/update-kenyan-court-lifts-ban-on-lesbian-love-film/

U.S: Lesbian couple’s house vandalized with hate speech & obscene drawings

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Keri and Katrina Sprinkle live in Borden in southern Indiana. On April 10, they woke up to find the words “LESBIN” [sic] and “QUEER” spray-painted on their truck. Penises were painted on the truck and their driveway too.

The vandal also painted a message on their house, “I love penis,” written in symbols.

“I was in total shock,” Keri told WLKY. “I collapsed in the middle of the street and just started crying because it was that whole feeling of violation and how could someone not only do this to my place of dwelling, but my vehicle, and then we found another graffiti mark in the driveway, and then we found one on her car as well.”

Katrina posted images of the graffiti on Facebook.

“I will pay a reward for anyone who can tell me, without a doubt, who did this!!!” she wrote.

Continue reading: https://www.lgbtqnation.com
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A third of UK lesbian mothers experience homophobia from other parents

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One in three lesbian mothers in Britain has experienced homophobia from other parents, while the same proportion have children who have been bullied for having two mums, according to a rare study of LGBT+ women published on Monday.

The online survey by research firm Kantar of more than 1400 LGBT+ women – one of the largest of its kind – found 37% of lesbian mothers suffered discrimination from other parents, while the same number’s children were victimised.

The study offers a rare look at the plight of lesbian mothers in the country, where reported homophobic hate crimes rose 25% in England and Wales in the year to March 2019 and three-fold since same-sex marriage was legalised in 2013.

Continue reading: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-lgbt-education-trfn/third-of-uk-lesbian-mothers-experience-homophobia-from-other-parents-idUSKBN2220YW (source)

U.S: Lesbian judge sanctioned for displaying rainbow flag in court

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A judge in Texas has been sanctioned by the state for displaying a rainbow flag in her courtroom.

Bexar County Court’s Judge Rosie Speedlin Gonzalez is out and she flies the rainbow flag in her court because it shows that “everyone is welcome into this courtroom.”

She didn’t think that the flag would be a problem because other judges have flags and symbols in their courtrooms. One judge who’s a veteran has a camouflage robe and another flies an Irish flag to take pride in his heritage, she said.

But San Antonio lawyer Flavio Hernandez was “offended” by Speedlin Gonzalez’s rainbow flag and he filed a complaint with the Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct, saying that the flag meant that the judge couldn’t be impartial.

“I think a judge bringing in symbols of sexuality — regardless of what kind of sexuality — I think that has no place in the courtroom,” he told Texas Lawyer.

He said that he would have been just as offended by “a swastika or confederate flag,” effectively comparing being gay to being a white supremacist.

Continue reading: https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2020/04/
texas-sanctions-judge-displaying-rainbow-flag-court/
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Russia: Lesbian artist faces six years jail for creating innocent pictures

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A lesbian artist has spent months under house arrest and is facing fines and six years jail, just for publishing innocent images in Russia.

Yulja Tsvetkova faces three separate trials. Under the first, Russia has charged her with ‘pornography’, with a penalty of up to six years in prison. Moreover, she also faces two trials for LGBT+ ‘propaganda’ – with a fine of 50 million rubles (€600 $625) for each one.

But despite all this, Tsvetkova told GSN that she would continue her artistic work and fight for LGBT+ people.

In the pornography case, Tsvetkova posted a drawing of a vagina in a social media page about body positivity. The page features many figurative and artistic images of vaginas. They wouldn’t look out of place in an art gallery and certainly aren’t pornographic.

In addition, the 26-year-old published articles on queer culture, supporting LGBT+ youth and discrimination for LGBT+ people in Russia on a social media group. That earned her one charge of distributing LGBT+ ‘propaganda’.

The other ‘propaganda’ charge came after Tsvetkova drew an illustration of a lesbian and gay couple with kids.

Continue reading: https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/this-lesbian-artist-faces-six-years-jail-for-creating-innocent-pictures/ (source)

 

Germany: Lesbian family faces housing discrimination

Evelyn Yasemine Arslan

After the birth of the youngest child last November, a larger apartment was needed, the couple told queer.de. With the current housing shortage in Germany it was certainly not an easy task to find one, but nevertheless not impossible. Yasemine and Evelyn Arslan looked at first as if they had found a suitable apartment in Mainaschaff for their small family.

When she finally wanted to sign the lease at the end of January, however, there was a problem. When asked about Evelyn’s husband, the two came out and told the landlord that they were married. The latter replied that he could not reconcile this with his religious views and the rental opportunity was gone.

What Yasemine and Evelyn Arslan experienced is not an isolated case. Again and again, queer tenants with experience of discrimination turn to the federal anti-discrimination agency. In principle, the General Equal Treatment Act (AGG) prohibits sexuality based housing discrimination, but there are restrictions, such as when the landlord has fewer than 50 apartments. Those affected can theoretically file a claim for damages and compensation in court, but proving the case is often difficult. A case of discrimination against a homosexual tenant has not yet been brought to justice in Germany.
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Nach der Geburt des jüngsten Kindes im vergangenen November musste eine größere Wohnung her, berichtete das Paar gegenüber queer.de. Bei der aktuellen Wohnungsknappheit in Deutschland sicherlich keine leichte Aufgabe, aber dennoch nicht unmöglich. Auch bei Yasemine und Evelyn Arslan sah es erst einmal so aus, als hätten sie eine passende Wohnung in Mainaschaff für ihre kleine Familie gefunden.

Als sie Ende Januar dann endlich den Mietvertrag unterschreiben wollte, kommt es jedoch zum Eklat. Auf die Nachfrage nach Evelyns Ehemann outeten sich die beiden und erklärten dem Vermieter, sie seien miteinander verheiratet. Dieser entgegnete, das könne er nicht mit seinen religiösen Ansichten vereinbaren. Die Vermietung war geplatzt.

Was Yasemine und Evelyn Arslan erleben musste, ist kein Einzelfall. Immer wieder wenden sich queere Mieter mit Diskriminierungserfahrungen an die Antidiskriminierungsstelle des Bundes. Grundsätzlich verbietet das Allgemeine Gleichbehandlungsgesetz (AGG) Diskriminierung beim Zugang zu Wohnraum wegen der sexuellen Identität, allerdings gibt es Einschränkungen, etwa wenn der Vermieter unter 50 Wohnungen besitzt. Betroffene können theoretisch vor Gericht auf Schadensersatz und Entschädigung klagen, oft ist der Nachweis jedoch schwierig. Ein Diskriminierungsfall eines homosexuellen Mieters landete in Deutschland bislang nicht vor Gericht.
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Continue reading at: https://www.queer.de/detail.php?article_id=35605 (Source)

U.S: Lesbian couple sues prison system for workplace discrimination

A lesbian couple who worked in the Michigan prison system for decades is suing the state, claiming prison officials failed to do anything to protect them from years of harassment and discrimination in the workplace.

The couple, the lawsuit claims, faced harassment, discrimination and retaliation daily for not fitting into the standard mold of a state prison employee – being a heterosexual white man.

“[Michelle] (Woods) has, on countless occasions, been referred to as a ‘dyke,’ … has been told that ‘Stanley Steamer has nothing on you,’ and has had a beaver and a taco put as the desktop background on her computer,” according to the lawsuit.

Woods would later be reprimanded for various violations she had no knowledge of committing, the lawsuit claims. She was spied on by a higher ranking officer and was denied consideration for a promotion by officials who said she needed to learn to “play the game,” the lawsuit alleges.

[Loretta] Smith, who also works for MDOC, claims she was demoted to working the midnight shift in retaliation for complaining about the hostile work environment.

Continue reading: https://www.mlive.com/news
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Disney/Pixar’s ‘Onward’ Banned In Multiple Middle East Countries Due To Lesbian Reference

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Disney/Pixar’s family film Onward has been banned in multiple Middle East markets due to the film’s minor reference to a lesbian relationship.

[T]he reference hasn’t gone down well with censors in some countries, sources have confirmed. Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia have all banned the film due to the reference. The film, released regionally this week, is nowhere to be seen on cinema schedules in those territories. Other Middle East markets such as Bahrain, Lebanon and Egypt are showing the film.

Russia, another territory with recent history for banning or censoring LGBT content, censored the Onward scene by changing the word “girlfriend” to “partner” and the local version avoids mentioning Specter’s gender.

Continue reading: https://deadline.com/2020/03/disney-onward-banned-multiple-middle-east-markets-lesbian-lgbt-reference-1202876168/ (source)

U.S: Pastor puts up anti-homosexual sign on discovering neighbours are lesbian

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A Louisiana pastor found his church the subject of a peaceful demonstration protesting his decision to put up an anti-gay sign in his front yard that appeared to target his lesbian neighbors.

The protest was prompted by a Facebook post shared by Lynda Slimer of Benton, La., who said that she, her wife, and two daughters came home to find the sign in the yard of their neighbor, Rex Cornwell, the pastor of the Bossier Church of Christ.

The sign features the international ‘No’ symbol over the LGBTQ Pride flag with the words “God forbids homosexuality, so should we.” Bible verses condemning homosexuality appear at the bottom of the sign.

Slimer wrote on Facebook that she believes the yard sign was prompted by Cornwell’s realization that she and her wife are not roommates.

Continue reading: https://www.metroweekly.com
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Australia: Pregnant lesbian told “I hope your baby dies”

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A pregnant woman has been brought to tears after a stranger verbally abused her at a supermarket.

Ebony was shopping with her girlfriend Lisa at a Coles at Brookside in northern Brisbane, when a man approached her and told her he hoped her baby would die.

Lisa said she’s hesitant about Ebony returning to the supermarket on her own after the experience, the Courier-Mail reported.

‘She was just going about her day when a man she describes as being in his mid- 50s – completely unprovoked – told her ”I hope your baby dies, it’s better off without you”,’ Lisa said.

She said her girlfriend was left shocked to the point of tears, and the couple chose to leave immediately rather than responding to the man’s comments.

But the effects of the comments didn’t disappear for the couple, who say they have endured discrimination in the past for raising a child as two same-sex parents.

‘It affected us for a few days. It shook Ebony up a lot and caused unnecessary concern for the baby. I guess as an expectant mum, she was already filled with concern, so someone saying something like that plays on your worst fears,’ Lisa said.

Continue reading: https://www.dailymail.co.uk
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U.K: ‘How do I convince the Home Office I’m a lesbian?’

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Angel fled Zimbabwe in fear of her life after police found her in bed with another woman five years ago. It’s taken most of the time since then for her to convince the Home Office that she is gay and will be persecuted if she returns. But how do you prove something you spent your life trying to hide?

In 2015, Angel found herself in an interview room in the north of England with a Home Office official whose job was to work out whether she was lying.

“How do I know I am a lesbian? How old was I when I knew? Who did I tell?” Angel recalls being asked.

“It is as if the Home Office expect a date and time.”

For seven hours, the interviewer picked at the threads of her life story.

The secret relationship with a girl at high-school and the betrayal of a family member she confided in about it.

Her forced marriage to an abusive husband in her 20s and the young daughter she had left behind in Zimbabwe.

Being raped by two men in her 30s who intended to “straighten her up”. And then, a few years later, the brutality from police when they discovered her in bed with a woman at a house-party.

Continue reading: https://www.bbc.com/news/stories-51636642 (source)

Australia: Moana Hope reveals toll of AFL fans’ homophobic abuse

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Former AFLW star Moana Hope has opened up about the disgusting homophobic abuse she’s seen as both a footy player and an AFL fan.

Hope, who played in the AFLW for Collingwood and North Melbourne, said the abusive taunts even drove her away from attending AFL matches.

She told the Herald Sun during one 2017 match she played for Collingwood against Fremantle, a spectator called her a “stupid d*ke” from behind the fence.

“I don’t normally hear the crowd because I’m so drawn into the game. But when I heard that I was blown away,” she said.

“And I was hurt and a little bit scared because I thought, ‘Why are you calling me that? I’m a person.’

“Why are you using such a negative term? [After the game] I was a little bit scared, hesitant, to walk off the field because I was worried he’d be there to abuse me.”

“Who we fall in love with has nothing to do with these names. This is why kids in school are scared to be who they are whether they are gay or not, because you get picked on if you’re different.”

Hope said she and wife Isabella Carlstrom had “lost count” of the lewd comments they’d copped when in public together.

“I’ve had things said to us like, ‘One night with me will make you realise you need a man in your life,’” she said.

“I’ve been there when guys have grabbed Bella’s arse and said ‘You need an actual man’. Those things happen all the time.

Continue reading: https://qnews.com.au/moana-hope-reveals-toll-of-afl-fans-homophobic-abuse/ (source)

U.S: Teacher forbids student with lesbian mothers from speaking in favour of same-sex marriage

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A married lesbian couple in Michigan say their daughter’s teacher banned her from writing a speech about marriage equality for fear that it might “offend somebody in the class.”

The school district is investigating the incident.

Angela McDermitt-Jackson and Chris Jackson married in 2015 and are raising Destiny McDermitt, their 17-year-old daughter who is a junior at Hill McCloy High School in Montrose, Michigan.

Destiny’s teacher assigned her class a “Take a Stand Speech” in which students were told to speak in favor of or against a social issue important to them. Having two mothers, Destiny said she wanted to speak in support of same-sex marriage.

Destiny and other classmates claim that the teacher forbade her topic over worries it might offend other students. When Destiny asked whether the teacher could inquire if the topic offended her fellow classmates, the teacher declined her request.

The teacher also reportedly said she didn’t want to read or grade such a paper.

“No, we’re not going to do that,” the teacher reportedly said in front of the class. “I don’t want to hear about it, I don’t want to read about it, and I’m the one who has to grade it.”

Destiny was so upset that she contacted her mother Angela while still present in the class. Later, Destiny wrote a letter complaining to school officials. Destiny has since been moved into a different class.

“[It] offended me because I have two moms [who] are married and I really thought it was inappropriate,” McDermitt wrote. Her mothers, aunt, grandmother, grandfather, niece, and younger sister all support her.

Continue reading: https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2020
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U.K. study – sounding lesbian affects employment

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New research provides evidence that having a gay- or lesbian-sounding voice can have tangible consequences on a person’s job prospects. The study, published in Psychology of Women Quarterly, indicates that discrimination based on one’s voice may be particularly harmful for women perceived as lesbian.

“Voice is a minimal cue that people use, consciously or unconsciously, to make inferences about others. Stereotypes about voice exist too. I am therefore interested in examining how minimal cues such as voice can affect listeners’ perception and discrimination,” said study author Fabio Fasoli, a lecturer in social psychology at the University of Surrey.

“Gaydar is usually defined as the ability to correctly guess who is gay and who is heterosexual from such minimal clues. As a consequence of gaydar, discrimination can occur when sexual orientation is inferred from a person’s behavior during the hiring process,” the researchers wrote in their study.

The researchers found that gay-sounding men and especially lesbian-sounding women were viewed as less competent than their heterosexual-sounding counterparts, which in turn was associated with them being rated as less suitable for jobs and ranked lower in employability. Contrary to expectations, lesbian-sounding women did not have an advantage when applying to stereotypically masculine job positions.

“A stereotype about ‘gay voice’ exists and affects people’s impression and reactions. Voice can thus lead to subtle forms of discrimination in the hiring process. Although there is not a shared stereotype about the ‘lesbian voice,’ women who sound ‘lesbian’ are at higher risk of discrimination,” Fasoli told PsyPost.

Continue reading at: https://www.psypost.org/2020/02/study-suggests-lesbian-sounding-women-face-greater-gaydar-discrimination-in-hiring-than-men-55454? (Source)

Study: A Leader Doesn’t Sound Lesbian!: The Impact of Sexual Orientation Vocal Cues on Heterosexual Persons’ First Impression and Hiring Decision

U.S.: lesbian files discrimination complaint against Burger King

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A lesbian who works at a D.C. Burger King says her manager harassed her because of her sexual orientation.

Ingrid, who asked the Washington Blade not to publish her last name, filed a complaint with the D.C. Office of Human Rights last Dec. 23.

The complaint notes Ingrid, 19, began to work at the Burger King on Connecticut Avenue near the University of the District of Columbia on Aug. 24, 2019. Ingrid in her complaint states her manager “found out about my sexual orientation in September of 2019” and “began to harass me by making inappropriate comments about my protected class.”

“In January 2020, despite my numerous complaints to respondent’s upper management, the hostile work environment was not addressed, and instead I continued to be subjected to unwelcome comments about my sexual orientation from my supervisor as well as my coworkers who respondent’s manager told about my complaints,” she wrote. “Instead of addressing the situation, respondent’s district manager … cut my workdays and hours and changed my schedule, affecting my pay.”

Burger King, which is based in Miami, received a 100 percent score in the Human Rights Campaign’s 2019 Corporate Equality Index.

Burger King’s corporate office has not returned the Blade’s requests for comment. Efforts to reach the Burger King where Ingrid works via telephone were unsuccessful.

Ingrid, who continues to work at the Burger King where she said the harassment has taken place, told the Blade it is her first job. She said she filed her complaint because she doesn’t “want another LGBTQ person or someone who is not out to go through this again.”

“I don’t want someone else to get anxiety or depression because of this,” Ingrid told the Blade.

Continue reading at: https://www.washingtonblade.com/2020/02/12/lesbian-files-discrimination-complaint-against-dc-burger-king/ (Source)

Lesbian activist takes Nigerian government to court to register organisation

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Lesbian Equality and Empowerment Initiative, a non-profit organisation, has dragged the Corporate Affairs Commission before the Court of Appeal over the refusal to register it.

Pamela Adie, an LGBT activist, had in 2018 sued the commission for refusing to register the organisation but lost the case.

However, the activist disclosed on Twitter that she had filed a notice of appeal on the judgement delivered by the Federal High Court.

“Notice of appeal has been filed in the case of Pamela Adie V CAC. As some of you may be aware, I applied to register a non-profit called Lesbian Equality and Empowerment Initiative but was denied by the Nigerian government agency, CAC, because it said ‘lesbian’ was offensive.

Continue reading at: https://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2020/02/03/lesbian-group-drags-cac-to-court/ (Source)

Original article: Lesbian activist loses battle in Nigerian court

Peru: security guard stops lesbians kissing on public transport

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chile: sushi restaurant expels lesbians for hugging

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

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

At one point in the video, one of the women speaks directly to the girl asking if the situation “affected her” in any way – to this the girl makes a clear sign denying any possible harm from the events.
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Hemos tenido conocimiento estos días de un nuevo hecho lesbófobo sucedido en Chile. Se viralizó a través de las redes sociales un vídeo en el que una pareja de mujeres acusó haber sido discriminadas por su orientación sexual en un local de sushi y comida peruana llamado Saki, en pleno centro de Santiago.

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2019 in review: Lesbians in the News

 

By Liz Waterhouse

2019 Lesbian News Summary

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

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

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

LOCATION – CHALLENGING THE ANGLO DOMINANCE

2019 Stories by Country

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

ISSUES

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

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

Issues reported 2019 Global

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

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

Issues reported 2019 USA

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

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

Issues reported 2019 not USA

 

HOSTILITY SOURCE

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

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

2019 hostility source chart global

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

2019 hostility source chart USA

 

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

2018 hostility source chart global - usa

2019 hostility source chart not USA

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

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

 

WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

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

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

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

RESPONSE TO THE NEWS

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

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

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

AREAS NOT REPORTED ON

Listening2Lesbians has largely not reported in depth on:

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

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

 

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