Tag Archives: Discrimination

Bulgaria: Man punches lesbian in the face after calling her a homophobic slur

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A woman in Bulgaria is in a ‘stupor’ after homophobic attack where a man punched her in the face in the capital Sofia.
Galya Petkova was walking her dog on Sunday afternoon (10 February) and trying to enjoy the rare sunny day.
A man in his 40s approached her and called her a ‘dirty faggot’.
Petkova, 45, tried to ignore him and kept walking through the park. But she then heard the man coming up behind her and before she knew it, he had allegedly punched her in the face. The blow was so hard it knocked two of her teeth out and cracked a third.
‘I don’t want to see you in this area again,’ he told her.

Continue reading at: https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/man-punches-lesbian-in-the-face-calls-her-a-dirty-fat-in-bulgaria/#gs.yGC59INO (source)

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Burundi: The secret language of lesbian love

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Over a period of a few months, the BBC spoke to dozens of young lesbians in a country where homosexuality is illegal. They told us about their day-to-day lives and how they use secret memes to connect with each other on social media platforms and chat apps.

“There are ‘invisible’ lesbians in every country. We are just one part of it.”

“If we exist here, we exist everywhere.”

We need to be heard.”

If you know that we exist, you may start looking for us in your own communities, and in your own families.”

Continue reading at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/secret_lesbian_language (source)

Israel’s Cruel Treatment of a Lesbian Mom After Her Partner’s Tragic Death

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Yael Levi-Hazan was a lecturer, researcher and translator, a well-known figure in academia and in the LGBT community. She had lived in Be’er Sheva since 1998 and was one of the community’s founders in the southern part of the country. The home she shared with her partner, social worker and therapist Omra Levi-Hazan, was a magnet for every LGBT person who moved to the Negev and was seeking an adoptive family.

In October 2017, the couple moved to a new house in Be’er Sheva with their son, Ma’ayan, to whom Yael had given birth three-and-a-half years earlier. At the end of that month, Omra gave birth to their daughter, Nuri. On the night between November 30 and December 1, just five weeks after Nuri’s birth, Yael, 39, was killed in a car crash on Highway 431, while she was on the way to her mother’s house, in Tel Aviv. Omra was left with two small children and without the woman who had been her partner for the previous decade.

Welsh football player says ‘school was hell on earth’ because she is a lesbian

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Wales’ most decorated footballer, Jessica Fishlock MBE says her experience at school was “hell on earth” because of abuse over her sexuality.
Fishlock says her sexuality never scared her in adolescence, but that she soon realised society was less accepting than she was of the fact she was gay.

“I think I knew when I was 12 that I love women, right? Whatever,” she says.

“I remember the moment clear and I wasn’t mad about it. Like it was OK. But the biggest thing for me was trying to manoeuvre my life with knowing that information. It wasn’t something I was scared of.

“It wasn’t something that I just disliked and made me dislike myself for who I was. But I didn’t understand why it was such a negative thing. That’s where for me it was something that I just couldn’t really stand. You know, does it matter?

“Even at a very young age going through that, 20 years ago, I never understood why it was a problem. And it’s even worse now. I don’t understand the problem.

“The turning point for me was when I just realised that I wasn’t the problem. The problem was the society in school. Not the kids in school because they don’t understand; the society and the thought process around it was the problem.”

Continue reading at: https://www.bbc.com/sport/wales/47093685 (source)

U.S: Cancelled black history month event due to speaker being lesbian

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A Catholic school in Durham, N.C., canceled classes and a Black History Month event Friday because various groups planned to protest the appearance of a lesbian speaker at the program.
The speaker in question, Vernetta Alston, is a Durham City Council member, an attorney, and an alumna of the school, Immaculata Catholic.

Continue reading at: https://www.advocate.com/religion/
2019/2/08/catholic-school-cancels-black-lesbian-speaker-black-history-events
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Namibia: Lesbian asylum seeker in Scotland fears forced marriage to man if deported

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Isabella Katjiparatijivi came to Scotland in October 2017, seeking asylum from prejudice because of her sexuality.
Speaking exclusively to The Sunday National, Katjiparatijivi explained that she fears being forced into an arranged marriage if she is deported.
“Lesbianism is not yet legalised in Namibia but there’s an organisation working to legalise it. In my tribe they do not allow two women to get married or be in a relationship.
“My dad doesn’t allow me to be a lesbian and that’s why I came here to seek asylum.
“When he found out I was a lesbian he was planning to arrange a marriage for me, because he and the rest of the tribe believe that if you sleep with a man it ‘cures’ you.
“If I go back my father will try to arrange another marriage because that’s what he believes.”

Continue reading at: https://www.thenational.scot/news/
17405017.lesbian-asylum-seeker-in-scotland-fears-forced-marriage-to-man-if-deported/
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U.S: Teacher harassed for being a lesbian

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A former Virginia teacher is suing a school district, saying she was repeatedly harassed for being a lesbian and was told to “be more feminine” by administrators.
She said she was told to wear skirts, get bangs, and be more feminine in order to be “less intimidating as a person.”

Continue reading at: https://www.thisisinsider.com/virginia-teacher-dina-persico-claims-she-was-harassed-for-being-lesbian-2019-2 (source)

Jamaica: Lesbian prisoners raped in an attempt to ‘cure’ them

Lesbian prisoners in Jamaica raped in an attempt to 'cure' them

Lesbian prisoners in Jamaica are subjected to ‘corrective rape’, a study revealed today (5 February).
Women in prison are raped out of a ploy to ‘cure’ them of their sexuality, according to activists.
Carla Moore, a lecturer at the University of the West Indes, has explored LGBTI experiences in prison.
Moore said: ‘The thing that lesbians have to deal with that we often overlook is corrective rape.
‘It is quite prevalent in Jamaica where people think if you rape a lesbian you turn her straight.’

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Lebanon: legal case fails to ban show giving lesbians voice

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The freedoms of individuals and expression won a clear victory yesterday, with the decision of the judge of summary of Beirut, Marie-Christine Eid, to reject the appeal presented the day before, Tuesday, January 29, 2019, by a handful of lawyers to ban the broadcast of the program Ana Heyk (“I am like”) which gives the floor to lesbians. A show by star presenter Neshan Der Haroutiounian on the Al-Jadeed TV channel, which lawyers Mohammad Ziad Jaafil, Michel Fallah, Lina Sahmarani, Mohammad Assad Safsouf and trainee lawyer Omar Chbaro said, “promotes deviant social cases and highlights them as if they were examples to follow for the younger generation. This goes against the laws in force and more particularly the penal code, and undermines the moral values of the Lebanese society “.

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Les libertés individuelles et d’expression ont remporté une franche victoire hier, avec la décision de la juge des référés de Beyrouth, Marie-Christine Eid, de rejeter le recours présenté la veille, mardi 29 janvier 2019, par une poignée d’avocats visant à interdire la diffusion de l’émission Ana Heyk (« je suis ainsi ») qui donne la parole à des lesbiennes. Une émission du présentateur vedette, Neshan Der Haroutiounian, sur la chaîne télévisée al-Jadeed, et qui, selon les avocats Mohammad Ziad Jaafil, Michel Fallah, Lina Sahmarani, Mohammad Assad Safsouf et l’avocat stagiaire Omar Chbaro, « fait la promotion des cas sociaux déviants et les met en lumière comme s’il s’agissait d’exemples à suivre pour la jeune génération. Ce qui va à l’encontre des lois en vigueur et plus particulièrement du code pénal, et sape les valeurs morales de la société libanaise ».

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Continue reading at: https://www.lorientlejour.com/article/1155215/malgre-les-pressions-islamistes-lemission-televisee-ana-heyk-donne-la-parole-a-des-lesbiennes.html (Source)

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U.S: Lesbian married parents aren’t treated the same, legally, as straight couples

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Half of married gay women in Minnesota are forced to adopt their own children under Minnesota law.
That inequity — man-woman married couples don’t have this hurdle — is a paradox, since same-sex married couples are supposed to have the same rights in the state. In 2013, same-sex marriage became legal.
The legal inequity is the result of other laws — with gender-specific language — that were never changed when same-sex marriage was legalized. Outside of gay-rights advocates and the affected parents themselves, the situation appears to have received little public attention, until now.

Continue reading at: https://www.twincities.com/2019/01/29/
marriage-equality-lesbian-married-parents-actually-arent-treated-the-same-legally-as-straight-couples-will-it-change/
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Lesbian widows – seeking your stories

We are seeking the stories from lesbians to show how anti lesbian sentiment and structures affect us in relation to the death of our partners, wives and girldfriends.

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Since Lisa died I have joined the ranks of lesbian widows – lesbians whose partner, wife or girlfriend has died.

In this time I have heard stories of how bereaved lesbians have been treated by authorities, families, friends, workplaces, support groups.

Some stories are of personal hostility, others are of legal structures which act to harm lesbians or simply fail to protect us.

We are looking to gather some of these stories for Listening2Lesbians, to demonstrate  how homophobia and lesbophobia, whether by individuals, groups or social structures, can add to the already traumatic experience of losing a partner.

If you lost your partner as a lesbian, and have experiences to share, please write to us at liz@listening2lesbians.com or message us via Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LlSTEN2LESBlANS/.

Submissions can be anonymous to protect privacy.

U.K: Lesbian told, by her boss, to keep her sexuality quiet wins sex discrimination case

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A lesbian told to keep her sexuality secret has won a sex discrimination case against the boss who told her to stay in the closet.
Ashleigh McMahon, a quality control manager at a firm in Lancashire, was told to keep quiet as the company ‘did not have any other gay people working for it’.

Continue reading at: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6615033/Lesbian-told-sexuality-quiet-no-gay-people-work.html (source)

South Dakota, US: lesbian widow fights for survivor benefits

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A former Rapid City police officer has asked South Dakota’s Supreme Court to allow her to collect state retirement system survivor benefits after her wife, a former police captain, died of cancer.

An attorney for retired Rapid City officer Debra Anderson argued Tuesday to the high court that South Dakota’s previous unconstitutional prohibition against same-sex marriage can’t be used to deny Anderson the benefits.

Continue reading at: https://www.thetelegraph.com/news/article/The-Latest-Supreme-Court-to-decide-same-sex-13517495.php (Source)

Update: Lesbian retirement community discrimination lawsuit dismissed

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A federal lawsuit filed by a married lesbian couple alleging they were discriminated against by a Sunset Hills retirement community that declined to let them move in together has been dismissed, according to a decision filed on Wednesday.

The Fair Housing Act does not protect against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, the decision by U.S. District Judge Jean C. Hamilton concludes.

Continue reading at: https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/judge-dismisses-lesbian-couple-s-lawsuit-alleging-discrimination-by-sunset/article_e3afa21a-b3a9-5f71-a4b4-2b504598a15d.html (Source)

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

Arizona, US: Lesbian alleges discrimination by Phoenix Chili’s restaurant

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Meagan Hunter worked at a north Phoenix Chili’s restaurant for two years. In that time, she said her bosses praised her constantly and even recommended her for a promotion. After going to training for that new position, however, she said everything changed. “To succeed in this company, I (was told) I would have to dress more gender appropriate,” Hunter told Arizona’s Family. Hunter is a lesbian and said a boss told her she needed to dress more feminine if she truly wanted the promotion.

Continue reading at: https://www.azfamily.com/news/lesbian-alleges-discrimination-by-phoenix-chili-s-restaurant-over-dress/article_79009d9e-19f0-11e9-8592-a7547b5b7626.html (Source)

 

India: Odisha registers first lesbian marriage, bride’s father blames black magic

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In a first, since the Supreme Court decriminalised homosexuality on September 6, 2018, a lesbian couple got married legally on Saturday at Kendrapara in Odisha. But the father of one of the brides said it was all a big conspiracy and a lot of black magic. He lodged a complaint with the Pattamundai Police Station on Monday alleging that his daughter is innocent and is under a spell of black magic.
Police have said that the couple will be interrogated in connection with the matter. “The girl will be interrogated to ascertain whether she has been forced to maintain the relationship with the other girl or it was her own choice,” Pramod Mallick, IIC of Pattamundai Police Station, said.

Continue reading at: https://www.edexlive.com/news/2019/
jan/14/odisha-registers-first-lesbian-marriage-brides-father-blames-black-magic-5031.html
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U.K: Methodists speak out in support of lesbian couple targeted by homophobic card on Christmas Eve

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A couple have spoken of their shock at receiving a homophobic card which was delivered to their family home on Christmas Eve.
Claire and her fiancé Sarah – not their real names – were horrified when they read the ‘creepy’ card which states: ‘Lesbian is disgusting and filth unnatural abnormal”
The card has been signed ‘Methodist Church’ and also includes the pre-printed message: “Blessings of the Season”.
The couple say they are completely bewildered at being targeted by the bizarre and ‘cowardly’ homophobic abuse.

Continue reading at: https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.
uk/news/greater-manchester-news/disgusting-homophobic-card-sent-lesbian-15635713
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Update

Local Methodists have condemned the incident and say their desire is for a church which is fully inclusive.

Continue reading at: https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.
uk/news/greater-manchester-news/methodists-speak-out-support-lesbian-15638041
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India: Lesbian couple receiving death threats from family request police protection

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A young lesbian couple reportedly got married in Manglor area of ​​Haridwar. The couple has registered the marriage in court and has demanded security from the police.
The court has ordered the police to ensure the protection of both the women. After the historic judgement by the Supreme Court, people are coming forward with their sexual preference without hesitation.
Both the women need security as the families are not happy with their decision and have threatened to kill them. Both the women are adult and taking all responsibility for their decision.

Continue reading at: https://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-our-family-can-kill-us-lesbian-couple-demands-protection-from-police-after-getting-married-2704606 (source)

Brazil: Lesbian actor faces discrimination and loss of work

 

Bruna, in fact, has declared herself a lesbian, triggering homophobic fury, with painful work repercussions. “Obviously I have lost several contracts since I came out. Of course I was scared, especially because I had a flat to pay for and my parents are not rich, on the contrary. But I did not have much choice”.

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Bruna, infatti, si è dichiarata lesbica, scatenando la furia omofoba, con dolorose ripercussioni lavorative. “Ovviamente ho perso diversi contratti da quando ho fatto coming out. Certo che avevo paura, soprattutto perché avevo un appartamento da pagare e i miei genitori non sono ricchi, al contrario. Ma non avevo molta scelta”.

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New Zealand: MP Attacks Lesbians On Twitter

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New Zealand’s government, led by the same party who brought us same-sex marriage legislation in 2013, is now playing an active role in dismantling lesbian rights.

Continue reading at: https://www.afterellen.com/general-news/568549-new-zealand-mp-attacks-lesbians-on-twitter-a-disturbing-trend (source)