Tag Archives: Discrimination

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.

 

POSTS FROM 2019:

 

New Zealand: Turkish woman denied visa for same-sex marriage

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A New Zealand woman’s wedding plans is in limbo after Immigration New Zealand refused to grant a visitor visa for her female partner from Turkey.

Elisa Garcia, 20, a student from Te Puke, met her partner Nour Malla, 22, a graphic design student, online in March last year.

Garcia travelled in July and October to Lebanon, where Malla was currently staying with family, and stayed with them for a month each time.

Love developed, they got engaged and planned to get married in New Zealand on their first anniversary this March.

However, their plans have hit a brick wall after INZ declined Malla’s visitor visa application.

The decision to decline Malla’s visa was made by officers in INZ’s Beijing office.

“I believe the reason for declining the visa is because we are a same sex couple, and the application was assessed in Beijing, China, a country where… people are being put into camps for being gay,” Garcia said.

Same-sex couples are generally frowned upon in China, and until 2001 being gay was regarded as a mental illness.

Garcia said they felt “hopeless and hurt” because there were no avenues for them to appeal the INZ decision.

Continue reading: https://www.newstalkzb.co.nz
/news/national/turkish-woman-denied-visa-for-same-sex-marriage-in-nz/
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U.S: Alaskan lesbian activist slashed and beaten at home after she received threatening note

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An LGBTQ activist on the Kenai Peninsula says she was slashed with a knife and beaten in her home this month within a few weeks of two threatening incidents.

Tammie Willis said she found a note crammed under her pickup’s windshield wiper in mid-November: “Dumb Ass Dyke We don’t want your gay libtard ass shit here so take it some where else before you get hurt!!!”

A little over a week later, Willis says, she was driving before dawn to Kenai Peninsula College, where she is associate director of residence life, when she glimpsed someone standing in the bed of a pickup at the side of the road. That person threw something that broke her windshield.

Police this week said they found a rock with the word “dyke” written on it at the spot.

On Dec. 9, the power in Willis’ Sterling neighborhood went out, she said. She went to see if other houses were dark, and when she opened the door leading from her garage, someone pushed her back inside and began to slash her with a knife.

Continue reading: https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/crime-courts/2019/12/27/kenai-peninsula-lgbtq-activist-reports-being-slashed-and-beaten-at-home-after-she-received-threatening-note/ (source)

Australia: Allegations of “lesbian mafia” unfounded

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An independent panel has found there was no bias or agenda behind the controversial sacking of Alen Stajcic as Matildas coach and dispelled the notion that a “lesbian mafia” wanted him out of the job.

“The panel was unable to uncover any evidence supporting the existence of any formal ‘lesbian mafia’ or that the decision to terminate the Matildas head coach contract was driven by personal bias against Mr Stajcic or in pursuit of other agendas,” the report said.

Continue reading: https://www.msn.com/en-au/sport/more-sports/no-evidence-of-lesbian-mafia-plot-against-stajcic-report-finds/ar-BBY8vFC?li=AAgfYrC&ocid=iehp (source)

South Africa: Lesbian, Madonnah James, beaten and brutally murdered

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The brutalised body of Madonnah James, a 32-year-old lesbian woman, was found dumped in a field in Bloemfontein’s Namibia township.

According to family members, Mabatho Maradonnah James, known as Madonnah, was last seen alive on the night of Friday 29 November. It’s believed that she’d gone out to buy cigarettes with an unknown man.

Her body was discovered the next morning near her family home, where she’d lived with her younger brother and sister.

Madonnah had been stoned until her face was unrecognisable. It’s also suspected that she’d been raped. Her funeral was held on Saturday.

Continue reading: https://www.mambaonline.com/
2019/12/18/lesbian-woman-madonnah-james-brutally-murdered-in-bloemfontein/
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Lesbians ‘told they did not need cervical screening‘

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Women who have sex with women are often wrongly told they do not need a cervical screening test, say LGBT groups.

This results in half of all eligible lesbian and bisexual women never having had a smear test, they said.

The human papilloma virus (HPV), which causes most cervical cancers, can be transmitted through lesbian sex.

Cervical cancer charities say all women, no matter their orientation, should have regular cervical screening.

LGBT groups say women regularly face barriers to accessing healthcare and can have poor experiences when they do.

The charity Jo‘s Cervical Cancer Trust says all women, regardless of their sexual orientation, should have regular cervical screening.

“As HPV can be transmitted through skin-to-skin in the genital area, gay women [sic] are equally at risk of contracting HPV and experiencing abnormal cervical changes and, thus, should always attend when invited for cervical screening.”

In a study of attitudes to cervical screening among gay [sic] and bisexual women in the north-west of England, carried out by the University of Salford in 2011, 37% of women questioned said they had been told they did not require a cervical screening test because of their sexual orientation.

Continue reading: https://stockdailydish.com/lesbians-told-they-did-not-need-cervical-screening/ (source)

 

U.K: Men screamed homophobic slurs at lesbian couple on busy train

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Two Les Miserables actresses claim a group of men mocked them for being lesbians on a busy London train.

Josie Kemp and Lauren Soley stood up to the group as they screamed offensive and sexist chants.

The pair were on a busy London Marylebone to Banbury train and were allegedly swigging from cans of cider.

The men came to her attention when they were allegedly heard mocking an Indian man by copying his accent.

But after the woman boarded, the group apparently turned their attention to Miss Kemp and Miss Soley.

It is alleged the group sang a song about breasts before the women asked them to think their sisters, mothers and girlfriends.

Continue reading: https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/lesbian-couple-claims-men-screamed-21076980 (source)

U.S: Lesbian Kiss On Hallmark Channel Sparks Backlash

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A TV network that is known for its heartwarming movies and not for its rabble-rousing, Hallmark Channel has recently managed to rouse some rabble thanks to a commercial featuring two women sharing a kiss. The ad has sparked a negative reaction from the vocal advocacy group One Million Moms, which is now petitioning Hallmark Channel to reverse course and stop airing LGBTQ-related content.

Continue reading: https://www.cinemablend.com/
television/2486535/lesbian-kiss-on-hallmark-channel-sparks-backlash-from-one-million-moms
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Russia: Seven men assault teenage lesbian in horrific attack

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Ekaterina Lyskh, 18-years-old, and her girlfriend Alina were walking through the streets of St Petersburg with a group of friends on Monday, December 9. Seven men followed them and started hurling insults at Ekaterina over her appearance.

On an Instagram post, Alina further detailed the attack, “Of course, seeing so many people, we decided to just leave. It so happened that we were divided and a tall guy came up to me with the phrases ‘Beauty, let’s get to know you?’.”

Alina further stated to Paper, “They came too close, asking what was in our pockets. We tried to move on, but the men blocked our moves. As a result, we still managed to run into some kind of coffee shop. I tried to call the guard, but did not have time.”

Ekaterina ran after the men “to find out why they are doing this,” according to Alina. She then received several blows to the face and head and later diagnosed with a concussion by medical professions. She received stitches to the side of her mouth.

Continue reading: https://gcn.ie/seven-men-teenage-girl-homophobic-attack/ (source)

Harper’s Magazine Claims They Can Change Stormé DeLarverie to a “He”

by Julia Diana Robertson
thevelvetchronicle.com

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“Harper’s Magazine is not only ‘comfortable’ with ‘the decision’ to reinvent Stormé as a ‘he,’ they’re comfortable with any distress it causes the lesbian community that surrounded Stormé while she was alive… The very people she spent her life protecting.”

Harper’s Magazine has refused to print a retraction for an article in which Eileen Miles calls lesbian icon, Stormé DeLarverie, “they,” “he,” and “him,” and claims ” ‘He’ was Stormé’s chosen pronoun.”

If “he” was “Stormé’s chosen pronoun,” as Miles claims, the people she was closest to would’ve known. And her circle certainly wouldn’t be running around giving interviews that didn’t reflect her wishes. In fact, the people in her circle are the type of people who would acknowledge that sort of thing—no problem—had it been the case.

Continue reading: https://thevelvetchronicle.com/harpers-bazaar-claims-they-can-change-storme-delarverie-to-a-he/ (source)

 

U.S: Catholic diocese denies lesbian judge communion

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A church in Michigan denied Holy Communion to a state district court judge because she is married to a woman.

Judge Sara Smolenski, the chief judge of Michigan’s 63rd District Court, received a call from the priest at St. Stephen Catholic Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, requesting she not attend communion.

Judge Sara Smolenski was told she could no longer receive communion at her Catholic Church because she is married to a woman.

“This is not about me against the priest, and it’s not really me against the church,” Smolenski told CNN. “This feels like selective discrimination. Why choose gay people, and why now?”

Smolenski, 62, said that the Rev. Scott Nolan, the priest at St. Stephen for approximately three years, called her on November 23 and told her, “‘It was good to see you in church on Sunday. Because you and Linda are married in the state of Michigan, I’d like you to respect the church and not come to communion.'”

Continue reading: https://edition.cnn.com/2019
/11/30/us/gay-michigan-judge-communion/index.html
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Update: Video of attack on lesbians released as perpetrators plead guilty

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A video released by police shows the moment a lesbian couple were brutally attacked on a London bus.

Melania Geymonat, 28, and her girlfriend, Chris, had been travelling on the double-decker bus from West Hampstead to Camden when they were set upon.

The two women were harassed and had sexual gestures made towards them, which can be seen in the video.

The incident left both women bloodied and they were taken to hospital to be treated for facial injuries.

Three teenagers have pleaded guilty to Public Order Act and other offences following a police investigation into the homophobic incident on the N31 bus route.

Continue reading: https://www.mylondon.news
/news/north-london-news/video-shows-moment-lesbian-couple-17334410
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Original article:  U.K: Lesbian couple beaten up because they refused to kiss

Editor’s note: The video on the linked URL may be distressing to some viewers. Caution is advised.

U.S: Lesbian Expelled From Christian College For Marrying Another Woman

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Joanna Maxon of Fort Worth, Texas was almost able to complete her degree from Fuller Theological Seminary last year. The 53-year-old was studying for a master of arts in theology, and she only needed a few more classes to finish her degree.

Then she was suddenly expelled for being in a same-sex marriage.

“I was approaching the end and looking forward to graduation and all that stuff,” Maxon told NBC OUT. “To have that taken away unexpectedly — I was a really good student — I was devastated by it.”

Maxon attempted to resolve the issue with the college directly. But since that was unsuccessful, she’s taking them to court. Her attorney filed a federal suit in California, where Fuller’s main campus is based, last week.

Continue reading: http://gomag.com/article/woman-expelled-from-christian-college-for-marrying-another-woman/ (source)

U.S: Teachers terrorized a lesbian high school student

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Magali Rodriguez says that teachers and administrators at Bishop Amat Memorial High School in Upland forced her to follow strict rules to keep her from having a relationship with another girl and terrorized her for years. She also said that the school took steps to avoid her parents finding out that they were disciplining her for being gay (sic).

Continue reading: https://www.lgbtqnation.com/
2019/11/teachers-terrorized-lesbian-high-school-student-keep-relationship/
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U.S: Catholic Schools Keep Kids Away From Lesbian Astronaut

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Respected religious institutions drive homophobia in the United States. They teach it in both churches and schools. Three Catholic schools in the Spokane area just handed kids a vivid object lesson in how to stigmatize LGBTQ people. While diocese leaders are being publicly coy, teachers, parents, and students all know that a trip to see NASA astronaut Anne McClain was cancelled because she’s married to a woman.

Continue reading: https://medium.com/james-finn/catholic-schools-keep-kids-away-from-lesbian-astronaut-4f7b26054659 (source)

Lesbian creates Argentinian hate crime map of lesbophobia

 

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Every March 7, Lesbian Visibility Day is celebrated in Argentina. The date was chosen in memory of 27 year old Natalia “La Pepa” Gaitán, who was killed by her girlfriend’s stepfather on March 7 2010.

The story of “La Pepa” is a standard for Argentine lesbian activism because it showed how far hate can go. Today, her smiling face is stamped on flags and t-shirts.

Paula E. (as she is identified online) is a Social Work student who has been working in the systems area of ​​a company for 10 years. Lesbian and an activist, last year she noticed that many cases of violence against her community went unnoticed in the media and were somewhat forgotten by activism as well.

“I also saw that among heterosexual people there is a perception that lesbians do not suffer violence, that they do not violate us and that because of the Argentinian laws, we have no more problems,” she explains.

But changes in laws are not enough to end the violence.

Paula knows it well: all the time, stories come from other lesbians who are assaulted, discriminated against or verbally abused.

“That’s why I came up with the idea of ​​the map, to keep track and help make the cases visible,” she tells us.
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Cada 7 de marzo, se celebra en Argentina el Día de la Visibilidad Lésbica. La fecha fue elegida en recuerdo de Natalia “La Pepa” Gaitán, quien a los 27 años fue asesinada por el padrastro de su novia, el 7 de marzo de 2010.

La historia de “La Pepa” es estandarte para la militancia lesbiana argentina porque desnudó cuán lejos puede llegar el odio. Hoy, su cara sonriente está estampada en banderas y camisetas.

Paula E. (así se identifica ella en sus redes) es estudiante de Trabajo Social y hace 10 años que trabaja en el área de sistemas de una empresa. Lesbiana y activista, el año pasado notó que muchos casos de violencia hacia su comunidad pasaban desapercibidos en los medios y quedaban algo olvidados por la militancia.

“También veía que entre las personas heterosexuales hay una percepción de que las lesbianas no sufrimos violencia, que no nos violentan y que con las leyes que hay acá en Argentina no tenemos más problemas”, explica.

Pero los cambios en las leyes no alcanzan para terminar con la violencia.

Paula lo sabe bien: todo el tiempo, le llegan historias de otras lesbianas que son agredidas, discriminadas o insultadas.

“Por eso se me ocurrió la idea del mapa, para llevar un registro y ayudar a visibilizar los casos”, nos cuenta.
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Continue reading at: https://www.playgroundmag.net/comunidad/mapa-crimenes-odio-lesbianas-argentina_48632290.html (Source)

U.S: Lesbian music teacher outed to her bosses and then fired

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On October 2, administrators at Covenant Christian School in Palm Beach, Florida, summoned part-time musical theater teacher Monica Toro Lisciandro to tell her that someone had anonymously called the school accuse her of being in a relationship with a woman, attending a Pride festival, and hosting an LGBTQ group in her private acting studio.

“Well, it’s true,” Lisciandro replied. Soon after, the school fired her even though she had taught there for the last three years and was in the middle of directing the musical You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. The school then informed parents via letter that she’d no longer be teaching due to “personal reasons.”

Continue reading: https://www.lgbtqnation.com/
2019/10/musical-theater-teacher-outed-bosses-fired-immediately/
(source)

U.S: After Being Beaten and Raped, Lesbian Asylum Seeker Faces Deportation

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A 20-year-old Ugandan woman is at risk of deportation after attempting to seek asylum in the United States.

According to a recent story by Rolling Stone, the woman, identified only as Margaret, traveled from Uganda after coming out as a lesbian. As a result of her being public about her sexuality, she was “raped and repeatedly beaten.” Margaret reached the Juárez, Mexico–El Paso, Texas border after a lengthy and dangerous trek spanning several months.

Although Margaret didn’t have her documentation — or any personal belongings, since they all had been stolen while she was on the Mexican side of the border — she successfully was able to enter the U.S. last month. However, on Wednesday she was told devastating news.

“U.S. officials had determined that, despite being a lesbian from a country in which it is illegal to be one, and despite having already suffered beatings and a rape, Margaret had no ‘credible fear’ or any way of knowing what would happen if she were sent back,” Rolling Stone reports.

An appeal has been filed and Margaret may receive an immigration judge’s ruling as early as next week.

Continue reading: https://www.out.com/news/
2019/10/20/after-being-beaten-and-raped-lesbian-asylum-seeker-faces-deportation
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