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Lesbians in lawsuit against U.S. Education Dept

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Elizabeth Hunter says she became suicidal after Bob Jones University administrators grilled the former student about her sexuality for tweeting “happy Pride” and writing a book with lesbian characters. She was fined, sent to anti-gay counseling and removed from her job at the campus TV station. Veronica Penales says she’s told officials at Baylor University, where she is a sophomore, that people leave anti-gay notes on her door, but they don’t investigate. Lucas Wilson said he graduated from Liberty University with “a profound sense of shame” after being encouraged to go to conversion therapy.

The three are among 33 current and past students at federally funded Christian colleges and universities cited in a federal lawsuit filed Monday against the U.S. Department of Education. The suit says the religious exemption the schools are given that allow them to have discriminatory policies is unconstitutional because they receive government funding. The class-action suit, filed by the nonprofit Religious Exemption Accountability Project, references 25 schools across the country.

Continue reading at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/religion/christian-colleges-lawsuit-lgbtq-equality-act/2021/03/29/39343620-90af-11eb-9668-89be11273c09_story.html (Source)

US: 13-year-old banned from school bus after saying she’s lesbian to friends

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On her way to school, eighth-grader Izzy Dieker was overheard saying to another student on the school bus, “I’m a lesbian.”

For that, she earned a referral from the bus driver and was banned from riding the bus by the principal, citing her “inappropriate language.”

“Once I got home, my dad told me he got a call from the school that I was kicked off for saying ‘I’m a lesbian’,” Dieker said. Now, her parents are frustrated, and the Americus, Kansas school district isn’t providing answers.

“She’s 13 years old and these are adults acting like this towards her,” her mother, Tasha Cooper, said in an interview with local KSNT News. “We’ve had talks about other students calling her names and I expect that because they’re repeating what their parents say. But for the staff, the people that I trust her with, I was angry.”

Dieker’s parents say that they were also told that Dieker refused to listen to the bus driver’s orders, which they interpret was her refusal to stop using the word “lesbian.”

Continue reading at: https://10ztalk.com/2021/02/12/student-banned-from-riding-the-school-bus-for-saying-im-a-lesbian-lgbtq-nation (Source)

Brazil: anti-lesbian conversion therapy within the CTMDT

At 30, and married to a woman, Cláudia speaks with a certain freedom about her experience. But she still lives with the aftermath of intense suffering in her seminary years. In the year she was expelled from school, she stopped attending church. She fell into a deep depression that reduced her immunity to the point of being hospitalized with multiple infections. She still takes antidepressants and anti anxiety medication.

Since the age of 5, the designer knew she was a lesbian. But she hadn’t been with women until she fell in love with a seminary student. They had an almost platonic affair, without sexual relations, because they thought homosexuality was a sin.

Driven by guilt, she revealed her feelings to the school leadership, who imposed the total withdrawal of the two as a condition for continuing their studies. “I had to read a verse from the Bible to her in front of the pastors. The text said that homosexuality is an abomination to God. She left the room crying. It was horrible ”, she remembers. According to her account, teachers monitored the students’ movements and exposed the case to other students. She says she had her personal computer confiscated by one of the leaders, who searched the device to find exchanges of messages between her and the other student.
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Aos 30 anos, e casada com uma mulher, Cláudia fala com certa liberdade sobre sua experiência. Mas ainda convive com as sequelas do sofrimento intenso nos anos de seminário. No ano em que foi expulsa da escola, ela deixou de frequentar a igreja. Caiu em uma depressão profunda que reduziu sua imunidade a ponto de ser internada com múltiplas infecções. Ela ainda toma antidepressivos e ansiolíticos.

Desde os 5 anos, a designer se reconhece como lésbica. Mas não tinha ficado com mulheres até se apaixonar por uma aluna do seminário. Elas tiveram um caso quase platônico, sem relações sexuais, porque achavam que a homossexualidade era pecado.

Movida pela culpa, ela revelou seus sentimentos à liderança da escola, que impôs o afastamento total das duas como condição para a continuidade dos estudos. “Tive que ler um versículo da Bíblia para ela na frente dos pastores. O texto falava que a homossexualidade é abominação para Deus. Ela saiu da sala chorando. Foi horrível”, lembra. Conforme seu relato, professores vigiavam os movimentos das estudantes e expunham o caso para outros alunos. Ela diz que teve o computador pessoal confiscado por uma das líderes, que vasculhou o dispositivo para achar trocas de mensagens dela com a outra aluna.
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Continue reading at: https://apublica.org/2020/12/para-curar-a-homossexualidade-jovem-teria-sido-submetida-a-isolamento-exorcismos-e-terapia-em-seminario-evangelico/ (Source)

Italy: school fined for sacking lesbian teacher

The Court of Appeal confirmed the sentence against the Sacred Heart of Trento for the dismissal of a lesbian teacher due to the “confirmed discriminationy on the basis of sexual orientation, individual and collective, and the conduct implemented by the Institute regarding the recruitment of teachers”.

The sum is almost double what the private school had been required to pay to the women in the first instance: a total of €43,000, including both financial and moral harm. The Institute has now been called upon to pay the CGIL and the association Certi Rights, which had stood up in its defense, a sum of €10,000.

In the first instance, the compensation had been assessed at €25,000 while the association and the union would have been entitled to €1,500 each.
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La Corte di Appello conferma la sentenza contro il Sacro Cuore di Trento a causa della “accertata natura discriminatoria per orientamento sessuale, individuale e collettiva e la condotta attuata dall’Istituto in ordine alla selezione per l’assunzione degli insegnanti” per il licenziamento di una docente lesbica.

Una somma quasi raddoppiata rispetto a quella che la scuola privata era stata destinata a pagare in primo grado alla donna: in tutto 43mila euro tra danno patrimoniale e morale. L’Istituto è stato chiamato ora a risarcire con una somma di 10mila euro anche la Cgil e l’associazione radicale Certi Diritti, che si erano schierate in sua difesa.

In primo grado il risarcimento era stato quantificato in 25mila euro mentre all’associazione e al sindacato sarebbero spettati 1.500 euro a testa.
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Continue reading at: https://www.lavocedeltrentino.it/2020/09/02/licenziata-perche-lesbica-listituto-sacro-cuore-paga-piu-di-40mila-euro-alla-prof-discriminata/ (Source)

Chile: Lesbian sues University of Las Americas for lesbophobic harassment and dismissal

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A professional and faculty head filed a lawsuit against the University of Las Americas (UDLA) for harassment and dismissal due to her sexual orientation.

With the sponsorship of the Homosexual Integration and Liberation Movement (Movilh), they detailed that “the affected woman had entered the UDLA to work in 2013 and a year later she assumed a role as faculty head for one of her areas. Her performance was always evaluated positively, until she confided to one of her superiors that she was a lesbian”.

Movilh’s lawyer, Monica Arias, said that “due to rumours among few colleagues regarding her sexual orientation, in March 2018 the professional decided to have a confidential conversation with one of her direct heads”.

In relation to this, Arias added that “in this conversation, the boss assured her total discretion, so the professional acknowledged being a lesbian and asked that it not be disclosed. The next day, the personal life of the woman became the knowledge of a large part of university officials”.

In addition she started experiencing “hostile treatment and harassment” from her boss, which meant for the first time receiving poor performance reviews and being undermined publicly. The lawsuit indicates that, among others, the boss said to the woman that “you are not fit for the position, which is obvious given your condition which we all know”.

The facts were communicated in May 2019 to one of the university deans, who promised to investigate and resolve what happened, but that never happened. On the contrary, the woman ended up being fired weeks later for “business needs” reasons.
(Translated)

Una profesional y directora de carrera presentó en tribunales una demanda contra la Universidad de Las Américas (UDLA) por hostigamiento y despido en razón de su orientación sexual.

Con el patrocinio del Movimiento de Integración y Liberación Homosexual (Movilh), detallaron que “la afectada había ingresado a trabajar a la UDLA en 2013 y un año más tarde asumió como directora de una de sus carreras. Su desempeño siempre tuvo buenas evaluaciones, hasta que le confidenció a una de sus superiores que era lesbiana”.

La abogada del Movilh, Mónica Arias, dijo que “debido a rumores entre pocos colegas referentes a su orientación sexual, en marzo de 2018 la profesional decidió mantener una conversación de carácter confidencial con una de sus jefas directas”.

En ese sentido, Arias agregó que “en dicha conversación, la jefa aseguró total discreción, por lo que la profesional reconoció ser lesbiana y pidió que ello no fuese divulgado. Al día siguiente, la vida personal de la profesional pasó a ser conocimiento de una gran parte de los funcionarios de la universidad”.

A ello se añadió un “trato hostil y de acoso laboral” por parte de su superior, lo que signifco en obtener por primera vez bajas calificaciones por su desempeño y en menoscabos públicos. En la demanda se indica que, entre otros, la jefa señaló a la profesional que “tú no eres apta para el cargo, lo que es obvio dada tu condición que todos sabemos”.

Los hechos fueron comunicados en mayo del 2019 a uno de los decanos, quien se comprometió a investigar y solucionar lo ocurrido. Pero eso jamás ocurrió. Por el contrario, la mujer terminó siendo despedida semanas después por “necesidades de la empresa”.
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Continue reading at: https://www.eldesconcierto.cl/2019/10/08/directora-de-carrera-demanda-a-universidad-de-las-americas-por-lesbofobia/ (Source)

Venezuela: School discriminates against 13 year old for lesbian kiss

Karina Barbosa

Tamara Adrián said … that the Instituto Escuela School located in Prados del Este, Caracas, denied the re-enrolment of a teenager on allegations of “bad application and bad behaviour”, this after having kissed an older [female] classmate when they were in a school transport, according to the Efecto Cocuyo web portal.

The girl’s mother, Karina Barbosa, complained to the aforementioned media that her daughter has not been the only person harmed by these school decisions. In the case of his son, he was also denied the re-enrolment process for the 2019-2020 school year, as well as the other educational transportation partner and a friend of his daughter.

With this measure taken by the Instituto Escuela school, four students are being affected by not being allowed to re-enrol.

Barbosa also worked as an English teacher at that school for six years until she resigned in 2017. Two years after having left the academic institution, she sees the way in which her children are discriminated against by administrative staff.

The kiss happened on May 17, and it was on May 20 when the campus took action against the girl to a point that the staff of Instituto Escuela began to monitor her in everything she did – this situation remained until the end of the 2018 – 2019 school year. “She had to be accompanied to the bathroom, to the infirmary, they even told her where she could sit in the transport,” said Karina Barbosa.
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Tamara Adrián se expresó … que el colegio Instituto Escuela ubicado en Prados del Este, Caracas, le negó la reinscripción a una adolescente donde alegan “mala aplicación y mala conducta”, esto luego de haberse besado en la boca con una compañera mayor que ella en el momento que iban en un transporte escolar, reseñó el portal web Efecto Cocuyo.

La madre de la niña, Karina Barbosa denunció ante el medio antes mencionado que su pequeña no ha sido la única persona perjudicada por estas decisiones del colegio. En el caso de su hijo varón también le fue negado el proceso de reinscripción para el año escolar 2019 – 2020, así como a la otra compañera de transporte educativo y a una amiga de su hija.

Con esta medida tomada por el colegio Instituto Escuela, se están viendo afectados cuatro estudiantes los que no les permitieron el proceso de reinscripción.

Barbosa, también perteneció a ese colegio durante seis años donde trabajó como profesora de inglés y fue en el año 2017 cuando renunció. Luego de dos años de haberse retirado de la institución académica percibe la manera en como sus hijos son discriminados por el personal administrativo.

El hecho del beso sucedió el pasado 17 de mayo, por lo que fue el 20 de mayo cuando el plantel tomó la medida contra la niña a un punto que el personal de Instituto Escuela comenzó a vigilarla en cada cosa que hacía, esta situación se mantuvo hasta la finalización del año escolar 2018 – 2019. “Debía ser acompañada al baño, a la enfermería, incluso le decían dónde podía sentarse en el transporte”, manifestó Karina Barbosa.
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Continue reading at: https://www.ntn24.com/america-latina/venezuela/colegio-de-caracas-niega-cupo-dos-ninas-que-se-dieron-un-beso-109511 (Source)

Mexico: lesbian university students harassed by students and staff

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Despite being the ones who received the harassment, the students, aged 22 and 23, claimed to have been suspended by the UANL for five days. They also indicated that they had asked their faculty to help them identify the identity of their abuser and denounce it, but they did not receive the support. “When I returned to school, the teachers were not insulting, telling me that I deserved the blows for being a lesbian,” said Carina.

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Pese a ser quienes recibieron la agresión, las estudiantes, de 22 y 23 años, aseguraron haber sido suspendidas por la UANL por cinco días. También señalaron haber pedido ayuda a su facultad para saber la identidad de su agresor y denunciarlo, pero no recibieron el apoyo. “Al regresar a la escuela, los maestros no estuvieron insultando, diciendome que yo merecía los golpes por ser lesbiana”, acusó Carina.

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Continue reading at: https://www.animalpolitico.com/2019/01/agresiones-estudiantes-universidad-nl/ (Source)

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US: 11 year old girls bullied for assumed lesbian relationship take their own lives

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The heartbroken parents of two 11-year-old best friends, who committed suicide within months of each other, believe that the girls were bullied by their classmates because they were questioning their sexuality and called each other ‘girlfriend’.

Continue reading at: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6573309/Parents-tell-tragedy-daughters-bullied-came-out.html (Source)

Texas, USA: UT Officials banned dorm visitors for lesbian student

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A freshman at the University of Texas in Austin says she feels unsafe in her dormitory after officials told her she could no longer have visitors because she’s gay. Freshman Kaj Baker lives in Scottish Rite Dormitory, a private, off-campus facility that provides all-female housing to UT students. Baker told Texas News Channel (video above) that she used to study with her girlfriend — who lives elsewhere — in the lounge of the dorm. However, Baker was called into a meeting with dorm director Mary Mazurek, who told her that other residents were uncomfortable with the couple’s relationship.

Continue reading at: http://www.outsmartmagazine.com/2018/11/dorm-bars-gay-ut-student-from-having-visitors-because-other-residents-are-uncomfortable/ (Source)

Maryland, US: 4 suspects unidentified in year old attack on lesbian at Hyattsville high school

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The principal at Northwestern High School in Hyattsville, Md. says a school investigation into the March 2017 assault by at least four male students on an 11th grade lesbian student, which resulted in the student suffering three broken ribs, has been unable to identify the attackers.

Lidia Reyes, the mother of the lesbian student, contacted the Washington Blade about the incident last month, saying the attack came after her daughter had been the target of bullying and harassment by fellow students. She said school officials weren’t taking adequate steps to address the problem.

Reyes said her daughter reported the attack occurred in the school auditorium on March 23, 2017. But Principal Elaine Carlene Murray told the Blade the auditorium was not open on that day and school security officials could not confirm exactly where the incident took place.

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)

U.S: Lesbian coach forced to resign from school because she wants to get married

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Kristen Nelson was a softball coach for five years at West Catholic High School in Michigan — until she wanted to get married.
When it became known Nelson wanted to marry her partner, a ‘parent concern’ materialized. It resulted in conversations with both the school and Roman Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids. Consequently, Catholic leaders gave Nelson an ultimatum: if she got married to a woman, she wouldn’t have her job anymore.

Continue reading at: https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/
lesbian-coach-resign-married/
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U.S: School accused of preventing lesbian couple from attending prom together

Alabama teens Janizia and Raven have been dating since September and talking about prom since December.
To make it memorable for her girlfriend, Janizia decided to stage a “promposal” — the act of inviting someone to prom in an elaborate fashion, often involving props and flash mobs.

Continue reading at: https://edition.cnn.com/2018/02/09/us/
alabama-lesbian-teens-prom/index.html
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Fresno, CA student pelted with full juice boxes for being lesbian

Logann Pruneda, a student at Bullard High, says she was pelted with full juice boxes at school on Monday for being gay. It was her 16th birthday.

The Fresno Unified sophomore said that after a fire drill outside the school, she was hit with three boxes of apple juice from behind, leaving abrasions on her neck and back.

She heard a male call her “a faggot, a queer, a lesbo” during the attack, but did not see who did it, and did not recognize the voice.

“They were pretty hard throws,” she said. “All I heard was them calling me really mean names that involved my sexuality.”

Continue reading at: Bullard student pelted with full juice boxes for being gay | The Fresno Bee (Source)

Lesbian teacher accused of politicizing classroom ‘100 percent cleared’

A school board investigation in Tampa Bay, Florida has cleared teacher Lora Jane Riedas-Chuchman, after a complaint that she banned Christian rosary beads and Make America Great Again hats, and discussed LGBTQ rights and related issues in her freshman math class at Riverview High School.

Continue reading at: #FakeNews: Another religious right claim of persecution just got debunked / LGBTQ Nation (Source)

Marquette withdraws offer for lesbian dean

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Nancy E. Snow, a philosophy professor who helped O’Brien hunt for houses in the area last month, said O’Brien’s work is not the real issue. “I think it’s all about her sexual orientation,” she told the newspaper.Snow called the withdrawal of an offer to O’Brien “a public disgrace and an embarrassment.”

“This is a travesty that will have long-term impact for our ability to retain and hire high quality faculty,” she said.

Continue reading at: Marquette withdraws offer for lesbian dean | News | wisconsingazette.com (Source)

Illinois: Lesbian couple’s son denied enrollment in Catholic school

Kate and Ann Bloomfield planned to send their sons to Catholic school and raise them in the Catholic Church — until about a month ago, that is, when they were told they could not enroll their oldest son in school because they’re lesbians. That’s the response the Bloomfields received when they inquired about preschool at the Cathedral of St. Peter School in Rockford.

Continue reading at: Lesbian couple’s son denied enrollment in Rockford Catholic school – News – Rockford Register Star – Rockford, IL (Source)

Lesbian ex-administrator at U of Iowa begins trial claiming discrimination and bias

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DES MOINES, Iowa — The former associate athletic director at the University of Iowa will square off against the school in a trial Monday that centers on her claim that she suffered discrimination as a gay female who fought bias in college sports.

Continue reading at: Ex-official’s trial to focus on bias claims against Iowa AD – StarTribune.com (Source)