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India: From “Darling Chef” to “Dirty Lesbian”

by Ritu Dalmia

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The next two years were strange for me. I had a constant barrage of nasty messages being posted on my Twitter account. Until then, I was only used to getting fan mail. I had the word ‘lesbian’ sprayed on my car window, a stone was hurled at me, a man spat at me at the Delhi airport in front of everyone… I was no longer the darling chef of the country but the dirty lesbian who had the cheek to file this petition.

Yes, there were times when I regretted my decision, when I wondered if I had acted foolishly. The strange part was that after a few agonising hours of self-doubt, I always arrived at the same answer: I had done the right thing by filing the petition, and if I didn’t do anything I had no right to complain, like Ella had said to me.

6 September 2018: It was 6 am in London – where I was on work – when the judgment was read out in the Supreme Court of India. I was stunned, shocked and so happy that my jaw started hurting.

When I had decided to file this petition, I truly did not believe that I would see a change happening in my lifetime. And on this day, two years after filing the petition, history was finally being rewritten. I am not an activist and never wanted to be one; yet for me this was my life’s biggest accomplishment and nothing else in my life till then had ever given me this sense of pride.

 
 

Russia: Julia Tsvetkova, lesbian feminist activist on the state campaign against her

My Body is not pornography Julia Tsvetkova

“I feel that today there are so many invisible female political prisoners: mothers, wives – women who bear an incredible burden thanks to political trials,” says Russian artist Yulia Tsvetkova, who’s been designated a political prisoner by the Memorial human rights association. “Political prisoners are heroes, but women are the invisible service staff.”

Tsvetkova, a theatre director, feminist and LGBT activist, has had time to reflect. In October 2019, she was interrogated in her hometown of Komsomolsk-on-Amur, and in November her social media posts led to her flat and theatre studio being searched for evidence of pornography. Tsvetkova was charged with spreading pornography and has been under house arrest since 23 November last year.

As part of the investigation, Tsvetkova has been accused of spreading “homosexual propaganda” among underage people and fined 50,000 roubles (£500). Tsvetkova has run several educational projects in Komsomolsk-on-Amur, as well as a youth theatre, online groups on feminism and sex education for young people and a Vagina Monologues group which celebrated the power and uniqueness of the female body.

In March this year, a district council reduced the charge against Tsvetkova and released her from house arrest on the basis that she would not leave the country. But Tsvetkova is still charged with spreading pornography for publishing illustrated educational material, for which she can be given a two-to-six-year prison sentence.

What’s happening with the persecution of activists and people who openly talk about sexual minorities, feminism, human rights and sexuality? To what extent do you feel that these issues are taboo in Russia and how this situation can change in the future?

I am the person who they started persecuting when I created The Pink and the Blue, a show about gender stereotypes which I put on at the Merak theatre. And I feel that this already says a lot.

I believe that a lot depends on culture, or rather, lack of it. For example, I needed an ambulance after my arrest and the medics that examined me asked about my case and also, whether I was a paedophile. These aren’t bad people; they just lack culture. People are curious – I can understand that: my case is unprecedented in our city. Because I have short hair, I’ve been asked four times on the street whether I’m male or female. When that happens, I feel shock and embarrassment. And people just don’t see that I’m embarrassed and that haircuts don’t define gender.

The question of my sexual orientation comes up at nearly every police interrogation. The need to physically examine me, for example, is all to do with the fact that I’m a lesbian. And as for my case, there seems to be an idea that the female body is public property. I’ve heard cops going on about how we should be having kids, not displaying our vaginas. But even if I wanted to display my vagina, it’s my right and my vagina.

Continue reading at: https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/odr/yulia-tsvetkova-interview/

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Chile: Neo-Nazi group hacked lesbian forum

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Neo-Nazi groups yesterday hacked an online forum on the reality of lesbian women, which the Movement for Homosexual Liberation and Integration (Movilh) had organised for Lesbian Visibility Day.

The forum, moderated by the Movilh spokesperson Daniela Andrade, had as speakers psychologists Angélica Bastias and Joan Black, gynecologist Andrea Von Hovelling Schindler,  leader Milenka Torres, comedian La Cako and the tweeter Carmen Castillo.

Even though only previously registered women could participate in the forum through Zoom, “we were hacked. Unauthorized neo-Nazi accounts entered the discussion just to disrupt the meeting,” Andrade said.

The leader of Movilh, Ramón Gómez, indicated that “in the last fortnight we have been the subject of brutal hate campaigns that clearly show some coordination. On the one hand, an attempt was made to boycott our Pride Day commemoration on YouTube and now a forum has been hacked, in addition to more than 5,000 insults, death threats and insults have been made on social networks and, perhaps even more dangerous, we have also been attacked outside our headquarters, in the midst of a pandemic.”
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Grupos neonazis hackearon ayer sábado un foro online sobre la realidad de las mujeres lesbianas, que el Movimiento de Integración y Liberación Homosexual (Movilh) había organizado con motivo del Día de la Visibilidad Lésbica.

El foro, moderado por la vocera del Movilh, Daniela Andrade, tenía como expositoras a las psicólogas Angélica Bastias y Joan Black, a la ginecóloca Andrea Von Hovelling Schindler, a la dirigente Milenka Torres, a la comediante La Cako y a la tuitera Carmen Castillo.

Aún cuando solo podían participar del foro por Zoom mujeres previamente inscritas, “fuimos hackeadas. Ingresaron al conversatorio cuentas neonazis no autorizadas solo para boicotear el encuentro”, señaló Andrade.

El dirigente del Movilh, Ramón Gómez, indicó que “en la última quincena hemos sido objeto de brutales campañas de odio que claramente dan cuenta de cierta coordinación. Por un lado, se intentó boicotear nuestra conmemoración del Día del Orgullo por Youtube y ahora se hackeó un foro, a lo que se suman más de cinco mil insultos, amenazas de muerte e injurias por redes sociales y, quizás más peligroso aún, también hemos vivido agresiones en plena pandemia en las afueras de nuestra propia sede”.
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Italy: brawl after ongoing anti lesbian harassment

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Another episode of homophobia, this time in Caltagirone, Sicily, where a lesbian was involved in a fight caused by a series of insults about her sexuality. Police and carabinieri intervened at the scene and spoke with the victim. At the point of reporting she had not  formally filed a complaint. According to witnesses, it seems that the brawl – without injuries – occurred between two groups of young people who were on the street in the new area of ​​the city two nights ago. The victim was shouted at that she was male, which she has previously experienced in public and which triggered her reaction.

Arcigay: “Proud of the woman’s reaction”
Armando Caravini, president of the Catania branch of Arcigay, immediately intervened in support of the young woman. In a statement he said “I am proud of the young woman because she not only decided to put her face to this, publicly denouncing the incident and becoming an example for many who are afraid today, but for having addressed a difficult situation.”
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Ancora un episodio di omofobia: stavolta sarebbe avvenuto a Caltagirone, in Sicilia, dove una ragazza lesbica è rimasta coinvolta in una rissa originata da una serie di insulti sulle sue scelte sessuali. Sul posto sono intervenuti polizia e carabinieri. La giovane è stata sentita dai militari dell’Arma, ma al momento non avrebbe ancora presentato nessuna denuncia. Secondo quanto hanno dichiarato alcuni presenti, sembra che la rissa – senza feriti – sia nata fra due gruppi di ragazzi che due sere fa si trovavano per strada nella zona nuova della città. La ragazza sarebbe stata chiamata a voce alta “al maschile”, un atteggiamento che più volte era stata costretta a subire per strada e che avrebbe innescato la sua reazione”

Arcigay: “Fieri della reazione della donna”
A supporto della giovane donna è subito intervenuta l’Arcigay catanese con il suo presidente Armando Caravini. “Sono fiero della ragazza – ha dichiarato in una nota – perché non solo ha deciso di metterci la faccia, denunciando pubblicamente l’accaduto e diventando esempio per tanti/e che oggi hanno paura, ma per aver affrontato una situazione difficile.”
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Further information also available at: https://livesicilia.it/2020/07/08/sono-lesbica-e-orgogliosa-e-scoppia-una-violenta-rissa/

Mexico: Harassment and attacks on lesbian feminist politician Lucia Rojas

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Independent federal Politician Lucia Rojas has faced harassment and attacks since deciding to run for office in 2018.

She received the typical lesbophobic questions, threats and an attempt was made to break into her house, with items stolen from her car.  Her accounts have also been hacked.

Attacks increased when she was elected an independent deputy, with cyberattacks ramping up in earnest when she was part of a feminist march in August 2019. She has received death threats and reported them, with the case closed without investigation.

Continue reading at: https://lasillarota.com/metropoli/lucia-riojas-diputada-lesbiana-feminista-y-victima-de-violencia-violencia-feminista-mujer-diputada/403648 (Source)

Germany: lesbian protesting lesbian visibility harassed and threatened

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The lesbian Berlin group Rad und Tat e.V. (RuT) and the group The Left: Queer report of an anti-lesbian attack on Saturday in the federal capital. According to RuT boss Ina Rosenthal, three young men threatened violence while shooting in Neukölln.

“Actually, yesterday I was looking forward to making a statement in front of the camera in the Schillerkiez about queer spaces during the Corona period and about lesbian visibility. But everything turned out  quite differently,” said Rosenthal in a video published on Facebook on Sunday evening. “All of a sudden I found myself at the centre of anti lesbian and anti woman harassment. I was threatened with violence and experienced what it was like to be harassed in broad daylight.”

The men shouted “shit lesbian” and “I’ll flatten you” and blocked the shoot for an hour. The activists had called the police three times “until they finally came”. The incident was a “deliberately provoked attack” with the aim of restricting lesbian visibility. Rosenthal was particularly horrified that many passersby simply looked away – she says “Intervene if you see injustice.”

Daniel Bache, also one of three The Left: Queer spokespersons, also criticised the “hesitant” police reaction on Monday. In addition, it was clear from the behaviour of the perpetrators “that it was not a simple stupid childish prank”. He complained that there had been increased attacks on RuT’s rooms recently. “Openly visible, lesbian life obviously poses a particular threat to right-wing extremists and extremely conservative groups of different cultural and religious backgrounds,” said Bache. “Lesbian structures, which are already struggling with structural disadvantages, deserve our solidarity and above all political support, even beyond such incidents.”
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Die lesbische Berliner Initiative Rad und Tat e.V. (RuT) und die Parteiorganisation Die Linke.queer berichten von einem lesbenfeindlichen Übergriff am Samstag in der Bundeshauptstadt. Laut RuT-Chefin Ina Rosenthal sollen ihr drei junge Männer bei einem Dreh in Neukölln Gewalt angedroht haben.

“Eigentlich hatte ich mich gestern darauf gefreut, vor laufender Kamera im Schillerkiez ein Statement abzugeben zu queeren Räumen in der Corona-Zeit und über lesbische Sichtbarkeit. Es sollte alles aber ganz anders kommen”, so Rosenthal in einem am Sonntagabend auf Facebook veröffentlichten Video. “Urplötzlich befand ich mich im Mittelpunkt von lesben- und frauenfeindlichen Beschimpfungen. Mir wurde Gewalt angedroht und ich musste erleben, wie es ist, am helllichen Tage angefeindet zu werden.”

Die Männer hätten “Scheißlesbe” oder “Ich mach dich platt” gerufen und eine Stunde lang den Dreh blockiert. Die Aktivist*innen hätten drei Mal die Polizei gerufen, “bis diese endlich kam”. Bei dem Vorfall habe es sich um einen “bewusst provozierten Angriff” gehandelt, der zum Ziel gehabt habe, lesbische Sichtbarkeit einzuschränken. Rosenthal zeigte sich besonders entsetzt darüber, dass viele Passanten einfach weggeschaut hätten. Daher forderte sie: “Mischt euch ein, wenn ihr Unrecht sieht.”

Der ebenfalls anwesende Daniel Bache, einer von drei Sprecher*innen von Die Linke.queer, kritisierte am Montag insbesondere die “zögerliche” Reaktion der Polizei. Außerdem sei aus dem Verhalten der Täter hervorgegangen, “dass es sich nicht um einen einfachen Dummejungenstreich handelte”. Er beklagte, dass es in letzter Zeit vermehrt zu Angriffen auf die Räume von RuT gekommen sei. “Offen sichtbares, lesbisches Leben stellt für rechtsextreme und extrem konservative Kreise verschiedener kultureller und religiöser Prägung offensichtlich eine besondere Bedrohung dar”, so Bache. “Lesbische Strukturen, die ohnehin mit strukturellen Benachteiligungen zu kämpfen haben, verdienen unsere Solidarität und vor allem politische Unterstützung, auch über solche Vorfälle hinaus.”
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Continue reading at: https://www.queer.de/detail.php?article_id=36458 (Source)

Cuban lesbians fight for a life together in the US

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Yanelkys Moreno Agramonte, 36, and Dayana Rodríguez González, 31, had never been apart in the nearly five years since they began dating. Their lives were one until Nov. 3, 2019, when they both applied for asylum in the U.S. at a port of entry in El Paso, Texas, and they were separated a short time later.

Moreno and Rodríguez were placed into different cells as their entry into the country was processed.

“They locked me up in a small, lonely place,” Moreno told the Washington Blade on June 9 during a telephone call from the South Louisiana ICE Processing Center in Basile, La., where she remains in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody. “I was there for two days and my partner was transferred the day after we arrived.”

“We lost all ties,” Rodríguez told the Blade during a telephone interview from Phoenix on June 10 where she now lives. “I didn’t know where she was and she didn’t know where I was. On the fourth day, they moved me at night to the detention center and there I was, still unsure whether they would send her there.” …

Perhaps this story would not have been so bitter if the two women had been married because ICE, in theory, allows a married asylum seeker to sponsor their spouse once it grants them “derivative” status. This process allows them to stay together as long as they present a marriage or civil union certificate.

But Moreno and Rodríguez are citizens of Cuba, an island where same-sex marriage is not yet legal. The government’s policies and social attitudes also emphasize discrimination against the LGBTQ community.

“Same-sex couples who are not married, but who are qualified to access U.S. refugee admissions under one of the three designated global processing priorities … can cross-reference their cases so they can be interviewed at the same time and, if approved by USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services), be resettled in the same geographic area in the United States,” says ICE.

This is how Moreno and Rodríguez did it.

Their immigration cases are the same, but Moreno in December was once again separated from Rodríguez. She was sent more than 900 miles east of El Paso to the South Louisiana ICE Correctional Center, where she currently remains in ICE custody. Rodríguez was detained in El Paso until Feb. 4 when she was released on parole and a $7,500 bond.

The two women saw each other for the last time through a door’s glass window, sending their love to each other with signs after a conversation that would define both of their lives forever. Moreno was gone the next morning and the frustration of not being able to say goodbye to her partner is painful to this day.
Couple suffered homophobia, police harassment in Cuba
Moreno and Rodríguez’s families never accepted that two women could fall in love and live together. The prejudices that still persist in Cuba and especially in Zulueta, a small town in the center of the country where they lived, were constant hurdles to their social lives and their life together as a couple.

“My parents divorced because of my sexual orientation,” said Moreno. “My father is the typical Cuban man, who said that his children could not be homosexual. My sister was the only one who always supported me.”

Rodríguez was kicked out of her home when her family found out she was in a romantic relationship with another girl.

Continue reading at: https://www.washingtonblade.com/2020/06/17/lesbian-couple-from-cuba-fights-for-life-together-in-us/ (Source)

Italy: young lesbian couple harassed

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A new case of homophobia recorded in the Abruzzo region: two girls were harassed in Martinsicuro.

Chiara, a 24-year-old, reports on her Facebook wall that she was the target of homophobic harassment on Monday night in Martinsicuro. “Last night after I left work, more or less around 12.30, I went for a walk with my girlfriend at the waterfront. (…) In the meantime, a group of boys targeted us. Initially they started to whistle at us, then to shout words that I could not understand accompanied by laughter. Finally they got into the car and approached beside us shouting various things including, including: “lesbians”, “sex” and “do you have condoms?”. Finally they fled laughing.”

She adds, “the thing that saddened me is that they didn’t have the courage to come and tell us to our face. They waited to be safe in their car, ready to sneak away after being heroes at the end of the evening. Too easy. ” When asked if they intend to file a complaint, Chiara says “The idea is there, but there isn’t enough evidence to do it, so we’re thinking about it “.
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Un nuovo caso di omofobia registrato nella regione Abruzzo: due ragazze sono state insultate a Martinsicuro.

Chiara, ragazza di 24 anni, denuncia sul suo profilo Facebook di essere stata bersaglio di insulti omofobi nella notte tra lunedì e martedì a Martinsicuro. “Ieri sera dopo essere uscita da lavoro, più o meno verso mezzanotte e mezza, sono andata a fare una passeggiata con la mia ragazza al lungomare. (…) Nel mentre un gruppo di ragazzi ci ha prese di mira. Inizialmente hanno iniziato a fischiarci contro, poi a urlare parole che non sono riuscita a comprendere accompagnate da risa. Infine sono saliti in macchina e si sono accostati di fianco a noi urlandoci parole e frasi varie, tra cui: “lesbiche” “sesso” e “li avete i preservativi?”. Infine sono fuggiti assieme alle loro risa.”

Aggiunge “La cosa che mi ha rattristata è che non hanno avuto il coraggio di venircele a dire in faccia. Hanno aspettato di essere al sicuro nella loro auto, pronti per svignarsela dopo aver fatto l’atto eroico di fine serata. Troppo comodo.” Alla domanda se hanno intenzione di sporgere denuncia Chiara afferma “L’idea c’è ma le prove non sono sufficienti per avviare qualcosa. Per cui ci stiamo valutando”.
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Italy: lesbians harassed in public park

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“My girlfriend and I sat down at a table to eat a pizza. Suddenly she seemed very tired, so I hugged her. It was a spontaneous, thoughtful gesture. At some point a man approached and started screaming in our direction,” says Mirella.

“You two have to go away! A man and a woman together are fine. A woman with another woman is not. ”

Mirella, incredulous, asked him: “Can’t we hug each other?” and the man replied: “No, this is a public park! There are also children! You suck! ” After that, the park keeper moved away, but continued to control them by remaining seated on a bench nearby.

Before leaving , she approached him to ask for an explanation: “Other people are embracing, why haven’t they been told off?” Raising his voice, the man replied: “Because what they do is normal, what you do is not. And you’ve done it before ”

“I asked him to stay calm because he was screaming. It is not the first time it has happened. Last year, always in that park, my ex gave me a kiss and he told us to leave. But then there are kids aged 15-16, one on top of the other, and he never says anything to them. It is just an injustice. I didn’t want to be silent. I don’t accept it. I was afraid. I don’t want to experience something like this again.”
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“Io e la mia ragazza ci siamo sedute ad un tavolino per mangiare una pizza. Ad un tratto mi è sembrata molto stanca, così l’ho abbracciata. E’ stato un gesto spontaneo, premuroso. Ad un certo punto un uomo si è avvicinato e ha iniziato a urlare in nostra direzione”, ci racconta Mirella.

“Voi due dovete andare via! Un uomo ed una donna insieme vanno bene. Una donna con un’altra donna no”.

Così Mirella, incredula, gli ha chiesto: “Non ci possiamo abbracciare?” e questa persona ha risposto: “No, questo è un Parco pubblico! Ci sono anche bambini! Fate schifo!” Dopodiché il Guardiano si è allontanato, ma ha continuato a controllarle rimanendo seduto su una panchina poco distante.

Così lei, prima di andarsene, gli è andata incontro chiedendo spiegazioni: “Si stanno abbracciando altre persone, perché a loro non è stato detto niente?”
L’uomo alzando la voce le ha risposto: “Perché ciò che fanno loro è normale, quello che fate voi no. E tu l’hai già fatto altre volte”

“L’ho invitato a stare calmo perché stava urlando. Non è la prima volta in cui accade. L’anno scorso, sempre in quel parco, la mia ex mi diede un bacio e lui ci invitò ad andar via. Poi però ci sono ragazzini sui 15-16 anni, uno sopra all’altro, e a loro non ha mai detto nulla. È proprio un’ingiustizia. Non ho voluto stare in silenzio. Non lo accetto. Ho avuto paura. Non voglio vivere ancora una cosa del genere”.
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Germany: Ugandan lesbian wins asylum but no precedent set

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March 2020: A hearing at a Bavarian courthouse on Monday over the asylum application of a lesbian woman from Uganda was thrown out after she was granted her refugee status by federal authorities.

The judge decided that the 41-year-old asylum-seeker, who faces violence and prosecution in her home country, will not be deported.

The Bavarian court did not need to make a decision after the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees admitted that the woman qualified for refugee status at the trial.

LGBT+ people in Uganda can face life imprisonment for engaging in sexual relations, as well as discrimination in private and public spheres. An October 2019 proposed law — referred to as the “Kill the Gays” bill — floated the introduction of the death penalty for LGBT+ people. The legislation was later voided.

Case ‘not a precedent’

Advocacy groups said that the case could act as a precedent for LGBT+ refugees in Germany and Europe. … However, the judge clarified that it was an “individual case” and did not mark a precedent for Ugandan or LGBT+ asylum-seekers.

Continue reading at: https://www.dw.com/en/lesbian-ugandan-asylum-seeker-spared-deportation-from-germany/a-52689706 (Source)

U.S.: electrician demoted for not ending lesbian affair

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Stacy Freyre, 49, was a supervisor earning $127,000 a year when her friendship with a married female cashier at a Universal City Studios restaurant in California became a romance in 2017, Freyre said in court papers.

The cashier, a mom of two, had already separated from her spouse, whom she had accused of domestic violence, according to Freyre’s legal filing.

But when the estranged husband, who also worked at the site, discovered the relationship, he flew into a rage, complained to the company, accosted his ex at work and allegedly threatened to harm Freyre, implying someone could shoot her kids, she charges. Freyre reported the threats to police.

Rather than deal with the threats, Universal City Studios, a subsidiary of NBCUniversal, asked Freyre to apologize and make peace with the husband. Freyre was demoted from her supervisor post after she refused to end the relationship, according to an employment discrimination claim she recently filed NBCUniversal in California Federal Court seeking unspecified damages.

Continue reading at: https://nypost.com/2020/06/13/universal-city-studios-worker-allegedly-demoted-for-not-ending-affair/ (Source)

UK: Dundee teen calls for help after lesbophobic attack

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Kourtney Grant was left with injuries to her face and arms after she was tackled by the woman while she walking home.

The woman pushed Kourtney to the ground and hit her, leaving her bleeding and covered in bruises. Kourtney’s face has now been left in scratches, along with a large cut where her elbow hit the ground.

The teen was also subjected to homophobic abuse by the attacker during the horrifying episode. … Kourtney, who says that it isn’t the first time she has been targeted for her sexuality, isn’t sure who the attacker was, however she is described as having dark hair and was wearing a blue jumper.

The 16-year-old added: “I just want her to own up because the entire incident has stressed me out – I just feel a bit messed up by it all.

“People have said things about my sexuality before and they never really got to me – but this time it was obviously physical as well.”

Continue reading at: https://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/fp/i-just-feel-a-bit-messed-up-by-it-all-teenager-appeals-for-help-after-homophobic-attack-in-dundee/ (Source)

Egypt: Arrested and tortured for waving rainbow flag, lesbian Sarah Hegazi dead at 30

Sarah HegaziCAIRO — When the openly gay frontman of a hugely popular Lebanese pop group strutted onto the stage of a Cairo summer festival in 2017, rainbow flags lifted in the air, and something sparked inside Sarah Hegazi.

As a lesbian in a country where homosexuality is taboo, and gay people are routinely persecuted by the authorities, here was a glimmer of freedom. Beaming with joy, she raised both hands in the air and hoisted her own rainbow flag aloft. A friend captured the moment on camera.

It was the start of her undoing. …

Although homosexuality is not technically illegal in Egypt, gay people are subjected to deep-rooted societal prejudices and are frequently prosecuted by the police under laws that criminalize “debauchery.” Undercover police investigators use aliases to roam popular dating apps to entrap and arrest gay men. Others are arrested from cafes or the streets on the basis of their appearance.

Concerts are also a focus of law enforcement.

Even before she attended the event headlined by the Lebanese band Mashrou’ Leila in 2017, Ms. Hegazi’s life had undergone dramatic shifts. She had shed the head-covering veil that she had once worn, and had begun to embrace her identity as a gay woman.

At the concert she felt liberated, she told the German broadcaster Deutsche Welle, because “I was declaring myself in a society that hates all that is different from the norm.”

Ahmed Alaa, a law student who also waved a flag, later called the experience “the most beautiful five minutes of my life.”

But once the photo of her waving a flag went viral on social media, Ms. Hegazi was inundated by hate-filled comments, including death threats, said Mostafa Fouad, her lawyer and friend.

Popular television hosts amplified the mood: “How can the homosexual’s flag be raised over Egypt’s pure land?” said one. Another, Ahmed Moussa, denounced “this debauchery, this shame, this crime.”

Days later, armed security officials arrived at Ms. Hegazi’s home and took her to a detention center run by the National Security Agency, a feared arm of Mr. el-Sisi’s security apparatus. Officers questioned her religious beliefs and asked if she was a virgin.

She was blindfolded and taken to a foul-smelling interrogation room where she could hear people groaning with pain. A piece of cloth was stuffed into her mouth. She was tortured with electric shocks, she later said in interviews.

Continue reading at: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/15/world/middleeast/egypt-gay-suicide-sarah-hegazi.html (Source)

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Aram Bolandpaz: a lesbian TV reporter fighting for her community in Iran

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By Aram Bolandpaz

To be an openly proud member of the LGBT+ community working as a journalist and presenter is a unique opportunity.

It has enabled me to report on the issues I care about the most. My work primarily focuses on human rights and edgy stories. That includes reporting on LGBT+ life inside Iran and the experiences of the LGBT+ community more broadly in the Middle East.

You see, LGBT+ rights in Iran have come into conflict with the Iranian penal code since the 1930s.

Post-revolutionary Iran forbids any type of sexual activity outside of a heterosexual marriage. Moreover same-sex sexual activities are punishable by imprisonment, corporal punishment, or execution.

In the Middle East, Iran is one of five countries to punish same-sex relations by the death penalty. The others are Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Mauritania, and Sudan.

When it comes to the lesbian and bisexual community inside Iran, the punishment for same-sex conduct starts with lashes. But on the fourth ‘offence’ the court can give the death penalty.

Continue reading at: https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/how-this-lesbian-tv-reporter-uses-journalism-to-fight-for-the-lgbt-community-in-iran/ (Source)

Israel: lesbians harassed in neighbourhood

L2L Israel

A pair of religious lesbians settled in Rehavia, one of the most respectable areas of Jerusalem. However, on May 28, the women found a leaflet attached to their car with curses and threats. It stated that people like them did not have the right to live in such an area and added that “Lesbianism = perversion.”
(Translation)

Пара религиозных лесбиянок поселилась в Рехавии, одном из самых респектабельных районов Иерусалима. Однако 28 мая женщины нашли прикрепленную к их автомобилю листовку с ругательствами и угрозами. Там было написано, что такие люди не имеют право жить в таком районе. И добавлено: «Лесбиянство=извращение».
(Original)

Continue reading at: https://detaly.co.il/v-samom-respektabelnom-rajone-ierusalima-ne-hotyat-imet-v-sosedyah-lesbiyanok/ (Source)

Germany: L-Support’s annual report for 2019

L2L Germany

L-Support, a Berlin based organisation offering victim support for lesbian, bisexual and queer women, reported an increase in violence against lesbians and other same sex attracted women in their 2019 report:

  • 38% increase in crimes reported (36 in 2019), 23 of which were homophobic crimes against lesbians in 2019
  • 1/3 of the people L-Support speak to have experienced homophobic abuse at some point
  • Victim ages ranged from 18 to over 50, with most aged between 18 and 40.
  • Incidents reported included:
    • Aggressive verbal attacks (16)
    • Harassment (5)
    • Being spat on (2)
    • Threatened (5)
    • Physical assault and death threat (1)

The reports are limited, including because L-Support is a (largely) volunteer organisation which women cannot always access or contact.

Continue reading at: https://l-support.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Jahresbericht-2019-1.pdf (source)

German women can report a crime: https://l-support.net/meldeformular/ or contact L-Support on a Saturday or Sunday from 5 pm to 7 pm at 030 216 22 99 as well as by email at l-support@l-support.net.

Wenn du Fragen hast oder Beratung brauchst, erreichst du uns jeden Samstag und Sonntag von 17–19 Uhr unter 030 216 22 99 sowie jederzeit per Mail unter l-support@l-support.net.

Chile: lesbian couple attacked by family

Chile

The events occurred last Saturday in Renca (13 June), when a member of the couple began cleaning a common staircase with chlorine and water, which bothered the aggressor, his brother, his sister and his mother, who on previous occasions  had already harassed the women because of their sexual orientation.

According to the victim’s account, “the subject pushed me, hit me in the face with one combo and then another, while shouting ‘filthy lesbians, faggots”. When my partner and my niece arrived, the man with a stick in hand attacked them both, ”reported one of the victims, 34 years old.

She also added that the mother and brothers of the aggressor joined the conflict, “to hit us all. The subject took out a large butcher-type knife and threatened us with death, while telling us what fags and filth we were. Then he took an iron, a bed rail, to continue threatening us. ”
(Translated)

 

Los hechos ocurrieron el sábado pasado en Renca, cuando una integrante de la pareja comenzó a limpiar con cloro y agua una escalera de uso común, lo cual molestó al agresor, a su hermano, a su hermana y a su madre, quienes en ocasiones anteriores ya habían insultado a las mujeres en razón de su orientación sexual.

Según el relato de la víctima, “el sujeto me empujó, me golpeó la cara con un combo y luego otro, mientras gritaba ‘lesbianas cochinas, mariconas culias’. Al llegar mi pareja y mi sobrina, el sujeto con un palo en mano, las agredió a ambas”, reportó una de las víctimas, de 34 años.

Además, añadió que al conflicto se sumaron la madre y hermanos del agresor, “para golpearnos entre todos. El sujeto sacó un cuchillo grande, tipo carnicero y nos amenazó de muerte, mientras nos decía culias y cochinas. Después ocupó un fierro, un larguero de cama, para seguir amenazándonos”.
(Original)

Continue reading at: https://www.eldesconcierto.cl/2020/06/16/movilh-denuncia-ataque-lesfobico-y-amenazas-de-muerte-contra-pareja-en-renca/ (Source)

Lesbians in Chile – excerpts from the annual Movilh report

Chile

March 2020 – The annual Movil report showed a 58% increase in allegations and abuses, with the following specific details reported for Chilean lesbians:

  • Abuses reported by lesbians rose 34%
  • 1.54% of the population (221,796 people) are gay or lesbian, 75,000 more people than in 2015.
  • “Rompiendo El Silencio” survey – discrimination has been experienced by the majority of women, such that
    • 75.4% suffered harassment on the street because of their sexual orientation
    • 40.3% of the total who received sexual health advice were forced
    • 68% did not have a pap smear for fear of discrimination.
  • Police abuse and arbitrary detentions rose from one reported case in 2017 to 16 cases, 38% of which involved lesbians.
  • Workplace discrimination allegations fell by  26% compared to the previous year, registering a total of 28 abuses. 36% of the cases affected lesbians.
  • Community discrimination remained unchanged. 47% of which affected lesbians.
    (Translated)
  • Las denuncias o atropellos contra lesbianas subieron un 34%
  • El 1,54% de la población (221.796 personas) se declara gay o lesbiana, lo que equivale a 75 mil personas más que en 2015.
    (Original)
  • La discriminación ha sido vivida por la mayoría de las mujeres, a un punto que el 75.4% sufrió acosos en la calle en razón de su orientación sexual, mientras el 40,3% del total que recibió consejos en salud sexual fue obligada a dar ese paso. Además, en el campo de la salud, el 68% no atreve a practicar un Papanicolaou por temor a sufrir algún tipo de discriminación.
  • Los atropellos policiales contra personas en razón de su orientación sexual o identidad de género, aumentaron de manera explosiva, pasando de un abuso en 2017 a 16 en 2018, un 1.500% más. De los 16 abusos, 15 fueron propinados por Carabineros y uno por la policía civil.
    El 38% de los casos afectó a lesbianasDiscriminación laboral – las denuncias o casos por discriminación laboral bajaron un 26% en relación al año previo, registrándose un total de 28 abusos. El 36% de los casos afectó a lesbianas.
  • Discriminación comunitaria – Los abusos homo/transfóbicos propinados por familiares, conocidos o vecinos de personas LGBTI, mantuvieron la cifra del año precedente. El 47 % de los atropellos afectó a lesbianas.

Full report: http://www.movilh.cl/documentacion/Informe-DDHH-Movilh-2019.pdf

Overall report summary:

2019 was the most violent year for lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transsexuals and intersex people (LGBTI) in Chile with a 58% increase in cases and allegations of homophobia and transphobia, reaching 1103 abuses, the highest number reported to date, as outlined in the XVIII Annual Human Rights Report on Sexual and Gender Diversity, released today by the Movement for Homosexual Integration and Liberation (Movilh) for the first time without a press conference in the wake of the Coronavirus.

“There were more cases, more complaints, and the abuses were more violent and savage, as is made clear by the increases in the most ruthless abuses (murders and beatings). This situation has been noticed since 2018 and is not related to the social outbreak, which only had an impact on an increase in police abuse, “said Movilh spokesman Oscar Rementería.
(Original)

El 2019 fue el año más violento para las personas lesbianas, gays, bisexuales, transexuales e intersexuales (LGBTI) en Chile al incrementar un 58% los casos y denuncias por homofobia y transfobia, ascendiendo a 1103 los atropellos, la cifra más alta conocida hasta la fecha, reportó el XVIII Informe Anual de Derechos Humanos de la Diversidad sexual y de Género, dado a conocer hoy por el Movimiento de Integración y Liberación Homosexual (Movilh) por primera vez sin conferencia de prensa a raíz del Coronavirus.

“Hubo más casos, más denuncias y los abusos fueron más violentos y salvajes, como queda claro con los aumentos de los atropellos más despiadados (asesinatos y las golpizas). Esta situación ya se venía advirtiendo desde el 2018 y no tiene relación con el estallido social, el cual solo impactó en un incremento de los abusos policiales”, sostuvo el vocero del Movilh, Oscar Rementería.
(Translated)

Continue reading at: https://www.movilh.cl/homofobia-y-transfobia-aumentan-un-58-y-suma-mas-de-mil-casos-la-cifra-mas-alta-en-la-historia-de-chile/ (source)

France: 2020 SOSHomophobie report shows family and public violence against lesbians

SOSHomophobie 2020

The previous report highlighted the extent of lesbophobia, and numbers for 2019
are still alarming: lesbians are targeted in 679 cases, including 300 specifically
lesbophobic and 379 expressions of general LGBTIphobia. Analysis of specific cases shows the increased weight of violence within the family (16%), but especially in public spaces public (19%), a significantly higher share than for the other categories of LGBTI people. Rejection (75%), insults (43%), discrimination (24%) or harassment (21%) and threats (19%), are the most common manifestations of lesbophobia. We find that, most often, violence against lesbians is related to the fact that they dare to show themselves and go out together: this is the case in 58% of assaults in public places. The rejection of same-sex parenthood is also very significant and involved in almost 12% of cases of lesbophobia and 9% of cases of general LGBTIphobia.

Once again this year, lesbians are not spared from discrimination, manifestations of hate and violence, and are their sexual orientation is rejected as much as gay men. As women and homosexuals, they doubly transgress the social norm of heterosexism, a political system in which the norm is heterosexuality and with male dominace. Any woman who deviates from expected behaviour is the object of lesbophobia: “Girls with short hair are all lesbians.”
By freeing themselves from male domination, lesbians are victims of insults and assaults focused on denying their: “You will see, I will make you change sides and love my big venous cock. ”
Lesbophobia is present in everyday life and manifests itself in any sphere: college, high school, family, work, neighborhood, friendly circle; “dirty dykes, dirty whores, you are waste of society, shitty gouinasses” are commonplace.

(Translated)

Le rapport précédent mettait en lumière l’ampleur de la lesbophobie, et les chiffres de 2019 sont encore alarmants : les lesbiennes sont visées dans 679 cas, dont 300 spécifiquement lesbophobes et 379 expressions d’une LGBTIphobie générale. L’analyse des cas spécifiques montre le poids accru des violences au sein de la famille (16 %), mais surtout dans l’espace public (19 %), une part nettement plus importante que pour les autres catégories de personnes LGBTI. Rejet (75 %), insultes (43 %), discriminations (24 %) ou encore harcèlement (21 %) et menaces (19 %), sont les manifestations qui reviennent le plus pour dénoncer cette lesbophobie latente. On constate que, le plus souvent, la violence envers les lesbiennes est liée au fait qu’elles osent se montrer et sortir ensemble : c’est le cas dans 58 % des agressions dans les lieux publics. Le rejet de l’homoparentalité est également très prégnant et concerne près de 12 % des cas de lesbophobie et 9 % des cas de LGBTIphobie générale.

Cette année encore, les lesbiennes ne sont pas épargnées par les discriminations, manifestations haineuses et violences, et sont autant que les gays confrontées au rejet de leur orientation sexuelle. En tant que femmes et homosexuelles, elles transgressent doublement la norme sociale de l’hétérosexisme, système politique dans lequel la norme est l’hétérosexualité et l’homme le dominant. Toute femme dérogeant aux comportements attendus est l’objet de lesbophobie : « Les filles aux cheveux courts sont toutes lesbiennes. »
En s’affranchissant de la domination masculine, les lesbiennes sont victimes d’insultes et d’agressions mettant en évidence le déni de leur sexualité : « Tu verras je vais te faire changer de bord et aimer ma grosse bite veineuse. »
La lesbophobie est présente au quotidien et se manifeste dans n’importe quelle sphère: collège, lycée, famille, travail, voisinage, cercle amical ; les « sales gouines, sales putes, vous êtes des déchets de la société, gouinasses de merde » sont monnaie courante.
(Original)

Continue reading at: https://www.sos-homophobie.org/sites/default/files/rapport_homophobie_2020_interactif.pdf (Source)

Argentina: lesbian beaten by 5 men

Nahir Rodríguez

Nahir Rodríguez was the victim of a lesbophobic attack at the exit of a bowling alley in González Catán on February 26: she was beaten by five men for her sexual orientation.

According to a statement, she left a nightclub in the company of a friend, who separated from her for a few minutes to refuel. It was at this moment that the men, who were waiting for her outside the establishment, decided to attack her.

According to the victim’s statements, they first insulted her and later beat her. Her friend heard the screams and tried to help her; However, it was impossible for him and he also became a victim of the attackers.

“What’s up with you fucking lesbian?” This was the appalling phrase that marked the start of the punching and kicking attack when Nahir was already lying on the ground.
(Translated)

Nahir Rodríguez fue víctima de un ataque lesbofóbico a la salida de un boliche de González Catán el pasado 26 de febrero: fue golpeada por cinco hombres por su orientación sexual.

De acuerdo a un comunicado, la chica salió de una discoteca en compañía de un amigo, quien se separó unos minutos para cargar combustible. Fue en ese momento cuando los hombres, que la esperaban fuera del establecimiento, decidieron atacarla.

Según las declaraciones de la víctima, primero la insultaron y posteriormente la golpearon. Su amigo escuchó los gritos e intentó socorrerla; sin embargo, le fue imposible e incluso fue víctima de los atacantes.

“¿Qué te pasa lesbiana de mierda?” fue la repudiable expresión que marcó el inicio de los golpes de puño y patadas cuando Nahir ya se hallaba en el piso.
(Original)

Continue reading at: https://www.diariodecuyo.com.ar/policiales/Una-mujer-fue-golpeada-por-5-hombres-por-ser-lesbiana-20200305-0018.html (Source)