Tag Archives: harassment

Italy: lesbian teenager attacked

Lesbians in Italy

The story of Lisa, a 16 year old lesbian from Turin, was told and published by the Pressenza press agency.

Lisa says she didn’t pay attention to that man right away but at the Porta Nuova metro exit he began to rail against her.  “I didn’t think it could be directed at me because I wasn’t doing anything wrong,” she said, until the man approached and grabbed her by the arm. “He forced me to turn around, then he put his face almost against mine shouting that I was dressed as a boy and I sucked” she continued, “shouting many times ‘bloody lesbian’. Then suddenly I got punched in the face and everything went black. I doubled over. ”

And again: “When I bent down he started throwing punches at my side. Then because I do boxing, I put the fear aside and threw a punch and a hook at him”. “As soon as I saw him on the floor, even though I was sick and couldn’t see from one eye, I started running towards the bus” she continued, “I just wanted to get away from that place as quickly as possible”.
Although it was a school and work day and it was rush hour, eight o’clock in the morning, nobody intervened.

Nobody.
(Translated)

La storia di Lisa, ragazza lesbica torinese di appena 16 anni, è stata raccontata e resa pubblica dall’agenzia stampa Pressenza.

Lisa racconta di non aver prestato subito attenzione a quell’uomo. Lui, però, all’uscita della metro Porta Nuova, ha iniziato a inveire. «Non ho pensato che potessero diretti a me, non stavo facendo niente di male», racconta. Finché l’uomo non si è avvicinato e l’ha afferrata per un braccio. «Mi ha costretta a girarmi, poi ha messo il suo viso quasi contro il mio gridandomi che ero vestita da maschio e che facevo schifo – continua -, gridando numerose volte lesbica di merda. Poi all’improvviso mi è arrivato un pugno in faccia ed ho visto tutto nero. Mi sono piegata su me stessa».

E ancora: «Quando mi sono piegata ha iniziato a tirarmi pugni sul costato. Allora visto che faccio boxe, ho messo da parte la paura e gli ho tirato un pugno ed un gancio». «Appena lo ho visto per terra anche se avevo male e non vedevo da un occhio ho iniziato a correre verso l’autobus – continua la ragazza -, volevo solo andare via da quel posto il più velocemente possibile».
Nonostante fosse un giorno di scuola e lavorativo e fosse l’ora di punta, le otto del mattino, nessuno è intervenuto. Nessuno.
(Original)

Continue reading at: http://www.gaypost.it/lisa-16-anni-aggredita-lesbica-torino (Source)

Lesbian creates Argentinian hate crime map of lesbophobia

 

The lesbophobia hate crime map

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.
(Translated)

 

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.
(Original)

Continue reading at: https://www.playgroundmag.net/comunidad/mapa-crimenes-odio-lesbianas-argentina_48632290.html (Source)

Italy: Lesbian couple’s car vandalised at home

civitavecchia lesbophobia

Pantano area, Civitavecchia (in the province of Rome). When they woke, Monica and Romina discovered that their car had been vandalised in the night, with two homophobic phrases. Monica and Romina are a lesbian couple, who were born and raised in Civitavecchia, and it is in their city that they decided to live together. They have been in a relationship for over 10 years, and together with their 3 children, they are a beautiful rainbow family. But tonight someone decided to have fun writing two highly offensive phrases about their car.

“Lecca vongole” [clam lickers] is clearly written. The second sentence is written in Romanian, reports Fabrizio Marrazzo, spokesman for the Gay Centre. These two slang terms are commonly used to refer [pejoratively] to lesbian women.
(Translated)

Zona Pantano, Civitavecchia (in provincia di Roma). Monica e Romina, al loro risveglio, hanno scoperto che nella notte la loro auto è stata vandalizzata, con due scritte omofobe. Monica e Romina sono una coppia lesbica, che sono nate e cresciute a Civitavecchia. Ed è proprio nella loro città che hanno deciso di vivere assieme. Portano avanti una relazione da oltre 10 anni, e assieme ai loro 3 figli, sono una bellissima famiglia arcobaleno. Ma stanotte qualcuno ha ben pensato di divertirsi, scrivendo due frasi altamente offensive sulla loro auto.

“Lecca vongole” si legge chiaramente. La seconda frase, invece, dovrebbe essere scritta in lingua romena, riporta Fabrizio Marrazzo, portavoce di Gay Center. In gergo, questi due termini vengono utilizzati volgarmente per riferirsi a una donna lesbica.
(Original)

Continue reading at: https://www.gay.it/attualita/news/omofobia-coppia-lesbica-civitavecchia (Source)

When a lesbian dies: the search for justice for Nicole Saavedra and DJ Anna Cook

DJ Anna Cook Nicole Saavedra

We talk about lesbicide when a lesbian is killed for being so. In our society, loving a woman as a woman is one of the greatest insults to masculinity shown by corrective sexual harassment, rapes that serve as a “warning”, and coexistence with mandatory heterosexuality that repeatedly urges you to stay in the closet. Visibility is the political point that links them: Nicole and Anna were visible lesbians, and they pose the question: did they die because they were lesbians?

Francisca Millán is a lawyer specialising in human rights and gender. Partner of the AML study, which is dedicated exclusively to the defence of women in cases involving gender violence. Her project offers a feminist perspective to realise the right of access to justice. Millán affirms that women are violated in the Chilean legal system. In this scenario, being a lesbian is a direct and very specific affront.

“Lesbianism, from hegemonic masculinity, is a resistance to the social order, because I do not submit to heteropatriarchal logic, I am out of it, and I am not willing to occupy that role,” Millán explains.

Crimes that directly affect lesbians for being lesbian are lesbicide (murder of a lesbian)  and corrective rape (rape of a lesbian in order to “correct her”). They do not exist as such in the Chilean penal code, but, according to Millán, mixing the base crimes with the Zamudio Law, they can be put forward as hate crimes.

“Crimes of this nature express a lot of power, and show that there is an exercise of subjugation with respect to others. That is quite common in the case of lesbians: what more obvious way to subjugate a woman who is a lesbian than to force her to practice oral sex, ”says the lawyer.

Carmina Vásquez is a lawyer. She is part of the Lesbofeminist Network, an articulator of organizations whose purpose is to form support networks for lesbians. Their venture, Chueca Bar, will open soon – a lesbian bar that wants to be a safe space within a very hostile city.

“This has been a tough year. There is the case of Carolina Torres (beaten in Pudahuel), we recently learned about violent girls in the Forest Park. That scares you, it happens at five in the afternoon, and it happens in the places where we meet,” she explains. For her, there is a social punishment for being a lesbian, coupled with being a woman. “These crimes of lesbo-hate go hand in hand with sexual issues under the premise of the “I am going to teach you” type. We talk about corrective violations, which also target a specific type of lesbian: the truck [butch], who defies heteronormal roles”, she says.

The first recorded and investigated lesophobia crime is that of Mónica Briones, beaten to death in one of the corners of Plaza Italia in 1984. The case accelerated the formation of the first lesbian feminist collective in Chile, Ayuquelén, which existed for 15 years.

“In the year 84, when they killed Monica, it lead to our broad understanding of what happened to us all, the discrimination we were living. But there is no current reflection on hate crimes as they are understood today, ”says Cecilia Riquelme, one of its founders, who last Saturday October 12 participated in the Day of Lesbian Rebellion, in Valparaíso.(Translated)

Hablamos de lesbicidio cuando se mata a una lesbiana por serlo. En nuestra sociedad, amar a una mujer, siendo mujer, es una de las afrentas que más hiere a la masculinidad. Desde un acoso sexual correctivo, hasta violaciones que sirven de “advertencia”, y la convivencia con la heterosexualidad obligatoria que, muchas veces, te insta a permanecer en “el clóset”. De ahí que la visibilidad sea la herramienta política que las vincula: Nicole y Anna eran lesbianas “visibles”, y plantean la pregunta: ¿murieron por ser lesbianas?

Francisca Millán es abogada especializada en DD.HH. y género. Socia del estudio AML, que se dedica exclusivamente a la defensa de mujeres en causas que involucran violencia de género. Su proyecto ofrece una perspectiva feminista para materializar el derecho del acceso a la justicia. Millán afirma que las mujeres son vulneradas en el sistema legal chileno. En este escenario, ser lesbiana es una afrenta directa y muy específica.

“El lesbianismo, desde la masculinidad hegemónica, es una revelación al orden social, porque yo no me someto a las lógicas heteropatriarcales, estoy por fuera de ello, y no estoy dispuesta a ocupar esos roles”, explica Millán.

Delitos que afectarían directamente a lesbianas por el hecho de serlo sería el lesbicidio, el asesinato a una lesbiana, y la violación correctiva, la violación a una lesbiana con el fin de “corregirla”. No existen como tales en el código penal chileno, pero, de acuerdo a Millán, mezclando los delitos base con la Ley Zamudio, pueden relevarse los motores de odio.

“Los delitos de esta naturaleza tienen mucha expresión de poder, y demuestran que existe este ejercicio de sometimiento respecto de otras. Eso es algo bastante común en el caso de las mujeres lesbianas: qué forma más evidente de someter a una mujer que es lesbiana que obligarla a practicar sexo oral”, comenta la abogada.

Carmina Vásquez es abogada. Integra la Red lesbofeminista, una articuladora de organizaciones cuyo fin es formar redes de apoyo para las lesbianas. Su emprendimiento, Chueca Bar, abrirá pronto, un bar para lesbianas que quiere ser un espacio seguro dentro de una ciudad muy hostil.

“Este ha sido un año duro. Está el caso de Carolina Torres (golpeada en Pudahuel), hace poco supimos de chicas violentadas en el Parque Forestal. Eso te da miedo, pasa a las cinco de la tarde, y pasa en los lugares donde nos reunimos”, explica. Para ella, existe un castigo social al ser lesbiana, sumado al de ser mujer. “Estos crímenes de lesbo-odio van aparejados a temas sexuales bajo la premisa del yo te voy a enseñar. Hablamos de violaciones correctivas, que además se dirigen a un tipo específico de lesbiana: la camiona, que se sale de la heteronorma”, dice.

El primer crimen de lesbofobia registrado e investigado es el de Mónica Briones, asesinada a golpes en una de las esquinas de Plaza Italia el año 1984. El caso aceleró la formación de la primera colectiva lesbofeminista en Chile, Ayuquelén, que funcionó durante 15 años.

“El año 84, cuando matan a Mónica, se generó una reflexión amplia respecto de lo que nos pasaba a todas, la discriminación que vivíamos. Pero no hay una reflexión puntual sobre los crímenes de odio como son entendidos hoy en día”, dice Cecilia Riquelme, una de sus fundadoras, que el pasado sábado 12 de octubre participó del Día de las rebeldías lésbicas, en Valparaíso.
(Original)

Excerpts from Romina Reyes’ article.
Continue reading at: https://www.theclinic.cl/2019/10/16/cuando-muere-una-lesbiana-la-busqueda-de-justicia-para-nicole-saavedra-y-anna-cook/ (Source)

See Also:

 

Italy: lesbian targeted in hospital workplace

Lecco lesbofobica

Sabrina, an employee of the Manzoni Hospital in Lecco, had already been targeted by homophobes, who had attacked her for her lesbianism. In recent days, however, they escalated with “Get out of here, lesbian” appearing on the door of her locker.

“Women are the ones who say the worst things to me. And my coworkers are the most ferocious. Someone had already told me that I was not welcome in the locker room. On September 23rd I found the writing. For two days I didn’t go in the locker room, and after that I then only stayed a few minutes, eyes down,  changing quickly so as not to make anyone uncomfortable.”

Although Sabrina has every right to use the women’s locker room, she always tried not to make her colleagues uncomfortable, hurriedly changing to get out as soon as possible. But after this, she stopped being intimidated.
(Translated)

Sabrina, dipendente dell’Ospedale Manzoni di Lecco, era già stata presa di mira da degli omofobi, che l’avevano attaccata per la sua omosessualità. Nei giorni scorsi però hanno esagerato: sulla porta del suo armadietto, è comparsa la scritta “Vai fuori di qua lesbica“.

“A pronunciare le frasi più pesanti nei miei confronti sono soprattutto le donne. E le colleghe sono le più feroci. Già qualcuna mi aveva detto che nello spogliatoio non ero la benvenuta. Il 23 settembre scorso ho trovato la scritta. Per due giorni non sono più entrata nello stanzino, dove, per altro, resto solo pochi minuti, occhi bassi, il tempo di cambiarmi rapidamente per non mettere a disagio nessuno.“

Nonostante Sabrina abbia tutto il diritto di utilizzare lo spogliatoio femminile, cercava sempre di non mettere a disagio le colleghe, sbrigando in fretta le sue cose per uscire al più presto. Ma dopo questo fatto, non si è fatta intimidire di certo.
(Original)

Continue reading at: https://www.gay.it/attualita/news/omofobia-lecco-scritte-offensive-ospedale-lesbica (Source)

Guatemalan lesbian fled death threats and corrective rape

Marveny Suchite

Marveny Suchite hurriedly left Guatemala last November. She later told an American official that she had received death threats for being a lesbian, according to the formal notes taken by the authorities, to which Reuters had access.

Her mother warned her that there were people who were going to look for her, she told Reuters, explaining that they were “macho.” Suchite fled that day.

She had been beaten and raped before, first by close members of her family and then by strangers in an alley where he was ordered to “stop” being gay, according to the official’s notes that review asylum procedures.

She says she got pregnant after the attack in that alley and then, when she tried to report the rape to the police, they laughed at her.
(Translated)

Suchite dejó apresuradamente Guatemala en noviembre pasado. Más tarde le dijo a un funcionario estadounidense que había recibido amenazas a su vida por ser lesbiana, según las notas formales que tomó la autoridad y a las que Reuters tuvo acceso.

Su madre le advirtió que había personas que irían a buscarla, dijo a Reuters, explicando que eran “machistas”. Suchite huyó ese día.

Antes ya había sido golpeada y violada, primero por miembros cercanos de su familia y después por extraños en un callejón donde le ordenaron que “dejara” de ser gay, de acuerdo a las notas del funcionario que revisa los procedimientos de asilo.

Cuenta que quedó embarazada tras los ataques en ese callejón y que luego, cuando intentó reportar la violación ante la policía, se rieron de ella.
(Original)

Continue reading at: https://lta.reuters.com/articulo/eeuu-migrantes-caravana-lgbt-idLTAKBN1WP2QZ (Source)

Chile: graffiti identifies lesbian family home

Maipu Lesbophobia

Aqui viven lesbianas – lesbians live here

The Homosexual Integration and Liberation Movement (Movilh) denounced that on Sunday a lesboparental couple was the victim of an attack in the commune of Maipú, after the gate of their house was newly graffitied with the phrase “here live lesbians”.

In this regard, the spokeswoman for Movilh, Daniela Andrade, explained that the victims “have lived at the same address for two years without  any discrimination problems with neighbours.”

“It is precisely this situation that has the family very frightened. They have no idea who could be responsible for this attack which leaves them very vulnerable and frightened because it is clear that there are people who have been watching.
(Translated)

El Movimiento de Integración y Liberación Homosexual (Movilh) denunció que el día domingo una pareja lesboparental fue víctima de un ataque en la comuna de Maipú, luego de que el portón de su casa amaneciera rayado con la frase “aquí viven lesbianas”.

Al respecto, la vocera del Movilh, Daniela Andrade, detalló que las afectadas “viven hace dos años en el mismo domicilio, pero jamás han tenido un problema de discriminación con vecinos”.

“Justamente esta situación es la que tiene a la familia muy atemorizada. No tienen la menor idea de quiénes podrían ser los responsables de este ataque que las deja en gran vulnerabilidad y con mucho miedo, pues es claro que hay personas que las han estado observando.
(Original)
Continue reading at: https://www.eldinamo.cl/nacional/2019/10/07/movilh-maipu-ataque-familia-lesboparental/ (Source)

International Lesbian Day: Lesbian migration, living freely in Taiwan

Melinda Philippines to Taiwan

“I like life in Taiwan because I can live freely.” Melinda, a lesbian, was not accepted by her father in her native family. After coming to Taiwan [from the Philippines], she felt goodwill for the first time. “I When I first came to Taiwan, my mentor at work was very good with me. He didn’t discriminate against me because of my sexuality. When he told my male supervisor that I like girls, the male executive also said: “Go! Let’s go together and look for a girl for you!”

This is a friendly environment that allows Melinda to be herself; it is also because of this freedom that she wants to stay here and learn to be independent. She took us to the nearby Philippine grocery store to visit. I watched her talk to the clerk in a familiar way, sometimes whispering and sometimes laughing, and introducing us to the food and culture of the Philippines, so confident. Living so confidently is the reason why her mother wanted her to come to Taiwan.
(Translated)

「我喜歡在台灣的生活,因為我可以很自由地活著。」身為女同志的 Melinda,在原生家庭中不被父親所接受;來到台灣後,他第一次感受到善意,「我剛來台灣的時候,工作的導師跟我很好,完全沒有因為我的性向歧視我;而當他跟我的男主管說我喜歡女生時,那位男主管還說:『走!我們一起去找女孩!』」

便是這樣友善的環境,讓 Melinda 能自在地做自己;也是因為這份自在,讓他想繼續留在這裡,也因此學會了獨立。他帶著我們到附近的菲律賓雜貨店參觀,我看著他熟稔地與店員們談天,時而細語呢喃、時而開懷大笑,還向我們介紹菲律賓的食物與文化,如此自信的模樣或許也是他的母親希望他來台灣的原因吧。
(Original)

Continue reading at: https://womany.net/read/article/19973 (Source)

Cuba: police attack two lesbians

cuban-police-brutality.png

Two young lesbians were arguing in the street when two Cuban police officers arrived at dawn on Saturday [24 August 2019]. According to witnesses who were there at that time, as they arrived they began beating them.

A neighbour witnessed the events and decided to record the attack with his mobile. He later sent it to CubaNet. The video is not very good quality, but we can see one of the police drag one of the women by the feet and beat her.

What witnesses said:

  • “One of them shouted: film. I got very nervous and took what I could.”
  • “The police as soon as they arrived began to beat them, they got angry. It was as if they wanted to give it to someone and they took it out on them.”
  • “It’s hate that cops have for ‘ birds’ and even more for lesbians.”

(Translated)

Dos jóvenes lesbianas discutían en la calle cuando llegaron dos agentes de la policía cubana en la madrugada del sábado. Según testigos que estaban en ese momento, según llegaron comenzaron a golpearlas.

Un vecino presenció los hechos y decidió grabar con su móvil el ataque. Más tarde las envió al CubaNet. El vídeo no es de muy buena calidad, pero podemos ver como uno de los policías arrastra a una de las mujeres por los pies y las golpean.

Algunos testigos dicen

  • “Una de ellas gritaba: ‘filmen’. Yo me puse muy nervioso y cogí lo que pude”.
  • “La policía en cuanto llegó empezó a golpearlas, se ensañaron. Era como si tuvieran ganas de darle a alguien y la cogieron con ellas”.
  • “El odio que le tienen los policías a los ‘pájaros’ y más a las lesbianas”.

(Original)

COntinue reading at: http://www.mirales.es/dos-lesbianas-atacadas-en-la-habana-por-dos-policias (Source)

 

 

Germany: Azerbaijani lesbian forced to return to persecution for avoidable visa formality

Lesbians in Germany
A lesbian living in Hamburg must apply for a new visa in Azerbaijan, even though she is threatened with persecution there. The authority suggests that she should just keep her homosexuality a secret.

According to [her lawyer] Brenneisen, what sounds like an annoying formality is a life-threatening threat to Maria M. According to the German embassy in Baku, the visa would take four to eight weeks. That’s how long Maria M. would have to stay in Azerbaijan. During this time she would be exposed and under threat as a lesbian. Above all, she is afraid of her own family, Maria M. tells the administrative judge in a low voice and in a pleading tone. Her brother is strictly religious – he will never accept the homosexuality of his own sister. Due to her fear, she is now in psychotherapy.

The German authorities have the capacity to make an exception to the strict visa requirement. Repeatedly, there are cases in which migrants with undisputed right of residence are not forced to return to their country of origin for purely formal reasons. Brenneisen, Maria’s lawyer, has already represented a gay man from Azerbaijan, who has been spared the same requirement. But where is the limit of the reasonable? When is such an exception displayed? “I have to compare that with other cases,” says the administrative judge, adding, “Supreme courts even consider it permissible for Turkish men to go back to Turkey for 18 months for military service.”

The hurdles are high. In order to demonstrate the facts of the situation, after the first court hearing the administrative judge commissioned a report on the threat to homosexuals in Azerbaijan. An ILGA (Gay Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association) report indicates that the danger to lesbians in Azerbaijan is high, especially for women with a non-traditional appearance. Maria M. has several piercings on her face and has short hair.

However, although the judge commissioned that report himself, he does not take it into account. In early July he argued, in a letter to her lawyer Brenneisen which left him stunned, that Maria M, could easily avert the danger. In the letter the judge argued that Maria M. did not have to get in contact with her family during the two months during her stay. He also argued that she could cover her gender non confirming short hair with a scarf, to avoid attracting attention and remain anonymous.
(Translated)

Eine in Hamburg lebende Frau soll in Aserbaidschan ein Visum beantragen, obwohl ihr dort Verfolgung droht. Die Behörde rät: Sie soll ihre Homosexualität geheim halten.

Was nach einer lästigen Formalität klingt, bedeutet nach Überzeugung von Brenneisen Lebensgefahr für Maria M. Nach Auskunft der deutschen Botschaft in Baku würden zwischen vier und acht Wochen vergehen, bis das Visum ausgestellt sei. So lange müsste Maria M. in Aserbaidschan bleiben. In dieser Zeit aber wäre sie als lesbische Frau erneuter Bedrohung ausgesetzt. Vor allem vor ihrer eigenen Familie habe sie Angst, erzählt Maria M. dem Verwaltungsrichter, mit leiser Stimme und in bittendem Ton. Ihr Bruder sei streng religiös, die Homosexualität der eigenen Schwester würde er niemals akzeptieren. Aufgrund ihrer Angst sei sie inzwischen in Psychotherapie.

Die Ausländerbehörde hätte nun die Möglichkeit, eine Ausnahme von der strengen Visumpflicht zu machen. Immer wieder gibt es Fälle, in denen Migranten mit unstrittigem Aufenthaltsrecht nicht aus rein formellen Gründen in ihr Herkunftsland zurückreisen müssen. Brenneisen, Marias Anwalt, hat bereits einen schwulen Mann aus Aserbaidschan vertreten, dem ebendies erspart geblieben ist. Wo aber ist die Grenze des Zumutbaren? Wann ist eine solche Ausnahme angezeigt? “Ich muss das mit anderen Fällen vergleichen,” sagt der Verwaltungsrichter und fügt hinzu: “Die obersten Gerichte halten es sogar für zulässig, dass türkische Männer für 18 Monate zum Militärdienst zurück in die Türkei gehen.”

Die Hürden liegen hoch. Um einen sachlichen Maßstab zu finden, hat der Verwaltungsrichter nach einer ersten Gerichtsverhandlung ein Gutachten über die Bedrohung Homosexueller in Aserbaidschan in Auftrag gegeben. Aus einem Gutachten der Organisation ILGA (European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association) geht hervor, dass die Gefahr für lesbische Frauen in Aserbaidschan groß ist – erst recht für Frauen mit einem für das Land untypischen Äußeren. Maria M. hat mehrere Piercings im Gesicht und trägt kurze, hochgegelte Haare.
Doch obwohl der Richter jenes Gutachten selbst in Auftrag gegeben hat, folgt er ihm nicht. Maria M. könne die Gefahr einfach abwenden, argumentierte er Anfang Juli in einem Brief an den Rechtsanwalt Brenneisen, der diesen fassungslos machte. Die Argumentation in dem Brief: Maria M. müsse mit ihrer Familie in den zwei Monaten während ihres Aufenthaltes einfach nicht in Kontakt treten. Und ihre untypisch kurzen Haare könnte sie ja mit einem Tuch bedecken – dann würde sie nicht auffallen und bliebe anonym.
(Original)

Continue reading at: https://www.zeit.de/hamburg/2019-08/homophobie-aserbaidschan-visum-sexualitaet-verwaltungsgericht-homosexualitaet (Source)

Italy: neighbour in court for stalking and harassing lesbian couple

Lesbians in Italy
September 2019, Ravenna

A 55-year-old woman has gone to trial for stalking two neighbours in her apartment block who she has been tormenting for years for being lesbian and in a civil union.

The stalker insulted, harassed and disturbed the peace of the two women based on her intolerance of their sexual orientation as lesbians. Hostile phrases like “bad lesbians, you suck”, noise, spite at all hours of the day, threats – all of these acts increasingly frustrated the two victims, leading one to suicidal thoughts.

The neighbour, finally reported to the authorities, appeared before a judge for apreliminary hearing. The judge, , Corrado Schiaretti, gave leave to the parties to compensate the victims and settle the matter out of court.
(Translated)

 

È finita a processo per stalking la donna 55enne che, a Ravenna, ha tormentato per anni le due vicine di casa, abitanti dello stesso condominio, perché lesbiche e unite civilmente.

La stalker avrebbe perpetrato nel tempo insulti, vessazioni e turbative alla quiete delle due donne fomentata dalla sua intolleranza verso l’orientamento sessuale delle sue vicine di casa.

Parole feroci come “Brutte lesbiche, fate schifo“, rumori, dispetti a tutte le ore del giorno, minacce, tutte azioni che avrebbero condotto le due vittime ad un crescendo di esasperazione, portando addirittura una delle due a pensieri suicidi.

La vicina, finalmente denunciata, è comparsa davanti al giudice per l’udienza preliminare Corrado Schiaretti, che tuttavia ha concesso tempo per concordare un risarcimento alla parte offesa e chiudere la faccenda in sede extragiudiziale.
(Original)

Continue reading at: https://www.blmagazine.it/coppia-di-donne-tormentata-a-ravenna-brutte-lesbiche-fate-schifo/ (Source)

Hungary: right wing extremists storm lesbian film event on homophobic bullying

labrisz-logo

The incident took place on the 26th of September … The Auróra Community Center was to screen a film by lesbian organisation Labrisz about homophobic bullying. But suddenly more than ten members of György Budaházy’s far-right movement “Hunnia”  disrupted the event.

They “stormed into the screening room”, the activists of the Budapest Pride said in a press release. The right-wing extremists had banners that included “Stop LGBT propaganda” and “Zero tolerance” – a nod to Coca-Cola’s promotion of same-sex couples.

The police were delayed, so as not to do anything about the neo-Nazis
The summoned police was at the scene after 20 minutes, but did not intervene. “They did nothing to stop the neo-Nazis, and just stood by and watched,” Viktória Radvány of the Budapest Pride is still stunned.

Radvány remembers that the officials did nothing while the right-wing extremists insulted the visitors to the filming event. However, they stepped in immediately as one of the visitors poured his yoghurt onto one of the right-wing radicals’ banners.

“The police choose who they help and who they do not”
For the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, a human rights NGO, this behavior is a reason to file an official complaint about the Budapest police. “The police arbitrarily choose who they help and who they do not,” said human rights activists.
(Translated)

Der Vorfall ereignete sich am 26. September… Im Auróra Community-Zentrum sollte ein Film der Lesben-Organisation Labrisz über homophobes Mobbing gezeigt werden. Doch plötzlich störten mehr als zehn Mitglieder der rechtsextremen Bewegung „ Hunnia“ von György Budaházy die Veranstaltung.

Sie „stürmten gewaltsam in den Vorführraum“, so die Aktivisten der Budapest Pride in einer Aussendung. Dabei hatten die Rechtsextremen Banner, auf denen unter anderem „Stop LGBT-Propaganda“ und „Zero Toleranz“ stand – eine Anspielung auf eine Werbeaktion von Coca-Cola mit gleichgeschlechtlichen Paaren.

Die Polizei kam mit Verspätung, um nichts gegen die Neo-Nazis zu tun
Die herbeigerufene Polizei war nach 20 Minuten am Ort des Geschehens, griff aber nicht ein. „Sie haben nichts getan, um die Neo-Nazis zu stoppen, und standen einfach ruhig daneben und haben zugesehen“, ist Viktória Radvány von der Budapest Pride noch immer fassungslos.

Radvány erinnert sich, dass die Beamten nichts unternahmen, während die Rechtsradikalen die Besucher der Filmveranstaltung beleidigten. Allerdings schritten sie sofort ein, als einer der Besucher sein Joghurt auf eines der Banner der Rechtsradikalen schüttete.

„Die Polizei wählt aus, wem sie hilft und wem nicht“
Für das ungarische Helsinki-Komitee, eine Menschenrechts-NGO, ist dieses Verhalten ein Grund, eine offizielle Beschwerde über die Budapester Polizei einzureichen. „Die Polizei wählt willkürlich aus, wem sie hilft und wem nicht“, so die Menschenrechts-Aktivisten.
(Original)

Continue reading at: https://www.ggg.at/2019/10/01/rechtsextreme-stuermen-lgbt-event-in-budapest-und-die-polizei-schaut-zu/ (Source)

Italy: Be Careful, Sappho – warning attached to lesbian’s home intercom

Be Careful Sappho

The inscription “Be careful Sappho” was attached above her intercom. When the 28-year-old lesbian noticed the note with the text, she photographed it and reported it to the Carabinieri. More than a threat, the personal trainer sincerely hopes it’s a bad joke.

“I thought of a bad joke, at least I hope so because I have no reason to feel threatened by anyone, I never bothered anyone.”

These are the words of the lesbian, who came out when she was 15 years old. In Briona, in the province of Novara, everyone knows her sexual orientation, just as they know she has a permanent companion with whom she will live as soon as they finish work in their home.

Whether it is a joke or a homophobic threat, it is undoubtedly a fact to be reckoned with.

“I have no idea what I should be careful about, so anyone who has written it is obviously mistaken. In Briona it is certainly not a secret. As people say, I did my coming out at 15 and now I’m 28 – I never hid anything.

Valentina explains that she also considered who might have written that note, going from acquaintances to work colleagues, but she didn’t find anyone so crazy as to think of doing such a thing. She decided to publish the photo to get help from friends and neighbours, who could perhaps recognise the spelling.
That the note is aimed at the lesbian and that it is homophobia, is not just a hypothesis.  The Note was attached above her intercom.
(Translated)

La scritta “Be careful Saffo” (Stai attenta Saffo) è stata attaccata sopra il suo citofono. La ragazza lesbica 28enne ha notato il biglietto con la scritta, l’ha fotografato e ha denunciato il fatto ai Carabinieri. Ma più che una minaccia, la personal trainer spera vivamente che sia uno scherzo di cattivo gusto.

“Ho pensato a uno scherzo di cattivo gusto, almeno spero sia così perché non ho motivo di sentirmi minacciata da nessuno, non ho mai infastidito nessuno.”

Queste le parole della ragazza lesbica, che ha fatto coming out quando aveva 15 anni. A Briona, in provincia di Novara, tutti sanno il suo orientamento sessuale, così come sanno che ha una compagna fissa, con la quale andrà a vivere insieme, non appena finiranno i lavori nella loro abitazione.

Che si tratti di uno scherzo o di una minaccia a sfondo omofobo, è senza dubbio un fatto da non sottovalutare.

Non ho idea per cosa io debba stare attenta, perciò, chiunque sia stato a scriverlo si sta evidentemente sbagliando. A Briona non è certo un segreto. Come si usa dire ho fatto il mio coming out a 15 anni e ora ne ho 28, non ho mai nascosto niente.

Valentina spiega di aver anche pensato chi potrebbe aver scritto quel biglietto, passando dai conoscenti ai colleghi di lavoro, ma non ha trovato nessuno tanto folle da pensare a una cosa simile. Ha deciso di pubblicare la foto per farsi aiutare dagli amici e dai vicini di casa, i quali magari potrebbero riconoscere la grafia.

Che il biglietto sia rivolto alla ragazza lesbica e che si tratti di omofobia, non è solo un’ipotesi. Il biglietto si trovava attaccato sopra il suo citofono.
(Original)

Continue reading at: https://www.gay.it/attualita/news/minacce-ragazza-lesbica-novarese-be-careful-saffohttps://www.gay.it/attualita/news/minacce-ragazza-lesbica-novarese-be-careful-saffo (Source)

Chile: lesbians harassed and expelled from sanctuary

Lesbians in Chile

The Homosexual Integration and Liberation Movement (Movilh) denounced “continuous episodes of discrimination” against a young lesbian couple at the Schoenstatt Shrine, located in Puerto Montt – a free access space, where gay or lesbian entry is not allowed, according to the caretaker of the place.

The couple had been harassed for months by the caretaker, who every time he saw them, expelled them from the compound. The last incident occurred on September 9, but this time the couple chose to record the subject, who acknowledges that homosexuals are not admitted to the Sanctuary, in addition to accusing women of ugly attitudes, threatening them with “more serious problems” and to denounce them to the police.

“This is a case of lesbophobic violence, a serious episode where two women are humiliated, causing them great emotional damage. These abuses are unacceptable and illegal in light of the Zamudio Law. The women reported the case to police, who were emphatic in pointing out that they cannot be prevented from entering the Shrine because they are lesbians, ”said Movilh-Los Lagos president José Arcos.
(Translated)

El Movimiento de Integración y Liberación Homosexual (Movilh) denunció “continuos episodios de discriminación” contra una joven pareja lésbica en el Santuario Schoenstatt, ubicado en Puerto Montt. Un espacio de acceso liberado, donde no se permite el ingreso de gays o lesbianas, según señaló el cuidador del lugar.

La pareja venía siendo hostigada desde hace meses por el cuidador, quien cada vez que la veía, las expulsaba del recinto. El último incidente ocurrió el pasado 9 de septiembre, pero esta vez la pareja optó por grabar al sujeto, quien reconoce que los homosexuales no son admitidos en el Santuario, además de acusar a las mujeres de actitudes feas, amenazarlas con “problemas más graves” y de denunciarlas ante Carabineros.

“Esta es un caso de violencia lesbofóbica, un episodio grave donde se humilla a dos mujeres, causándoles un gran daño emocional. Estos abusos son inaceptables y son ilegales a la luz de la Ley Zamudio. Las mujeres reportaron el caso ante Carabineros, quienes fueron enfáticos en señalar que ellas no pueden ser impedidas de ingresar al Santuario por ser lesbianas”, dijo el presidente de Movilh-Los Lagos, José Arcos.
(Original)

Continue reading at: https://www.lacuarta.com/cronica/noticia/lesbofobia-pareja-expulso-recinto/406973/ (Source)

Bolivia: Lesbians discriminated against on bus

LaPazBus Apology

A lesbian couple reported through their Twitter account that a PumaKatari bus official discriminated against them, interpreting that the act of boarding the bus holding hands implied “a lack of respect for families.”

Following the reaction of many users and more information from the complaint, the La Paz Bus company expressed its apologies using its account on the same network. “PUBLIC APOLOGY
Through this means we are aware of your case, and we already have inbox contact with you, in the first instance it is appropriate to ask for our sincere PUBLIC APOLOGIES. Our commitment is to provide the best transportation service in Bolivia,” La Paz Bus wrote.

The complainant considered that she and her partner had a difficult time boarding the bus, which even brought her girlfriend “to the brink of tears,” and wondered if PumaKatari officials do the same with heterosexual couples. “I would like to know how many heterosexual couples do the Puma make cry for being together? How many are publicly humiliated for looking at each other with tenderness?”

“I want to be told with numbers. How many times have you approached a heterosexual couple to tell them to have RESPECT FOR FAMILIES? ”

(Translated)

Una pareja de lesbianas denunció a través de su cuenta en Twitter que un funcionario del bus PumaKatari las discriminó entendiendo que, al ingresar tomadas de la mano al bus, el acto implicaba “una falta de respeto a las familias”.

Luego de la reacción de muchos usuarios y más elementos de la denuncia, desde su cuenta en la misma red la empresa La Paz Bus expresó su disculpas. “DISCULPAS PÚBLICAS A través de este medio tomamos conocimiento de su caso, y ya tomamos contacto inbox con Usted, en primera instancia corresponde pedirle nuestras sinceras DISCULPAS PÚBLICAS, nuestro compromiso es brindar el mejor servicio de transporte en Bolivia”, escribió La Paz Bus.

La denunciante consideró que ella y su pareja pasaron un momento difícil al abordar el bus, en el que incluso su novia “bajó al borde de las lágrimas”, y se preguntó si los funcionarios del PumaKatari hacen lo mismo con parejas heterosexuales. “Quisiera saber a cuántas parejas heterosexuales hacen llorar en el Puma por estar juntas? A cuántas les humillan públicamente por mirarse con ternura?”

“Quiero que me digan.con números. Cuantas veces se han acercado a una pareja heterosexual a decirles que tengan RESPETO POR LAS FAMILIAS?”
(Original)

Continue reading at: http://www.la-razon.com/sociedad/bolivia-discriminacion-pumakatari-denuncia-lesbianas_0_3194680530.html (Source)

Spain: Lesbian Couple Fight to Keep Popular Bar After Neighbours’ ‘Harassment Campaign’

bettys-couple.jpg

The Lesbian couple who own Betty’s International Music Bar, in Cala Egos, fear their venue will be forced to close after the town hall warned them about the number of calls it has been receiving.

That is despite the venue being 100% legal and holding the correct licences and after having invested more than €30,000 in sound-proofed ceilings, doors and windows.

“Our neighbours just want us out, it’s been a non-stop campaign of harassment,” co-owner Leanne Green, 37, from near Leeds, told the Olive Press last night.

“The owner of the apartment upstairs told us he doesn’t want ‘dirty lesbians’ around here and his kids who live there have spat on our terraces and sometimes we see them just staring into our CCTV cameras trying to intimidate us.”

Continue reading: https://www.theolivepress.es/spain-news/2019/08/02/british-expat-couple-fight-to-keep-popular-bar-after-neighbours-call-them-dirty-lesbians-and-spit-on-their-terrace-in-harassment-campaign-in-spains-mallorca/ (source)

I am Polish, I am a lesbian. I was a brave rebel, today I feel fear above all

Equality Parade

Equality Parade (photo: pexels.com)

It used to be different.
Until quite recently, I was a courageous rebel. I wanted to go out into the streets, shout, protest, write letters, petitions, manifest, and give in. I had that energy, courage, strength. I was proud of it.
Today is simply bad.
I wake up in a country where every day someone compares me to a paedophile. I turn on the internet and see an ad for a newspaper supplement in the form of stickers with the words: “LGBT free zone”. A wave of fear floods me. Just anxiety, not anger, no anger. Only fear is left in me.
(Translated)

Kiedyś było inaczej.
Jeszcze całkiem niedawno byłam odważną buntowniczką. Chciałam wychodzić na ulice, krzyczeć, protestować, pisać listy, petycje, manifestować, udzielać się. Miałam w sobie tę energię, odwagę, siłę. Byłam z tego dumna.
Dziś jest po prostu źle.
Budzę się w kraju, w którym codziennie ktoś mnie porównuje do pedofila. Włączam internet i widzę reklamę dodatku do gazety w postaci naklejek z napisem: „Strefa wolna od LGBT”. Zalewa mnie fala lęku. Właśnie lęku, nie złości, nie gniewu. Został we mnie już tylko strach.
(Original)

Continue reading at: http://www.wysokieobcasy.pl/wysokie-obcasy/7,66725,25016507,ja-polka-ja-lesbijka-bylam-odwazna-buntowniczka-dzis-czuje.html?disableRedirects=true (Source)

Chile: young lesbian attacked in Las Condes

No Mas Lesbophobia

The Movement of Homosexual Integration and Liberation (Movilh) denounced that a young student, identified as Martina Vercellino (20), was the victim of a physical aggression for lesbophobic reasons in the Las Condes district. According to Movilh, through a statement, the girl said that “they grabbed me, hit me in the eye, lip, and scratched me with stones on my arm, everything happened very fast and I could not react. It’s huge that these things are still happening, I do not understand how they do not realize that we are the same people and we do not hurt anyone. ”
(Translated)

El Movimiento de Integración y Liberación Homosexual (Movilh) denunció que una joven estudiante, identificada como Martina Vercellino de 20 años, fue víctima de una agresión física por motivos lesbofóbicos en la comuna de Las Condes. De acuerdo a lo señalado por el Movilh a través de un comunicado, la joven expresó que “me agarraron. Me pegaron en el ojo, labio y me rasguñaron con piedras en el brazo. Todo pasó muy rápido y no pude reaccionar. Es una pena enorme que aún sigan pasando estas cosas. No entiendo cómo no se dan cuenta que somos personas igual y no le hacemos daño a nadie”.
(Original)

Continue reading at: https://www.publimetro.cl/cl/noticias/2019/07/05/movilh-ataques-lgbti-28-2019.html (Source)

 

Italy: two lesbians attacked

Lesbians in Italy

“I hate gays and lesbians … you are the devil’s prostitutes … God hates you.” These would be some of the sentences addressed to two girls from Agrigento by a sixty-year-old man.
The homophobic aggression, both physical and verbal, took place last June 30 in a large Villaseta sales facility. The two young girlfriends say they were getting an ice cream from the bar when a sixty-year-old appeared holding hands with two children. After staring at them for a few minutes, he started screaming insults and curses, coming even to slap one of them, the girls told the carabinieri. Some people present came to help and the attacker quickly disappeared without a trace.
(Translated)

“Odio gay e lesbiche… siete le prostitute del diavolo… Dio vi odia”. Sarebbero queste alcune delle frasi rivolte nei confronti di due ragazze agrigentine da un uomo sessantenne.
L’aggressione omofoba, sia fisica che verbale, sarebbe avvenuta lo scorso 30 giugno in una grande struttura di vendita di Villaseta. Le due giovani fidanzate, a quanto raccontano, stavano prendendo un gelato al bar quando appunto è apparso un sessantenne che teneva per mano due bambini. Dopo averle fissate per qualche minuto ha iniziato ad urlare insulti e maledizioni, arrivando, raccontano le ragazze ai carabinieri, anche a dare uno schiaffo ad una di loro. Ad intervenire in loro soccorso sono arrivate alcune persone presenti e l’aggressore si sarebbe rapidamente dileguato senza lasciare traccia.
(Original)

Continue reading at: https://www.agrigentonotizie.it/cronaca/aggressione-omofobia-agrigento-gay-pride-carabinieri-denuncia.html (Source)

Turin, Italy: Lesbians targeted for months with swastikas inside their apartment building

Italy

The swastika with a cross, the inscription “lesbians” and the initials of the two women.
A real persecution against Daniela and Cristina. Insults and threats engraved on the landing of the condominium where they live, in the Lingotto area in Turin.

After months of desperation, the couple decided to install cameras in front of the apartment to feel safer but the situation has not improved.
At the end of April, the couple turned to the Arcigay Torino circle “Ottavio Mai” and to the core of the Carabinieri of Torino Borgata. Together with the Councillor for the Rights of the City of Turin Marco Giusta, they contacted the administrator to request the removal of the writings and the installation of a sign to make the graffiti authors stop, threatening sanctions. Even this attempt, despite the support of the administrator and the condominiums, has not been useful.
(Translated)

La svastica con una croce, la scritta “lesbiche” e le iniziali delle due donne.
Una vera persecuzione nei confronti di Daniela e Cristina. Insulti e minacce incise sul proprio pianerottolo di casa del condominio dove abitano, in zona Lingotto a Torino.

Dopo mesi di disperazione la coppia ha deciso di installare delle telecamere davanti all’appartamento per sentirsi più al sicuro ma la situazione non è migliorata.
A fine aprile la coppia si è rivolta al circolo Arcigay Torino “Ottavio Mai” e al nucleo dei carabinieri di Torino Borgata. Insieme con l’assessore ai Diritti della Città di Torino Marco Giusta ha contattato l’amministratore per chiedere la cancellazione delle scritte e l’installazione di un cartello per far desistere gli autori a continuare, minacciando sanzioni. Anche questo tentativo, nonostante il sostegno dell’amministratore e dei condomini, non è servito.
(Original)

Continue reading at: http://www.gaypost.it/torino-perseguitate-nel-proprio-palazzo-coppia-lesbica-e-costretta-alla-telesorveglianza (Source)