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(LVD) South Africa: Lesbians Fight for Acceptance in the Rainbow Nation

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Being a lesbian in South Africa can be a death sentence.
Nondi, Vee and over one hundred others came to the Isini Sam conference to meet and strategize on how to fight the hate and end the violence. They discussed how to better represent themselves and advocate as a cohesive group, how to combat stigmas and misconceptions, as well as how to better work with the police and community members.
“In South Africa we are free. But in our communities that we are living in, here in Khayelitsha, we are not free,” Jara said.
“We are trying to bring the community to also understand and to accept that we are humans and we are here and also that we are someone’s daughter or mother or sister,” Vokwana said.
They stress the similarities between all people. Many are quick to assert that while they are activists, their sexuality does not define them. They want to be seen as equals, as humans and accepted by their families, community, in the eyes of the law and by members of the police.
Those at the conference have chosen to speak out, but this choice comes with a price.
But activists still meet, organize and fight.
At the conference attendees broke into small groups to discuss plans for lobbying, greater visibility, training for police and ways to talk with their community members, family members and friends. They sang and danced and celebrated knowing they were among friends, among comrades, and for a while, they were safe.
They brought different viewpoints, had their own hopes for the movement and opinions on how to get there, but they shared a common goal.
Written on a white easel, a unanimously agreed upon goal from one of the groups said, “Look at me beyond my sexuality. Look at me as a human being.”

Continue reading: https://pulitzercenter.org/
reporting/south-africa-fight-acceptance-rainbow-nation
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Update: Brothers arrested for lesbophobic hate crime against Carolina Torres

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The Investigative Police (PDI) confirmed that the Sex Crime Investigation Brigade detained two individuals who are the alleged perpetrators of the lesbophobic attack against Carolina Torres, which took place during the early hours of the 14th February in the commune of Pudahuel, and who have been fugitives since then.

These are the brothers Miguel Angel and Reynaldo Cortez Arancibia, aged 24 and 30 respectively – Colo-Colo fans who were arrested in the same commune of the attack, and who had already assaulted the Torres four months before when they pushed her from a micro and left her with her knees destroyed.

The chief prosecutor of Pudahuel, Eduardo Baeza confirmed that on Friday morning both will be charged with attempted murder, aggravated by being an alleged hate crime.
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Durante la tarde de este jueves, la Policía de Investigaciones (PDI) confirmó que la Brigada Investigadora de Delitos Sexuales detuvo a dos individuos que son los presuntos autores del ataque lesbofóbico en contra de Carolina Torres, que se llevó a cabo durante la madrugada del 14 de febrero en la comuna de Pudahuel, y quienes se encontraban prófugos desde entonces.

Se trata de los hermanos Miguel Ángel y Reynaldo Cortez Arancibia, de 24 y 30 años respectivamente, hinchas de Colo-Colo, quienes fueron detenidos en la misma comuna del ataque, y quienes ya habían agredido a la joven cuatro meses antes, cuando la empujaron desde una micro y la dejaron con las rodillas destrozadas.

Por otra parte, el fiscal Jefe de Pudahuel, Eduardo Baeza, confirmó que ambos serán formalizados durante la mañana de este viernes por el delito de homicidio frustrado, con la agravante de la motivación por odio.
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Continue reading at: https://www.cnnchile.com/pais/pdi-presuntos-autores-ataque-lesbofobico-carolina-torres_20190411/ (Source)

Original article: Chile: brutal lesbophobic attack

 

Ukraine: Lesbian conference targeted by lesbophobic protesters

Editorial note: Listening2Lesbians is watching the harassment and demonstrations against the European Lesbian Conference as shown in this story, and the conference’s twitter feed and Facebook timeline. We will keep our readers updated.

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About 350 lesbian activists to meet in Kyiv on April 11-14 to discuss their rights and challenges at the second European and Central Asian Lesbian Conference or EL*C.
Olena Shevchenko fears the conference, which will be held in hotel Tourist on Kyiv’s left bank, can be attacked by ultra-right groups.
“Someone broke the windows last night in a hotel and wrote: “LGBT out!” Shevchenko said. The police and National Guard promised to secure the event, she added.

Continue reading: https://www.kyivpost.com/lifestyle/
people/journalism-of-tolerance/hundreds-of-lesbian-activists-to-meet-in-kyiv-on-april-11-14.html?cn-reloaded=1
(source)

 

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U.S: Brooklyn lesbian attacked by Uber driver

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[Taylor] De Souza had to get stitches on her head after she said her Uber ride ended with her being physically assaulted by the driver.
“He said ‘you f—ing lesbian, get out my car,'” De Souza said. “He told me he’ll chop me up and throw me in the river.”
De Souza told PIX11 she did not get out of the vehicle because she said she didn’t feel safe. According to De Souza, that’s when the driver started smoking, despite her telling him she has asthma.

Continue reading: https://pix11.com/2019/04/02/
exclusive-brooklyn-woman-says-uber-driver-attacked-her/
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Brazil: murders of lesbians increased by 237% in 3 years

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Between 2014 and 2017 the murders of lesbian women increased by 237%.  The study ” Murdered by lesbophobia – The stories that no one has” made by “We – Feminists Dissidences” collective, shows both how crimes have increased and also that in most cases the murdered women were young and black.
In Brazil, lesbian women face many dangers, it goes beyond lesbophobia, it is also machismo, misogyny and racism. “Lesbians are sexually and affectively exclusively with women, but the main lesbian killers in Brazil are men,” says Cinthia Abreu, member of the World March of Women and March of Black Women of São Paulo.
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Entre 2014 y 2017 el asesinatos de mujeres lesbianas aumentó un 237%. El estudio “Asesinadas por lesbofobia – Las historias que nadie cuenta”, hecho por el colectivo “Nosotras – Disidencias Feministas”, además de mostrar cómo han aumentado los crímenes demuestra que en la mayoría de los casos las mujeres asesinadas eran jóvenes y negras.
En Brasil las mujeres lesbianas se encuentran ante muchos peligros, va más allá de la lesbofobia, también es el machismo, la misoginia y el racismo. “Las lesbianas se relacionan sexual y afectivamente exclusivamente con mujeres, pero los principales asesinos de lesbianas en Brasil son hombres”, afirma Cinthia Abreu, integrante de la Marcha Mundial de Mujeres y Marcha de Mujeres Negras de São Paulo.
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Continue reading at: http://www.mirales.es/el-asesinato-a-mujeres-lesbianas-en-brasil-ha-aumentado-un-237/ (Source)

Chile: brutal lesbophobic attack

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Carolina Torres Urbina (24) and her girlfriend Estefanía lived a very different Valentine’s Day. In the early morning of February 14, they were attacked by three individuals at the intersection of Laguna del Inca and Laguna Sur avenues, in the commune of Pudahuel. Carolina was hospitalised in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Central Post of Santiago, after receiving a beating that left her with a skull fracture and an internal haemorrhage. They were on their way home holding hands after watching a football match when they began to insult Carolina. “Maricona, they shouted at her,” say the young woman’s relatives. According to their testimonies, the attack was associated with the victim’s sexual orientation and gender expression. “My sister dresses masculine, the insults were aimed at that,” says Jennifer Torres.

(Translated)

Un Día de San Valentín muy distinto vivieron Carolina Torres Urbina (24) y su novia Estefanía. En la madrugada del 14 de febrero, fueron agredidas por tres sujetos en la intersección de las avenidas Laguna del Inca y Laguna Sur, comuna de Pudahuel. Carolina quedó internada en la Unidad de Cuidados Intensivos (UCI) de la Posta Central de Santiago, tras recibir una golpiza que la dejó con una fractura de cráneo y una hemorragia interna. Iban de regreso a casa tomadas de la mano, después de presenciar un partido de fútbol, cuando comenzaron a insultar a Carolina. “Maricona, le gritaban”, cuentan familiares de la joven. De acuerdo a sus testimonios, el ataque estaba asociado a la orientación sexual y la expresión de género de la víctima. “Mi hermana se viste masculinamente, los insultos iban dirigidos a eso”, detalla Jennifer Torres.

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Continue reading at: https://www.latercera.com/nacional/noticia/la-historia-detras-del-ataque-lesbofobico-carolina-torres/531241/ (Source)

Update: Update: Brothers arrested for lesbophobic hate crime against Carolina Torres

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

Man punches lesbian in the face calls her a 'dirty fa****t' in Bulgaria

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

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

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U.S: Man harassed, assaulted lesbian couple at Seahawks game

SEATTLE – King County prosecutors have accused a 34-year-old Tacoma man of harassing a lesbian couple for their sexual orientation at a Seahawks game last month, groping one of the women and punching the other in the face.

Continue reading at: https://komonews.com/news/local/charges-man-harassed-assaulted-lesbian-couple-at-seahawks-game (source)

The lesbian prisoner who won apology from the Colombian government

[Marta Álvarez] the lesbian activist spent nine years in a Colombian prison, for the murder of her brother (who allegedly tried to rape her), and experienced a series of relentless homophobic attacks at the hands of the guards and officials.

Álvarez spent years of her sentence trying to speak out about the inequality and eventually took her case to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), where she argued she was being discriminated against for not receiving same-sex conjugal visits.

Continue reading at: https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2018/12/29/
marta-alvarez-lesbian-prisoner-colombia/
(source)

U.S: Man Breaks Woman’s Spine in Anti-Lesbian Hate Crime

A homophobic [man] sucker-punched a woman on a train, sending her to the hospital with a broken spine – all because he thought she was a lesbian, cops said Saturday.

Continue reading at: https://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/
ny-metro-homophobe-punches-woman-broken-spine-20181208-story.html
(source)

Florida, US: Pipebomb accused identified but not arrested over alleged attack on lesbian couple

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The Miami Herald reports that lesbian couple Indiana Parra and Rimbow Gomez were riding a moped together on March 16 when they allegedly had urine thrown at them by a man driving a white Dodge Ram van covered in extreme political stickers. The couple say that the man pulled alongside their moped and threw two cups of urine at them, soaking Gomez, before yelling, “Get off the road, dykes!” The two women explained that when they pulled away, the man chased them in his van, swerving in an apparent attempt to run them off the road.

Police identified Cesar Sayoc but didn’t arrest him.

Continue reading at: https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2018/11/30/cesar-sayoc-pipe-bomb-lesbian-urine/ (Source)

U.K: Man jailed for targeting and raping lesbians

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The Gay Village in Manchester, Canal Street (Picture: Google Maps)

A rapist who targeted lesbians in Manchester’s popular Gay Village has been jailed for 20 years.
Ashfaq Khan, 60, attacked women who were ‘lone and vulnerable’ and even raped one victim ‘while she was vomiting’.
He impersonated a taxi driver before giving his victims a lift and then attacking them, Manchester Crown court heard.

Continue reading at: https://metro.co.uk/2018/09/28/man-who-targeted-lesbians-raped-one-as-she-was-vomiting-7988525/ (source)

U.K: Lesbian couple hurt in ‘unprovoked homophobic assault’ outside Asda, Worcester

A LESBIAN couple was punched and kicked in Worcester during what they believe was an unprovoked, homophobic attack by up to three men.
“It all happened so fast. They started hitting me and then my partner stood in front of me, trying to defend me. She got kicked in the face and I also got kicked two or three times in the face and punched four times as well.”

Continue reading at: https://www.worcesternews.co.uk/news/
16882345.lesbian-couple-hurt-in-unprovoked-homophobic-assault-outside-asda-worcester/
(source)

Moldova: Deacon found guilty of throwing holy water on lesbian has to pay her compensation

Deacon found guilty of throwing holy water on lesbian has to pay her compensation

An Orthodox Deacon in Moldova who threw holy water on a lesbian during a live television broadcast will have to pay her compensation and publicly apologize to her.
A court found Deacon Ghenadie Valuta guilty of ‘incitement to discrimination based on beliefs and signs of sexual orientation’ for splashing LGBTI activist, Angelica Frolov. The court ordered him to pay Frolov $715 in damages and to cover her legal fees.

Continue reading at: https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/deacon-found-guilty-of-throwing-holy-water-on-lesbian-has-to-pay-her-compensation/#gs.K3g73Bc (source)

Canada: Calgary police hate crime unit investigating assault of lesbian couple in Beltline

A same-sex Calgary couple says they were physically attacked last weekend by a group of people who made derogatory comments about their sexuality.

Continue reading at: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/
calgary-same-sex-couple-attacked-derogatory-comments-1.4802736
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Nashville, USA: Man attacks lesbian

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A lesbian in Nashville, Tennessee is hoping there are consequences for the man who attacked her and her car after she rebuffed his advances. Bailey Cantrell was at a Kwik Sak gas station near Centennial Park when the man approached her. She said her friend was inside while she waited by the car when the man came up, calling her names and asking for her phone number.

‘After I declined, still a little bit mad, then the second I declined the third time and said “I’m gay, I’m just not interested,” that’s when it triggered him and he got very aggressive,’ she told Wave3 News. Security camera footage shows the man jumping onto the car, while Cantrell was in it, and kicking in the windshield.

Continue reading at: https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/nashville-man-attacks-lesbian-car/#gs.knkdbCY (Source)

Chicago, USA: Police fail to act on hate crime against lesbian minor

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teenager in Chicago was brutally attacked this past Tuesday, but police haven’t arrested any of the attackers. Now her mom is speaking out for her.

Amari Graves, 15, was walking to a store in her West Side neighborhood when she was attacked by a classmate and several adults.  “They all got out and walked up to me,” Amari said. She said that she recognized one of the people approaching her as another girl from her school, and the rest of the people were adults.

Continue reading at: https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2018/08/police-didnt-arrest-lesbian-girls-adult-attackers-now-angry-mom-stepping/ (Source)

Ireland: Attacker drilled hole in lesbian’s head, court told – teen boy remanded

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A woman sustained a circular hole in her skull when she was attacked with part of a drill during a suspected homophobic attack in Northern Ireland, police have told a court.
Brenda McLaughlin told officers she believed she was targeted on Saturday because she is homosexual and it is being treated as a hate crime.

Continue reading at: https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/
northern-ireland/attacker-drilled-hole-in-gay-womans-head-court-told-teen-boy-remanded-36881422.html
 (source)

South Africa: Partner of Lesbian Woman Murdered in Khayelitsha Testifies

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The Western Cape High Court on Tuesday heard evidence from the partner of a lesbian murdered in what’s believed to be a hate crime.
Noluvo Swelindawo was abducted, assaulted and murdered in December last year [2016] in Khayelitsha.

Continue reading at: http://ewn.co.za/2017/11/21/partner-of-lesbian-woman-murdered-in-khayelitsha-testifies  (Source)

Horrific abuse hurled at lesbian and gay Aussies during postal survey

A 23-year-old Sydneysider told Daily Mail Australia that her girlfriend has been unable to leave the house for fear of being harassed or abused again.

‘A couple of years ago, she was beaten severely enough to go into a coma because she kissed her [same-sex] partner goodbye in public,’ the woman said.

‘Despite this, she’s had mail in her letterbox telling her that she’s wrong and an abomination, and it we’ve also had our front door vandalised (graffiti with ‘die f*gs’) because we chalked a rainbow on our front wall.’It’s been horrible for her mental health; to top it off, because she hasn’t been able to make it into work, she recently lost her job.’

Continue reading at: Horrific abuse hurled at gay Aussies during postal survey | Daily Mail Online (Source)