As residents sang gospel songs, one woman stopped those singing and urged that more needs to be done.
“We’re dancing and clapping around while our sisters are being murdered. Our friends are being murdered, brutally so, but we’re busy singing.”
At the same time, Lerato Moloi’s cousin Seipati Tladi says she believes Moloi’s killing was a hate crime.
“And they were calling her names like Stabane (homosexual), something like that and this shows that they had a problem with her sexuality.”
Continue reading at: Lerato Moloi’s family disappointed with police handling of murder case (Source)
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On Saturday, thousands of people converged at the Naledi Community Hall to bid her farewell. After the first attack, Thabo said Moloi opened a case at Naledi Police Station. “They didn’t follow up.”
After the attack, the police issued a statement saying three suspects were to appear in court on Thursday. None appeared. An officer at the Protea Magistrate’s Court told journalists that the docket had not arrived but would be available on Friday. Again, no suspects appeared.
When contacted for comment, spokesperson for the National Prosecuting Authority Phindi Louw said a murder docket was not placed on the roll as there was no link to the arrested suspects.
“This means the docket did not meet the minimum requirements for a matter to be placed on the roll.
Continue reading at: Attacks on lesbians a hate crime | IOL (Source)
Additional information on Lerato Molio. ***Warning: Graphic/disturbing image in article***
An openly lesbian woman from Soweto has been brutalised and murdered in a suspected hate crime, the day before starting her promising new job.
Continue reading at: Soweto lesbian raped and stoned to death a day before starting new job – MambaOnline – Gay South Africa online (Source)
***WARNING: Graphic/disturbing photo in article link***
A gay woman in Naledi, in Soweto, became yet another victim at the weekend of what is suspected to be a homophobic hate crime following several such attacks in the country over the past few months. The deceased, 27, who police have identified as Lerato Moloi, known by her friends as ‘Tambai’, was found dead on Sunday, with stab wounds and big stones around her head, police said.
Continue reading at: Horrific photo circulates after murder of lesbian in Soweto | The Citizen (Source)
The family of lesbian murder victim Nonkie Smous can finally begin the difficult journey of coming to terms with her horrific killing. Activists in Kroonstad say that police have confirmed that the burnt out body discovered in the township of Maokeng on April 4 was that of Smous.
Continue reading at: DNA results confirmed: Lesbian murder victim Nonkie Smous to be laid to rest – MambaOnline – Gay South Africa online (Source)
Listening 2 Lesbians will provide news of any updates to the “In Memoriam” blog on a monthly basis. This amazing record of the loss of those in our lesbian community to violence is not complete, but it is also the only record being kept at this time.
This month we honor the following sister:
Kathleen Ann Barrientos (March 18, 2017)
Continue reading at: In Memoriam: Lesbian Murder Victims: April 2017 (Source)
This blow left the victim, who fled the scene shortly after, with a cut below her left eye. Westwater pleaded guilty to behaving in a threatening and abusive manner by shouting, swearing, uttering homophobic remarks, threatening his victim with violence and striking her
Continue reading at: Man yells ‘f***ing dyke’ before striking woman in homophobic attack · PinkNews (Source)
Now two victims have told BBC South Today that police let people they accused of attacking them ride off in taxis. One victim, who remains anonymous, said: “I don’t think they handled it well at all.
Continue reading at: Police let men who brutally beat 5 lesbian women ride off in taxis, claim victims · PinkNews (Source)
As he was cleared of sexual assault at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court, Innes Frazer, 30, was slammed by a judge for abusing the vulnerable teenager ‘for his own sexual gratification’. (Isn’t this called rape?)
Continue reading at: Man cleared of sexual assault on disabled lesbian teenager | Daily Mail Online (Source)
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An amazing blog dedicated to the memory of lesbians murdered. Listening 2 Lesbians would like to thank the blogger who is doing this important work. We will update this post as changes are made to the original blog.
“Lesbians are very often undercounted as murder victims–both within the so-called LGBT community and by those who monitor violence against women. This is a beginning effort to honor the names of the lesbians that have been lost.”
Continue reading at: In Memoriam: Lesbian Murder Victims (Source)
The man who brutally assaulted a teenage lesbian couple in Texas is being sued for $500 million by the survivor of his horrible attack.
David Strickland was convicted in September of raping and shooting Mary Kristene Chapa, 18, and her girlfriend, 19-year-old Mollie Olgin, in a park near Corpus Christi in 2012. Olgin died at the scene, while Chapa, who was shot in the head, survived.
Continue reading at: $500 Million Lawsuit Filed Against Man Who Brutally Raped, Shot, Young Lesbian Couple | NewNowNext (Source)
Innes Frazer, 30, who is engaged to be married, confessed to describing the vulnerable 18-year-old autism sufferer to others as “my favourite lesbian”.
Continue reading at: Rugby player sexually assaulted teenage lesbian after saying he was the ‘only one who could turn her straight’ (Source)
According to activists on the ground, three men have been arrested in connection with the murder, with two subsequently released. It is believed that one man remains in custody.
Shockingly, it appears that he has only been charged with robbery after being found in possession of items belonging to Smous.
Mambaonline has as yet been unable to communicate with the authorities in the area and officially verify these reports.
Local LGBTI activist Nthabiseng Mokanyane, who is also a relative of Smous, told Mambaonline that one of the released suspects had allegedly threatened a member of the community. “He said that they are going to kill all the lesbians and take off their heads,” she said.
Continue reading at: Lesbian South Africa Lifestyle | News | Dating (Source)
A recent murder case in Gujarat India highlights the plight of lesbians who are trapped in abusive situations in countries with high rates of family imposed sex-based abuse and homophobia and where living independently as a woman and lesbian is difficult. Where there are few to no legal or social remedies to prevent violence against themselves and their loved ones, abused lesbians may have no meaningful choices other than to remain in danger or breach legal or social rules. All courses of action open to them will be harmful, and possibly dangerous. Retaliating to stop the violence may stop familial abuse but results in exposure to significant legal sanctions. The emotional and psychological toll of facing these choices and their consequences adds to the tragedy of women trapped in this way.
In early April 2017, the body of a man, Yunis Maniya, was found in Bharuch dictrict of Gujarat, India. A woman (Mayaben), reportedly the lesbian partner of the victim’s daughter (Jaheda), and an unrelated male (Jayendra) have been charged with the man’s murder. The motive for the murder is reported by the local police responsible for the investigation as the ending of sexuality-based domestic violence:
“The motive behind the murder was the victim’s opposition to the lesbian relationship. The accused was having an affair with the daughter of the deceased. He used to beat his daughter in a bid to discourage her from having a relationship with the accused. This incited the automobile broker who later hatched the plan to murder him,” said deputy SP of Bharuch N D Chauhan.
Information on this case is scarce in English and the articles do not appear sympathetic to the plight of the abused daughter or her partner accused of the murder. What isn’t clear, reading only the English articles, is what the options would be for women experiencing domestic violence on the basis of their sexuality in a country where sex-based violence against women alone is endemic, homophobia is widespread and women’s capacity to leave the family circle is limited.
While domestic violence is illegal in India, women and girls remain highly susceptible to abuse within the family. In 2016 it was reported that so-called honour killings had risen by 800% year on year, although it is unclear whether this represents an increase in the killings or an increase in reporting.
Lesbians are particularly vulnerable given the criminalisation of same sex activities under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, introduced in 1860 and only repealed in 2009. In 2016 the Indian Supreme Court committed to reviewing Section 377 after a 2013 decision had reinstated the law . Only months before, a 2 judge bench of the Supreme Court named homosexuality “a social evil for some” in a tax ruling on a Gujurati film on homosexuality. The Supreme Court action was reportedly the last chance for law reform, save only an appeal to the conservative politicians of India.
Although the legal sanctions are not directly applied, they remain a potent backdrop to social sanctions and persecution in a country where national surveys report a 75% disapproval rate of homosexuality and in which lesbians face a double oppression as both women and lesbians.
A brief reading of lesbian writings about their life in India demonstrates some of the risks lesbians face, both on the basis of their sex and their sexuality.
This Gujurati case represents the catch-22 lesbian around the world can face – how do lesbians being abused for their sexuality and relationships defend themselves in societies where violence against women is endemic and where homosexuality is punished? This is a no win situation for lesbians who are trapped in violent situations with few options for escape or defense, and where retaliatory violence exposes them to far greater legal sanctions.
When lesbians have no safe way to leave or stay, what meaningful choice remains?
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More on the legal situation and processes:
Potchefstroom’s lesbian community has been shaken by another possible hate crime incident after a young lesbian woman was attacked and raped.
According to reports from local activists, on the night of 31 March, the 26-year-old was talking to a friend on the phone outside her home in Mohadin, Potchefstroom.
As she was chatting, three men grabbed her and pulled her into a stretch of veld, where they assaulted her. They hit her on the head with a stone, stabbed her in the left side of her back and kicked her in the face.
Continue reading at: Lesbian Woman Raped and Stabbed in Potchefstroom| mambagirl.com (Source)
There are fears that a young lesbian woman has become the victim of a shocking hate crime, after a burnt body was discovered in Kroonstad.
Continue reading at: Burnt body feared to be that of young lesbian woman – MambaOnline – Gay South Africa online (Source)
A crowd of about a hundred gathered in Berea yesterday Monday to show support for a lesbian couple targeted by vandals. Organizers also used the event to draw attention to the need for a fairness ordinance in the Madison County community.
Continue reading at: Dozens Rally, March in Berea to Support Lesbian Couple, Promote Fairness | WEKU (Source)
Bereans for Fairness and the Madison County chapter of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth are leading the march, scheduled to begin Monday at five p.m. at Union Church.
Source: LGBT rights march planned in Berea after vandalism at lesbian couple’s home
Lesbians in the News 14 November 2015
Young lesbian couple found murdered
Tatianna Diz and Alexandra King
Searchers recovered the bodies of Alexandra King, 22, and Tatianna Diz, 20, from the French Broad River in Ashville, North Carolina. The couple had gone missing on October 27th after giving Pierre Lamont Griffin II a ride to a nearby apartment complex. Griffin was later arrested and charged with felony robbery with a dangerous weapon, felony first-degree murder, and reckless driving and fleeing to elude arrest in the murder of another man earlier in the evening. Griffin was initially considered a suspect in the couple’s murder, and has subsequently been charged with murder over their deaths.
Arts & Entertainment
- Help make season 2 of The Lesbian Collective a reality by donating to their Kickstarter campaign. The Lavender Collective is a web-based comedy about a group of lesbians that meet up every week to talk stuff out.
- Domestic violence organization, Safe Horizon, presented an all-female reading of Shakespeare’s Othello, titled “An Evening with Desdemona and Emilia,” on October 27th. The reading included out lesbian performer and playwright Lisa Kron and LGBT activist StaceyAnn Chin.
- Nigerian director Elizabeth Funke Obisanya took away the best short film prize for her movie “Magda’s Lesbian Lover” at the Black Entertainment Film Fashion Television and Arts (BEFFTA) awards ceremony in London.
Laws, Politics and Policies
Social and Health Issues
- Lesbian couples discuss the issues and difficulties they face when trying to conceive.
- The first same-sex marriage certificate in Tokyo was issued to a lesbian couple on November 5th. While their certificate only applies to two wards at this time, many see it as an important first step towards full marriage equality in historically conservative Japan.
- A study of 7,200 young adults from England found that LBG teenagers are twice as likely to be bullied and socially excluded at school, than their straight peers.
- A new study out of the University of Essex is claiming that women are either bisexual or lesbian, and never straight. Among other things, the researchers are trying “to test the theory that because lesbians can be more masculine in many of their non-sexual behaviours (for example, the way they dress), they are also more masculine in their sexual responses.” Anyone else questioning the motivations and conclusions of this study?
- A Change.org petition has been started to take the L out of LGBT. Petitioners are arguing that LGBT organizations are not only prioritizing T over L, but also “actively discriminate against L interests.”
- The Mormon Church has announced that children of same-sex couples will be denied entry into the church until they are 18 years old, move out of their parents’ home and disavow all same-sex relationships. This announcement came soon after Salt Lake City elected its first lesbian mayor on November 11th.
- The Curacao Tourist Board wants to welcome gay and lesbian travelers to experience the island’s ‘live and let live’ atmosphere.
- With lesbian visibility an ever present issue, do we have language specific to lesbian communities or an archetypal “lesbian voice”? What lesbian specific language do you see, and is it location specific?
- Aussie movie All About E arrives for a screening in NYC on December 2nd. Described as a “crime caper with strong lesbian characters,” it will also be released by Wolfe on DVD on December 1st.
- The Lambda Literary Foundation is accepting applications for the Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices to be held at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles beginning July 24, 2016. Applications are due by January 5, 2016.
Thanks to Lisa for compiling this fortnightly edition of Lesbians in the News.
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Lesbians in the News 30 October 2015
Guyana loses Woman of Courage Zenita Temall Nicholson
Guyanese LGBT activist, Zenita Temall Nicholson died on October 26th. Temall Nicholson was honoured last year by the US Embassy in Georgetown as an International Woman of Courage. She was the Country Coordinator for Caribbean Vulnerable Communities/PANCAP Global Fund, and past Secretary on the SASOD Board of Trustees (Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination, Guyana).
On presentation of the Woman of Courage award in March 2014, Temall Nicholson was described as being “an energetic, effective and passionate advocate at both the national and international levels for the principle that both women’s rights and the rights of lesbian, gays, bi – sexual and transgender persons are human rights, deserving of equal attention and protection”.
Guyana remains the only country in South America where homosexuality remains illegal and is punishable by imprisonment, with additional laws criminalising gender non conforming dress, although men may cross dress or express their gender identity as long as it is not for “improper purposes”. Women may wear trousers but do not appear to be covered by the same ruling enabling cross dressing.
As reported in a 2012 report to the UN CEDAW Committee, Guyanese lesbians remain subjected to harassment and sexual threats, compulsory heterosexuality, compulsory femininity and/or gender conformity.
Zenita Temall Nicholson’s activism will be missed in a country which requires significant improvements to secure the safety and wellbeing of lesbians, and our thoughts are with her family.
Arts & Entertainment
- Curve magazine will contain an in-depth story on lesbian erasing in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL) in their January issue.
- Listen to author Michael Helquist discuss his new book about Marie Equi; lesbian doctor, activist and anarchist.
- Follow bloggers Wandering Wives, a UK lesbian couple that sold everything they owned to travel the world.
- Copies of Blood and Visions: Reconciling with Being Female by Autotomous Womyn’s Press are now available at Green Woman Store. It includes writing by ten womyn who stopped their transition from female to male.
- Listen to the recording of “The Sounds of MichFest 2015: a Radio Documentary of the 40th and Final Fest” on WORT. It can be found under “Access Hour” in the archives from October 26th.
Laws, Politics and Policies
- State Representative Celia Israel, the first out lesbian lawmaker in Texas, isn’t letting her colleagues get away with using Christian religious beliefs about homosexuality to run her state. In an episode titled, “God and Governing” produced by The Texas Tribune, Israel speaks out against turning Texas into a theocracy.
- The Movement Advancement Project (MAP), has released a report showing that 70% of the geographic area of the United States lacks any city, county, or state employment protections for LGBT people.
- The National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission in Kenya is seeking donations to complete several human rights cases, including a petition to seek freedom of association and registration of LGBTIQ organizations, challenging forced HIV testing and a class action suit to decriminalize consensual adult sex regardless of sexual orientation.
- Simone Bell, the first black and openly lesbian state lawmaker in Georgia is resigning after accepting a position with Lambda Legal.
- Homosexuality remains illegal in at least 76 countries – more information is available on the Erasing 76 Crimes blog.
Social and Health Issues
Crimes against Lesbians
- A lesbian couple vacationing in Hawaii was attacked and arrested by a police officer that didn’t like their public displays of affection in a grocery store. Taylor Guerrero and Courtney Wilson spent three days in jail before charges were dropped. The Honolulu Police Department has launched an investigation into the incident. Wilson and Guerrero have filed a lawsuit against the officer for discrimination.
- A Welsh lesbian is speaking out after her attackers received a slap on the wrist for verbally and physically attacking her in north Wales in July. 44-year old Jackie Hatton-Kesketh says the attack left her unable to continue working at her job and contributed to the breakup of her 12-year relationship.
- The leading scorer in the history of international soccer, Abby Wambach, announced her retirement on October 27th. Wambach finishes her amazing career as the 2012 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year, only the second American to win the title since Mia Hamm (2011 & 2002).
- Jamaica held its first Montego Bay Pride on October 25th and announced it was a complete success. The event included music, networking, a 10-minute Flash Stand in front of the Summit Police Station and a speech by leading Jamaican activist Yvonne McCalla-Sobers.
Lesbians in the News compiled by Liz and Lisa.
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