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/
The young woman was riding in a taxi to the airport when she decided to make the call. She had just left her home in Russia’s southern Chechnya region — for good, she thought, first on a flight to Moscow to pick up emigration documents and then on a plane out of the country.
But the taxi driver was eavesdropping. And when the woman told her friend she had run away, he locked the car doors and drove her back home, fearing potential consequences for his role in her planned escape.
The 22-year-old woman was a lesbian who claimed that her relatives had beaten and threatened her with death after learning of her sexual orientation. Within a week of the fateful taxi ride, she was dead.
Continue reading at: ‘A Lot Of Girls Would Probably Rather Die’: In Russia’s Chechnya, Lesbians Tell Of Suffocating Existence (Source)
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Tagged compulsory heterosexuality, Discrimination, Freedom from religion, Hate crimes, homophobia, lesbian erasure, Lesbian Murder Victims, Lesbians in Chechnya, Lesbians in Russia, Lesbophobia, Muslim, persecution, Russian LGBT Network, Threats of violence, violence against lesbians, violence against women
A lesbian couple was brutally attacked by their neighbors outside their home in Bogota, Colombia.
Marita Perilla posted security video depicting her and her wife, Isabel Gaviria, attacked by a mother and daughter who lived next door.
Continue reading at: Lesbian Couple Pinned Down And Brutally Attacked By Neighbors | NewNowNext (Source)
National police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian and President Joko Widodo at Karnavian’s inauguration in Jakarta, Indonesia, on July 13, 2016.
© 2016 Reuters
(Jakarta, September 6, 2017) – The Indonesian government should urgently investigate the September 2, 2017 police raid on the homes of 12 “suspected lesbians,” Human Rights Watch said today. The raid and ensuing forced evictions violate the rights to privacy, non-discrimination and basic due process.
The police raided a residential compound in West Java province’s Tugu Jaya village in response to complaints from local Islamic youth groups and religious leaders that the women’s cohabitation was “against the teachings of Islam.” Police demanded that the women immediately relocate from the area without providing any legal justification for the order, according to authorities, Human Rights Watch interviewed.
Continue reading at: Indonesia: Stop Raids on Homes of ‘Suspected Lesbians’ | Human Rights Watch (Source)
A court jailed a man for viciously kicking a lesbian couple in the head while they walked down the street holding hands.
Ross Paterson, 29, from Carluke, Lanarkshire in Scotland attacked the pair after they ignored his homophobic abuse. The incident occurred in Penrith, Cumbria in England in August last year.
Continue reading at: Man jailed for kicking lesbian couple in the head simply for holding hands (Source)
Black gay women were the targets of two separate homophobic attacks that happened this month in Dallas and in New York. In both cases, the women were attacked by Black men and the women felt like witnesses did not try to help stop the men or defend them.
Continue reading at: Black Lesbians Targeted by Violent Homophobes in Dallas and NYC | Autostraddle (Source)
A Nigerian woman accused of lesbian sex has escaped to Canada after surviving an attack by thugs who she said were sent by her ex-husband. The attack and her escape occurred after she was released from police custody following her arrest on homosexuality charges at her ex-husband’s instigation.
Continue reading at: Nigeria: Thugs attack ex-wife suspected of lesbian affair | 76 CRIMES (Source)
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Tagged compulsory heterosexuality, Discrimination, Hate crimes, homophobia, Lesbian Mothers, Lesbians in Canada, Lesbians in Nigeria, Lesbophobia, seeking asylum, Threats of violence, violence against women
“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.”
This month we honor the following sisters:
Ariel Lowe, Nassau, Bahamas (March 2015)
Vanesa Gamboa Gutiérrez, Santiago, Chile (May 2016)
Lidiana Santana and Thayane Milla Mendes, Portugal (Probably in February 2016. Their bodies were not discovered until August 2016.)
Continue reading at: In Memoriam: Lesbian Murder Victims: May 2017 (Source)
‘Gay men who are taken to prisons, it was a kind of massive attack against those homosexual people. Homosexual women are treated differently.
‘So it’s considered that families should take responsibility for them, so there is a lot of domestic violence and we’ve heard there are a lot of honor killings of those lesbian women.’
Continue reading at: Chechnya: Lesbians, bi and trans people now in firing line (Source)
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Tagged compulsory heterosexuality, Discrimination, Freedom from religion, Hate crimes, homophobia, lesbian erasure, Lesbians in Chechnya, Lesbophobia, persecution, Threats of violence, violence against lesbians, violence against women
A 27-year-old Brooklyn man has been indicted on charges of assault as a hate crime for allegedly punching a woman in the face and knocking her unconscious while shouting anti-gay slurs on a subway in May. Antoine Thomas, of Flatbush, was arraigned on those and other charges in Brooklyn Supreme Court Monday. It wasn’t clear if he entered a plea.
Continue reading at: Man Indicted in Anti-LGBT Subway Attack That Left Woman With 8 Stitches | NBC New York (Source)
Some of the safety measures are hard won. In May, Baranova was helping a lesbian who came to Moscow with her husband, a gay man. Marrying another gay person has long been a way for queers in Chechnya to create a life. But the relationship was strained, and once they left Chechnya they planned to separate. The woman was terrified that her family would pursue her, so Baranova arranged for her to leave Russia. A few hours before Baranova was scheduled to pick the woman up to go to the airport, she got a voice message from her. She still has it stored on her phone, and I got the impression that she had listened to it repeatedly. It began with ambient noise. “See, it sounds like she is on her way somewhere,” Baranova said.
“I’m going to try to get rid of this number,” the woman said. “But, if you get any calls from it, please don’t take them. Goodbye.”
Baranova went to the meeting place that she and the woman had arranged, and waited for several hours. The woman never showed up. In mid-June, news came that the woman had died in Chechnya, apparently from kidney failure. Her friends assume that she was poisoned by her family.
Continue reading at: The Gay Men Who Fled Chechnya’s Purge | The New Yorker (Source)
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Tagged Discrimination, Hate crimes, homophobia, L.G.B.T. Network, Lesbian Murder Victims, Lesbians in Chechnya, Lesbians in Russia, Lesbophobia, persecution, seeking asylum, Threats of violence, violence against lesbians, violence against women
“When Mike Pence advocated for conversion therapy as a Congressman, he wasn’t targeting those people who like to be ball-gagged or beaten during sex. He and his cronies are coming for those of us who want to live that gay lifestyle (with and without ball gags). Theresa Butz didn’t get to explain the infinitesimal nuance of her identity to the man who raped and murdered her for having the audacity to live with her girlfriend. The violence that lesbians experience is specific to being lesbian, and the culture that lesbians enjoy is specific to being lesbian. Both ends of this, the good and the bad, are the stuff a movement is based on. Queer identity and queer culture both stop short of speaking to this lesbian experience.”
Continue reading more of Jocelyn Macdonald at: When Queerness Is Cultural Capital, Lesbians Go Broke. – AfterEllen (Source)
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Tagged AfterEllen, cultural capital, Discrimination, Hate crimes, homophobia, Jocelyn Macdonald, language matters, lesbian erasure, lesbian space, Lesbophobia, personal stories, Politics, Queer Identity, queer politics, Queerness, Threats of violence, violence against lesbians, women's space
A Room of Our Own
A Feminist/Womanist Network
“Lesbian sexual identity and choice is being eroded, erased and elided. This is being done by the literal obliteration of lesbians by state-sponsored violence, by the “corrective rape of lesbians” (imagine the 12 year old Pearl Mali being given the worst sort of reparative therapy by her very own mother), by the harassment and violence, by the firings (lesbians face more job discrimination than any other group within the LGBT alliance), by the enforced and compulsory heterosexuality of every society on earth. Aderonke Apata has been forced, by men, to provide not just spoken testimony and a pending marriage license, but also a sex tape of her having sexual relations with her partner to “prove” her lesbianism to the men who want to erase that aspect of her identity–the very identity that puts her and millions of other lesbians at risk of imprisonment and/or death.”
Continue reading Victoria Brownworth and other contributors to A Room of Our Own at: Erasure: The New Normal for Lesbians by @VABVOX – A Room of Our Own (Source)
AND MORE Victoria Brownworth at: https://www.victoriabrownworth.com/
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Tagged A Room of Our Own, Aderonke Apata, Ciara Murphy, compulsory heterosexuality, corrective rape, Discrimination, Freedom from religion, Hate crimes, homophobia, Jackie Nanyonjo, Keshema Tulloch, language matters, lesbian erasure, Lesbian history, lesbian identity, lesbian voices, Lesbians in India, Lesbians in Ireland, Lesbians in Jamaica, Lesbians in Kygyzstan, Lesbians in Nigeria, Lesbians in Russia, Lesbians in Saudi Arabia, Lesbians in South Africa, Lesbians in Sudan, Lesbians in Sweden, Lesbians in the U.K., Lesbians in U.S., Lesbians in Uganda, Lesbophobia, Maria Barin, Pearl Mali, persecution, Roisin Prendergast, seeking asylum, Threats of violence, Victoria A. Brownsworth, violence against lesbians, violence against women
“Minutes after, he got into a heated discussion with Ymi when she confronted him directly and asked him to go. It was when Ymi threw a tissue at him that he snapped and threw two punches at her (during this time they were outside Saguijo’s gate). I ran to them and tried to pull Ymi away, he punched me on my left cheek before giving Ymi another punch. This was when roadies and other Saguijo people ran to us.”
Continue reading at: Lesbian couple Ymi and Cha, on getting punched for standing up for their rights | Lifestyle | GMA News Online (Source)
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Tagged Cha Roque, compulsory heterosexuality, Discrimination, Hate crimes, homophobia, Lesbians in the Phillipines, Lesbophobia, Threats of violence, violence against lesbians, violence against women, Ymi Castel
The police arrested a total of five teenagers, four girls and a boy, for at least two separate assaults on the Schouwburgplein in Rotterdam last week. The group of teens, 13, 14 and 15 years old, attacked a lesbian couple on Tuesday May 30th and another victim the following day, the police said in a statement.
Continue reading at: Rotterdam teens held for assaulting lesbian couple | NL Times (Source)
It’s nearly 40 years ago but Joni Crone still remembers the “whoosh” of the studio lights seeking her out and her stomach churning fear as she waited for Gay Byrne to tell her relatives, neighbours, work colleagues – and the nation – that she was a lesbian. A sympathetic member of the Late Late Show team had given her a double vodka when she wondered if she was about to be the first person to faint on live TV. “He held my hand and said ‘trust me’. He told me I’d be grand, to just look Gay in the eye and to forget about everything else”.
It was 1980, two years before Declan Flynn, a gay man, was beaten to death in Fairview Park in Dublin. Homosexuality would be regarded as a crime for another 13 years. Crone was there to talk about the need for law reform and to give an insight into the horror stories she regularly heard on the helpline Lesbian Line, where she had once listened in as a whispering caller was interrupted and beaten in her own home. That caller rang back from a hospital corridor days later. Crone wanted to give out the telephone number of the helpline on the show so people like her would have somewhere to turn.
Continue reading at: Being gay she was asked if her parents thought she was “mentally deficient” (Source)
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Tagged Anna Livia Lesbia, Discrimination, Gay Byrne, Hate crimes, homophobia, Joni Crone, Late Late Show, Lesbian history, Lesbian Line, Lesbians in Ireland, Lesbophobia, Marriage equality, representation
“Lesbians are very often under-counted 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.”
This month we honor the following sisters:
Andreza Souza Dos Santos, Manaus, Brazil (February 2017)
Larissa Massaroli, Cabixi, Brazil (April 2017)
Kandis Major and Terri Seibeck, Illinois, USA (October 2009)
Lerato Moloi, Naledi, South Africa (May 2017)
Nonkie Smous, Maokeng, South Africa (April 2017)
Continue reading at: In Memoriam: Lesbian Murder Victims (Source)
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Tagged Andreza Souza Dos Santos, Hate crimes, homophobia, Kandis Major, Larissa Massaroli, Lerato Moloi, Lesbian Murder Victims, Lesbians in Brazil, Lesbians in South Africa, Lesbians in U.S., Nonkie Smous, Terri Seibeck, violence against lesbians, violence against women