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Italy: no redress for thousands of messages of hate to lesbian couple

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Martina and Erika have been engaged for some time and for some time have received very intense insults on social media, where, like many other couples, they often publish their photos together. The insults are continuous, always with a homophobic background and very often extremely intense. From the classic “Perverse” to “Wash with fire”, up to the very current “Coronavirus is your fault”.

Martina and Erika have decided not to suffer this avalanche of injuries in silence and have reported the situation to the police, except that in Italy there is no law against homophobic abuse and no complaint could be made. The only thing they have been able to do has been to proceed against direct threats.

Martina tells:

Injury is not a crime.
Offending, insulting, wishing death … None of this is criminally punishable.
Today we went to the carabinieri. We had already done an initial skimming and, among the THOUSANDS of things they wrote to us, we had chosen to report about sixty people, who had said the most serious things to us.
But alas, of these, we have only managed to report two.
Because?
Because there must be a substantial THREAT, or defamation.
So saying “I hope you die” or “go die” is not a criminal offence.
Saying “I’ll kill you” yes, it’s a threat.
The rest is “simply a wish”.
Textual words.
As for the offences “whores, sluts, sick, depraved, you need a psychiatrist, you have made the coronavirus come, you are the garbage, shitty bitches, make you vomit, I’ll give you my dick” and whatever else they said … Not reportable.
However, legal action may be taken for the injury. But this necessarily requires a lawyer.
And not everyone knows one ready to help them or can afford it.

(Translated)

Martina ed Erika sono fidanzate da tempo e da tempo ricevono insulti molto pesanti sui social, dove, come tante altre coppie, pubblicano spesso le loro foto insieme. Gli insulti sono continui, sempre a sfondo omofobico e molto spesso estremamente pesanti. Dal classico “Perverse” a “Lavatevi col fuoco”, fino all’attualissimo “Il Coronavirus è colpa vostra”.

Martina ed Erika hanno deciso di non subire inermi questa valanga di ingiurie e si sono presentate dai carabinieri per denunciare quanto accaduto. Solo che in Italia una legge contro l’omotransfobia non esiste e quindi quella denuncia non hanno potuto farla. L’unica cosa che hanno potuto fare è stata procedere contro le minacce dirette.

Racconta Martina:

L’ingiuria non è reato.
Offendere, insultare, augurare la morte… Nulla di tutto questo è perseguibile penalmente.
Oggi siamo andate dai carabinieri. Avevamo già fatto una scrematura iniziale e, tra le MIGLIAIA di cose che ci hanno scritto, avevamo scelto di denunciare una sessantina di persone. Chi ci aveva detto le cose più gravi.
Ma, ahimè, di queste, ne siamo riuscite a denunciare solo due.
Perché?
Perché deve esserci una MINACCIA sostanziale, o diffamazione.
Quindi, dire “mi auguro che tu muoia” o “vai a morire” non è perseguibile penalmente.
Dire “ti ammazzo” sì, è minaccia.
Il resto è “semplicemente un augurio”.
Testuali parole.
Per quanto riguarda le offese “puttane, troie, malate, depravate, vi serve uno psichiatra, avete fatto venire il coronavirus, siete l’immondizia, stronze di merda, fate vomitare, vi presto il mio cazzo” e chi più ne ha più ne metta… Non denunciabile.
Per l’ingiuria si può, tuttavia, agire in sede legale. Ma questo richiede, per forza, un avvocato.
E non tutti ne conoscono uno pronto ad aiutarli o se lo possono permettere.

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Kazakhstan: Lesbian activist receives threats after responding to homophobic MMA fighter

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A professional MMA fighter in Kazakhstan has unleashed attacks on LGBTQ people. Now a gay [sic] soccer player and her girlfriend are afraid for their safety.

Kuat Khamitov, also known as Naiman, attacked an LGBTQ-supportive video in Instagram, saying in the comments that LGBTQ people are “worse than dogs,” adding that dogs should be offended by such a comparison. His supporters followed up with comments about LGBTQ people being worse than pigs.

LGBTQ activist Nurbibi Nurkadilova responded with an open letter to Khamitov, criticizing him for his disturbing statement.

“Why do you compare my human rights, the rights of a citizen of this country, with those of a dog?” She asked. “Do you consider me powerless? Or do you compare my mental development with the canine? Or maybe you wanted to draw a parallel between the fact that we also need to put on a chain like dogs? I do not fully understand your ridiculous and stupid statement!”

Nurkadilova said the response from Khamitov’s fans and others in her home country has been swift and deeply disturbing.

“I have received thousands of messages with threats and insults,” she told Outsports in an exclusive interview. “They are all in Russian and Kazakh but say, ‘You’ll burn in hell,’ ‘I will kill you,’ ‘You’re worse than an animal,’ ‘I’ll rape you,’ ‘You don’t belong in this country,’ ‘Go to America,’ ‘You’re the shame of the country,’ and other ugly comments. A normal person would be shocked.”

Nurkadilova told Outsports she is particularly afraid for her girlfriend, who is a soccer player who has represented Kazakhstan on the national team as recently as last year.

“I’m afraid for her,” she said.

Continue reading: https://www.outsports.com/
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U.S: Lesbian couple’s house vandalized with hate speech & obscene drawings

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Keri and Katrina Sprinkle live in Borden in southern Indiana. On April 10, they woke up to find the words “LESBIN” [sic] and “QUEER” spray-painted on their truck. Penises were painted on the truck and their driveway too.

The vandal also painted a message on their house, “I love penis,” written in symbols.

“I was in total shock,” Keri told WLKY. “I collapsed in the middle of the street and just started crying because it was that whole feeling of violation and how could someone not only do this to my place of dwelling, but my vehicle, and then we found another graffiti mark in the driveway, and then we found one on her car as well.”

Katrina posted images of the graffiti on Facebook.

“I will pay a reward for anyone who can tell me, without a doubt, who did this!!!” she wrote.

Continue reading: https://www.lgbtqnation.com
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U.S: Lesbian chef zoombombed with racism and homophobia

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J. Chong, a sous chef at a local restaurant, was 30 minutes into her spinach pesto-making class when a wave of newcomers joined, but only to attack her with malicious comments.

In an Instagram post, Chong noted that she had been warned of “Zoombombers” — trolls wreaking havoc on the platform — who may join the class, but she shrugged it off at first.

Unfortunately, little did she expect that the seconds-long “interruption” would be so offensive that it caused her to freeze for “what felt like 10 minutes.”

“At first I was excited! I was proud that more people were interested in watching my class,” Chong recalled. “Then all of a sudden, we hear vicious slurs come over the speakers — ‘f*ggot,’ ‘d*ke,’ ‘lesbian,’ … ‘You f*cking ch*nk’ [and] ‘You ch*nk, the coronavirus is happening because of you!’

Continue reading: https://nextshark.com/asian-chef-attacked-during-zoom-cooking-class/ (source)

U.S: Lesbian couple sues prison system for workplace discrimination

A lesbian couple who worked in the Michigan prison system for decades is suing the state, claiming prison officials failed to do anything to protect them from years of harassment and discrimination in the workplace.

The couple, the lawsuit claims, faced harassment, discrimination and retaliation daily for not fitting into the standard mold of a state prison employee – being a heterosexual white man.

“[Michelle] (Woods) has, on countless occasions, been referred to as a ‘dyke,’ … has been told that ‘Stanley Steamer has nothing on you,’ and has had a beaver and a taco put as the desktop background on her computer,” according to the lawsuit.

Woods would later be reprimanded for various violations she had no knowledge of committing, the lawsuit claims. She was spied on by a higher ranking officer and was denied consideration for a promotion by officials who said she needed to learn to “play the game,” the lawsuit alleges.

[Loretta] Smith, who also works for MDOC, claims she was demoted to working the midnight shift in retaliation for complaining about the hostile work environment.

Continue reading: https://www.mlive.com/news
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Australia: Pregnant lesbian told “I hope your baby dies”

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A pregnant woman has been brought to tears after a stranger verbally abused her at a supermarket.

Ebony was shopping with her girlfriend Lisa at a Coles at Brookside in northern Brisbane, when a man approached her and told her he hoped her baby would die.

Lisa said she’s hesitant about Ebony returning to the supermarket on her own after the experience, the Courier-Mail reported.

‘She was just going about her day when a man she describes as being in his mid- 50s – completely unprovoked – told her ”I hope your baby dies, it’s better off without you”,’ Lisa said.

She said her girlfriend was left shocked to the point of tears, and the couple chose to leave immediately rather than responding to the man’s comments.

But the effects of the comments didn’t disappear for the couple, who say they have endured discrimination in the past for raising a child as two same-sex parents.

‘It affected us for a few days. It shook Ebony up a lot and caused unnecessary concern for the baby. I guess as an expectant mum, she was already filled with concern, so someone saying something like that plays on your worst fears,’ Lisa said.

Continue reading: https://www.dailymail.co.uk
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Update: “No prosecution” for men who hurled lesbophobic verbal abuse at passenger on Ryanair

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Police who investigated two women’s reports of homophobic abuse on a Ryanair flight said problems with evidence have prevented a prosecution.

Laura Muldoon tweeted a photo in June which she said was of the men who chanted abuse at her on the Stansted to Seville flight.

Ms Muldoon and another woman made a complaint to Essex Police.

Police said “evidential difficulties” prevented the “realistic prospect of a successful prosecution”.

An Essex Police spokeswoman added that officers conducted “extensive inquiries” and a man was interviewed voluntarily.

Anyone with more information was asked to call the force.

Ms Muldoon said several offensive terms had been aimed at her, and that airline staff failed to intervene.

In a letter to Ms Muldoon, Ryanair said it prided itself on its crew’s high standards of service.

The said it regretted its high standards were “not reflected” to her “on this occasion”.

Continue reading: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-essex-51665604 (source)

Original article: U.K: Lesbian verbally harassed on Ryanair flight ‘and crew did nothing’

U.K: Man attacks paramedic and calls her a “dirty dyke”

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A man was given community service after he confessed to attacking a paramedic who was trying to help him while shouting anti-gay slurs at her.

Dean Stevens, 28, of Shoreham in southern England collapsed one day this past August. Paramedic Rose Waller showed up to help him and get him to a hospital, the Argus reports.

But instead of gratitude, she got homophobic abuse. Stevens called Waller a “c**t” and a “dirty dy*e,” according to prosecutor Suzanne Soros.

“I’m going to kill you,” he allegedly told her.

“He brought his face close to hers to make her feel intimidated and caused damage to the glass inside the ambulance when he kicked out,” Soros said.

He kicked Waller on her shoulders and neck. She tried to hide from him in the ambulance, but he still injured her.

Continue reading: https://www.lgbtqnation.com/
2020/03/man-attacks-paramedic-trying-help-calls-dirty-dye/
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U.K: ‘How do I convince the Home Office I’m a lesbian?’

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Angel fled Zimbabwe in fear of her life after police found her in bed with another woman five years ago. It’s taken most of the time since then for her to convince the Home Office that she is gay and will be persecuted if she returns. But how do you prove something you spent your life trying to hide?

In 2015, Angel found herself in an interview room in the north of England with a Home Office official whose job was to work out whether she was lying.

“How do I know I am a lesbian? How old was I when I knew? Who did I tell?” Angel recalls being asked.

“It is as if the Home Office expect a date and time.”

For seven hours, the interviewer picked at the threads of her life story.

The secret relationship with a girl at high-school and the betrayal of a family member she confided in about it.

Her forced marriage to an abusive husband in her 20s and the young daughter she had left behind in Zimbabwe.

Being raped by two men in her 30s who intended to “straighten her up”. And then, a few years later, the brutality from police when they discovered her in bed with a woman at a house-party.

Continue reading: https://www.bbc.com/news/stories-51636642 (source)

Australia: Moana Hope reveals toll of AFL fans’ homophobic abuse

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Former AFLW star Moana Hope has opened up about the disgusting homophobic abuse she’s seen as both a footy player and an AFL fan.

Hope, who played in the AFLW for Collingwood and North Melbourne, said the abusive taunts even drove her away from attending AFL matches.

She told the Herald Sun during one 2017 match she played for Collingwood against Fremantle, a spectator called her a “stupid d*ke” from behind the fence.

“I don’t normally hear the crowd because I’m so drawn into the game. But when I heard that I was blown away,” she said.

“And I was hurt and a little bit scared because I thought, ‘Why are you calling me that? I’m a person.’

“Why are you using such a negative term? [After the game] I was a little bit scared, hesitant, to walk off the field because I was worried he’d be there to abuse me.”

“Who we fall in love with has nothing to do with these names. This is why kids in school are scared to be who they are whether they are gay or not, because you get picked on if you’re different.”

Hope said she and wife Isabella Carlstrom had “lost count” of the lewd comments they’d copped when in public together.

“I’ve had things said to us like, ‘One night with me will make you realise you need a man in your life,’” she said.

“I’ve been there when guys have grabbed Bella’s arse and said ‘You need an actual man’. Those things happen all the time.

Continue reading: https://qnews.com.au/moana-hope-reveals-toll-of-afl-fans-homophobic-abuse/ (source)

U.S: Alaskan lesbian activist slashed and beaten at home after she received threatening note

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An LGBTQ activist on the Kenai Peninsula says she was slashed with a knife and beaten in her home this month within a few weeks of two threatening incidents.

Tammie Willis said she found a note crammed under her pickup’s windshield wiper in mid-November: “Dumb Ass Dyke We don’t want your gay libtard ass shit here so take it some where else before you get hurt!!!”

A little over a week later, Willis says, she was driving before dawn to Kenai Peninsula College, where she is associate director of residence life, when she glimpsed someone standing in the bed of a pickup at the side of the road. That person threw something that broke her windshield.

Police this week said they found a rock with the word “dyke” written on it at the spot.

On Dec. 9, the power in Willis’ Sterling neighborhood went out, she said. She went to see if other houses were dark, and when she opened the door leading from her garage, someone pushed her back inside and began to slash her with a knife.

Continue reading: https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/crime-courts/2019/12/27/kenai-peninsula-lgbtq-activist-reports-being-slashed-and-beaten-at-home-after-she-received-threatening-note/ (source)

U.K: Men screamed homophobic slurs at lesbian couple on busy train

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Two Les Miserables actresses claim a group of men mocked them for being lesbians on a busy London train.

Josie Kemp and Lauren Soley stood up to the group as they screamed offensive and sexist chants.

The pair were on a busy London Marylebone to Banbury train and were allegedly swigging from cans of cider.

The men came to her attention when they were allegedly heard mocking an Indian man by copying his accent.

But after the woman boarded, the group apparently turned their attention to Miss Kemp and Miss Soley.

It is alleged the group sang a song about breasts before the women asked them to think their sisters, mothers and girlfriends.

Continue reading: https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/lesbian-couple-claims-men-screamed-21076980 (source)

Russia: Seven men assault teenage lesbian in horrific attack

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Ekaterina Lyskh, 18-years-old, and her girlfriend Alina were walking through the streets of St Petersburg with a group of friends on Monday, December 9. Seven men followed them and started hurling insults at Ekaterina over her appearance.

On an Instagram post, Alina further detailed the attack, “Of course, seeing so many people, we decided to just leave. It so happened that we were divided and a tall guy came up to me with the phrases ‘Beauty, let’s get to know you?’.”

Alina further stated to Paper, “They came too close, asking what was in our pockets. We tried to move on, but the men blocked our moves. As a result, we still managed to run into some kind of coffee shop. I tried to call the guard, but did not have time.”

Ekaterina ran after the men “to find out why they are doing this,” according to Alina. She then received several blows to the face and head and later diagnosed with a concussion by medical professions. She received stitches to the side of her mouth.

Continue reading: https://gcn.ie/seven-men-teenage-girl-homophobic-attack/ (source)

Update: Video of attack on lesbians released as perpetrators plead guilty

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A video released by police shows the moment a lesbian couple were brutally attacked on a London bus.

Melania Geymonat, 28, and her girlfriend, Chris, had been travelling on the double-decker bus from West Hampstead to Camden when they were set upon.

The two women were harassed and had sexual gestures made towards them, which can be seen in the video.

The incident left both women bloodied and they were taken to hospital to be treated for facial injuries.

Three teenagers have pleaded guilty to Public Order Act and other offences following a police investigation into the homophobic incident on the N31 bus route.

Continue reading: https://www.mylondon.news
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Original article:  U.K: Lesbian couple beaten up because they refused to kiss

Editor’s note: The video on the linked URL may be distressing to some viewers. Caution is advised.

Ireland: Lesbian couple tell of terror over homophobic abuse and assault

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A LESBIAN couple in West Limerick are living in ‘hell’ following a campaign of homophobic abuse that has been directed at them, which saw them assaulted in front of a five-year-old child of one of the women involved.

The couple say during the attack they feared for their lives, due to the violent nature of the assault.

“They were all around us, attacking us. They pulled out lumps of our hair. We both knew that if we fell to the floor, we were dead.”

This is the second assault of the kind the couple has faced, with one of the women attacked on the street earlier this year. They feel as though they are being forced out of their home.

Continue reading: https://www.limerickleader.ie/
news/home/494337/lesbian-couple-tell-of-terror-over-homophobic-abuse-and-assault-in-county-limerick-town.html
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Update: Man pleads guilty to anti-lesbian attack that resulted in the woman’s spine being fractured

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A Harlem man has admitted to attacking a woman in December and hurling homophobic slurs at her as she exited an E train in Queens because he believed that she was a homosexual.

Allasheed Allah, 54, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to one count of third-degree assault as a hate crime, according to a release from the Queens District Attorney’s Office.

Criminal Court Judge Mary Bejarano indicated that she will give Allah a one-to-three-year prison term on Nov. 7 when he comes back to court for sentencing.

According to the release, on Nov. 20, Allah argued with the 20-year-old victim at the 71st Street stop in Forest Hills on a Manhattan-bound E train when he saw the victim’s female friend kiss her on the cheek.

“Kiss her again you d–e bitch!” Allah shouted at the pair, the release states.

The women left the train, but Allah followed them. He then struck the victim in the head and chest, causing her to collide with both a nearby pole and the floor. The victim has since recovered from the injury, the DA says.

Continue reading: https://nypost.com/2019/10/03/man-pleads-guilty-to-homophobic-attack-that-fractured-victims-spine/ (source)

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

U.K: Lesbian couple ‘jeered at by takeaway staff’

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A lesbian couple say they were jeered at by staff for kissing in a takeaway.

While waiting for their food to arrive they kissed on the lips, at which point they said they heard jeers from staff members directed at them.

Miss Metcalfe said: “I was shocked. I asked if they would react like that to a man and a woman kissing and they said, ‘No, because that’s normal’.

“It was nothing outrageous, just a normal kiss – like any couple would do on a night out.

Continue reading: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-49497387 (source)

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

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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)

U.S: Posters of Megan Rapinoe defaced with lesbophobic and misogynistic slurs

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Posters of world-class soccer champion Megan Rapinoe hanging in New York City’s Bryant Park subway station were defaced with antigay and misogynistic slurs two days ahead of the U.S. Women’s National Team’s triumphant appearance at a ticker-tape parade to celebrate their fourth World Cup win. The New York Police Department is investigating the vandalism as a possible hate crime.

The Nike posters that depict Rapinoe, who is gay, in powerful positions accompanied by slogans like “Dream with us” and “Just do it” were covered with hateful phrases like “shemale” and “screw this ho” scrawled across her face

Continue reading: https://www.advocate.com/crime
/2019/7/11/antigay-vandalism-megan-rapinoe-posters-possible-hate-crime
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Spain: Lesbian couple verbally abused by woman after she spots them ‘kissing’

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A woman with a buggy has been filmed hurling a torrent of homophobic abuse at a lesbian couple after she reportedly spotted them kissing.

In the footage taken on a tube, the woman is heard calling the pair “d—-” and “c———-“.

She also refers to her own gay brother as a “f—–” and shouts: “You disgust me, I have a gay brother, but he doesn’t kiss in front of me because he respects me.”

She adds: “It disgusts me to see you kissing. If you want respect, you also have to respect me.”

When she appears to hear the couple speaking Catalan, the woman scoffs and says: “Oh, you are also Catalan!”

One of the women replies: “Oh, so you are a homophobic and a racist!”

Continue reading: https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/world/lesbian-couple-verbally-abused-by-woman-with-pram-after-she-spots-them-kissing/ar-AAEeG0D?ocid=spartanntp#image=AAEeG0D_1|1 (source)