Born to a Moroccan father and an Italian mother, Malika did not imagine that she would find herself on the streets after coming out. She wrote to her parents, revealing that she fell in love with a girl, and coming out. This revelation made her parents angry and they forced her out of the family home without even her clothes.
The young woman reported the words of her mother. “If I see you, I’ll kill you. You are the bane of our family. I wish you a tumor, you are the shame of the family. I would rather have a ddaughter on drugs than a lesbian”, she told her daughter in anger. Once homeless, the police accompanied her to her parents’ house so that she retrieve her clothes but this did not go as planned, with her mother saying that she did not know her, on seeing her through the window.
Née de père marocain et de mère italienne, Malika était à mille lieues d’imaginer qu’elle allait se retrouver à la rue après son coming-out. Dans une correspondance adressée à ses parents, elle a révélé qu’elle est tombée amoureuse d’une fille, dévoilant ainsi son orientation sexuelle. Cette révélation a suscité l’indignation de ses parents. Ceux-ci n’hésiteront pas à la chasser du domicile familial sans ses vêtements.
La jeune femme rapporte les propos de sa mère. « Si je te vois, je te tue. Tu es le fléau de notre famille. Je te souhaite une tumeur, tu es la honte de la famille. Je préfèrerais une fille droguée que lesbienne », lui a-t-elle lancé, toute furieuse. Désormais à la rue, la police l’a accompagnée à la maison de ses parents pour qu’elle puisse prendre des vêtements à porter. Les choses ne se passeront pas comme prévu. Dès que sa mère l’a aperçue à travers la fenêtre, elle s’écria : « Je ne connais pas cette personne ».
A Melilla migrant association, Prodein, denounced, Monday, the expulsion of a young Moroccan lesbian from a migrant reception center, as well as the assaults she allegedly suffered after sleeping on the street, Spanish news agency Europa Press said.
The last assault she suffered was on Friday, January 17, when she was threatened and injured in the hand while trying to protect herself from someone who reportedly attempted to stab her in the chest.
“The young woman expelled from CETI de Melilla (…) is sleeping on the street, where she has been subjected to several assaults for not accepting sexual advances”, Prodein’s president José Palazon told the same source.
Palazon said the young woman fled her home when she was 16, after her father wanted to marry her to a 50-year-old man. He also allegedly “locked her up to treat her from homosexuality”. (sic)
Mariasilvia Spolato lost everything after her coming out and ended up sleeping rough for many years.
Mariasilvia Spolato, an Italian LGBTI activist and reportedly the first woman to come out as a lesbian in the country, has died. Spolato died on 31 October in a nursing home in Bolzano, a city in the South Tyrol province of north Italy. She was 83 years old.
Paradzai Nkomo’s emailed description of her situation is succinct and shocking. She is Zimbabwean and has been in Britain for 15 years. First her application for asylum was rejected and then her request to be deported home was also refused, leaving her stuck in limbo.“It’s difficult to integrate as I am not permitted to work. Conversation becomes repetitive because of not doing anything apart from looking out of a damp, drenched window day after day. Hiding malnutrition under borrowed clothes,” she writes. “A quest for freedom has now turned into a hellish nightmare. I feel as though death may be the only way out of this.”