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U.S: Lesbian Teacher Who Was Suspended Reaches $100,000 Settlement

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In August 2017, Stacy Bailey, an art teacher at Charlotte Anderson Elementary School in Arlington, Texas, introduced herself to her fourth-grade class with a slide show of her childhood, parents, friends and family.

Included in the mix was a photo of her with her partner, Julie Vasquez, who Ms. Bailey explained at the time was her future wife. They were dressed as “Dory” and “Nemo” from the movie “Finding Nemo.”

The presentation touched off a complaint from a parent that Ms. Bailey was “promoting the homosexual agenda.” Ms. Bailey was suspended for eight months from the public school, where she had taught for 10 years and had twice been voted Teacher of the Year.

This week, more than two years later, the Mansfield Independent School District agreed to pay Ms. Bailey $100,000 to settle a federal lawsuit that she had filed accusing the district of discriminating against her because of her sexual orientation.

Continue reading: https://www.nytimes.com/
2020/02/27/us/stacy-bailey-mansfield-teacher.html
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U.K: Lesbian sisters given temporary reprieve from being returned to Pakistan

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Two sisters say they are “relieved but worried” after they narrowly avoided being deported to Pakistan where they say they face the threat of LGBT-based violence.

Samina, 52, and Nazia Iqbal, 48, from Stockport, were scheduled to be taken out of the country on Saturday night from Manchester airport after a judge said it was not “credible” that they are gay [sic], despite the sisters being publicly out for 20 years.

The pair were due to leave on a flight at 9pm on Saturday back to Pakistan but after being questioned by Sky News the Home Office appeared to make a U-turn on the decision as the sisters were not put on the plane.

When contacted by Sky News to ask why the sisters were being deported a spokesperson said that “each case is considered on its merits”.

The Iqbal sisters were not told they would not be put on the flight and only realised they were not leaving when Sky News informed them that the plane had taken off.

The following day the pair were moved to the Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre, which has been criticised over treatment of detainees, something the Home Office has previously said has been improved upon.

The pair are now in limbo awaiting a bail hearing on Tuesday.

Continue reading: https://news.sky.com/story/scared-gay-sisters-given-temporary-reprieve-from-being-returned-to-pakistan-11943744 (source)

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: Teacher forbids student with lesbian mothers from speaking in favour of same-sex marriage

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A married lesbian couple in Michigan say their daughter’s teacher banned her from writing a speech about marriage equality for fear that it might “offend somebody in the class.”

The school district is investigating the incident.

Angela McDermitt-Jackson and Chris Jackson married in 2015 and are raising Destiny McDermitt, their 17-year-old daughter who is a junior at Hill McCloy High School in Montrose, Michigan.

Destiny’s teacher assigned her class a “Take a Stand Speech” in which students were told to speak in favor of or against a social issue important to them. Having two mothers, Destiny said she wanted to speak in support of same-sex marriage.

Destiny and other classmates claim that the teacher forbade her topic over worries it might offend other students. When Destiny asked whether the teacher could inquire if the topic offended her fellow classmates, the teacher declined her request.

The teacher also reportedly said she didn’t want to read or grade such a paper.

“No, we’re not going to do that,” the teacher reportedly said in front of the class. “I don’t want to hear about it, I don’t want to read about it, and I’m the one who has to grade it.”

Destiny was so upset that she contacted her mother Angela while still present in the class. Later, Destiny wrote a letter complaining to school officials. Destiny has since been moved into a different class.

“[It] offended me because I have two moms [who] are married and I really thought it was inappropriate,” McDermitt wrote. Her mothers, aunt, grandmother, grandfather, niece, and younger sister all support her.

Continue reading: https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2020
/02/teacher-forbids-student-lesbian-moms-speaking-favor-sex-marriage/
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U.S.: Lesbian injured in homophobic shooting at gay couple

Shakena Jefferson

Two gay men and a lesbian were shot and wounded this week in Miami in a bizarre drive-by shooting. The Miami-Dade Police Department said it was not investigating the incident as a hate crime.

Around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, men riding one or more all-terrain vehicles opened fire on a car with the two male victims inside and then fled, according to police.
One of the men was “struck in the head,” the other was “grazed in the head” and a woman sitting outside her home nearby was “stuck by a stray bullet,” police said.

Clive Khouri, one of the victims, told NBC Miami that he was sitting in his car with his boyfriend when a group of ATV riders surrounded the car and sprayed it with bullets. His boyfriend was taken to Jackson South Trauma Center in critical condition after being shot in the head.

The injuries to Khouri and Shakena Jefferson, the female victim, were not considered life-threatening.

Khouri told TV station WPLG that he thinks he and his boyfriend were targeted because the gunmen “probably saw us kissing in the car.”

Continue reading at: https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/miami-drive-shooter-hits-two-gay-men-lesbian-n1136651 (Source)

U.S.: lesbian files discrimination complaint against Burger King

Ingrid Burger King discrimination

A lesbian who works at a D.C. Burger King says her manager harassed her because of her sexual orientation.

Ingrid, who asked the Washington Blade not to publish her last name, filed a complaint with the D.C. Office of Human Rights last Dec. 23.

The complaint notes Ingrid, 19, began to work at the Burger King on Connecticut Avenue near the University of the District of Columbia on Aug. 24, 2019. Ingrid in her complaint states her manager “found out about my sexual orientation in September of 2019” and “began to harass me by making inappropriate comments about my protected class.”

“In January 2020, despite my numerous complaints to respondent’s upper management, the hostile work environment was not addressed, and instead I continued to be subjected to unwelcome comments about my sexual orientation from my supervisor as well as my coworkers who respondent’s manager told about my complaints,” she wrote. “Instead of addressing the situation, respondent’s district manager … cut my workdays and hours and changed my schedule, affecting my pay.”

Burger King, which is based in Miami, received a 100 percent score in the Human Rights Campaign’s 2019 Corporate Equality Index.

Burger King’s corporate office has not returned the Blade’s requests for comment. Efforts to reach the Burger King where Ingrid works via telephone were unsuccessful.

Ingrid, who continues to work at the Burger King where she said the harassment has taken place, told the Blade it is her first job. She said she filed her complaint because she doesn’t “want another LGBTQ person or someone who is not out to go through this again.”

“I don’t want someone else to get anxiety or depression because of this,” Ingrid told the Blade.

Continue reading at: https://www.washingtonblade.com/2020/02/12/lesbian-files-discrimination-complaint-against-dc-burger-king/ (Source)

Update: Chilean couple granted protection order after lesbophobic attack

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Prosecutor Patricia Varas has granted a protection order to a lesbian couple who reported experiencing a lesbophobic attack at the hands of a man in Renca, according to the Homosexual Integration and Liberation Movement (Movilh), an association that fights for the LBGTI community in Chile.

After learning of the abuse, threats and violence they experienced from the perpetrator, identified as Christian Mauricio García Silva, periodic rounds by police officers were ordered to for a period of 60 days. The Movilh shared a video which recorded the attack the couple reported.
(Translated)

La fiscal Patricia Varas ha concedido una medida de protección en favor de una pareja lésbica, después de que denunciaran que recibieron agresiones lesbofóbicas por parte de un hombre en Renca, según consigna el Movimiento de Integración y Liberación Homosexual (Movilh), asociación que lucha en favor de los derechos del colectivo LGTBI en Chile.

En detalle, se ordenaron rondas periódicas de Carabineros en el domicilio de las mujeres por un plazo de 60 días, esto tras conocer los insultos, amenazas y golpes que recibieron por parte del sujeto identificado como Christian Mauricio García Silva. El Movilh compartió un vídeo en el que se encuentra el registro de las agresiones que denuncia la pareja.
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Continue reading at: http://www.mirales.es/nuevo-ataque-contra-una-pareja-de-lesbianas (Source)

Original Article: Chile: Sexualised attack on lesbians

Peru: security guard stops lesbians kissing on public transport

Peru Metro Guard

A citizen denounced a security guard from the Lima Metro because she and her partner were forbidden to kiss, both experiencing the lesbophobia at Central Station. When they kissed the guard approached them to tell them that they could not show affection.
The victim began to record the incident and asked which Metro rule prohibits demonstrations of affection in its vicinity. “It’s a public place and you can’t be kissing in a public place,” the man replied.

After she asked him where it says she couldn’t kiss her girlfriend, the guard told her to “set the example.” “Because there are children here. There is a small child. No one says  don’t feel love and romance, but there are places where you can and there are other places where you can’t show it,” he said.

Through a statement, the Municipality of Lima said they reject all types of discrimination and have therefore initiated a thorough investigation to establish responsibilities and any corresponding sanctions.

They said that security guards, counsellors and other personnel who have direct contact with the public at the stations are constantly trained to provide adequate care.

“The Lima municipality deeply regrets this incident and reiterates its commitment to continue working for equality and to sanction any discriminatory practice or act,” they stated.
(Translated)

Una ciudadana denunció a un agente de seguridad del Metropolitano de Lima porque le prohibió besarse con su pareja. Ambas sufrieron un ataque de lesbofobia en la estación Central. Cuando se besaron esta persona se les acercó para decirles que no podían darse muestras de cariño.
La afectada comenzó a grabarlo y a pedirle la norma del Metropolitano que prohíbe las demostraciones de afecto en sus paraderos. “Es un lugar público y usted no puede estar besándose en un lugar público”, le respondió el hombre.

Después de que le preguntó dónde dice que no podía besarse con su novia, el trabajador del municipio le pidió que “dé el ejemplo”. “Porque aquí hay niños. Hay un niño pequeño. Nadie dice que no sientan su cariño, su romance, pero hay lugares donde se puede y hay otros lugares donde no”, aseguró.

A través de un comunicado, la Municipalidad de Lima indicó que rechazan todo tipo de discriminación y por ello han iniciado una profunda investigación para establecer responsabilidades y las sanciones correspondientes.

Precisaron que los agentes de seguridad, orientadores y demás personal que tiene contacto directo con el público en las estaciones son constantemente capacitados para brindar una atención adecuada.

“La comuna limeña lamenta profundamente este incidente y reitera su compromiso de seguir trabajando por la igualdad y sancionar toda práctica o acto discriminatorio”, adujeron.
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Continue reading at: https://larepublica.pe/sociedad/2020/01/28/metropolitano-denuncian-discriminacion-contra-dos-mujeres-por-besarse-municipalidad-de-lima-lesbofobia-video/(Soure)

Australian show Home and Away criticised for cutting lesbian scenes

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Fans of Home and Away are questioning whether the show censored a gay storyline, after it ran romantic scenes involving a lesbian couple on New Zealand television, but cut the same moments from episodes aired in Australia.

While fans of the show in Australia have written on social media about their disappointment and confusion over the missing moments, Channel 7 said it accidentally aired the wrong versions of two episodes in Australia.

Alex Shillington covers queer pop culture on social media, and has written about the Home and Away characters, Alex Neilson and Willow Harris, who have become a new lesbian couple on the Channel 7 drama.

She said fans did not understand why the Australian audience did not see the full scenes between Alex and Willow.

“I would genuinely love for there to be a decent reason that is not them just censoring it,” she said.

But she said Channel 7’s explanation that it aired the wrong version of episodes “seems weird.”

Continue reading at: https://www.msn.com/en-au/entertainment/tv/home-and-away-cuts-gay-kisses-from-australian-television-network-blames-human-error/ (Source)

U.S.: Catholic church counselling in spotlight after suicide of young lesbian

Alana Chen

Like many teenagers, Alana Chen was sometimes not where she’d told her parents she was going. But while other teens were sneaking out to parties, Chen would tell her parents she was going out with friends and instead take the bus from her family’s home in the suburbs of Boulder, Colorado, to St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church downtown.

Chen was holding on to other secrets as well. Without her parents’ knowledge, Chen’s family says, she was receiving spiritual guidance from a priest at St. Thomas Aquinas, who told her that there was something she could never tell her family: She was a lesbian.

Chen struggled for many years to keep this secret, according to her family, and tried to follow the church’s teachings. But repressing her sexuality led to serious mental health problems that caused her to be hospitalized in 2016, Chen told The Denver Post last year.

Chen eventually left the church, feeling it was impossible to reconcile her sexual orientation and her Catholicism. In early 2019, she went away to Prescott College, in Arizona, to be farther away from St. Thomas Aquinas.

She seemed to be doing better, but on Dec. 7, while on a visit home, Chen, 24, was declared missing. After a search, her body was found at Gross Reservoir in Boulder County on Dec. 9. The Boulder County Coroner’s Office has ruled her death a suicide.

Chen’s death has focused attention on how religious institutions handle the question of sexuality in their counseling, especially when the counselor’s faith teaches that homosexuality is wrong or sinful. Last year, Colorado banned gay conversion therapy for minors. That ban, however, exempts religious counselors.

That’s something Chen’s mother and sister want to see changed. They believe the religious counseling Chen received contributed to her death.

Since her passing, Chen’s family said, nobody from the Denver Archdiocese has reached out directly to them. (Haas said this is because it did not believe that contact would be welcome.) Her funeral was held at a local Episcopal parish.

“People will say different things about her suicide and how that came to be,” Carissa Chen said. “I think the church played a huge role in the years of trauma and treatment that she went through and ultimately her suicide, and they’re just going to have to live with that. We all will now.”

Continue reading at: https://religionnews.com/2020/01/29/a-young-womans-suicide-puts-focus-on-churchs-counseling-for-lgbt-catholics/ (Source)

The Alana Faith Chen foundation: https://alanafaithchen.org/

Medical prejudice affects health of Cuban lesbians

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“There are lesbian women who fear going to the doctor and spend years and years without attending. Doctors say awful things when they see that you don’t meet the classic image of a woman painted and wearing heels, and that’s hard. So, given that rejection, women don’t go to the clinic anymore, ” Isbrailda Ruiz Bell tells SEMlac.

Ruiz Bell is an activist and member of the group of lesbian and bisexual women Las Isabelas, in the province of Santiago de Cuba, 762 km from the capital. According to her experience, stereotypes and prejudices can be found in different medical consultations, but in some there is more abuse.

“The gynecology consultation is a service where lesbian woman are subjected to more abuse. For example, they should ask for consent for students to attend the physical exam, but that does not happen, ”says Ruiz Bell.

Among the main problems are the low perception of risk of sexually transmitted infections, poor self-care and prevention of cervical and breast cancer, as well as depression and anxiety caused by lesbophobic discrimination.

“There are women who have been diagnosed with diseases at very advanced stages because of their fear of being rejected in a medical institution, I tell you from local experience and also because we have seen it in the workshops organized by Las Isabelas,” recalls Ruiz Bell.

The study confirms what the testimonies say: “The vast majority of women express having received a differentiated attention, nuanced by prejudices and stereotypes, attitudes expressed in gestures and a rigid body language, unfriendly and lacking sympathy, which becomes in an obstacle that limits their attendance to specialized health consultations”, the authors subscribe.
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“Hay mujeres lesbianas que temen ir al médico y pasan años y años sin atenderse. Los médicos te dicen cosas feas cuando ven que no repites el prototipo clásico de mujer pintada y con tacones, y eso es duro. Entonces, ante ese rechazo, la persona no va más a la consulta”, dice Isbrailda Ruiz Bell a SEMlac.

Ruiz Bell es activista e integrante del colectivo de mujeres lesbianas y bisexuales Las Isabelas, en la provincia Santiago de Cuba, a 762 km de la capital. Según su experiencia, los estereotipos y ofensas pueden encontrarse en distintas consultas médicas, pero en algunas existe mayor maltrato.

“La consulta de ginecología es un servicio donde la mujer lesbiana es más agredida. Por ejemplo, debieran pedir el consentimiento para que estudiantes asistan al examen físico, pero eso no sucede”, afirma Ruiz Bell.

Entre los principales problemas aparecen la baja percepción de riesgo ante las infecciones de transmisión sexual, el escaso autocuidado y prevención del cáncer cérvico uterino y de mama, además de depresión y ansiedad producto de la discriminación lesbofóbica.

“Hay mujeres a quienes se les han descubierto enfermedades en estadios muy avanzados por miedo a ser rechazadas en una institución médica, te lo digo por experiencias cercanas y también porque lo hemos visto en los talleres que organizan Las Isabelas”, recuerda Ruiz Bell.

El estudio confirma lo que los testimonios denuncian: “La gran mayoría de las mujeres expresa haber recibido una atención diferenciada, matizada por prejuicios y estereotipos, actitudes expresadas en gestos y un lenguaje corporal rígido, poco cordial y carente de simpatía, lo cual se convierte en un obstáculo que limita su asistencia a consultas especializadas de salud”, suscriben sus autores.
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Continuereading at: https://rotativo.com.mx/2020/01/27/mujer/cuba-mujeres-lesbianas-salud-a-costa-de-prejuicios-821686/ (Source)

Russia: young lesbian escapes after family takes her to Azerbaijan for sexuality

Sevgiya Subkhani-Ismailova

Student Sevgiya Subkhani-Ismailova, who was forcibly taken away by her mother from Krasnoyarsk, told how her life was going after escaping. This was reported by the publication “Rise” in its Telegram channel. A woman took her daughter to another country after learning that she was a lesbian.

Earlier, Sevgiya admitted that she is still afraid of her relatives, because “they are just animals.” The girl said that she still does not have an understanding of how to move on. She reported that her mother sent her voice messages with threats, promising “a lot of blood.” Sevgiya believes that this is not a figure of speech, because the mother is able to “go to extreme measures.”

On January 15, a friend of Sevgiya’s, Polina, said that the girl had been deceived into Azerbaijan, having taken away her documents, phone and antidepressants. After this, several unsuccessful attempts by the girl to escape were reported. In a message from one of her friends, she complained of beatings and tying. On January 17, it became known that the girl managed to escape, but the details of the escape were not specified.
(Translated)

Насильно увезенная матерью в Азербайджан из Красноярска студентка Севгия Субхани-Исмаилова рассказала, как проходит ее жизнь после побега. Об этом сообщило издание «Подъем» в своем Telegram-канале. Женщина забрала дочь в другую страну, узнав, что та лесбиянка

Ранее Севгия призналась, что до сих пор боится своих родственников, потому что «они просто животные». Девушка рассказывала, что у нее пока нет понимания, как двигаться дальше. Она сообщала, что мать присылала ей голосовые сообщения с угрозами, обещая «много крови». Севгия считает, что это не фигура речи, потому что мать способна «пойти на крайние меры».

15 января подруга Севгии Полина рассказала, что девушку обманом увезли в Азербайджан, отобрав у нее документы, телефон и антидепрессанты. После этого сообщалось о нескольких неудачных попытках девушки сбежать. В сообщении одной из подруг она пожаловалась на побои и связывание. 17 января стало известно, что девушке удалось сбежать, однако детали побега не уточнялись.
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Continue reading at: https://lenta.ru/news/2020/01/27/zayavlenie/ (Source)

 

Argentina: minimal punishment for attacking lesbian couple

Fabián Vildoza

Fabián Vildoza, 36, approached Barbara and Lara and practically ordered them to stop hugging. “They should separate because there are children in the place,” snapped the man, whose lesbophobic attack escalated until he almost became physical.

Now, Prosecutor Adrián Dávila, in charge of the Criminal, Contravention and Fault Prosecutor’s Office No. 36 of the City of Buenos Aires, decided this week that the man, who assaulted the couple of women in November 2019 complete two government-run courses. We find this a rather mild sentence for the seriousness of the aggression, since we remember that, in addition to verbally assaulting them, the son of the same was present, giving a bad example of what respect for diversity is.
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Fabián Vildoza, de 36 años, se acercó a Bárbara y Lara y prácticamente les ordenó que dejaran de abrazarse. “Podrían separarse porque hay chicos en el lugar”, espetó el hombre, cuyo ataque lesbofóbico fue creciendo hasta casi volverse físico.

Ahora, el Fiscal Adrián Dávila, a cargo de la Fiscalía Penal, Contravencional y de Faltas N°36 de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires, acordó esta semana que el hombre, que agredió a la pareja de mujeres en noviembre de 2019 complete dos cursos dictados por el Gobierno. Nos resulta una sentencia un bastante leve para lo grave de la agresión, ya que recordamos que, además de agredirlas verbalmente, estaba presente el hijo del mismo, dando un ejemplo pésimo de lo que es el respeto por la diversidad.
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Continue reading at: http://www.mirales.es/sentencia-un-hombre-que-agredio-una-pareja-de-lesbianas (Source)

Original story and video: https://www.cronica.com.ar/info-general/Lesbofobico-ataco-a-pareja-de-jovenes-en-Parque-Avellaneda-20191108-0014.html

Chile: sushi restaurant expels lesbians for hugging

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We have become aware of another lesbophobic incident which occurred in Chile. A video went viral on social networks in which two women alleged that they were discriminated against for their sexual orientation in a Peruvian food and sushi restaurant called Saki, in the heart of Santiago.

Through her Instagram account, one of the affected women alleged that the cashier told them that they could not be “hugging” because, according to them, it was inappropriate for them to do so in front of a girl who was eating at the store.

At one point in the video, one of the women speaks directly to the girl asking if the situation “affected her” in any way – to this the girl makes a clear sign denying any possible harm from the events.
(Translated)

Hemos tenido conocimiento estos días de un nuevo hecho lesbófobo sucedido en Chile. Se viralizó a través de las redes sociales un vídeo en el que una pareja de mujeres acusó haber sido discriminadas por su orientación sexual en un local de sushi y comida peruana llamado Saki, en pleno centro de Santiago.

A través de su cuenta de Instagram, una de las mujeres afectadas acusó que la cajera les dijo que no podían estar “abrazándose” porque, según les increpó era inapropiado que lo hiciesen enfrente de una niña que se encontraba comiendo en el local.

En un momento de los vídeos, una de las chicas le habla directamente a la niña preguntando si la situación antes mencionada “le afectó” de alguna forma. A lo que la niña hace un decidido gesto negando cualquier posible molestia por lo ocurrido.
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Continue reading at: http://www.mirales.es/pareja-de-lesbianas-expulsada-de-un-local-de-sushi-en-chile (Source)

 

A Queensland Herstory project – telling the stories of 8 older lesbians

A Matter of Time Heather Faulkner

A spotlight is being shined on LGBT rights — or, more accurately, the historic lack thereof —  in the Australian state of Queensland. The beam is in the form of an upcoming book, North of the Border, by cross-media storyteller and documentary photographer Heather Faulkner. The book builds on Faulkner’s doctoral thesis research project, A Matter Of Time, and through six years of interviews and photography, tells the stories of eight lesbians who grew up in Queensland. The women range in age from their mid-50s to 70s.

“I want older lesbian and gay readers to know that their stories are important,” she told The Huffington Post. “That what they lived through matters.”

Faulkner realized that no one had investigated the Queensland lesbian experience before, especially not in a documentary. “So I decided to do it,” she said.

She describes a Queensland under the rule of Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen (the longest serving premier of Queensland) from 1968 to 1987 as an ultra-conservative state where women’s rights were minimal. Domestic violence was rife and women needed male signatories to purchase things like refrigerators or to get a bank loan; indigenous rights, homosexual rights, education, disability rights, environmental rights, etc. all needed redressing.

“Those who didn’t fit the government-prescribed norm — straight, white, married with children, Christian and conservative politically — didn’t fit in at all. This included feminists, homosexuals, aboriginals, academics, environmentalists, unmarried women or single moms,” Faulkner said. “The government made demonstrations illegal, a policy that resulted in several mass arrests … known demonstrators were ostracized from work places, spied on, bullied or beaten by police,” she describes.

Continue reading at: https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/telling-the-story-of-the-lives-and-loves-of-older-lesbians_n_55fb19e1e4b08820d917e311(Source)

Chile: Sexualised attack on lesbians

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Christian Mauricio García Silva, 45, is being investigated for lesbophobia against two women who were outside their home when he allegedly insulted, sexually harassed and intimidated them, in addition to physically assaulting them more than once.

The victims, identified as MJYC (38) and TAAC (44), were painting the fence surrounding the property where they live in Renca, Chile, when García Silva walked behind them and began to insult them for being lesbians. He brushed TAAC’s body, saying “I’m going to suck your tits to make you a woman, sick fag”.

Additionally, the perpetrator allegedly showed his erect penis to her.

When the alleged perpetrator returned, the aggression became even more violent – he began trying to hit her until she managed to push him; at the same time he repeated endless lesbophobic insults, sexual advances and death threats, until another neighbour approached to help them.
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Additional information from MOVILH regarding the significant disabilities of one of the victims: https://www.movilh.cl/sujeto-ataca-a-pareja-lesbica-en-renca-te-voy-a-chupar-las-tetitas-para-hacerte-mujer-maricona-enferma/

Christian Mauricio García Silva, de 45 años, está siendo investigado por haber cometido una agresión lesbofóbica en contra de una pareja de mujeres que se encontraban a las afueras de su domicilio en cuando él llegó a insultarlas, acosarlas sexualmente y tratar de intimidarlas, además de agredirlas físicamente en más de una ocasión.

Las víctimas, identificadas como M.J.Y.C (38) y T.A.A.C (44), estaban pintando la reja que rodea a la propiedad donde viven en Renca, Chile, cuando García Silva pasó por detrás de ellas caminando y comenzó a insultarlas por ser lesbianas, rozó el cuerpo con el del T.A.A.C y le dijo “te voy a chupar las tetitas para hacerte mujer, maricona enferma”.

Adicionalmente, el agresor habría intentado mostrar su pene erecto a la mujer.

Cuando el sujeto volvió, las agresiones se tornaron aun más violentas, él comenzó ha tratar de golpearla hasta que ella consiguió empujarlo; al miso tiempo él repetía insultos lesbofóbicos, insinuaciones sexuales y amenazas de muerte que parecían infinitos, hasta que otro vecino se acercó para auxiliarlas.
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Continue reading at: https://elmanana.com.mx/te-voy-a-hacer-mujer-sujeto-ataca-a-pareja-de-mujeres-en-su-casa/ (Source)

Update: Update: Chilean couple granted protection order after lesbophobic attack

 

 

Italy: lesbian beaten by two boys

Giulia Ventura Potenza

Giulia Ventura is a thirty year old lesbian, which was enough for two boys to kick and punch her. Her swollen face and broken nasal septum – Giulia shared the signs of the violence and the hospital report on Facebook.

“It was Wednesday night – she says – I was walking in this wonderful city of Potenza, with my blue headphones in my ears. I heard someone talk at me and, not understanding what was happening, I removed my headphones. I see two boys who crossed the road and stood in front of me, blocking me. I asked them what the problem was and after two shoves that knocked me down, still conscious I hear a phrase: “People like you have to die. Do you want to be a boy? I will show you how men do it.”

That’s when the nightmare began. “I don’t have time to reply”, Giulia continues “the first punch breaks my lip, the second was at my nose, the third my eye. I got up and tried to defend myself with a headbutt that I think broke my admirer’s nose, but then I fell. I felt two kicks, one in my ribs and one on my shoulder. Then I passed out.”
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Giulia Ventura ha trent’anni ed è lesbica. Tanto è bastato due ragazzini per prenderla a calci e pugni. Il volto tumefatto, il setto nasale rotto. Giulia mostra i segni della violenza subita e il referto dell’ospedale su Facebook.

“Era mercoledì sera – racconta – cammino a piedi, in questa meravigliosa città di Potenza, con le mie cuffiette blu nelle orecchie, sento qualcuno blaterare verso di me, non capendo cosa stesse accadendo, mi tolgo le cuffiette e vedo due ragazzini che, attraversando la strada e si mettono di fronte a me, intralciandomi il passaggio. Chiedo loro che problemi avessero e dopo due spintoni che mi hanno atterrata, ancora cosciente sento una frase: “Le persone come te devono morire, vuoi fare il maschio? E mo ti faccio vede come abbuscano i maschi”.
È allora che comincia l’incubo. “Non ho il tempo di rispondere – continua Giulia – che il primo pugno mi rompe il labbro, il secondo il naso, il terzo l’occhio. Mi alzo e cerco di difendermi con una testata che credo abbia rotto il naso al mio ammiratore, ma poi cado. Sento due calci, uno sulla costola e uno sulla spalla. Svengo”.
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Continue reading at: https://napoli.repubblica.it/cronaca/2020/01/17/news/potenza_presa_a_calci_e_pugni_perche_lesbica-246050514/ (Source)

U.K: Lesbian beaten in horrific lesbophobic attack

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A lesbian has been left traumatised after being punched in the head from behind and thrown to the ground.

Charlie Graham was left battered and covered in blood after the terrifying and cowardly attack by two homophobic thugs.

Police are treating the beating as a hate crime, Daily Star Online reports, and 20-year-old Charlie wants everyone to see her shocking injuries in a bid to track down her attacker.

Charlie said: “I got hit from behind by a fist to the back of my head, then I hit the ground, hurting my legs and face.

“I tried to get back up, but they pushed me back to the ground and the two guys ran off.

“I was left bleeding and scared.”

Continue reading: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/lesbian-covered-blood-homophobic-attack-21296793 (source)

Brazil: lesbophobic attack by three men on five women

Gabrielle Amato

Last Sunday, photographer Gabrielle Amato, in a group of five women, suffered physical and verbal aggression from three unknown men in an amusement park 80 km from São Paulo, the so-called Hopi Hari de Vinhedo.

As reported in the videos posted on social networks the women, three friends and a lesbian couple, were enjoying the day while waiting in line at one of the park’s attractions. They were approached by a trio of a father and son together with a friend who, chanting in favour of fascist President Jair Bolsonaro, declared a desire to expel them from the scene, eventually culminating in assaults on women, punching and kicking them.

On her social media networks, the photographer Gabrielle Amato denounced the incident and outlined the real reasons for the violence: the fact that they are lesbians. Gabrielle also commented that she was surprised by the incident because, according to her, such aggression was unusual until then, at least involving her person.

The emergence of these types of cases, such as Gabrielle’s, are increasingly common among women and people of colour, reflecting the advancement of the far right in Brazil. If, as the photographer says, such a situation is different from what happened in the past, we have a strong practical example of how fascists act when they feel comfortable acting in national politics.
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No último domingo, a fotógrafa Gabrielle Amato, junto a um grupo que totalizava cinco mulheres, sofreu agressões físicas e verbais provindas de três homens desconhecidos em um parque de diversões há 80 km de São Paulo, o chamado Hopi Hari de Vinhedo.

As mulheres, como relatam nos vídeos lançados nas redes sociais, estavam aproveitando o dia entre três amigas e um casal lésbico, quando enquanto esperavam na fila de uma das atrações do parque, foram abordadas por um trio de pai e filho juntos a um amigo que, entoando dizeres a favor do presidente fascista, Jair Bolsonaro, declaravam o desejo de expulsa-las do local, culminando por fim em covardes agressões feitas pelo grupo contra as mulheres, onde por meio de socos e chutes, atingiram as visitantes.

A fotógrafa em seus redes sociais denunciou o fato e escancarou os reais motivos da agressão: o fato de serem lésbicas. Gabrielle comenta além disso a surpresa com a situação pois, de acordo com a mesma, agressões desse tipo eram incomuns até então, pelo menos envolvendo sua pessoa.

O aparecimento destes tipos de caso como de Gabrielle, cada vez mais frequentes entre mulheres e negros, é um reflexo do avanço da extrema-direita no Brasil. Se como diz a fotógrafa, tal situação se mostra diferente do que acontecia no passado, temos um forte exemplo prático de como passa a agir os fascistas quando sentem-se confortáveis de atuarem na política nacional.
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Continue reading at: https://www.causaoperaria.org.br/mulher-e-espancada-por-ser-lesbica-e-preciso-reagir-a-extrema-direita/ (Source)