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Update: police sentenced for harassment of lesbian policewoman

On Tuesday, former police officer Sonia Vivas received good news – confirmation that the Supreme Court had sentenced two police officers responsible for the ongoing harassment she suffered for twelve years in the local police in Palma de Mallorca for being a lesbian. They had also seriously tried to harm her reputation and career, alleging that Vivas had tried to attack a detainee, for which she could have been jailed despite her innocence.

The Supreme Court confirmed the prison sentences of three years and five months for Rafael Puigrós  for the crimes of coercion, false report and false testimony; and 15 months for  Alberto Juan Llanerasfor the crime of coercion. It has been proven that Puigrós devised a serious false complaint, accusing Sonia Vivas of mistreating a detainee. This occurred after she spoke on a radio program about the harassment she had suffered for being lesbian.
(Translated)

Former police officer Sonia Vivas received good news on Tuesday: the confirmation by the Supreme Court of the convictions of the two policemen responsible for the harassment she suffered for twelve years in the Local Police of Palma de Mallorca for being a lesbian. They also seriously tried to harm her, inventing that Vivas had tried to attack a detainee; a fact for which he could have ended up in jail innocent.

The Supreme Court confirms the prison sentences of three years and five months for Rafael Puigrós for the crimes of coercion, false report and false testimony; and 15 months for Alberto Juan Llaneras for a crime of coercion. It has been proven that Puigrós devised a false complaint that put Sonia Vivas in serious trouble, accusing her of mistreating a detainee. It was after she recounted on a radio program the harassment she suffered for being a lesbian.
(Original)

Continue reading at: https://www.publico.es/politica/infierno-relato-sonia-vivas-juicio-policias-insultos-ataques-vivienda-colectivo-trans.html (Source)

Original article:  January 2019: Mallorca, Spain: lesbian speaks out against harassment and violence from police colleagues

Interview: https://www.publico.es/publico-tv/publico-al-dia/programa/934637/la-republica-feminista-de-sonia-vivas-2-0-la-lesbofobia

Italy: historic sentence for soccer coach’s anti-lesbian and sexist behaviour

A historic sentence has been handed down by the Court of Appeal against the former coach of Novese who has been found guilty of stalking and making homophobic statements to his players, with a disqualificiation of 3 years. Maurizio Fossati, coach of the women’s team in the 2019/2020 season, had been referred by the Federal Prosecutor of the FIGC after reports made by some players.

Fossati, who just a year earlier had received the sports educator of the year award, had been accused of insulting the players for their physical appearance, sexual orientation and flirting with some of their locker room mates. In the motivations of sporting justice, as reported by Agi , we read that the words used by Fossati were not “merely offensive”, as established in the first instance, but “homophobic and / or sexist” in relation to the sexual orientation of his players. The original nine-month sentence had been viewed with displeasure by the federal prosecutor, who asked for an increased sentence on appeal. It has now been granted.
(Translated)

Una sentenza storica, quella presa dalla Corte d’Appello nei confronti dell’ex allenatore della Novese, riconosciuto colpevole di stalking e frasi omofobe ai danni delle sue calciatrici, con stop di 3 anni. Maurizio Fossati, allenatore delle ragazze nella stagione 2019/2020, era stato deferito dalla Procura federale della Figc dopo la denuncia di alcune calciatrici.

Fossati, che solo un anno prima aveva ricevuto il premio di educatore sportivo dell’anno, era stato accusato di aver insultato le giocatrici per il loro aspetto fisico, per l’orientamento sessuale e per i flirt avuti con alcune compagne di spogliatoio. Nelle motivazioni della giustizia sportiva, come riportato da Agi, si legge che le parole utilizzate da Fossati non erano “meramente offensive”, come stabilito in primo grado, ma “omofobe e/o sessiste” in relazione proprio all’orientamento sessuale delle sue calciatrici. La condanna a nove mesi in primo grado era stata vista con fastidio dalla stessa procura federale, che aveva chiesto in appello un inasprimento della pena. Ora arrivato.
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Continue reading at: https://www.gay.it/calcio-femminile-sentenza-omofobia (Source)

Italy: lesbian hairdresser refuses to be silent on her harassment

 

October 2020:

“I did everything to make my salon a friendly, open, respectful place. A place where everyone and everyone could freely feel themselves, without prejudice or criticism. Today, however, it is I who cannot feel peace: they left me this sign at the entrance of the shop, as if being a “lesbian” were a reason for insult . Well, it’s not, not in my house,” she added.

“I DON’T WANT TO BE SILENCED ANYMORE”

“But this is not the first time this has happened and in the last few months I have had to suffer other “jokes” and “attacks” and so now I’m tired, I don’t want to be silent anymore. The cameras have filmed everything, I will act accordingly, but this is not the point: if with great commitment, efforts, and sacrifices I have worked to create a safe place in which to do the work I love and make all my customers feel safe regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, why would anyone think they have the right to destroy this safety out of sheer malice? The Capriccio will remain the open and true place it is, I don’t care about anyone’s threats: but it is time for the wrongdoing to result in the relevant legal consequences”.
(Translated)

“Ho fatto di tutto perché il mio salone fosse un luogo amichevole, aperto, rispettoso. Un posto in cui tutti e tutte potessero sentirsi liberamente se stesse, senza mai pregiudizi o critiche. Oggi però sono io che non posso sentirmi tranquilla: mi hanno lasciato questo foglio sull’ingresso del negozio, come se essere una “lesbica” fosse motivo di insulto. Beh, non lo è, non a casa mia” ha aggiunto.

“NON VOGLIO PIU’ TACERE”

“Ma non è la prima volta che succede e negli ultimi mesi ho avuto modo di subire altri “scherzi” e “attacchi” e quindi ora sono stanca, non voglio più tacere. Le telecamere hanno ripreso tutto, io agirò di conseguenza, ma non è questo il punto: se con grande impegno, sforzi, sacrifici io ho lavorato per creare un luogo sicuro in cui fare il lavoro che amo e far sentire tutte le mie clienti a prescindere dal loro orientamento sessuale o dalla identità di genere a casa, perché qualcuno può pensare di avere il diritto di distruggere tutto questo per mera cattiveria? Il Capriccio resterà il luogo aperto e vero che è, non mi importa delle minacce di nessuno: però è tempo che la cattiveria subisca le giuste conseguenze di legge”.
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Continue reading at: https://www.cronacaqui.it/lesbica-m-biglietto-omofobo-parrucchiera-torinese/ (Source)

Cameroon: “When I came out someone threatened to rape the spirit of lesbianism out of me”

By Bandy Kiki

It took moving to the UK for me to realise that homosexuality isn’t and shouldn’t ever be a crime.

Still, because of Cameroon’s attitudes to LGBTQ+ people, I’m not able to go back to my home country – even when I lost my mother to cervical cancer in 2017. We were very close so it felt heart-wrenching not to be able to attend her funeral.

When I publicly came out as a lesbian via social media in 2017, a high profile Cameroonian producer threatened to rape the spirit of lesbianism out of me if I ever set foot in my home country again.

The whole ordeal was traumatic but he wasn’t the only one to send abuse or death threats. Comment after comment seemingly shared the same sentiment – that it’s un-African to be gay – but I couldn’t disagree more.

Continue reading Bandy’s story: https://metro.co.uk/2021/01/19/i-couldnt-come-out-as-a-lesbian-until-i-moved-to-the-uk-13901545/ (source)

New Zealand: 12 years of electroshock therapy for being lesbian

September 2020:

A former trainee nurse has spoken of suffering through 12 years of electroshock therapy and a concoction of drugs, for being gay.

Joan Bellingham, now 68, has spoken at a Royal Commission in New Zealand about her experience during the 1970’s when she first started training as a nurse at the Burwood Hospital in Christchurch.

During her training, at the age of 18, the fact she was gay became a contentious issue for tutors and students, to such an extent that she was moved to another hospital for treatment.

“I was told I needed treatment and was taken to Princess Margaret Hospital that same day, no clothes or anything, and no choice in the matter,” Bellingham told the Royal Commission into Abuse in Care. “I didn’t realise it at the time I’d spend the next 12 or so years there.”

It was to be the end of her nursing career and she would be subjected to sustained abuse including the “excessive” amounts of drugs that she was given daily and the electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) sessions, more than 200 of them, that were given to her without explanation and against her will.

“It felt like razor blades going through my body,” Bellingham said.

Continue reading at: https://gaynation.co/trainee-nurse-suffered-12-years-of-electroshock-therapy-for-being-gay/ (Source)

Blackmail and rape: Nigerian lesbian experiences of meeting each other online

Image courtesy of Sarah

Chioma starts chatting with another lesbian, Blessing. She seems nice, reliable, the two young women begin to exchange intimate photos. And finally the day arrives when they will meet. Chioma is on the way to Blessing’s house when a man in military uniform approaches her: he says he is a colleague of Blessing’s father, that he knows she is homosexual and wants to take her to the police station, where they will arrest her and she will be sentenced to 14 years in prison. The threat is very realistic, Chioma is in a panic. She ends up following the stranger to a hotel, where he rapes her.

But the nightmare has only just begun. Two months later the man contacts her again and threatens her: if she does not give him two million naira (almost 4400 euros), he will post her naked photos online and out her as a lesbian. Chioma doesn’t know what to do: she doesn’t have that much money and in any case she can’t live forever under the man’s threats, which obviously will never stop. And so she tells her family everything. She’s not safe now, but at least she doesn’t have to go through everything alone.
(Translated)

Chioma inizia a chattare con un’altra ragazza lesbica, Blessing. Sembra simpatica, affidabile, le due giovani iniziano a scambiarsi foto intime. E finalmente arriva il giorno in cui si conosceranno. Chioma è sulla strada della casa di Blessing quando un uomo in uniforme militare l’avvicina: dice di essere un collega del padre di Blessing, di sapere che è omosessuale e di volerla spogliare per trascinarla al commissariato, dopo l’arresteranno per poi farla condannare a 14 anni di carcere. La minaccia è molto realistica, Chioma è nel panico. Finisce per seguire lo sconosciuto in un albergo, dove lui la violenta.

Ma l’incubo è solo cominciato. Due mesi dopo l’uomo si fa risentire e la minaccia: se non gli dà due milioni di naira (quasi 4400 euro), pubblicherà le sue foto nuda online e la smaschererà in quanto lesbica. Chioma non sa cosa fare: non ha tutti quei soldi e comunque non può vivere per sempre sotto le minacce di quell’uomo, che ovviamente non cesseranno mai. E così racconta tutto alla famiglia. Ora non è al sicuro, ma almeno non deve affrontare tutto da sola.
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Continue reading at: https://www.ilgrandecolibri.com/ricatti-e-stupri-non-fermano-le-lesbiche-nigeriane-sul-web/ (Source)

Austria: lesbian politician receives abusive mail

The Austrian politician Faika El-Nagashi and her wife became parents in 2020. However, not everyone likes the fact that a lesbian couple lives openly as a family – the 44-year-old received insulting mail.

Many people sent enthusiastic congratulations when El-Nagashi shared the first photos of herself and baby Younis on her social media channels. But as you can imagine, unfortunately, some begrudge the  44-year-old her family happiness. Faika El-Nagashi received offensive mail after giving an interview to a daily newspaper about her daily life as part of a rainbow family.

“Muslims should adapt and integrate,” it say, although neither El-Nagashi nor her wife are Muslims. The parenthood of the two women is “unnatural” and their little son will certainly be “lesbian too”. Foreigners should also please “respect our laws”. The 44-year-old writes: “Incidentally, this is not the first time that I have received mail from this person. Or hate messages that address and attack me as a woman, lesbian, Muslim, migrant and woman of color.”
(Translated)

Die österreichische Politikerin Faika El-Nagashi und ihre Frau sind 2020 Eltern geworden. Dass ein lesbisches Paar offen als Familie lebt, gefällt jedoch nicht jedem – die 44-Jährige erhielt beleidigende Post.

Viele Menschen schickten begeisterte Glückwünsche, als El-Nagashi erste Fotos von sich und dem kleinen Younis auf ihren Social-Media-Kanälen teilte. Aber wie man sich, leider, fast schon denken kann: Das Familienglück gönnt der 44-Jährigen nicht jeder. Nachdem sie einer Tageszeitung ein Interview über ihren Alltag als Teil einer Regenbogen-Familie gab, erhielt Faika El-Nagashi beleidigende Post.

“Muslime sollen sich anpassen und integrieren”, steht da – obwohl weder El-Nagashi noch ihre Frau Muslime sind. Die Elternschaft der beiden Frauen sei “unnatürlich” und ihr kleiner Sohn werde sicher “auch lesbisch”. Ausländer sollten sich zudem bitte “an unsere Gesetze halten”. Die 44-Jährige schreibt dazu: “Das ist übrigens nicht das erste Mal, dass ich von dieser Person Post bekomme. Oder Hassnachrichten, die mich als Frau, Lesbe, Muslimin, Migrantin und Woman of Color adressieren und deswegen angreifen.”
(Original)

Continue reading at: https://www.stern.de/familie/leben/lesbisches-elternpaar-erhaelt-drohungen-und-beschimpfungen-per-post-30000370.html (Source)

Italy: lesbian couple attacked by neighbours

September 2020:

A 20-second video captures the assault – one woman is on the ground and her attacker kicks her in the head. She and her girlfriend are 22 and 29 years old. They have been living together for three years in one of the Atc apartments in via Adamello in Novara, a difficult neighborhood. They were attacked by two neighbours because they are lesbians. Their lawyer Maurizio Antoniazzi presented their complaint to the prosecutor’s office yesterday. “We ask that a charge of attempted murder is considered”, explains the lawyer, as the kick to the head could have killed the victim. The woman, the younger of the two, was hospitalized and then discharged with a thirty-day recovery prognosis for a broken nose and a fractured orbit.
(Translated)

Un video di 20 secondi riprende l’aggressione. La ragazza è a terra e il suo aggressore la colpisce con un calcio in testa. Lei le la sua fidanzata hanno 22 e 29 anni, convivono insieme da tre anni in uno degli appartamenti Atc di via Adamello a Novara, un quartiere complicato. Sono state aggredite perché sono lesbische da due vicini di casa. La loro denuncia è arrivata in procura ieri, presentata dal loro legale, l’avvocato Maurizio Antoniazzi. “Chiediamo di valutare l’ipotesi di tentato omicidio”, spiega il legale. Il calcio ricevuto in testa poteva uccidere. E la donna, la più giovane, comunque, è stata ricoverata in ospedale e poi dimessa con trenta giorni di prognosi, il naso rotto e una frattura di un’orbita.
(Original)

 

Continue reading at: https://torino.repubblica.it/cronaca/2020/09/18/news/novara_lesbiche_aggredite-267701654/ (Source)

Chile: lesbian prevented entry into supermarket for gender non conformity

At 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, a young woman tried to enter a supermarket in the Santiago Centro district. It was a weekend with (COVID) restrictions, but she and her partner went with all their papers in order. However, “the guard started looking at me strangely. He asked me for my license and when he looked at it he told me that I could not enter the premises ”, she said.

The guard, in addition to preventing her entry, treated her at all times as a “gentleman” because she was dressed in “masculine” clothes, although on multiple occasions she pointed out that she was a woman. In addition to this, a client verbally assaulted her for the same reason, saying that “if I was a woman I had to dress as a woman.” None of the guards or people present defended her.

In front of the entire supermarket and while the couple asked the customer not to get involved, he said: “Do you think that just because you are a woman I can’t hit you?”
(Translated)

A las 15:30 horas del día domingo, una joven intentó ingresar a un supermercado en la comuna de Santiago Centro. Era fin de semana con restricciones sanitarias, pero ella y su pareja, iban con todos sus papeles en regla. Sin embargo, “el guardia me empezó a mirar extraño. Me pidió mi carnet y al mirarlo me dijo que no podía ingresar al local”, dijo.

El guardia, además de impedir su ingreso, la trató en todo momento de “caballero” por estar vestida con ropas “masculinas”, aunque en múltiples ocasiones se le señaló que era mujer. Sumado a esto, un cliente la agredió verbalmente por el mismo motivo, diciendo que “si yo era mujer me tenía que vestir de mujer”. Ninguno de los guardias o personas presentes la defendió.

En frente de todo el supermercado y mientras la pareja le pedía al cliente que no se involucrara, este le dijo: “¿Crees que porque eres mujer no te puedo pegar?’”, recordó la afectada.
(Original)

Continue reading at: https://www.elmostrador.cl/braga/2021/01/14/discriminacion-lesbofobica-guardia-de-supermercado-impidio-el-ingreso-de-mujer-por-su-orientacion-sexual-y-expresion-de-genero/ (Source)

Chile: lesbian couple harassed

September 2020:

A young lesbian couple in Puerto Natales is experiencing serious and constant episodes of discrimination in a situation that was denounced and repudiated by the Movement for Homosexual Integration and Liberation (Movilh).

The couple said that for a few months they have been harassed because of their sexual orientation by strangers, with the abuse occurring outside their workplace.

They explained that on one occasion  that someone had “loosened the nut of the hydraulic fluid [in their car] – thank goodness it was not the brakes otherwise it would have perhaps been so much worse.”

Another time, the phrase “when is the threesome?” appeared on their windscreen. At that point we felt awful and we wanted to leave but we couldn’t since we need the job to pay our rent and bills,” said one of the victims.
(Translated)

Graves y constantes episodios de discriminación está viviendo una joven pareja lésbica en Puerto Natales, situación que fue denunciada y repudiada por el Movimiento de Integración y Liberación Homosexual (Movilh).

La pareja precisó que desde hace unos meses viene siendo hostigada en razón de su orientación sexual por desconocidos, ocurriendo los abusos en las afueras de su trabajo.

Explicaron que en una oportunidad al automóvil de ambas le “soltaron la tuerca del líquido hidráulico, menos mal no fue el de freno si no quizás hubiese pasado a mayor”.

En otro momento, su parabrisas apareció con la frase “¿para cuándo el trío?”. “En ese momento nos sentimos súper mal, nos queríamos ir pero no podíamos ya que necesitamos el trabajo para pagar nuestro arriendo y cosas”, señaló una de las afectadas.
(Original)

Continue reading at: https://radiopolar.com/noticia_160068.html (Source)

Spain: lesbian journalist attacked at home

A few days ago, on December 13 [2020], the journalist Irantzu Varela suffered a lesbophobic attack at the hands of some neighbors  This is how it was explained by Pikara Magazine, the media outlet at which she works: “They were annoyed with Varela for having left some cardboard to recycle next to the door of her apartment. At night, the couple rang her doorbell and entered her house showing their anger and throwing various objects in the journalists house to the ground.

In addition to punching her several times in the face, they called her a “fucking lesbian,” “degenerate,” and “tomboy.” Varela denounced the attack on the Ertzaintza. However, it is not the first time that she has had to do this: as a feminist activist, she has been subjected to harassment and abuse on social media for years. Beyond social media and in the premises shared with the editorial staff of Pikara Magazine, she has also dealt with fascist graffiti repeatedly in the last year.
(Translated)

Hace algunos días, el 13 de diciembre, la periodista Irantzu Varela sufrió una agresión lesbófoba por parte de unos vecinos. Así lo explicaban desde Pikara Magazine, medio de comunicación del que es colaboradora: «Estaban molestos con Varela por haber dejado unos cartones para reciclar junto a la puerta del piso de esta. Por la noche, la pareja llamó a su timbre y entraron en su casa mostrando su enfado y tirando al suelo varios objetos de la casa de la comunicadora».

Además de propinarle varios puñetazos en la cara, le llamaron «lesbiana de mierda», «degenerada» y «marimacho». Varela denunció la agresión a la Ertzaintza. Sin embargo, no es la primera vez que lo hace: como activista feminista, lleva años recibiendo acoso y violencia en redes sociales. Fuera de ellas, y en el local que compartía con la redacción de Pikara Magazine, también ha lidiado con pintadas fascistas, episodios que se han ido repitiendo desde el año pasado.
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Continue reading at: https://www.lamarea.com/2020/12/21/la-agresion-a-irantzu-varela-es-el-colmo-mujeres-con-presencia-publica-piden-que-la-violencia-que-sufren-se-considere-tortura/ (Source)

Chilean lesbicide: lesbian stabbed after ongoing harassment

In the early morning hours of Sunday, August 9 [2020], Cynthia Leslie Velásquez was stabbed after intervening in an argument and defending a girl from a man who was trying to sexually assault her. Chico Leslie – as she called herself and was known in her neighborhood – was a lesbian and died a few hours after the attack, in a hospital in Santiago, with a punctured lung.

So far nobody has been arrested in relation to her stabbing but several witnesses and close friends have pointed to a man known in the community as “El guatón Iván”. Paola says that Leslie had already experienced ongoing problems with him and that when he saw her on the street “he would yell things at her, her appearance, what she was like and that how she looked bothered him”.

Paola states that during the party Iván Poblete tried to assault another young woman and Leslie saw him. “I don’t know the details but I know that after things calmed down, the guy took advantage of the fact that she was not paying attention and attacked her from behind, stabbing her several times. After that, he and another person dragged her from the house and into the street, bleeding and unconscious. Someone asked for help and a group of Haitians arrived, who helped take her to the hospital. They filed a complaint with the Carabineros, but so far nothing has been known about the aggressor and there is still no arrest warrant against him”.
(Tanslated)

La madrugada del domingo 9 de agosto, Cynthia Leslie Velásquez fue apuñalada después de intervenir en una discusión y defender a una chica de un hombre que intentaba atacarla sexualmente. Chico Leslie -como escogió nombrarse y como la conocían en su barrio- era lesbiana y murió a las pocas horas del ataque, en un hospital de Santiago. Tenía uno de sus pulmones totalmente perforado.

Hasta ahora no hay detenidos por el caso, pero varios testigos y cercanos señalan a un hombre conocido en la comunidad como “El guatón Iván”. Paola dice que Leslie ya había tenido algunos problemas previos con él y que cuando la veía en la calle “le gritaba cosas, le molestaba su aspecto, como era ella y cómo se veía”.

La información que Paola maneja es que durante la fiesta Iván Poblete trató de abusar de otra joven y Leslie lo vio: “Desconozco en detalle cómo fue, pero sé que cuando se calmaron las cosas, el tipo aprovechó que se descuidó y la atacó por la espalda, con varias puñaladas. Luego de eso, él y otra persona la arrastraron desde la casa donde estaba hasta la calle, sangrando e inconsciente. Alguien pidió ayuda y llegó un grupo de haitianos, quienes ayudaron a llevarla al hospital. Ellos hicieron la denuncia ante Carabineros, pero hasta ahora no se sabe nada del agresor y aún no hay orden de detención en su contra”.
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Continue reading at: https://agenciapresentes.org/2020/08/13/asesinaron-a-punaladas-a-una-joven-lesbiana-en-santiago-denuncian-lesbicidio/ (Source)

Public statement on the lesbicide of Lesie Velásquez: https://www.docdroid.net/2oOeRcJ/comunicacion-publica-por-lesbicidio-de-leslie-pdf

Ghana: military lesbian couple to be court martialed for wedding

September 2020:

A Ghanaian military lesbian couple who got married last weekend made headlines and ignited the web. The couple had even been detained and summoned to court martial.

In videos shared online before their arrest, the two looked happy as they danced together as their guests congratulated them.

The event led to mixed opinions on social media, as many questioned why such an “ungodly and abominable” event would be allowed in this West African country.
(Translated)

Un couple de lesbiennes militaires ghanéennes qui s’est marié le week-end dernier a fait la Une des médias et enflammé la toile. Le couple avait même été détenu et convoqué devant une cour martiale.

Dans les vidéos partagées en ligne avant leur arrestation, les deux femmes avaient l’air heureuses alors qu’elles dansaient ensemble pendant que leurs invités les félicitaient.

L’événement a conduit à des opinions partagées sur les médias sociaux, car beaucoup ont demandé pourquoi un tel événement “impie et abominable” serait autorisé dans ce pays d’Afrique de l’Ouest.
(Original)

Continue reading at: https://www.afrikmag.com/ghana-un-couple-de-lesbiennes-militaires-detenu-apres-leur-mariage-et-convoque-devant-une-cour-martiale-video/ (Source)

South Korea: AI chatbot pulled after it started ‘hating’ lesbians

Lee Luda, a South Korean AI chatbot, has been pulled from Facebook after started saying it “really hated” lesbians because they’re “creepy”.

The chatbot was incredibly popular, according to The Guardian, attracting 750,000 users in its first 20 days since its launch on 23 December, 2020. But it has now been suspended after it started attacking minorities.

Lee Luda was developed by the Seoul-based Scatter Lab, and takes the form of a 20-year-old female university student who is able to chat with users through Facebook messenger.

The startup developed her natural-sounding responses by analysing 10 billion real conversations between couples on the messaging app KakaoTalk.

But because it “learned” from humans, Lee Luda began spewing homophobic, ableist and racist hate.

Scatter Lab said in a statement that the chatbot would be taken down until its “weaknesses” had been fixed, and added: “We deeply apologise for the discriminatory remarks against minorities.

“That does not reflect the thoughts of our company and we are continuing the upgrades so that such words of discrimination or hate speech do not recur.

It continued: “Lee Luda is a childlike AI that has just started talking with people. There is still a lot to learn.”

However, some have said that the hate speech is not simply an AI problem, and that it points to larger issues in South Korean society.

Continue reading: https://10ztalk.com/2021/01/14/ai-chatbot-pulled-after-it-started-hating-lesbians-and-black-people/ (source)

U.S: Teacher condemns former student’s same-sex relationship

A Tennessee teacher has sparked outrage for sending a message to a former student ripping the young woman’s same-sex relationship as a “sin” and “not what God” had planned for her.

Hannah Kelley, of Chattanooga, shared a screenshot Saturday on Facebook of the “random message” from her former teacher at Red Bank High School whom she identified as Erika Perry.

“I was not close with Mrs. Perry in high school,” Kelley, who graduated four years ago, recalled in the post. “So this came out of nowhere. This is absolutely mind blowing and I’m absolutely baffled.”

The message from Kelley’s former teacher noted her recent one-year anniversary with her fiancé, Casey Stewart. The pair got engaged last month — years after Kelley attended the school – but Perry seemingly felt it was her place to chime in on the forthcoming same-sex marriage, Kelley said.

“I know that you want love, but woman to woman should only be a friendly love and not a sexual one,” Perry’s message read, a screenshot shows. “I realize that you may be upset with me, but true love will not sit idly by or not call out a grave sin that has taken over a loved one.”

Continue reading: https://nypost.com/2021/01/12/teacher-slammed-for-condemning-ex-students-same-sex-relationship/ (Source)

Germany: post war experiences of lesbian mothers

The experiences of lesbian mothers in West Germany in the post-war period is the subject of a research report that was presented in Mainz today. With the help of contemporary witnesses, the historian Kirsten Plötz examined the forms of repression faced by mothers who who eventually divorced and loved woman. “From the 1950s until well into the 90s, it was common practice to take children away from mothers if they had lesbian relationships,” said Plötz.

The research project of the Institute for Contemporary History Munich-Berlin with the Federal Magnus Hirschfeld Foundation follows a first study that was presented in 2017 under the title “Persecution and Discrimination of Homosexuality in Rhineland-Palatinate”.
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Das Schicksal lesbischer Mütter in Westdeutschland in der Nachkriegszeit ist Thema eines Forschungsberichts, der heute in Mainz vorgestellt wird. Mit Hilfe von Zeitzeuginnen untersuchte die Historikerin Kirsten Plötz die Formen der Repression, denen Mütter ausgesetzt waren, die eine Frau liebten und sich schließlich scheiden ließen. «Von den 1950er Jahren bis weit in die 90er Jahre hinein war es übliche Praxis, Müttern die Kinder zu entziehen, wenn sie lesbische Beziehungen hatten», sagte Plötz.

Das Forschungsprojekt des Instituts für Zeitgeschichte München-Berlin mit der Bundesstiftung Magnus Hirschfeld folgt einer ersten Studie, die 2017 unter dem Titel «Verfolgung und Diskriminierung von Homosexualität in Rheinland-Pfalz» vorgelegt wurde.
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The research project website: Lesbian mothers and custody

Chechnya: lesbian alleges police inaction on torture report

September 2020:

The Chechen Ministry of Internal Affairs did not initiate a case after the statement of Chechen woman Aminat Lorsanova about her torture because of her sexual orientation, reports Mediazona.

The lesbian from Chechnya complained to the Prosecutor General’s Office about the inaction of the TFR in January 2020. Aminat Lorsanova demanded to open a criminal case of torture, in which she accused her parents, a family friend and the staff of the borderline clinic. According to the victim, upon learning that she was lesbian, all these people tried to “drive the genie out of her.”

The victim said that in 2018 she was twice placed in psychiatric hospitals, where she was beaten and tortured, an acquaintance of her parents who visited her in the clinic also read verses from the Koran at the same time, and her father forcibly injected her with tranquilizers, sealed her mouth, put handcuffs on her and put her to sleep. In April 2019, the girl fled Russia; in January 2020 she filed a complaint with the police, and a month later she complained to the Prosecutor General’s Office about the inaction of the police.
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МВД Чечни не стало возбуждать дело после заявления чеченки Аминат Лорсановой о пытках из-за её сексуальной ориентации, сообщает «Медиазона».

Лесбиянка из Чечни пожаловалась в Генпрокуратуру на бездействие СКРАминат Лорсанова в январе 2020 года потребовала возбудить уголовное дело о пытках, в которых обвинила своих родителей, знакомого семьи и персонал клиники пограничных состояний. По словам девушки, узнав о том, что она гомосексуальна, все эти люди пытались «изгнать из неё джинна».

Девушка рассказала, что в 2018 году её дважды помещали в психиатрические стационары, где её избивали и пытали, знакомый родителей, навестивший её в клинике, ещё и читал при этом стихи из Корана, а отец насильно колол ей транквилизаторы, заклеивал рот, надевал наручники и заставлял спать. В апреле 2019 года девушка сбежала из России, в январе 2020 года подала заявление в полицию, а спустя месяц пожаловалась в Генпрокуратуру на бездействие полицейских.
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Poland: Man sentenced to community service for harassment of lesbian couple

The man who stuck the sticker “Stop Sexual Deviants” on the door of a lesbian couple’s apartment has been sentenced. … The District Court for Poznań – Nowe Miasto i Wilda sentenced the man to eight months of restriction of liberty and 30 hours of community service a month. The perpetrator must also apologize in writing to the women he insulted.
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Mężczyzna, który nalepił naklejkę “Stop dewiantom seksualnym” na drzwi mieszkania homoseksualnej pary – ukarany. … Sąd Rejonowy Poznań – Nowe Miasto i Wilda skazał mężczyznę na osiem miesięcy ograniczenia wolności i 30 godzin prac społecznych miesięcznie. Sprawca musi też przeprosić kobiety, które znieważył – i to na piśmie.
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Colombia: Lesbian couple attacked

“When we got out of the taxi we were holding hands and from that moment we felt the intimidating stares of these two men. My partner wanted to vomit and asked me to open the door quickly. I don’t know why but the men thought it was about them and they started to to say ‘these motherf****ers demanding that we help them’. I heard that but I saw that the guys had a beer in their hand, and I didn’t pay attention to them. But we entered the complex and they kept saying things like ‘that they were going to teach us how to respect a man’, that what ‘we need was a man’. The truth is that I couldn’t stand it and yelled at him that we deserve respect like any other person, “said Laura.

“The guy says ‘I’m going to cut her face, so that she remembers me all her life.” He kept saying homophobic and grotesque things like ‘lesbian son of a bitch’. This is when the violence started. My wife covered me so they couldn’t continue attacking me, because they took out a knife and stabbed me in the chest, which almost killed me and they hit my partner with the bottle on the head, “Laura explained.
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“Cuando nos bajamos del taxi estábamos agarradas de la mano y desde ese momento sentimos las miradas intimidantes de estos dos sujetos… mi pareja quería vomitar y me pidió que abriera rápido la puerta… no se porque los sujetos pensaban que era para ellos y empezaron a decir ´estas hijueputas tras de que les ayudamos exigentes´, yo escuché eso pero vi que los tipos tenia una cerveza en la mano no les preste atención… Pero entramos al conjunto y seguían diciendo cosas como ´que ellos nos iban a enseñar como tenia que respetar a un hombre´, que lo que ´necesitamos era un hombre´ y la verdad es que yo no me aguante y le grite que merecíamos respeto como cualquier otra persona”, dijo Laura.
“El tipo dice ´le voy rayar la cara, para que toda la vida se acuerde de mi´, me sigue diciendo cosas homofóbicas y grotescas como ´lesbiana hijueputa”… hay es cuando empieza el conflicto… mi mujer lo que hace es cubrirme para que no me sigan atacando porque ellos sacan un cuchillo y me dan una apuñalada en el tórax que casi me mata, a mi pareja con la botella le dieron en la cabeza”, aseguro Laura.
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Continue reading at: https://caracol.com.co/emisora/2020/12/24/bogota/1608835291_108247.html (Source)

Brazil: young lesbian attacked and left for dead survives with permanent injuries

August 2020:
Fourteen teeth pulled out, a broken jaw, a deep cut on the back of the neck and head trauma were the external marks of the beating suffered by Thaylanne Costa Santos in October last year [2019], when she was 17 years old.
But the blows she received left even more profound consequences: a victim of homophobia, she awaits justice while taking five drugs to treat neurological problems, seizures and a depression that prevents her getting out of bed.

Thaylanne returned home by bicycle after a party in the city of Formosa (281 km from Goiânia) when she was surrounded by three men armed with a machete, a concrete bar and a stick. 

After being beaten, Thaylanne was left unconscious in a puddle of mud. As it was late at night on a busy street, she was not found until hours later. Her condition was so serious that she had to be rescued by a helicopter from the Fire Department, which took her to a city hospital before being transferred to Goiânia.

In addition to taking care of the wounds, the doctors had to suction her lungs, because she had inhaled a lot of blood and dirty water. The stick and the concrete bar were close to her head, stained with blood. “The doctor said that the cut above the back of the neck was made by a machete, which only didn’t kill her because they must have been blind,” says Luciana. 
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Fundraiser for Thaylanne Costa Santos:  https://www.vakinha.com.br/vaquinha/ajude-thaylanne-vitima-de-homofobia

Quatorze dentes arrancados, o maxilar quebrado, um corte profundo na nuca e o traumatismo craniano foram as marcas externas do espancamento sofrido por Thaylanne Costa Santos em outubro do ano passado, quando tinha 17 anos. Mas os golpes que recebeu deixaram sequelas ainda mais profundas: vítima de homofobia, ela aguarda justiça enquanto toma cinco remédios para tratar os problemas neurológicos, as convulsões e uma depressão que não a tira de cama.

Thaylanne voltava para casa de bicicleta depois de uma festa na cidade de Formosa (a 281 km de Goiânia) quando foi cercada por três homens armados com um facão, uma barra de concreto e um pedaço de pau. 

Depois de espancada, Thaylanne foi deixada desacordada sobre uma poça de lama. Como era fim de noite em uma rua sem movimento, ela só foi encontrada horas depois. Seu estado era tão grave que precisou ser resgatada por um helicóptero do Corpo de Bombeiros, que a levou para um hospital da cidade antes de ser transferida para Goiânia.

Além de cuidar dos ferimentos, os médicos precisaram aspirar o pulmão da garota, que acabou ingerindo muito sangue e água suja. O pau e a barra de concreto estavam perto da cabeça dela, sujos de sangue. “O médico disse que o corte acima da nuca foi de um facão, que só não a matou porque devia estar cego”, diz Luciana. 
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Continue reading at: https://noticias.uol.com.br/cotidiano/ultimas-noticias/2020/08/31/homofobia-espancamento-goias-agressao-lesbiofobia.htm