The court said Oliveto’s marriage violates church law that bars clergy who are in same-sex relationships. The court said she’s now subject to a disciplinary review that could end with her being ousted from the job.
Continue reading at: Methodist court ruling a blow for openly lesbian bishop – NBC-2.com WBBH News for Fort Myers, Cape Coral & Naples, Florida (Source)
Women were missing for three days after one of their fathers tricked them into flying to the Middle East.
Continue reading at: ‘Vanished’ lesbian couple found safe in Istanbul (Source)
A London-based lesbian couple has vanished after being ‘tricked’ into flying to the Middle East. Maria Jimena Rico Montero, originally from Argentina, and her Egyptian girlfriend Shaza Ismail have not made contact with their family since Monday (24 April).Montero’s mother alleges Ismail’s ‘disapproving’ father tricked them into flying to Dubai. Homosexuality is punishable by death in the United Arab Emirates.
Continue reading at: Lesbian couple vanish after father ‘tricked’ them into flying to Middle East (Source)
This blow left the victim, who fled the scene shortly after, with a cut below her left eye. Westwater pleaded guilty to behaving in a threatening and abusive manner by shouting, swearing, uttering homophobic remarks, threatening his victim with violence and striking her
Continue reading at: Man yells ‘f***ing dyke’ before striking woman in homophobic attack · PinkNews (Source)
Now two victims have told BBC South Today that police let people they accused of attacking them ride off in taxis. One victim, who remains anonymous, said: “I don’t think they handled it well at all.
Continue reading at: Police let men who brutally beat 5 lesbian women ride off in taxis, claim victims · PinkNews (Source)
As he was cleared of sexual assault at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court, Innes Frazer, 30, was slammed by a judge for abusing the vulnerable teenager ‘for his own sexual gratification’. (Isn’t this called rape?)
Continue reading at: Man cleared of sexual assault on disabled lesbian teenager | Daily Mail Online (Source)
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The United Methodist Church is to hold a hearing tomorrow to consider the future of a married lesbian who was elected as a bishop. San Francisco pastor Karen Oliveto was elected unanimously to serve as bishop of the UMC Western Jurisdiction last year, in spite of official rules which ban LGBT ministers from serving openly.
Continue reading at: Methodists to consider expulsion of married lesbian bishop · PinkNews (Source)
What exactly did the banner say? The New York Times had a translation:
“Protect traditional Chinese morals. Defend core socialist values. Resist corrosion from decadent Western thoughts. Keep homosexuality far from campus.”
Continue reading at: Chinese women’s basketball team wants to keep gays ‘far from campus’ – Outsports (Source)
Yudaya is a member of Out and Proud Africa which is an African Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Intersex rights and human rights activist charity. Their mission is to defend human dignity, freedom, justice and equality for LGBTI people in Africa.
Continue watching at: WATCH: This refugee’s story will open your eyes to the fears LGBTIs face in Uganda (Source)
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“They were doing these big witch-hunts on us… it was terrifying to a 17-year-old kid,” Jeffries said. “They’d been following us. They’d done a log, like at 2.35 on Thursday afternoon you drove 4.6km and you stopped at this hamburger shop, then you drove down the river and were there for 3.5 hours.”
Continue reading at: This Is What Happened To Gay People In The Military Before The Ban Was Lifted (Source)
Kate and Ann Bloomfield planned to send their sons to Catholic school and raise them in the Catholic Church — until about a month ago, that is, when they were told they could not enroll their oldest son in school because they’re lesbians. That’s the response the Bloomfields received when they inquired about preschool at the Cathedral of St. Peter School in Rockford.
Continue reading at: Lesbian couple’s son denied enrollment in Rockford Catholic school – News – Rockford Register Star – Rockford, IL (Source)
Marvel has moved to quash speculation that two warriors in the upcoming film Black Panther will be in a lesbian relationship. The film, due to be released in February 2018, is about T’Challa, the superhero king and protector of African nation Wakanda, who featured in Captain America: Civil War. Fans had been excited by the prospect of Okoye and Ayo, two of the titular character’s bodyguards, getting together as Ayo and fellow female warrior Aneka do in the comics.
Continue reading at: Marvel’s lesbian ‘erasure’ from Black Panther film sparks fan outrage · PinkNews (Source)
“People are a bit more free to be derogative, and I think underpinning that is toxic masculinity – there are disempowered men who are angry now at anything that’s different and that includes LGBTI people.”
Continue reading at: Hannah Gadsby to take permanent break from comedy – Star Observer (Source)
Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the LGBTQ organization Fairness West Virginia have filed a lawsuit against Gilmer County (W.V.) officials on behalf of a same-sex couple who was harassed and mistreated by a county clerk who voiced her religious objections to issuing the two women a marriage license.High school sweethearts Amanda Abramovich and Samantha Brookover went to the Gilmer County Clerk’s Office on Feb. 3, 2016, to obtain a marriage license. But Deputy Clerk Debbie Allen insulted and ranted at the couple, calling them an “abomination” to God.
Continue reading at: West Virginia county clerks sued for harassing and mistreating lesbian couple – Metro Weekly (Source)
Two former Birmingham students have defied death threats to make legal history by becoming the first Muslim lesbian couple to get married in a civil ceremony in the UK. Rehana Kausar, 34, and Sobia Kamar, 29, from Pakistan, tied the knot at a registration office in front of their solicitors and two Pakistani friends earlier this month.
Continue reading at: Muslim lesbian couple defy death threats to tie the knot in civil ceremony – Birmingham Mail (Source)
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The faculty members and students at NSD appreciated the actors for their performances. Talking about the bold scenes in the play, Neha Singh, one of the actors, said, “I can’t say we are fearless. Even now, before performing our play in small towns, we are sometimes afraid that people might not like the play as it is too bold. But we have never censored our play.” She added, “Lesbian love remains one of the taboos on stage. There have been lesbian characters in plays, but not as central characters. In the case of queer plays, there are more gay characters than lesbians.”
Continue reading at: A lesbian love story staged at National School of Drama (Source)
Pratt also sent the two women a message which included their home address, and another in which he said he couldn’t wait to “ruin” their Christmas.
He then began phoning the couple, leaving a number of voicemails, including one where he said “you’re dead”.
Continue reading at: Man threatened the lives of his lesbian niece and her girlfriend in homophobic attack · PinkNews (Source)
From the time I was a teenager, I was attracted to women, but it was difficult back then to even think about my sexuality. I was born 71 years ago, when the social and cultural repression around homosexuality was at its peak in the US. As a young adult I had several intense friendships – crushes really – on women, including one that was loving, sensual and addictive. However, the idea that it could ever be sexual didn’t occur to me. My sister remembers me saying, a few years later, that I found relationships with my women friends difficult – the feelings were just that strong. Because I didn’t know what to do with them, there was a lot of internal conflict.
Continue reading at: The best decision I’ve ever made? Coming out at 65 | Opinion | The Guardian (Source)
It appears that the principal accused of the homophobic abuse of 38 high school pupils in the Eastern Cape will not face any disciplinary action.
It was reported last month that Principal Nomampondomise Kosani of Ulwazi High School ‘outed’ the girls, aged 14 to 18, as lesbians to their parents, guardians and teachers after two female pupils were found kissing in the toilets. The humiliated girls were allegedly subjected to insults and were told to ‘stop’ being gay’. Some of the parents reacted with anger and said they were prepared to use violence to ‘make their children straight’.
Continue reading at: No action taken against principal who outed ‘lesbian’ pupils – MambaOnline – Gay South Africa online (Source)