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Update: Kenyan court refuses to lift ban on acclaimed lesbian romance film

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A Kenyan court on Wednesday refused to lift a ban on a locally-made acclaimed film portraying a lesbian romance, the film’s producer said, adding that she would continue to fight for freedom of expression in the East African nation.

The film “Rafiki” – which means friend in Kiswahili – was banned by the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) in April 2018 on the grounds that it promotes homosexuality in a country where gay sex is a criminal offence.

Rafiki’s producer Wanuri Kahiu appealed against the ban, arguing it was against freedom of expression which is enshrined in Kenya’s constitution. But the constitutional court stayed the ban, saying there was no violation of freedom of expression.

“We are disappointed of course. But I strongly believe in the constitution and we are not going to give up,” Kahiu told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

“I think it is very important for us to define what freedom of expression means in Kenya as per our constitution. We are going to appeal. The ruling today is not a true reflection of what the constitution says.”

Continue reading: https://news.trust.org/item
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Original article: https://listening2lesbians.com/2018/09/24/update-kenyan-court-lifts-ban-on-lesbian-love-film/

U.S: Lesbian Who Sued Sheriff After He Fired Her Defeats Him in Dem Primary

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A lesbian candidate who is suing the sheriff of Hamilton County, Ohio, has beaten him in the Democratic primary for the office.

Charmaine McGuffey, a former Hamilton County deputy sheriff, defeated Jim Neil by winning nearly 70 percent of the vote Tuesday, The Enquirer of Cincinnati reports. She will face Bruce Hoffbauer, a Cincinnati police lieutenant who was the only candidate in the Republican primary, in November. Cincinnati is the seat of Hamilton County, the third most populous county in Ohio. McGuffey would be the first Ohio sheriff from the LGBTQ community and one of only a few ever elected in the nation. She was endorsed by the LGBTQ Victory Fund.

McGuffey and Neil have both been with the sheriff’s department since the early 1980s. Neil was elected sheriff in 2012, and the following year he promoted McGuffey to major in command of jail and court services, making her the highest-ranking woman in the department’s history. In 2015, she was named local and regional Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. The following year, the Ohio House of Representatives named her Public Citizen of the Year. During her tenure, the Hamilton County Justice Center went from being the worst-ranked large jail in Ohio to the best.

But Neil fired her in 2017. She says it was because she’s a lesbian and she raised concerns about the use of force by officers. He says it was because she created a hostile work environment. She has sued him in federal court, and the lawsuit is still pending.

Continue reading: https://www.advocate.com/politics
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Kenya: Lesbians are being raped and living in fear in refugee camps

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Eva Nabagala hoped she and her young son would be safe from her family when they fled Uganda for a Kenyan refugee camp – but instead, the 28-year-old says she was attacked and raped there as punishment for being a lesbian.

“I have been threatened with death, I have been beaten, I have been harassed sexually, and I have been sexually abused, raped,” Nabagala told Reuters by phone.

Nabagala said she and her now two-year-old son came to Kenya in 2018 after her family threatened to kill her because she is a lesbian.

“I ran from my home … because I wanted to be safe, I wanted protection, but it has turned into something the opposite,” Nabagala said.

Continue reading: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-kenya-refugees-lgbt/lesbians-gays-live-in-fear-of-attacks-in-kenyan-refugee-camp-idUSKCN22A1GB?il=0 (source)

U.S: Lesbian couple’s house vandalized with hate speech & obscene drawings

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

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

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

Katrina posted images of the graffiti on Facebook.

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

Continue reading: https://www.lgbtqnation.com
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A third of UK lesbian mothers experience homophobia from other parents

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One in three lesbian mothers in Britain has experienced homophobia from other parents, while the same proportion have children who have been bullied for having two mums, according to a rare study of LGBT+ women published on Monday.

The online survey by research firm Kantar of more than 1400 LGBT+ women – one of the largest of its kind – found 37% of lesbian mothers suffered discrimination from other parents, while the same number’s children were victimised.

The study offers a rare look at the plight of lesbian mothers in the country, where reported homophobic hate crimes rose 25% in England and Wales in the year to March 2019 and three-fold since same-sex marriage was legalised in 2013.

Continue reading: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-lgbt-education-trfn/third-of-uk-lesbian-mothers-experience-homophobia-from-other-parents-idUSKBN2220YW (source)

U.S: Mother vows she’ll get personal justice after teenage lesbian daughter killed

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A 17-year-old girl in Tennessee was shot to death in a possible anti-gay hate crime.

Ashanti Posey, a high school senior in Nashville, was shot and killed last Thursday, April 9 while driving with another 17-year-old in the car with her.

Police believe that Posey was leaving a neighborhood after a small marijuana sale, but the girl’s mother doesn’t think that the drug deal had anything to do with her daughter’s death.

“This was out of jealousy because my daughter was openly gay and in a happy relationship with a young lady for two years,” she told WTVF.

“Sometimes being different is not accepted in society, it’s just not.”

Continue reading: https://www.lgbtqnation.com/
2020/04/mother-vows-shell-get-personal-justice-teenage-lesbian-daughter-killed/
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Cameroon: Lesbians imprisoned for two years for hugging

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Eva, a hairstylist, is a slender 28-year-old with large black eyes, a round face, long hair and a nose ring.

Marie, 24, has a thin face, small eyes, dimples on her cheeks and short, yellow-tinted hair.

They have been in a loving, committed relationship for years.

Over a period of two years, they had been living undisturbed in a small community in eastern Cameroon where they moved in 2016 to be out of sight and safe from violence. For while, the move was a success.

It was a contrast with the busy city of Yaoundé, which Eva and Marie left four years ago after their families rejected them after learning that they two women were in love with each other.

Their enjoyment of a quiet, peaceful life ended in August 2018 after they attended a friend’s party in downtown Bertoua. That night, when the time came to go home, Eva called for a motorcycle taxi. As they waited for it to arrive, they hugged passionately.

Marie recounted what happened:

“We were both standing on the sidewalk waiting for the bike. I was wearing a black mini dress and my partner in pants. I was glued to her, caressing her body, while she had her hand around my waist. This  behavior aroused the curiosity of police officers, who concluded that we were homosexuals.”

The officers demanded to see their papers, then arrested them.

After Eva and Marie had been in custody for two days, police offered to release them if they paid 200,000 CFA francs (about US $334). They didn’t have the money, so they were put on trial, convicted of homosexual activity, and sentenced to two years in prison with a fine of 138,000 CFA francs each (about US $238 each).

They are scheduled to be released from Bertoua Central Prison in September 2020 — but only if they can pay the fine, which they cannot. If the fine isn’t paid by that point, their sentence will be extended as they work it off.

Continue reading: https://76crimes.com/2020
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U.S: Lesbian chef zoombombed with racism and homophobia

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

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

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

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

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

U.S: Lesbian judge sanctioned for displaying rainbow flag in court

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A judge in Texas has been sanctioned by the state for displaying a rainbow flag in her courtroom.

Bexar County Court’s Judge Rosie Speedlin Gonzalez is out and she flies the rainbow flag in her court because it shows that “everyone is welcome into this courtroom.”

She didn’t think that the flag would be a problem because other judges have flags and symbols in their courtrooms. One judge who’s a veteran has a camouflage robe and another flies an Irish flag to take pride in his heritage, she said.

But San Antonio lawyer Flavio Hernandez was “offended” by Speedlin Gonzalez’s rainbow flag and he filed a complaint with the Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct, saying that the flag meant that the judge couldn’t be impartial.

“I think a judge bringing in symbols of sexuality — regardless of what kind of sexuality — I think that has no place in the courtroom,” he told Texas Lawyer.

He said that he would have been just as offended by “a swastika or confederate flag,” effectively comparing being gay to being a white supremacist.

Continue reading: https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2020/04/
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U.S: Man sexually assaulted lesbian, saying he’d “fix the gay”

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Salt Lake City police arrested a man they said sexually assaulted a lesbian and told her he would “fix the gay.”

Adam Quinn Atwood, 34, was arrested Wednesday on charges of object rape, forcible sodomy, kidnapping, aggravated sexual assault and forcible sexual abuse, according to jail records.

The case is being investigated as a hate crime, Det. Greg Wilking of the Salt Lake City Police Department told NBC News on Friday.

The woman, who told police she is gay, said she visited a friend in Salt Lake City on Sunday night and that at some point, the friend fell asleep. The woman said she continued talking with the friend’s husband, whom she identified as Atwood, and that he “began touching and grabbing her,” according to the police affidavit.

She said Atwood then sexually assaulted her, and when she said “no” and told him to stop, he allegedly asked “if she was sure she didn’t like it” and “if she was sure she was gay,” the affidavit states.

When she tried to leave, the woman said Atwood grabbed her by the back of the neck, forced her back into the house and took her to the basement where he choked her and again sexually assaulted her, according to the affidavit.

The woman said she kept telling Atwood that she doesn’t like men in an attempt to get him to stop and that he “told her he was going to fix the gay,” according to the affidavit.

Continue reading: https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/salt-lake-city-man-sexually-assaulted-lesbian-saying-he-d-n1170431?cid=sm_npd_nn_tw_ma (source)

Germany: Lesbian family faces housing discrimination

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After the birth of the youngest child last November, a larger apartment was needed, the couple told queer.de. With the current housing shortage in Germany it was certainly not an easy task to find one, but nevertheless not impossible. Yasemine and Evelyn Arslan looked at first as if they had found a suitable apartment in Mainaschaff for their small family.

When she finally wanted to sign the lease at the end of January, however, there was a problem. When asked about Evelyn’s husband, the two came out and told the landlord that they were married. The latter replied that he could not reconcile this with his religious views and the rental opportunity was gone.

What Yasemine and Evelyn Arslan experienced is not an isolated case. Again and again, queer tenants with experience of discrimination turn to the federal anti-discrimination agency. In principle, the General Equal Treatment Act (AGG) prohibits sexuality based housing discrimination, but there are restrictions, such as when the landlord has fewer than 50 apartments. Those affected can theoretically file a claim for damages and compensation in court, but proving the case is often difficult. A case of discrimination against a homosexual tenant has not yet been brought to justice in Germany.
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Nach der Geburt des jüngsten Kindes im vergangenen November musste eine größere Wohnung her, berichtete das Paar gegenüber queer.de. Bei der aktuellen Wohnungsknappheit in Deutschland sicherlich keine leichte Aufgabe, aber dennoch nicht unmöglich. Auch bei Yasemine und Evelyn Arslan sah es erst einmal so aus, als hätten sie eine passende Wohnung in Mainaschaff für ihre kleine Familie gefunden.

Als sie Ende Januar dann endlich den Mietvertrag unterschreiben wollte, kommt es jedoch zum Eklat. Auf die Nachfrage nach Evelyns Ehemann outeten sich die beiden und erklärten dem Vermieter, sie seien miteinander verheiratet. Dieser entgegnete, das könne er nicht mit seinen religiösen Ansichten vereinbaren. Die Vermietung war geplatzt.

Was Yasemine und Evelyn Arslan erleben musste, ist kein Einzelfall. Immer wieder wenden sich queere Mieter mit Diskriminierungserfahrungen an die Antidiskriminierungsstelle des Bundes. Grundsätzlich verbietet das Allgemeine Gleichbehandlungsgesetz (AGG) Diskriminierung beim Zugang zu Wohnraum wegen der sexuellen Identität, allerdings gibt es Einschränkungen, etwa wenn der Vermieter unter 50 Wohnungen besitzt. Betroffene können theoretisch vor Gericht auf Schadensersatz und Entschädigung klagen, oft ist der Nachweis jedoch schwierig. Ein Diskriminierungsfall eines homosexuellen Mieters landete in Deutschland bislang nicht vor Gericht.
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Continue reading at: https://www.queer.de/detail.php?article_id=35605 (Source)

Disney/Pixar’s ‘Onward’ Banned In Multiple Middle East Countries Due To Lesbian Reference

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Disney/Pixar’s family film Onward has been banned in multiple Middle East markets due to the film’s minor reference to a lesbian relationship.

[T]he reference hasn’t gone down well with censors in some countries, sources have confirmed. Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia have all banned the film due to the reference. The film, released regionally this week, is nowhere to be seen on cinema schedules in those territories. Other Middle East markets such as Bahrain, Lebanon and Egypt are showing the film.

Russia, another territory with recent history for banning or censoring LGBT content, censored the Onward scene by changing the word “girlfriend” to “partner” and the local version avoids mentioning Specter’s gender.

Continue reading: https://deadline.com/2020/03/disney-onward-banned-multiple-middle-east-markets-lesbian-lgbt-reference-1202876168/ (source)

U.S: Pastor puts up anti-homosexual sign on discovering neighbours are lesbian

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A Louisiana pastor found his church the subject of a peaceful demonstration protesting his decision to put up an anti-gay sign in his front yard that appeared to target his lesbian neighbors.

The protest was prompted by a Facebook post shared by Lynda Slimer of Benton, La., who said that she, her wife, and two daughters came home to find the sign in the yard of their neighbor, Rex Cornwell, the pastor of the Bossier Church of Christ.

The sign features the international ‘No’ symbol over the LGBTQ Pride flag with the words “God forbids homosexuality, so should we.” Bible verses condemning homosexuality appear at the bottom of the sign.

Slimer wrote on Facebook that she believes the yard sign was prompted by Cornwell’s realization that she and her wife are not roommates.

Continue reading: https://www.metroweekly.com
/2020/03/louisiana-pastors-anti-gay-sign-aimed-at-lesbian-couple-sparks-protest-outside-his-church/
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Australia: Pregnant lesbian told “I hope your baby dies”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Anyone with more information was asked to call the force.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Continue reading: https://www.lgbtqnation.com/
2020/03/man-attacks-paramedic-trying-help-calls-dirty-dye/
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South Africa: Teen boys raped lesbian to “correct” her sexuality

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While party-goers celebrated at Cape Town Pride Festival this weekend, three men held a lesbian captive and raped her nearby.

Police believe the suspects gang-raped her with the excuse they were ‘correcting’ her sexuality.

Now officers have arrested two boys, aged 14 and 17 for the attack. But a third suspect is on the run and investigators are vowing to track him down.

The attack happened late on Friday (28 February), just hours before the main party of the Cape Town Pride Festival. The party on Saturday was a highlight of the South African city’s LGBT+ annual celebrations.

Colonel Dawood Laing, commander of Grassy Park station in Cape Town told the Daily voice the victim was a 25-year-old woman.

She was walking to a shop in Lotus River on Friday, shortly after 10pm, when one suspect approached her. The man, who she knows, said someone wanted to speak to her at a house in Duiker Avenue, a few minutes walk away.

She went with him to a ‘hokkie’ or shack behind the main house. Once there, three men held her. Laing says they are all members of the Dog Pound gang – a well-established, violent Cape Town gang.

Laing says one of the teens put his arm around the woman and told her he was in the mood for sex.

‘He then threw her down to the floor of the hokkie and pulled off her pants. He sodomised her and the other two suspects also both sodomised her and they let her go.’

He says the traumatised woman ran home but found her family sleeping and waited until Saturday morning to report the matter.

Laing adds: ‘She went to her girlfriend who called the police and a case was registered.

‘She was taken to the hospital and officers went on the hunt for the suspects on Monday morning.

‘They found two of the gangsters, aged 14 and 17, while the third suspect is on the run.’

Continue reading: https://www.gaystarnews.com/
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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)