Tag Archives: Lesbians and religion

Germany: Lesbian family faces housing discrimination

Evelyn Yasemine Arslan

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)

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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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/

U.S: Catholic diocese denies lesbian judge communion

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A church in Michigan denied Holy Communion to a state district court judge because she is married to a woman.

Judge Sara Smolenski, the chief judge of Michigan’s 63rd District Court, received a call from the priest at St. Stephen Catholic Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, requesting she not attend communion.

Judge Sara Smolenski was told she could no longer receive communion at her Catholic Church because she is married to a woman.

“This is not about me against the priest, and it’s not really me against the church,” Smolenski told CNN. “This feels like selective discrimination. Why choose gay people, and why now?”

Smolenski, 62, said that the Rev. Scott Nolan, the priest at St. Stephen for approximately three years, called her on November 23 and told her, “‘It was good to see you in church on Sunday. Because you and Linda are married in the state of Michigan, I’d like you to respect the church and not come to communion.'”

Continue reading: https://edition.cnn.com/2019
/11/30/us/gay-michigan-judge-communion/index.html
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U.S: Lesbian Expelled From Christian College For Marrying Another Woman

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Joanna Maxon of Fort Worth, Texas was almost able to complete her degree from Fuller Theological Seminary last year. The 53-year-old was studying for a master of arts in theology, and she only needed a few more classes to finish her degree.

Then she was suddenly expelled for being in a same-sex marriage.

“I was approaching the end and looking forward to graduation and all that stuff,” Maxon told NBC OUT. “To have that taken away unexpectedly — I was a really good student — I was devastated by it.”

Maxon attempted to resolve the issue with the college directly. But since that was unsuccessful, she’s taking them to court. Her attorney filed a federal suit in California, where Fuller’s main campus is based, last week.

Continue reading: http://gomag.com/article/woman-expelled-from-christian-college-for-marrying-another-woman/ (source)

U.S: Teachers terrorized a lesbian high school student

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Magali Rodriguez says that teachers and administrators at Bishop Amat Memorial High School in Upland forced her to follow strict rules to keep her from having a relationship with another girl and terrorized her for years. She also said that the school took steps to avoid her parents finding out that they were disciplining her for being gay (sic).

Continue reading: https://www.lgbtqnation.com/
2019/11/teachers-terrorized-lesbian-high-school-student-keep-relationship/
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U.S: Catholic Schools Keep Kids Away From Lesbian Astronaut

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Respected religious institutions drive homophobia in the United States. They teach it in both churches and schools. Three Catholic schools in the Spokane area just handed kids a vivid object lesson in how to stigmatize LGBTQ people. While diocese leaders are being publicly coy, teachers, parents, and students all know that a trip to see NASA astronaut Anne McClain was cancelled because she’s married to a woman.

Continue reading: https://medium.com/james-finn/catholic-schools-keep-kids-away-from-lesbian-astronaut-4f7b26054659 (source)

Historic ruling: Chilean state violated the rights of a lesbian teacher

Sandra Pavez

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has declared the State of Chile responsible for violating the principle of equality and private life of Sandra Pavez, a religion teacher who was banned from teaching in 2007 for being a lesbian, according to the Homosexual Integration and Liberation Movement (MOVILH), the organisation that represents the teacher.

After eleven years of investigation, the IACHR concluded that the Chilean State violated Pavez’s private life and autonomy, the principle of equality and non-discrimination, and also the principles of access to public service and work on equal terms.

Pavez was a teacher of religion at a municipal school in Santiago from 1985 until in 2007 the Catholic Church revoked the certificate of suitability that allowed her to teach.

The teacher maintains that this happened after she admitted that she was a lesbian and maintained a relationship with another woman, and refused to undergo psychological therapies offered by the Church to reverse her sexual orientation.

“The sorrows of hell came upon me. I was told to deny what I was, and to deny that is to deny myself, I am a human being and I cannot deny what I am,” Pavez explained.

The Church acted under a decree of the Ministry of Education in force since 1983 that regulates the teaching of religion in educational settings and allows the clergy to decide who can teach in that area.
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La Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH) declaró al Estado de Chile responsable de vulnerar el principio de igualdad y la vida privada de Sandra Pavez, una profesora de religión a la que en 2007 se le prohibió dar clases por ser lesbiana, señaló este miércoles el Movimiento de Integración y Liberación Homosexual, entidad que representa a la docente.

Después de once años de investigación, la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH) concluyó que el Estado chileno violó la vida privada y la autonomía de Pavez, el principio de igualdad y no discriminación, y también el acceso a la función pública y al trabajo en condiciones de igualdad.

Pavez era profesora de religión en un colegio municipal de Santiago desde 1985 hasta que en 2007 la Iglesia católica le revocó el certificado de idoneidad que le permitía ejercer su labor docente.

La profesora sostiene que esto ocurrió después de que admitiera que era lesbiana y mantenía una relación con otra mujer, y se negara a someterse a terapias psicológicas que le ofreció la Iglesia para revertir su orientación sexual.

“Las penas del infierno vinieron sobre mí. Se me dijo que negara lo que era, y negar eso es negarme a mí misma, soy un ser humano y no puedo negar lo que soy”, explicó Pavez.

La Iglesia actuó bajo el amparo de un decreto del Ministerio de Educación vigente desde 1983 que regula la docencia de religión en los recintos educacionales y permite al clero decidir quiénes pueden dar clase en esa materia.
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Continue reading at: https://www.efe.com/efe/america/sociedad/la-cidh-acusa-a-chile-de-vulnerar-los-derechos-una-profesora-lesbiana-religion/20000013-4072400 (Source)

U.S: Lesbian couple kicked out of church where they met

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For three years, Mary Catherine Trollinger attended Gracewood Baptist Church in Southaven, Mississippi. She served as its college director for a while and even met Olivia Jennings, the woman who would become her wife, a year ago at the church.

When Gracewood’s pastor Barry Baker found out about their relationship a few months ago, he told the couple to leave the church and not come back. Now, months later, Pastor Baker has sent a nasty letter to Trollinger continuing to slam her “unbiblical” lesbian relationship, and Trollinger isn’t having it.

Continue reading: https://www.queerty.com/church-sends-nasty-letter-gay-couple-unanimously-voting-kick-20190819 (source)

USA: teacher sues for being fired because she’s lesbian

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Clare Public Schools is being sued in federal court by a former adult education teacher who says she was fired because she’s a lesbian.

Julie Mayra, hired by the district sometime around August 2012, said she had a great working relationship with her colleagues — including being promoted to a full-time position — until the district hired a new superintendent and principal for the 2016-07 academic year. Then, according to her complaint filed in federal court, things slid rapidly.

In particular, Georgette Kelley, the new principal, began to target Mayra, according to the court record. Kelley is a devout Pentecostal Christian who is vocal about her opposition to homosexuals.

Kelley is no longer listed on the Clare Public Schools website as employed there.

Continue reading at: https://www.themorningsun.com/news/copscourts/clare-schools-accused-of-firing-teacher-because-she-s-a/article_fece4162-aa4e-11e9-a94e-ab5ae527ce88.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=user-share

U.S: Daycare centre rejected a child because of her lesbian parents

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When Brittney Ready and her wife Stacey enrolled their youngest daughter Callie in the daycare program of Parkview Christian Academy of Waco, Texas, they hoped their child would continue being raised in the Christian faith, just like they’d done at home. Instead, Callie was rejected because her parents are lesbians.

Continue reading: https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2019
/07/daycare-rejected-child-lesbian-parents/
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U.S: Dressmaker refuses service to lesbian couple, but offers to convert them instead

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A St. Louis couple said a wedding dress designer refused to make a garment for them, saying it goes against her faith. Tiffany Allen and Angel Lane said they reached out to the New York-based company, D. AUXILLY, through e-mail to get some information. They said the designer, Dominique Galbraith, responded with the following e-mail that said in part:

“I wouldn’t be able to make a piece for a same-sex wedding. It goes against my faith in Christ. I believe Jesus died for our sins so that we would live for him according to His Holy Word. I know you both love each other and that this feels right but I encourage you both to reconsider and see what the Lord has to say and the wonderful things He has in store for you both if you trust and obey Him.

God Bless and be with you both!

I’m available to talk and share more about Jesus if you’d like. Feel free to call me.”

Continue reading: https://fox2now.com/2019/07/09/st-louis-couple-says-wedding-dress-designer-refused-their-business-because-of-their-sexual-orientation/ (source)

Ireland: Free Presbyterian minister criticises DUP over lesbian candidate

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A video has emerged that shows a Free Presbyterian minister criticising the DUP for selecting Alison Bennington to stand in the council elections.
Ms Bennington, the DUP’s first openly gay politician, was elected to Antrim and Newtownabbey Council on Friday.
In Rev Greer’s sermon from 21 April, prior to the local government elections, he said that Christians were “being conditioned into thinking that things that were once reprobated are now acceptable… such as sodomy.”
He described that as an “agenda”.
“Now we have the DUP putting up their candidate, who is an out-and-out lesbian, that’s what I mean,” he said.

Continue reading: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-politics-48205618 (source)

(LVD) What it’s like to grow up a lesbian in Saudi Arabia

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In Saudi Arabia, homosexuality is a crime punishable by death. Forget about gay marriage. Gay rights are virtually non-existent, so most LGBT Arabs lead deeply closeted lives.
We’re using AJ’s initials because not everyone in her family knows that she’s a lesbian. If 34-year-old AJ could go back in time and tell her 17-year-old self that she’d stop wearing hijab, own a car and have a girlfriend one day, she says her younger self would have never believed it.
“My mom was very strict,” AJ says. “I really couldn’t go out with friends, couldn’t leave the house or visit friends, or do anything.”
But even while living under her mother’s thumb, AJ began to realize she was different.
“I always had a crush on women,” she says.
“Another fun fact about Saudi — it’s very normal for females to have a crush on another female,” she says. “But then when it became more sexual, that’s where you drew the line.”
AJ had no one to talk with about what she was feeling, so she went online.
“I took to Google, looked up my symptoms. Google tells me I’m gay. And I’m like, ‘oh no I’m not.’”
Her reluctance to accept it wasn’t because she grew up Muslim — she says she was never a believer, despite coming from a religiously conservative home. She didn’t want to be gay because it’s nearly impossible to lead an open, honest life in Saudi as a queer person.

Continue reading: https://www.pri.org/stories/2015-07-22/what-its-grow-lesbian-saudi-arabia (source)

(LVD) Living as a Lesbian in Iran, Where Being Gay Is Illegal


In Iran, being gay can carry a death sentence for men. Though lesbians are discussed less frequently, they too face severe government-sanctioned punishment, including lashes and flogging.
The three days Azadeh* spent in interrogation felt to her like months.
In a remote villa on the outskirts of Iran, she sat listening to clergymen preaching quotes from the Quran as the burns on her arms stung with infection.
Growing up, the 25-year-old says she was often bullied for her “boyish” looks. But several years ago, the harassment took on a more sinister form when she was arrested and tortured by Iranian Revolutionary Guards. The guards had found a short story by Azadeh about two male soldiers who were lovers during the war, after a tip-off from a girl Azadeh says held a personal grudge against her.
“I never directly used the word ‘homosexuality’ in my writings,” Azadeh says, “but they wanted to use those writings to get a confession from me that I’m a lesbian. I denied everything.”
Regardless, she was forced to undergo a three-day long “reorientation course”, which she quickly learnt was a euphemism for interrogation. It consisted, she says, of religious instruction and repeated attempts to force her to admit she was gay.
“They tortured me by pouring boiling water on my skin and beating me, especially on the head. [But] more than physical torture, I was subjected to verbal abuse,” she says. “They kept telling me that I was a ‘pussy licker’.”

Azadeh doesn’t see any contradiction between her religious beliefs and her sexual orientation. Her own (legally unofficial) marriage to a woman followed Muslim marriage rituals, and she considers her partner to be her wife in accordance with religious rules. “I used to struggle a lot to interpret the Quran in a way that was more compatible with my situation as a lesbian,” she says. “I think we need new fatwa for this issue.”

Continue reading: https://broadly.vice.com/
en_us/article/a3wvjk/living-as-a-lesbian-in-iran-where-being-gay-is-illegal
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U.S: Republican preacher hits out at ‘demonic’ lesbian Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot

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E.W. Jackson, who was the Republican Party nominee for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia in 2013, hit out at Lightfoot after her victory in the April 2 runoff election.
Speaking on radio show The Awakening on April 3, Jackson said the mayor-elect’s comments are “a satanic, demonic twisting of language.”
The Conservative pastor commentator said: “Chicago just elected a lesbian woman, and she got up and said, ‘We’re showing the world it doesn’t matter who you love.’
“I almost get nauseous every time I hear that because we know that’s a euphemism for, ‘It doesn’t matter who you have sex with.’”
He added: “They’re not talking about love, they’re talking about who you have sex with. And specifically, they’re saying it doesn’t matter if you have sex with someone of the same gender.
“The euphemism is just disgusting. It really is, because this is a satanic, demonic twisting of language.”

Continue reading: https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2019
/04/08/republican-preacher-demonic-lesbian-chicago-mayor-lori-lightfoot/
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U.S: Lesbian couple alleges discrimination at St. Vincent housing facility

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A lesbian couple filed a fair housing complaint with the city of Newark against St. Vincent de Paul Housing Facilities, alleging discrimination at The Gardens on Sixth, a transitional housing facility.

Melanie Dingess and Leslie Conners stated in their complaint, filed Monday with the city’s Department of Development, that they were forced to leave because the management did not want gay couples living together in one of the apartments.

Continue reading at: https://www.newarkadvocate.com/story/
news/2019/03/14/gay-couple-st-vincent-de-paul-housing-facility-discriminated/3143554002/
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U.S: Tax preparer refuses to serve lesbian couple

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For four years, Bailey Brazzel says, she had employed the same tax preparer, Nancy Fivecoate of Carter Tax Service in Russiaville, Ind. Fivecoate prepared the taxes without issue each time — until this year, when Brazzel brought her new wife, Samantha.
Fivecoate declined to serve the couple, citing her religious beliefs.
This was the first year the Brazzels, who wed in July, were filing jointly as a married couple. According to Samantha, Fivecoate explained that she believed marriage was between a man and a woman and that she would therefore not be able to prepare their taxes.

Continue reading at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation
/2019/02/21/christian-accountant-refuses-prepare-lesbian-couples-taxes-religious-grounds/?utm_term=.d2cf241c915b
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U.S: Cancelled black history month event due to speaker being lesbian

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A Catholic school in Durham, N.C., canceled classes and a Black History Month event Friday because various groups planned to protest the appearance of a lesbian speaker at the program.
The speaker in question, Vernetta Alston, is a Durham City Council member, an attorney, and an alumna of the school, Immaculata Catholic.

Continue reading at: https://www.advocate.com/religion/
2019/2/08/catholic-school-cancels-black-lesbian-speaker-black-history-events
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Lebanon: legal case fails to ban show giving lesbians voice

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The freedoms of individuals and expression won a clear victory yesterday, with the decision of the judge of summary of Beirut, Marie-Christine Eid, to reject the appeal presented the day before, Tuesday, January 29, 2019, by a handful of lawyers to ban the broadcast of the program Ana Heyk (“I am like”) which gives the floor to lesbians. A show by star presenter Neshan Der Haroutiounian on the Al-Jadeed TV channel, which lawyers Mohammad Ziad Jaafil, Michel Fallah, Lina Sahmarani, Mohammad Assad Safsouf and trainee lawyer Omar Chbaro said, “promotes deviant social cases and highlights them as if they were examples to follow for the younger generation. This goes against the laws in force and more particularly the penal code, and undermines the moral values of the Lebanese society “.

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Les libertés individuelles et d’expression ont remporté une franche victoire hier, avec la décision de la juge des référés de Beyrouth, Marie-Christine Eid, de rejeter le recours présenté la veille, mardi 29 janvier 2019, par une poignée d’avocats visant à interdire la diffusion de l’émission Ana Heyk (« je suis ainsi ») qui donne la parole à des lesbiennes. Une émission du présentateur vedette, Neshan Der Haroutiounian, sur la chaîne télévisée al-Jadeed, et qui, selon les avocats Mohammad Ziad Jaafil, Michel Fallah, Lina Sahmarani, Mohammad Assad Safsouf et l’avocat stagiaire Omar Chbaro, « fait la promotion des cas sociaux déviants et les met en lumière comme s’il s’agissait d’exemples à suivre pour la jeune génération. Ce qui va à l’encontre des lois en vigueur et plus particulièrement du code pénal, et sape les valeurs morales de la société libanaise ».

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Continue reading at: https://www.lorientlejour.com/article/1155215/malgre-les-pressions-islamistes-lemission-televisee-ana-heyk-donne-la-parole-a-des-lesbiennes.html (Source)

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