Tag Archives: Lesbians and religion

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)

Brazil: evangelical pastor convicted of corrective rape of a young lesbian teenager

September 2020:

The Criminal Court of Recanto das Emas, in the Federal District, sentenced evangelical priest João Batista dos Santos to 20 years and 6 months in prison for the rape of a 13-year-old teenager.

The MPDFT (Public Ministry of the Federal District and Territories) advsed that the religious leader’s sentence took into account the authority he exercised over the victim and also recognised the repeated nature of the crime, which occurred at least three times.

In this case in which the priest was convicted of rape of a vulnerable person, it appears that João Batista met the victim in 2017, and the girl talked to the religious leader about her sexual orientation.

According to the MPDFT case, before the abuses occurred the priest said that he loved the girl and would marry her. After the girl commented on being a lesbian, he proposed to use an oil to anoint her body, saying that it was a form of “gay cure”.
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O juízo da Vara Criminal do Recanto das Emas, no Distrito Federal, condenou o bispo evangélico João Batista dos Santos a 20 anos e 6 meses de reclusão pelo estupro de uma adolescente 13 anos.

A pena do líder religioso levou em consideração a autoridade que ele exercia sobre a vítima e também o reconhecimento da ocorrência continuada do crime — por pelo menos três vezes —, informou o MPDFT (Ministério Público do Distrito Federal e Territórios).

Nos autos do processo em que o bispo foi condenado por estupro de vulnerável, consta que João Batista conheceu a vítima em 2017, sendo que a menina teria conversado com o líder religioso sobre sua orientação sexual.

De acordo com a denúncia do MPDFT, antes dos abusos o bispo falava que amava a garota e que iria casar com ela. Depois de a menina comentar sobre ser lésbica, ele propôs passar um óleo para ungir seu corpo, argumentando ser uma forma de “cura gay”.
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Continue reading at: https://www.pragmatismopolitico.com.br/2020/09/bispo-evangelico-que-estuprou-adolescente-e-condenado-a-20-anos-de-prisao.html (Source)

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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Update: lesbian couple settle housing discrimination suit

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Mary Walsh and Beverly Nance sued Friendship Village for sex discrimination in July 2018, after the faith-based facility rejected their housing application, citing its cohabitation policy that defines marriage as between “one man and one woman, as marriage is understood in the Bible.”

The American Civil Liberties Union and the National Center for Lesbian Rights — which filed the case on the couple’s behalf, along with St. Louis attorney Arlene Zarembka and civil rights law firm Relman Colfax — announced Tuesday evening [8 December 2020] that the lawsuit had been resolved.

“Housing is essential for everyone and can be a huge source of stress as we age,” National Center for Lesbian Rights senior staff attorney Julie Wilensky said in a statement. “No one should have to fear being turned away from a retirement community because they are LGBTQ.”

The women at the center of the landmark legal case, Walsh, 74, and Nance, 70, have been partners for more than four decades and were married in 2009.

Walsh and Nance appealed the decision — and in June, the U.S. Supreme Court jump-started the case, when it ruled in Bostock v. Clayton County that the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects LGBTQ employees from sex discrimination. The Supreme Court decision allowed the lawsuit against Friendship Village to be reinstated in District Court, where the two parties were able to reach a confidential settlement.

Continue reading at: https://news.stlpublicradio.org/government-politics-issues/2020-12-09/same-sex-couple-settle-housing-discrimination-lawsuit-against-st-louis-retirement-community (Source)

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Brazil: anti-lesbian conversion therapy within the CTMDT

At 30, and married to a woman, Cláudia speaks with a certain freedom about her experience. But she still lives with the aftermath of intense suffering in her seminary years. In the year she was expelled from school, she stopped attending church. She fell into a deep depression that reduced her immunity to the point of being hospitalized with multiple infections. She still takes antidepressants and anti anxiety medication.

Since the age of 5, the designer knew she was a lesbian. But she hadn’t been with women until she fell in love with a seminary student. They had an almost platonic affair, without sexual relations, because they thought homosexuality was a sin.

Driven by guilt, she revealed her feelings to the school leadership, who imposed the total withdrawal of the two as a condition for continuing their studies. “I had to read a verse from the Bible to her in front of the pastors. The text said that homosexuality is an abomination to God. She left the room crying. It was horrible ”, she remembers. According to her account, teachers monitored the students’ movements and exposed the case to other students. She says she had her personal computer confiscated by one of the leaders, who searched the device to find exchanges of messages between her and the other student.
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Aos 30 anos, e casada com uma mulher, Cláudia fala com certa liberdade sobre sua experiência. Mas ainda convive com as sequelas do sofrimento intenso nos anos de seminário. No ano em que foi expulsa da escola, ela deixou de frequentar a igreja. Caiu em uma depressão profunda que reduziu sua imunidade a ponto de ser internada com múltiplas infecções. Ela ainda toma antidepressivos e ansiolíticos.

Desde os 5 anos, a designer se reconhece como lésbica. Mas não tinha ficado com mulheres até se apaixonar por uma aluna do seminário. Elas tiveram um caso quase platônico, sem relações sexuais, porque achavam que a homossexualidade era pecado.

Movida pela culpa, ela revelou seus sentimentos à liderança da escola, que impôs o afastamento total das duas como condição para a continuidade dos estudos. “Tive que ler um versículo da Bíblia para ela na frente dos pastores. O texto falava que a homossexualidade é abominação para Deus. Ela saiu da sala chorando. Foi horrível”, lembra. Conforme seu relato, professores vigiavam os movimentos das estudantes e expunham o caso para outros alunos. Ela diz que teve o computador pessoal confiscado por uma das líderes, que vasculhou o dispositivo para achar trocas de mensagens dela com a outra aluna.
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Continue reading at: https://apublica.org/2020/12/para-curar-a-homossexualidade-jovem-teria-sido-submetida-a-isolamento-exorcismos-e-terapia-em-seminario-evangelico/ (Source)

Italy: school fined for sacking lesbian teacher

The Court of Appeal confirmed the sentence against the Sacred Heart of Trento for the dismissal of a lesbian teacher due to the “confirmed discriminationy on the basis of sexual orientation, individual and collective, and the conduct implemented by the Institute regarding the recruitment of teachers”.

The sum is almost double what the private school had been required to pay to the women in the first instance: a total of €43,000, including both financial and moral harm. The Institute has now been called upon to pay the CGIL and the association Certi Rights, which had stood up in its defense, a sum of €10,000.

In the first instance, the compensation had been assessed at €25,000 while the association and the union would have been entitled to €1,500 each.
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La Corte di Appello conferma la sentenza contro il Sacro Cuore di Trento a causa della “accertata natura discriminatoria per orientamento sessuale, individuale e collettiva e la condotta attuata dall’Istituto in ordine alla selezione per l’assunzione degli insegnanti” per il licenziamento di una docente lesbica.

Una somma quasi raddoppiata rispetto a quella che la scuola privata era stata destinata a pagare in primo grado alla donna: in tutto 43mila euro tra danno patrimoniale e morale. L’Istituto è stato chiamato ora a risarcire con una somma di 10mila euro anche la Cgil e l’associazione radicale Certi Diritti, che si erano schierate in sua difesa.

In primo grado il risarcimento era stato quantificato in 25mila euro mentre all’associazione e al sindacato sarebbero spettati 1.500 euro a testa.
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Continue reading at: https://www.lavocedeltrentino.it/2020/09/02/licenziata-perche-lesbica-listituto-sacro-cuore-paga-piu-di-40mila-euro-alla-prof-discriminata/ (Source)

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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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.

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