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Australia: Discrimination devastates elderly lesbian

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The volunteer visitor, who is referred to only as Malloy, could not understand why any of the residents would complain about her, as the facility claimed in October 2017.

She was horrified. An uncomfortable meeting with the nurse manager only added to her hurt.

“She said that I was not allowed to talk about my sexuality with the residents,” Malloy told the aged care royal commission.

The nurse manager said Malloy could continue to visit one male resident because he liked her and another two or three people.

“I was devastated to be told that I was no longer allowed to visit all my usual residents and to hear that they had been complaining about me,” Malloy said on Thursday.

The 84-year-old said she did not hide the fact that she was a lesbian while at the facility, but it was not something she actively spoke to residents about.

Continue reading: https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story
/6430732/discrimination-devastated-elderly-lesbian/?cs=14264
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International Lesbian Day: Australian Lesbian Medical Association Celebrates 20 Years

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Katoomba’s iconic Carrington Hotel hosted the 20th birthday celebrations of the Australian Lesbian Medical Association (ALMA) in August.

75 doctors and medical students from around Australia and NZ were welcomed to Gundungurra and Darug country by well-known locals, Aunty Carol Cooper and Jo Clancy from Wagana Dancers.

ALMA is a support network for Australian and New Zealand lesbian doctors, medical students and their partners and is involved in advocacy and research to improve the health of lesbian and same-sex attracted women nationally and internationally.

ALMA also runs http://www.doclist.com.au, a list of health care professionals who have been recognised and recommended by women within the LGBTQI community.

Continue reading: http://www.starobserver.com.au/news
/national-news/australian-lesbian-medical-association-celebrates-20-years/187614 (source)

Australia: 21-year-old lesbian kills herself after being constantly bullied at school


                            21-year-old kills herself after being constantly bullied at school for being homosexual: 'No one will help me'

At the age of 21, Caitlin Kirkaldy, from Toowoomba in Queensland, Australia, was found dead in her bedroom last Thursday, August 8.

Bron Kirkaldy, her mother, spoke to Daily Mail Australia about the tragic death.

“I remember her sitting on my lap and crying when she was in Year 9, saying ‘I don’t think I like boys’,” the devastated mother said.

“We said that was absolutely fine, but I think she really struggled with her sexuality. She was bullied at school for being gay, and she was desperate to be loved. Of course, we loved her, but I think she really wanted a relationship.”

Continue reading: https://meaww.com/21-year-old-kills-herself-being-constantly-bullied-gay-school-for-being-homosexual-no-one-will-help (source)

Crowdfunding for Caitlin’s funeral costs: https://www.gofundme.com/caitlin-kirkaldy

Update: Lesbian Police Couple Lose Discrimination Claim against Australian Federal Police

Emma-Kate McPherson , left, and her partner Kathryn Lee Richens at the Federal Court on Monday.

An Australian Federal Police officer has lost her discrimination claim after the force repeatedly denied her transfer requests to the same city as her same-sex partner.

Detective Sergeant Kathryn Richens and Senior Constable Emma-Kate McPherson began a relationship in 2013 while based in Canberra and Brisbane.

The couple claimed that despite the repeated transfer requests they were told their case is not the same as that of a heterosexual couple, the AAP reported.

In a 2013 letter, they said they were informed that their “circumstances are not comparative to the co-location of heterosexuals who meet genuine compassionate reasons” and that their living apart was “not the AFP’s problem”.

Continue reading: http://www.starobserver.com.au/news/national-news/australian-federal-police-officer-same-sex-discrimination-case-loses-partner-transfer/185235 (source)

Original Story: Australia: Federal police officer in lesbian relationship claims discrimination

Australia: Lesbian elder speaks about abuse as young woman and in ageing

Malloy Rolfe (left) and Dr Catherine Barrett at the 2019 National Elder Abuse Conference .

The 84-year-old gay Adelaide woman began to speak to the National Elder Abuse Conference in Brisbane in clear and simple language.
“My name is Malloy and I’m going to share a story about what it was like to grow up as a lesbian in the 1950s,” Hazel ‘Malloy’ Rolfe said.
“Then I’m going to tell you about a recent experience of elder abuse at an aged care service provider.  Sadly, the two stories are connected.”
She moved to Australia from Middlesex in the UK as a teenager in 1948.
Ms Rolfe was sexually assaulted by her now deceased father, then her mother died nine years after arriving in Adelaide.
Ms Rolfe was later treated in Adelaide with LSD and electro-shock therapy for her sexuality.
She said growing up as a lesbian in Australia in the 1950s was “simply awful”.
“I was told that if I went back to feeling like a lesbian, God wouldn’t love me,” Ms Rolfe told delegates.
More recently, she was refused permission by a major aged-care provider to speak to women at aged-care facilities in South Australia because she was lesbian.

Continue reading: https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/
business/consumer-affairs/older-australians-abused-over-sexuality-and-money-conference-hears-20190722-p529ms.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed
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Australia: Matilda’s captain Sam Kerr exposes lesbophobic trolls

 

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Photo source: Sam Kerr’s Instagram (@samkerr1)

To understand the Matildas as subordinate to a coach is to misread the room; the Australian national women’s football team has always been a player-led environment. They have continued to express, to some deaf ears, they were happy under Milicic and buying into his game plan.
But the morning after their ‘miracle in Montpellier’, Kerr took aim at a new class of hater; the trolls and the homophobes.
The 25-year-old screen-captured one example of abuse, Tweeting it alongside a message: “For people getting upset about there being ‘no’ haters”.

Continue reading: https://www.sbs.com.au/news/we-don-t-listen-to-the-haters-matildas-captain-sam-kerr-lashes-out-at-critics (source)

Australia: Lesbian politician targeted in antisemitic, homophobic campaign

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Independent MP Kerryn Phelps has referred a new round of offensive emails targeting her New South Wales electorate of Wentworth to the Australian Federal Police.
Phelps said the new email contained false “homophobic, antisemitic, racist” claims and was “just generally pretty disgusting.”
The latest emails are similar to ones sent to some Wentworth voters last month, and it comes after Phelps was also targeted during the by-election in the electorate last year.

Continue reading: https://qnews.com.au/kerryn-phelps-blasts-new-round-of-anti-semetic-homophobic-emails-during-election-campaign/ (source)

(LVD) Australia: Thanks To Lesbian Stand-Up Hannah Gadsby We Are FINALLY Seen

By Julia Diana Robertson

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Hannah Gadsby, a suit-rocking lesbian, just put out a Netflix stand-up special, and you MUST go watch it now. As a matter of fact, anyone who cares at all about a lesbian, needs to watch it now. I’d go so far as to say, it should be mandatory. It’s groundbreaking. Unprecedented. Monumental. Certainly one of the best things I’ve ever seen. I laughed (a lot) & cried. And I don’t cry easily. I’m a tough nut to crack—been shot at, seen b*mbs, and my tears are typically relegated to the privacy of a locked bathroom—So lesbians, when I say something powerful went down, I mean something powerful went down. Plus, added bonus, she uses the word lesbian about 100 times.

Gadsby wants her audience to feel the tension because they should know, if only briefly, the tension that women like her feel “all the time.”  Because of this dangerous attitude—‘If you want to look like a man, I’ll beat you like a man’—has been upheld, while the world carries on around us. In 2018, while rule-breaking lesbians are still relegated to a punchline, the mainstream will currently feature— with dignity and style—anyone, whether L, G, B, or T, so long as they adhere to the ‘rules’ of ‘gender’. Gadsby poignantly saysIf I’d been ‘feminine’, that would not have happened. I am ‘incorrectly’ female.” And that’s what the media tells us every single day of our lives… we are “‘incorrectly’ female.”

But despite her anger, depression and #metoo stories, she doesn’t want to be seen as a victim. “There is nothing stronger than a broken woman who has rebuilt herself,” she says valiantly. And I agree. Gadsby is now added to a proud history of suit-wearing lesbian warriors—And those warriors are often the best that womanhood has to offer.

WE ARE NOT A PUNCHLINE. Thanks to Gadsby, our voice FINALLY broke into the mainstream. And IT’S ABOUT. F*CKING. TIME.

Continue reading: https://www.afterellen.com/general-news/560969-thanks-to-lesbian-stand-up-hannah-gadsby-we-were-finally-seen-and-its-about-fcking-time (source)

Australia: Lesbian women forced to pay fees to Royal Brunei Airlines after cancellation

Lesbian women forced to pay fees to Royal Brunei Airlines after cancellation

Two lesbian women have hit out at travel group Flight Centre for asking them to pay hundreds in cancellation fees to Royal Brunei Airlines (RBA).
Shannon, 26, and Jaqueline, 28, from Australia booked the flights with RBA with a stopover in Brunei last month through Flight Centre. However, after learning about the implementation of Sharia Law – which would see gay and bisexual men stoned to death and queer women face public lashing – they cancelled.
Flight Centre agreed to waive the cancellation fees. The group informed the pair they still needed to pay a $300AUS ($213.42/€190.08) to Royal Brunei Airlines.

Continue reading: https://lgbt.10ztalk.com/2019/04/05/
lesbian-women-forced-to-pay-fees-to-royal-brunei-airlines-after-cancellation/
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Australia: Federal police officer in lesbian relationship claims discrimination

Emma-Kate McPherson , left, and her partner Kathryn Lee Richens at the Federal Court on Monday.

An Australian Federal Police detective’s career was ruined after she and another female officer were referred to as a “two for one” deal, in meetings to decide job postings, because of their same-sex relationship, a court has heard.

Continue reading at: https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/
federal-police-officer-in-same-sex-relationship-claims-discrimination-20181210-p50ldm.html
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Update: Update: Lesbian Police Couple Lose Discrimination Claim against Australian Federal police

Australia: Lesbian Booted From Bowling Alley for Using Women’s Bathroom

Two women smiling. Both have light skin and short dark hair. One woman (Charlie) has glasses and is holding a bowling ball in her hand.

Jessica Walton and her wife Charlie were celebrating their birthdays at a Strike Bowling Alley Saturday evening in Australia when they were asked to leave for using the women’s toilets.
After finishing a game, the pair went to use the women’s restroom. When they exited, a security guard stopped Charlie,
“She was told she was going to be forcibly removed from the premises for using the women’s toilet,” Jessica Walton, an author, posted on Twitter. “The guard said if she didn’t leave the premises she would be removed forcibly. He called for a second guard. My partner was so scared… ”

Continue reading at: https://www.advocate.com/business/2018
/10/23/lesbian-booted-bowling-alley-using-womens-bathroom
(source)

Australia: Lesbophobic graffiti sprayed in Tasmanian town

Just a day after the unveiling of a new bench in Parliament Gardens in Hobart to commemorate Tasmania’s progress on LGBTI human rights, anti-lesbian graffiti has appeared in the NW Coast town of Penguin.
The phrase “No lesbians in Penguin” was spray-painted in large black letters across the retaining wall between the beach and the town.

Continue reading at: https://www.outinperth.com/homophobic-graffiti-sprayed-tasmanian-town/ (source)

Australia: Lesbian couple attacked as ‘sickheads’ in hateful note left outside home, car tyre punctured with knife

Note left on gay couple's car saying "Lesbianism is an abhorrent practice".

A same-sex couple who had their car tyre punctured and a note left outside their home calling “lesbianism an abhorrent practice” is encouraging anyone else targeted in the same way to speak out and notify police.

Continue reading at: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-24/gay-couple-attacked-sickheads-hateful-note-car-tyre-slashed/9688284  (source)

Australia: Lesbian Couple Cop Homophobic Abuse by the Jeweller That Sold Them Engagement Rings

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A Ballarat couple has decided to keep their engagement ring despite a homophobic attack by the jeweller who made it.

Continue reading at:  http://www.starobserver.com.au/news/
national-news/victoria-news/jeweller-launches-homophobic-attack-engaged-couple/164173
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Australia: Lesbian claims Centrelink asked her to pay back $7k after SSM vote

The woman claims that Centrelink retroactively recognised her 2016 overseas marriage and then told her she was not entitled to the payments she had been receiving. Picture: Tracey Nearmy/AAP

A TASMANIAN woman was left shocked after Centrelink allegedly ordered her to hand back over her welfare payments following the legalisation of same-sex marriage in Australia. The unnamed woman married her wife overseas in 2016 and says that, because of this, Centrelink claimed that she wasn’t entitled to any of the family payments she had received over the past year and requested that she pay back $6600 in welfare she had been given. The woman’s partner is not an Australian citizen and lives overseas and the couple do not share finances. This meant that they did not satisfy the Centrelink requirements for a de facto relationship, which is why the Australian woman was claiming family tax benefits.

Australia: Centrelink website tells lesbian that same-sex marriage isn’t legal

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A BRISBANE woman has been left furious after a glitch on Centrelink’s website saw a message appear informing her that her marriage to her wife was “not recognised”.

Continue reading at: http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/gay-marriage/centrelink-website-tells-woman-samesex-marriage-isnt-legal/news-story/f1aada89525d927e0a2b8ad5e593873e
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Australia: Lesbian couple ‘subjected to homophobic slurs on Jetstar flight’

 

Cat Franke, left, with her partner Julz Evans, says she feared for her life.

“I feared for mine and my partner’s lives on that plane, we were physically trapped with someone who wanted to hurt us and make sure we had a terrible time,” Ms Franke wrote. “When I spoke up to ask him to stop, he only got more aggressive and louder with his homophobic hate speech and began boxing the back of my partner’s chair.”

Continue reading at: http://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/gay-couple-subjected-to-homophobic-slurs-on-jetstar-flight/news-story/267604f358bef175abbe1b2a61cb6df6 (Source)

Horrific abuse hurled at lesbian and gay Aussies during postal survey

A 23-year-old Sydneysider told Daily Mail Australia that her girlfriend has been unable to leave the house for fear of being harassed or abused again.

‘A couple of years ago, she was beaten severely enough to go into a coma because she kissed her [same-sex] partner goodbye in public,’ the woman said.

‘Despite this, she’s had mail in her letterbox telling her that she’s wrong and an abomination, and it we’ve also had our front door vandalised (graffiti with ‘die f*gs’) because we chalked a rainbow on our front wall.’It’s been horrible for her mental health; to top it off, because she hasn’t been able to make it into work, she recently lost her job.’

Continue reading at: Horrific abuse hurled at gay Aussies during postal survey | Daily Mail Online (Source)

Melbourne: Moving tribute for lesbians convicted for holding hands on a tram

Hold Hands on a Tram was organized to remind people of lesbopobia – the discrimination uniquely faced by lesbians. It was also a chance to highlight some of the struggles older lesbians face.

‘Often LGBTI histories are talked about as a collective – as though each subgroup had the same experiences,’ Barrett said.

‘These experiences need to be understood – because the past is not dead, there are still legacies of history present in contemporary society.

‘We see this in older lesbians fears about services, in the elder abuse some experience by family members, in the attitudes and behaviours of some community members and community leaders.’

Continue reading at: Moving tribute for lesbians convicted for holding hands on a tram (Source)

Australia: Penny Wong says religion is blocking marriage equality

“At the centre of the opposition to equality of marriage rights for gay and lesbian members of the community is the conflation of religious concepts of marriage with secular concepts of marriage,” she said.

“Religious attitudes to marriage continue to impact on much of the political debate that has delayed the recognition of the marriage equality rights of the gay and lesbian community.”

“The problem with this, of course, is the application of religious belief to the framing of law in a secular society, and in societies where church and state are constitutionally separate.”

Continue reading at: Penny Wong says religion is blocking marriage equality – Star Observer (Source)