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Lesbians Are a Target of Male Violence the World Over

by Julie Bindel

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Lesbians in the U.K. have fought for and achieved legislative equality with heterosexuals. We can marry, adopt and foster children, and have next-of-kin rights with a same-sex partner. It is now illegal to fire us from our jobs or refuse goods and services on the grounds of our sexuality.

These changes also are prevalent across the majority of states in the U.S. and in numerous other countries around the world. But there are still plenty of places that have either rolled back the rights of lesbians, such as Russia under President Vladimir Putin, or, under the influence of religious fundamentalists, have introduced archaic and extremely punitive legislation affecting LGBTQ people.

Continue reading: https://www.truthdig.com/articles/lesbians-are-a-target-of-male-violence-the-world-over/ (source)

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Update: Brazilian court considering trial for police accused of killing Luana Barbosa in 2016

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The court heard this week from the three military police officers accused of beating to death Luana Barbosa dos Reis , 34, a non-feminine black, lesbian and marginalised woman, in front of her her 14-year-old son, and will decide in the next few days whether to take or not the defendants will go to trial.

According to witnesses and Luana herself, in a video recorded before her death, she was beaten during a police raid on the night of April 8, 2016, in the Jardim Paiva II neighbourhood, one of the outskirts of Ribeirão Preto, 312 km from the city of São Paulo, nicknamed “Brazilian California” or “national agribusiness capital”. Five days later, Luana died in the hospital. The cause of death was a cerebral ischaemia caused by traumatic brain injury.

According to witnesses, at the time of approach Luana Barbosa demanded the presence of a female police officer to conduct the search. To show that she was a woman, Luana lifted her shirt. At that moment she was punched and kicked that knocked her to the ground. This is the same version told by Luana Barbosa’s family three years ago.
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A Justiça ouviu nesta semana os três policiais militares acusados de espancar até a morte Luana Barbosa dos Reis, 34 anos, mulher não feminilizada, negra, lésbica e periférica, diante do filho dela de 14 anos, e deve decidir nos próximos dias se leva ou não os réus a júri popular.

Segundo relatos de testemunhas e da própria Luana, num vídeo gravado antes de sua morte, a jovem foi espancada durante uma abordagem policial na noite de 8 de abril de 2016, no bairro Jardim Paiva II, uma das periferias de Ribeirão Preto, cidade a 312 km da capital paulista, apelidada de “Califórnia brasileira” ou “capital nacional do agronegócio”. Cinco dias depois, Luana morreu no hospital. A causa da morte foi uma isquemia cerebral causada por traumatismo crânio encefálico.

Segundo as testemunhas, no momento da abordagem Luana Barbosa exigiu a presença de uma policial mulher para realizar a revista. Para mostrar que era mulher, Luana levantou a camiseta. Nesse momento ela levou um soco e um chute que a derrubaram no chão. É a mesma versão contada pela família de Luana Barbosa há três anos.
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Original article: Brazil: state murder of lesbian remains unpunished 3 years later

Brazil: young DJ murdered for being lesbian

DJ Ana Karolina de Souza Santos

DJ Ana Karolina de Souza Santos, 19, was brutally murdered, and according to the victim’s friend, anonymous for fear of reprisals, the young woman may have been killed because of homophobia (prejudice and criminal attitudes against homosexuals).

“One managed to escape and the other two said they did not realize that Karol was dead because they both pretended to be dead. It was a strategy to survive. The girls say that at no time was there harassment, but they (kidnappers) were taking pictures and asking where they were from, who they were. To me, Karol’s death had to do with her social position. Karol looked the most masculine. She had no wake. She was totally disfigured”, said the interviewee.

The DJ’s friend added that she will not accept the criminalisation of the dead victim, which she says “serves to remove the state’s responsibility for the crime”.
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A DJ Ana Karolina de Souza Santos, 19, assassinada brutalmente, e segundo uma amiga da vítima, que terá sua identidade preservada por temer represálias, a jovem pode ter sido morta por homofobia (preconceito e atitudes criminatórias contra homossexuais).

“Uma conseguiu fugir e as outras duas disseram que não perceberam logo que a Karol estava morta, porque elas duas se fingiram de mortas. Foi uma estratégia para sobreviver. As meninas falam que em nenhum momento teve assédio, mas eles (raptores) ficaram tirando fotos e perguntando de onde elas eram, quem elas eram. Para mim, a morte da Karol teve relação ao aspecto social que ela estava envolvida. A Karol era quem tinha aparência mais masculinizada. Nem velório ela teve. Ficou toda desfigurada”, relatou a entrevistada.

A amiga da DJ acrescentou que não irá aceitar que criminalizem a vítima morta, algo que, segundo ela, “serve para tirar a responsabilidade do Estado pelo crime”.

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Brazil: young lesbian abducted and beaten

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Photo: Praia Grande Mil Grau

Images from surveillance cameras from Praia Grande city hall on the coast of Sao Paulo can help police identify men who assaulted a 19-year-old [lesbian] girl. The pair put the victim in a car and, after the assault, she was taken to a street in the Sítio do Campo neighborhood, where she was abandoned.

The victim was walking down Worker Avenue late Sunday afternoon (28) when she was approached by two men. They asked what time it was, but she ignored it. The pair kept following the girl and she ended up answering. Then they told her to get in the car. Refusing, one of the men got out of the car and kicked her leg and punched her rib. She fell and was thrown into the car.
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Imagens de câmeras de monitoramento da prefeitura de Praia Grande, no litoral de São Paulo, podem ajudar a polícia a identificar os homens que agrediram uma jovem de 19 anos. A dupla colocou a vítima em um carro e, após a agressão, ela foi levada até uma travessa do bairro Sítio do Campo, onde foi abandonada.

A vítima caminhava pela Avenida do Trabalhador no final da tarde de domingo (28) quando foi abordada por dois homens. Eles perguntaram que horas eram, mas ela ignorou. A dupla continuou seguindo a garota e ela acabou respondendo. Em seguida, eles disseram para ela entrar no carro. Ao recusar, um dos homens desceu do carro e deu um chute em sua perna e socos na costela. Ela caiu e foi jogada dentro do carro.
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Continue reading at: https://g1.globo.com/sp/santos-regiao/noticia/2019/08/01/imagens-podem-ajudar-policia-a-achar-dupla-que-espancou-lesbica-em-sp.ghtml (Source)

Brazil: The lesbian activist who defends LGBT rights in the Amazon

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Dani is the indigenous woman who stars in the second chapter of ‘Rainforest Defenders’ and one of the leaders, at only 21 years old, of the Amazonian resistance to the logging, mining and agrarian threat. But Dani is something else. She is one of the first indigenous women to say openly that she is a lesbian and use her visibility to fight for the LGTB cause in the Amazon.

She belongs to one of the communities that live on the banks of the Tapajós River, a mixture of ancient native settlers, indigenous people, descendants of African slaves and whites of Portuguese origin. Communities that are trying to avoid the exploitation and destruction of their land.

Dani’s community has an advantage over the majority, as it is considered [in] a Conservation Reserve, and therefore temporarily protected from indiscriminate extraction. But the young woman still has to fight against the threats that the extensive cultivation of soy exerts on her land and also against the prejudices of her own community, of the evangelist church, religion they profess, and of her own family .(Translated)

Dani es la indígena que protagoniza el capítulo segundo de ‘Rainforest Defenders’ y una de las líderes, a sus solo 21 años, de la resistencia amazónica frente a la amenaza maderera, minera y agraria. Pero Dani es algo más. Es una de las primeras indígenas en decir abiertamente que es lesbiana y usar su visibilidad para luchar por la causa LGTB en la Amazonia.

Pertenece a una de las comunidades que viven a la vera del río Tapajós, mezcla de antiguos pobladores autóctonos, indígenas, descendientes de esclavos africanos y blancos de origen portugués. Comunidades que están tratando evitar la explotación y destrucción de su tierra.

La comunidad de Dani tiene cierta ventaja frente a la mayoría, pues está considerada como una Reserva de Conservación, y por tanto, protegida temporalmente de la extracción indiscriminada. Pero la joven sigue teniendo que luchar contra las amenazas que el cultivo extensivo de soja ejerce sobre su tierra y también contra los prejuicios de su propia comunidad, de la iglesia evangelista, religión que profesan, y de su propia familia.
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Continue reading at: http://www.mirales.es/dani-la-indigena-lesbiana-que-defiende-los-derechos-lgtb-en-la-amazonia/ (Source)

Brazil: lesbian tattoo artist murdered

Joyce Cristina Vargas da Silva

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The Civil Police of Rio de Janeiro found the body of the tattoo artist Joyce Cristina Vargas da Silva , 31 years old. Black woman, lesbian and passionate about tattooing. She had been missing since Monday, May 27, after going out with friends from a LGBTQ + nightclub, to Papa G Nightclub . According to the cousin of the victim, the friends left and Joyce decided to stay a little longer. … Agents of the Capital Homicide Division located her corpse near the rails of the Madureira train station, in the northern part of Rio de Janeiro. The information above is from O Globo newspaper and SBT Brasil . Still, according to what was disclosed by social networks there were signs of rape and the indication that the murder has lesbophobic motivation.
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A Polícia Civil do Rio de Janeiro encontrou o corpo da tatuadora Joyce Cristina Vargas da Silva, 31 anos. Mulher negra, lésbica e apaixonada por tatuagem. Ela estava desaparecida desde a segunda-feira, 27 de Maio, após sair com amigas de uma boate LGBTQ+, a Boate Papa G. Segundo o primo da vítima, as amigas foram embora e Joyce resolveu ficar um pouco mais. … Agentes da Divisão de Homicídios da Capital localizaram o cadáver próximo aos trilhos da estação de trem de Madureira, na zona norte do Rio de Janeiro. As informações acima são do jornal O Globo e do SBT Brasil. Ainda, segundo o que foi divulgado pelas redes sociais havia sinais de estupro e a indicação que o assassinato tenha motivação lesbofóbica.
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Continue reading at: http://www.frrrkguys.com.br/tatuadora-e-assassinada-no-rio-de-janeiro/ (source)

(LVD) Brazil: “We lesbians are still fetishized on the streets and in the media”

Often seen by society through the lens of hatred or fetish, lesbian women seek visibility amid political crisis, loss of rights and the conservative wave.
“We continue to be fetishized on the streets and in the media and our sexuality continues to be infantilized and trivialized, since patriarchal society only believes in the heteronormative model of relationship and affection. Such a model legitimizes harassment, violence and our total invisibility, thus putting our lives at risk at all times,” explains Natalia Pinheiro, 27.
In the Americas, violence against lesbians is driven mainly by misogyny and gender inequality, as historically noted in the reports on the subject produced by the Organization of American States (OAS). Among the recorded violence are “corrective rape”, that is, sexual violence aimed at “changing” the sexual orientation of the victim, aggression due to public displays of affection and forced hospitalizations aimed at “converting” the sexual orientation of the victims.
Pinheiro was one of the organizers, along with her companion Bru Isumavut, of the Dyke Fest, a feminist lesbian festival that brought together bands and promoted discussions in São Paulo on Sunday 27, about the prejudices that affect this population.
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Em geral vistas pela sociedade por meio das lentes do ódio ou do fetiche, as mulheres lésbicas buscam visibilidade em meio à crise política, à perda de direitos e à onda conservadora.
“Seguimos fetichizadas nas ruas e na mídia e a nossa sexualidade segue sendo infantilizada e banalizada, uma vez que a sociedade patriarcal só acredita no modelo heteronormativo de relação e afeto. Tal modelo legitima assédios, violências e a nossa total invisibilização, colocando, desta forma, nossas vidas em risco a todo momento”, explica Natalia Pinheiro, 27 anos.
No continente americano, a violência contra lésbicas é movida principalmente pela misoginia e a desigualdade de gênero, como constatado historicamente nos relatórios sobre o tema produzidos pela Organização dos Estados Americanos (OEA). Entre as violências registradas estão o “estupro corretivo”, isto é, a violência sexual que objetiva “mudar” a orientação sexual da vítima, agressões devido a demonstrações públicas de afeto e internações forçadas visando “converter” a orientação sexual das vítimas.
Publicitária e produtora cultural, Pinheiro foi uma das organizadoras, ao lado de sua companheira Bru Isumavut, do Dyke Fest, festival lésbico feminista que reuniu bandas e promoveu discussões em São Paulo, no domingo 27, sobre os preconceitos que atingem essa população.
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Brazil: state murder of lesbian remains unpunished 3 years later

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After three years of Luana Barbosa’s murder, the case is still in the judicial process without effectively holding the aggressors accountable. Black, lesbian, mother and outlier, Luana was killed at age 34 due to brain injuries caused by three military police officers who beat her in the corner of her house, in the Jardim Paiva II neighbourhood, in the northern area of ​​Ribeirão Preto (São Paulo state). The assaults took place after Luana refused to be checked by the soldiers of the 51st Military Police Battalion (PM), demanding a female police presence. She was sent to the Emergency Unit of the Hospital de Clínicas (HC-EU), but died five days after the violence.
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Luego de tres años del asesinato de Luana Barbosa, el caso aún sigue en proceso judicial sin responsabilizar efectivamente a los agresores. Negra, lesbiana, madre y periférica, Luana fue asesinada a los 34 años por lesiones cerebrales provocadas por tres policías militares que la golpearon en la esquina de su casa, en el barrio Jardim Paiva II, zona Norte de Ribeirão Preto (estado de São Paulo). Las agresiones ocurrieron después de que Luana se rehusó a ser revisada por los soldados del 51º Batallón de la Policía Militar (PM), exigiendo una presencia policial femenina. Ella fue encaminada la Unidad de Emergencia del Hospital de Clínicas (HC-UE), pero murió cinco días después de la violencia.
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Continue reading at: https://kaosenlared.net/brasil-madre-negra-y-lesbiana-asesinato-de-luana-barbosa-sigue-impune-luego-de-tres-anos/ (Source)

Update: Update: Brazilian court considering trial for police accused of killing Luana Barbosa in 2016

Brazil: Bus conductor abuses lesbian

Bah Fernandes

Bah Fernandes, so titled in the Facebook post, revealed that she suffered serious humiliation on her way to work. The girl who works as a dog walker in São Paulo, revealed everything in a post spread in social media, which soon obtained many shares. Bah reports that she did not have credits on her single ticket, so she had to make the payment through a $ 20.00 bill. The bill collector… “frowned at having to give the change”. He threw the change over the cash box and, shouting, started calling her a dyke.
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Bah Fernandes, assim intitulada no post do facebook, revelou que sofreu sérias humilhações a caminho do trabalho. A garota que trabalha como passeadora de cães em São Paulo, revelou tudo em um post difundido nas mídias sociais, que logo obteve vários compartilhamentos. Bah relata que, não tinha créditos no seu bilhete único, então teve que efetuar o pagamento através de uma nota de $20,00. O cobrador …“fez cara feia ao ter de dar o troco”. Ele jogou o troco em cima da caixa de dinheiro e, aos gritos, começou a chamá-la de sapatão.
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Continue reading at: https://observatoriog.bol.uol.com.br/noticias/2019/04/lesbica-e-ofendida-por-cobrador-de-onibus-apos-pedir-o-troco (Source)

Brazil: Businessman confesses that he killed lesbian uber driver because she refused to have sex

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Suspected of killing driver Vanusa da Cunha Ferreira, Parsilon Lopes dos Santos said on Wednesday that he committed the crime after the victim refused to have sexual intercourse with him after a private race. According to the Civil Police, he still raped the woman after killing her. 

Vanusa, a 36-year-old nursing technician and driver, was found dead Sunday night, in Jardim Copacabana, in Aparecida de Goiânia, in the Metropolitan Region of the capital. Hours earlier, her car was found on a city street and passed by expertise. Parsilon was arrested on Monday.
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Suspeito de matar a motorista de aplicativo Vanusa da Cunha Ferreira, Parsilon Lopes dos Santos disse, nesta quarta-feira (23), que cometeu o crime após a vítima se negar a manter relação sexual com ele depois de uma corrida particular. Segundo a Polícia Civil, ele ainda estuprou a mulher após matá-la.

Técnica em enfermagem e motorista nas horas vagas, Vanusa, de 36 anos, foi encontrada morta na noite de domingo (20), no Jardim Copacabana, em Aparecida de Goiânia, na Região Metropolitana da capital. Horas antes, o carro dela foi achado em uma rua vicinal da cidade e passou por perícia. Parsilon foi preso
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More information: http://www.umoutroolhar.com.br/2019/02/juliana-pereira-conta-que-o-assassino-de-sua-namorada-era-obcecado-por-ela.html

In Memoriam: Lesbian Murder Victims (March 2019 Update)

Lesbians in Memoriam

We honour the following sisters:
  • Brenda Lorena Alvarado Montoya (2019) – Tegucigalpa, Honduras
  • Thuthukile Mabasa (2018) – Capetown, South Africa
  • Nicole Saavedra (2016) – Valparaiso, Brazil
  • Sidney Loofe (2017) – Nebraska, USA
  • Anne Mikaelly (2018) – Brasilia, Brazil
  • Unathi Bixa (2017) – Capetown, South Africa
  • Charlene Ranstrom and Brenda Warner (1988) – Nashua, New Hampshire
  • Cassie Hayes (2018) – Southport, Mercyside, England
  • Marielle Franco (2018) – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Elke W. and Beate N. (2016) – Gersthofen-Hirblingen, Germany
  • Anisha and Joey van Niekerk (2017) – Magaliesberg, South Africa
  • Kaladaa Crowell (and her 11 year-old daughter, Kyra Inglett) (2017) – West Palm Beach, Florida, USA
  • Noxolo Xakeka (2018) – Lwandle, South Africa
  • Kerrice Lewis (2018) – Washington, D.C., USA
  • Shanta Myers and Brandi Mells (and Shanta’s two children, Shanise Myers and Jeremiah Myers) (2017)  – Troy, New York, USA
  • Josanne Maria Almeida da Silva and Ana Paula da Silva Pereira (2017) – Manaus, Brazil
  • Quezia Kassya (2017) – San Paulo, Brazil
  • Georgann Lee Smith (2009) – Sarasota, Florida, USA
  • Ana Flávia Leitão (2017) – Cataguases, Brazil
  • Irani Ribeiro de Medeiros (2017) – Várzea Grande (Mato Grosso), Brazil.
  • Felicia Dormans (2017) – Mount Holly, New Jersey, USA.
  • Lyndsey Vaux (2016) – Wigan, United Kingdom

Continue reading at: http://inmemoriamlesbian.blogspot.com/

Brazil: murders of lesbians increased by 237% in 3 years

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Between 2014 and 2017 the murders of lesbian women increased by 237%.  The study ” Murdered by lesbophobia – The stories that no one has” made by “We – Feminists Dissidences” collective, shows both how crimes have increased and also that in most cases the murdered women were young and black.
In Brazil, lesbian women face many dangers, it goes beyond lesbophobia, it is also machismo, misogyny and racism. “Lesbians are sexually and affectively exclusively with women, but the main lesbian killers in Brazil are men,” says Cinthia Abreu, member of the World March of Women and March of Black Women of São Paulo.
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Entre 2014 y 2017 el asesinatos de mujeres lesbianas aumentó un 237%. El estudio “Asesinadas por lesbofobia – Las historias que nadie cuenta”, hecho por el colectivo “Nosotras – Disidencias Feministas”, además de mostrar cómo han aumentado los crímenes demuestra que en la mayoría de los casos las mujeres asesinadas eran jóvenes y negras.
En Brasil las mujeres lesbianas se encuentran ante muchos peligros, va más allá de la lesbofobia, también es el machismo, la misoginia y el racismo. “Las lesbianas se relacionan sexual y afectivamente exclusivamente con mujeres, pero los principales asesinos de lesbianas en Brasil son hombres”, afirma Cinthia Abreu, integrante de la Marcha Mundial de Mujeres y Marcha de Mujeres Negras de São Paulo.
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Continue reading at: http://www.mirales.es/el-asesinato-a-mujeres-lesbianas-en-brasil-ha-aumentado-un-237/ (Source)

Brazil: two ex-police charged with murder of lesbian activist politician Marielle Franco and her driver

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Two former police officers have been arrested over the murder of the Rio de Janeiro councillor Marielle Franco, two days before the first anniversary of her death, which prompted international outrage. Franco, a groundbreaking politician who was born in one of Rio’s largest favelas and became a voice for disadvantaged people in the city, was killed in a drive-by shooting along with her driver, Anderson Gomes. She had criticised police killings in the favelas where she grew up and took part in a 2008 state legislature inquiry into the paramilitary gangs that dominate large areas of Rio state. Known as militias, these groups often include police officers. The suspects were identified as Ronnie Lessa, a retired military police officer, and Élcio Vieira de Queiroz, a former police officer.
Continue reading at: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/mar/12/police-officers-arrested-murder-brazilian-politician-marielle-franco

Original article: Protests held across Brazil after lesbian Rio councillor shot dead

Brazil: Lesbian actor faces discrimination and loss of work

 

Bruna, in fact, has declared herself a lesbian, triggering homophobic fury, with painful work repercussions. “Obviously I have lost several contracts since I came out. Of course I was scared, especially because I had a flat to pay for and my parents are not rich, on the contrary. But I did not have much choice”.

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Bruna, infatti, si è dichiarata lesbica, scatenando la furia omofoba, con dolorose ripercussioni lavorative. “Ovviamente ho perso diversi contratti da quando ho fatto coming out. Certo che avevo paura, soprattutto perché avevo un appartamento da pagare e i miei genitori non sono ricchi, al contrario. Ma non avevo molta scelta”.

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Protests held across Brazil after lesbian Rio councillor shot dead

 

marielle francoProtests were held across Brazil after a popular Rio city councillor and her driver were shot dead by two men in what appears to have been a targeted assassination. Marielle Franco, 38, was a groundbreaking politician who had become a voice for disadvantaged people in the teeming favelas that are home to almost one-quarter of Rio de Janeiro’s population, where grinding poverty, police brutality and shootouts with drug gangs are routine.

Richard Nunes, Rio’s head of public security, said there would be a “full investigation” into the deaths, which came despite the military taking charge of policing in the city last month after a surge in violence.

Continue reading at: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/15/marielle-franco-shot-dead-targeted-killing-rio (Source)

Update: Brazil: two ex-police charged with murder of lesbian activist politician Marielle Franco and her driver

In Memoriam: Lesbian Murder Victims (June 2017 Update)

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“Lesbians are very often under-counted as murder victims–both within the so-called LGBT community and by those who monitor violence against women. This is a beginning effort to honor the names of the lesbians that have been lost.”

This month we honor the following sisters:

Andreza Souza Dos Santos, Manaus, Brazil (February 2017)

Larissa Massaroli, Cabixi, Brazil (April 2017)

Kandis Major and Terri Seibeck, Illinois, USA (October 2009)

Lerato Moloi, Naledi, South Africa (May 2017)

Nonkie Smous, Maokeng, South Africa (April 2017)

Continue reading at: In Memoriam: Lesbian Murder Victims (Source)