On 1 August 2021 Listening2Lesbians provided submissions in response to the following from the Commission on the Status of Women:
“Any individual, non-governmental organization, group or network may submit communications (complaints/appeals/petitions) to the Commission on the Status of Women containing information relating to alleged violations of human rights that affect the status of women in any country in the world. The Commission on the Status of Women considers such communications as part of its annual programme of work in order to identify emerging trends and patterns of injustice and discriminatory practices against women for purposes of policy formulation and development of strategies for the promotion of gender equality.”Commission on the Status of Women: Communication Procedure
Information was provided to the UN on incidents dating back approximately 2.5 years across the 57 countries we have reported on in that time.
Legal, social and familial punishment of lesbians for failing to conform with the expectations imposed on women illuminates the status of women around the world. Homosexuality is understood to be a breach of sex-based expectations. Strictly enforced sex roles are accompanied by increased consequences for those who break them, individually or collectively. Lesbians, or women read as lesbians, are doubly punishable for their non-conformity, both overt and inferred.
Listening2Lesbians is not an expert on these countries and provided this information to augment and support the information provided by women from individual communities. We can only provide information on cases we have been able to locate and based our submissions solely around the available facts. Please note that we welcome corrections and updates.
We are painfully aware of the many communities not represented.
Anyone with information on missing communities is invited to contact us with information on reporting violence and discrimination against lesbians in their community.
Liz, Ari and Devorah @ Listening2Lesbians
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As soon as Mallory Arthur and Kelly Roberts got engaged in January, they started planning their October 2021 wedding.
But this week’s excitement wasn’t what the Woodstock, Ont., couple, both 26 years old, were bargaining for. When they tried to book videographer Caramount Pictures, based in Brantford, Ont., for their wedding, the owner told them the business will not work with a same-sex couple.
The refusal came on Monday, 15 years to the day after Canada legalized same-sex marriage, on July 20, 2005.
“I say this with much care, because I know your union is incredibly important to you, but we do not film homosexual weddings,” Cara Hamstra, the business owner, wrote in an email.
Arthur was shocked. “She was so blunt about it, didn’t even try to mask it,” she said.
“When I opened the email, my heart just immediately dropped. I felt sick to my stomach,” Roberts said. “It was just so blatant what she said. And usually people will try and dance around it.”
CBC News reached out to Hamstra for comment but has not received a response as of publication.
The couple had a similar experience in February.
Roberts said after meeting with a wedding officiant in a local Tim Hortons doughnut shop, he said he wouldn’t marry the two women.
“Mallory was grabbing us a coffee, and as she sat down and he realized it was two women, he said that his beliefs don’t support our marriage, and he would be shunned by the church if he married us,” she said.
Continue reading: https://www.cbc.ca/news
The Weeknd has found himself in some controversy after the release of his collaboration with producer Gesaffelstein, ‘Lost In The Fire’, with some citing that some of his lyrics are homophobic.
The lyrics in question centre around a pretty explicit couple of lines in the second verse, where The Weeknd sings “you’re going through a phase” and “i can f*ck you straight.”
Continue reading at: https://musicfeeds.com.au/news/the-weeknd-accused-of-homophobic-lyrics-in-new-song/ (Source)
A lesbian couple says they were driven out of their jobs as paramedics and firefighters in a small Alberta town for being “too gay.”
Sheri and Alyssa Monk say they were discriminated against and expected to follow different rules than their heterosexual colleagues, saying they were told not to talk about their personal lives at work and that the word “wife” was off limits.
Continue reading at: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/
After disclosing her relationship, Mills said she had several conversations with church leaders and members. They wanted her to repent her sexual orientation, to be “restored” to the Bible’s teaching. “And they told you, you needed to change,” said Fowler. “I started questioning, how she could spend so much time devoted to a place that can’t accept all of her?” Then, in early November, she received a registered letter telling her she was being removed from the membership of the Cavalry Baptist Church because of her relationship.
“It is a very serious matter to remove a member for discipline as you will note in the 1 Corinthians 5:5 text, and our hearts are broken over it,” said the letter signed by Dr. Tim Wagner, deacon chair.
Continue reading at https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2018/11/12/gay-bowmanville-woman-speaking-out-after-oshawa-strips-her-membership-for-living-in-disobedience-to-the-scriptures.html (Source)
“I embraced my girlfriend, and some staff member came in between us, and she said, ‘This is not allowed here,'” MacIvor said. The usher placed her hand in between them and asked them to stop, MacIvor said. “It was very violating and invasive,” MacIvor said. “It’s not something I’d ever imagine experiencing, honestly.” The usher then escorted them to talk to a manager. After telling the manager what happened, the employee was told to resume her post.
Continue reading at: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/rogers-place-kiss-jack-white-concert-lgbtq-community-shocked-1.4893318 (Source)
A same-sex Calgary couple says they were physically attacked last weekend by a group of people who made derogatory comments about their sexuality.
Continue reading at: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/
Russian Elena Ivanova and Canadian Meg Stone spent 10 months at sea, defying storms and tempestuous seas, to reach Canada. But their love story and safety are far from settled.
Continue reading at: https://www.thedailybeast.com/this-lesbian-couple-sailed-oceans-to-be-together-their-epic-journey-is-far-from-over (source)
Original article: Lesbian escapes Russia by boat and sails to Canada to be with the woman she loves
“I’m happy. So happy,” Angela says, two days after authorities halted her deportation at the last minute.
The 21-year-old lesbian was scheduled to be deported on Jan 18, 2017, after Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Board denied her request for asylum here.
Just 24 hours before she was scheduled to be deported, Angela was granted a stay of removal, allowing her to remain in Canada and appeal her case. “When I got the news I was relieved,” she says. “I wasn’t scared anymore of going back home.”
Continue reading at: https://www.dailyxtra.com/lesbian-refugee-says-shes-relieved-to-still-be-in-canada-at-least-for-now-72880 (Source)
In less than 24 hours, a lesbian living in Vancouver could face prison, harassment and vigilante violence if Canada rejects her request for asylum and sends her home.
Continue reading at: https://www.dailyxtra.com/canada-wants-to-deport-this-lesbian-even-though-she-may-be-jailed-or-worse-if-sent-home-83947 (Source)
The lead plaintiff of an Atlantic Canadian lawsuit against the Department of National Defence says she’s eager to hear an official apology this afternoon in Ottawa.
“I’m looking forward to it,” said 57-year-old Alida Satalic of Dartmouth, N.S., who has travelled to Ottawa to hear Prime Minister Justin Trudeau say Canada is sorry for decades of harassment of LGBT people in the military, RCMP and federal civil service.
Continue reading at: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/military-lgbt-apology-military-postal-clerk-1.4421657 (Source)
Roberta Bishop says more talk with health-care providers is needed to ensure LGBT seniors have better experiences in personal care homes, for example. (Trevor Brine/CBC)
Bishop recalled the story of a woman who lost her spouse of 25 years.
The woman didn’t tell her friends in her knitting group that her partner was a female until the shooting at Pulse nightclub happened in Orlando in 2016, Bishop said.
“There’s an assumption that if you get old and you’re widowed, then you’ve lost a man,” Bishop said, explaining why the woman didn’t reveal her partner’s identity sooner.
Continue reading at: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/finding-rainbows-summit-winnipeg-1.4391413 (Source)
“Many people talked about how health-care practitioners would not look them in the eye, seemed flustered by them or just generally communicated through body language that they were uncomfortable,” McPhail said.
Continue reading at: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/lgbt-lesbian-queer-trans-manitoba-winnipeg-health-care-1.3445825 (Source)
A Nigerian woman accused of lesbian sex has escaped to Canada after surviving an attack by thugs who she said were sent by her ex-husband. The attack and her escape occurred after she was released from police custody following her arrest on homosexuality charges at her ex-husband’s instigation.
Continue reading at: Nigeria: Thugs attack ex-wife suspected of lesbian affair | 76 CRIMES (Source)
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Tagged compulsory heterosexuality, Discrimination, Hate crimes, homophobia, Lesbian Mothers, Lesbians in Canada, Lesbians in Nigeria, Lesbophobia, seeking asylum, Threats of violence, violence against women
“What is hard to see behind the sheer pride in my eyes is the journey I embarked on at a very young age as a gay Lebanese woman, and the destination I eventually reached which not many others in my shoes, particularly Middle Eastern women, are lucky enough to attain.”
Continue reading more of Rola at: ARAB and GAY PRIDE? I was on the cover of the London Evening Standard and here’s why I’m lucky. – Poetic Hands (Source)
‘They grabbed me, held both my arms tight and brought me to a McDonalds near the train station. My father slapped three tickets on the table and said “you’re coming with us to Ivanovo.” That was their ultimatum for me, and it was the first time that I ever disagreed with them in my life.’
Continue reading at: Lesbian escapes Russia by boat and sails to Canada to be with the woman she loves (Source)
Update: This Lesbian Couple Sailed Oceans To Be Together. Their Epic Journey Is Far From Over.
A letter has been sent to an out politician in Canada threatening an attack on a Pride parade.
The letter was sent to Kristyn Wong-Tam, an openly gay politician who sits on Toronto City Council, as the city marked a day against homophobic bullying on Wednesday.
Continue reading at: Anonymous letter sent to gay politician threatening attack on ‘faggot’ pride parade · PinkNews (Source)
A group of alumni from one of Ontario’s largest Christian summer camps is fighting to end an anti-gay policy that requires staff to condemn “homosexual and lesbian sexual conduct” if a camper asks them about it.
Continue reading at: Ontario Pioneer Camp alumni fight to end anti-gay staff policy – Toronto – CBC News (Source)
Fulfilling her heart’s desire to create a family was a personal odyssey for Natasha King, 46, of Saskatchewan, Canada.
Continue reading at: This Lesbian Mom Shares An Amazing Story About Her Journey To Creating Her Family | The Huffington Post (Source)