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Colombia: court orders liquor store to apologise to lesbian couple

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After reviewing the case, the Constitutional Court of Barranquilla ordered the homophobic owner of a liquor store to apologize to a lesbian couple. The case reached the Court after a legal battle initiated by one of the lesbians discriminated against for homophobia in a liquor store in Barranquilla, Colombia . According to the complainants, the events occurred in July last year. The lesbian couple went to La Licorería in Barranquilla. They conversed holding hands when the owner demanded that they be released, telling them that: “The establishment is not an environment for same-sex couples […] Such shows are not allowed .”

The couple then called the waiter to complain about the attitude of the owner of the establishment. However, they did not receive help from him either, who replied that he ” did not like those behaviours. ”

It was then that the lesbian couple decided to pay their bill, and wait for an answer from the owner, but they did not get any. The homophobic man only replied that these were the establishment’s policies and that they had previously had “image problems” due to the presence of same-sex couples.
(Translated)

Tras revisar el caso, la Corte Constitucional de Barranquilla ordenó al propietario homofóbico de una licorería disculparse con una pareja de lesbianas.
El caso llegó a la Corte después de una batalla jurídica iniciada por una de las lesbianas discriminadas por homofobia en una licorería en Barranquilla, Colombia. De acuerdo con las denunciantes, los hechos ocurrieron en julio del año pasado. La pareja de lesbianas acudió a La Licorería en Barranquilla. Ellas conversaban tomadas de las manos cuando el propietario les exigió que se soltaran, diciéndoles que: «El establecimiento no es de ambiente para las parejas del mismo sexo […] Ese tipo de espectáculos no están permitidos».

La pareja entonces llamó al mesero para quejarse de la actitud del propietario del establecimiento. Sin embargo, no recibieron ayuda por parte de él tampoco, quien les respondió que a él «no le gustaban esos comportamientos».

Fue entonces que la pareja de lesbianas decidió pagar su cuenta, y esperar una respuesta por parte del propietario, pero no obtuvieron ninguna. El señor homofóbico solo se limitó a contestar que esas eran las políticas del establecimiento y que anteriormente ya habían tenido «problemas de imagen» por la presencia de parejas del mismo sexo.
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Continue reading at: https://www.soyhomosensual.com/lgbt/corte-obligara-a-homofobico-disculparse-con-lesbianas-en-barranquilla/ (Source)

Colombia: lesbophobia against female soccer players by Deportes Tolima President Gabriel Camargo

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In the legal action signed by the ombudsman, Carlos Alfonso Negret said that the sports leader [Gabriel Camargo] had discriminated against and degraded the players when he said that the League was a breeding ground for lesbianism, “accusing the players of being more “Tomatrago” than men.

Negret considers that the judgments issued by the courts have only been directed to the public retraction of these statements, omitting any type of protection for the soccer players who were directly affected by these unsubstantiated accusations.

She considers that despite the fact that Camargo and the directors of the club apologised through their social networks and web page, no ruling was issued to prevent discriminatory acts, to reduce the inequality gap and [to promote] the inclusion of all women in Colombia.
(Translated)

En la acción judicial firmada por el defensor del Pueblo, Carlos Alfonso Negret se manifestó que el dirigente deportivo había discriminado y degradado a las futbolistas cuando aseguró que la Liga era un caldo de cultivo para el lesbianismo”, acusando además a las jugadoras de ser más “tomatrago” que los hombres.

Negret considera que los fallos emitidos por la justicia solamente han estado dirigidos a la retractación pública de estas afirmaciones, omitiendo cualquier tipo de protección de las jugadoras de fútbol quienes fueron las directamente afectadas con estos señalamientos sin fundamento.

Considera que pese a que Camargo y las directivas del club hicieron un acto perdón por medio de sus redes sociales y página web no se emitió un pronunciamiento de fondo para evitar actos discriminatorios, disminuir la brecha de desigualdad e inclusión de todas las mujeres en Colombia.
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Continue reading at: https://www.lafm.com.co/judicial/corte-admitio-tutela-contra-gabriel-camargo-que-tildo-jugadoras-de-lesbianas (Source)

Cali, Colombia: Woman abused by bus driver for being lesbian

Cali Bus Lesbophobia

The woman, according to her complaint, was verbally and physically assaulted by the bus driver of that company when she requested that she be allowed to sit in a seat that remained empty despite not carrying the full number of passengers. According to her, the driver hurled insults telling her that she did not give her the seat “because she was a lesbian”. The complaint was made known through this document, officially published by the LGBTI Municipal Council of Cali.
(Translated)

La mujer, según su denuncia, habría sido agredida verbal y físicamente por parte del conductor de un bus de esa empresa cuando solicitó que se le permitiera sentarse en un asiento que permanecía vacío a pesar de no llevar el cupo de pasajeros completo. Según ella, el conductor le lanzo improperios diciéndole que no le daba el asiento “porque era lesbiana”. La denuncia se dio a conocer a través de este documento, publicado oficialmente por el Consejo Municipal LGBTI de Cali.
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Continue reading at: https://tubarco.news/2019/03/05/mujer-denuncia-que-conductor-de-bus-le-nego-una-silla-por-ser-lesbiana/ (Source)

The lesbian prisoner who won apology from the Colombian government

[Marta Álvarez] the lesbian activist spent nine years in a Colombian prison, for the murder of her brother (who allegedly tried to rape her), and experienced a series of relentless homophobic attacks at the hands of the guards and officials.

Álvarez spent years of her sentence trying to speak out about the inequality and eventually took her case to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), where she argued she was being discriminated against for not receiving same-sex conjugal visits.

Continue reading at: https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2018/12/29/
marta-alvarez-lesbian-prisoner-colombia/
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Bogota, Colombia: Lesbian Couple Pinned Down And Brutally Attacked By Neighbors

A lesbian couple was brutally attacked by their neighbors outside their home in Bogota, Colombia.

Marita Perilla posted security video depicting her and her wife, Isabel Gaviria, attacked by a mother and daughter who lived next door.

Continue reading at: Lesbian Couple Pinned Down And Brutally Attacked By Neighbors | NewNowNext (Source)

Lesbians in the News 11/04/2015

Lesbians in the news

05/04/2015 – 011/04/2015

Fight Homophobia–Help a Lesbian 

Mary Kristene Chapa and Mollie Olgin (Image source: Curve Magazine)

Mary Kristene Chapa and Mollie Olgin (Image source: Curve Magazine)

In an example of an appalling hate crime in 2012, two two young lesbians went on a date but were viciously attacked. Mollie Olgin was killed and Mary Kristene Chapa was left for dead.

Their attacker was arrested in 2014 but was not charged with a hate crime, despite sufficient evidence to justify it.

Despite the horror of the crime, Mary Kristene Chapa’s medical fund has only raised $12,882, compared to the over $800,000 raised for Memories Pizza, the pizzeria that declined to cater same sex weddings.

Horrific anti lesbian crime occur routinely and they are not reported. When they are, this is the level of interest they garner.

This is lesbophobia and silencing writ large.

Please read more about Mollie and Mary in Victoria A Brownworth’s piece and please donate to help Mary Kristene Chapa with her medical expenses.


Violent Crimes against Lesbians:

Conversion therapy and social homophobia:

  • The Obama administration has called for an end to conversion therapy for lesbian, gay and transgender children. Conversion therapy for lesbians and gay men has a dark history from elimination of “inversion” to ongoing Christian conversion practices. These practices were and are about enforcing gender conformity and discouraging gender non conformity through the linking of sex and required behaviours and attributes (sex stereotypes), and are primarily aimed at eliminating homosexuality. A concern about any concrete bans on all forms of therapy is that it could inadvertently ban the kind of counselling that children diagnosed as transgender may need given that 75-80% of transgender children go on to be not transgender as adults but predominantly lesbian and gay. These children, in particular, need access to supports that validate gender non conformity and homosexuality in the absence of any broad media representation or social acceptance.

Laws, Politics and Policies:

Representation:

  • Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario, Canada and first lesbian Premier, says being lesbian makes her feel more responsible: “It is part of who I am and it is important for me to be clear that I have a responsibility because of who I am . . . to make our society safer and more inclusive”.
  • Two organisations, NCLR and the National LGBTQ Task Force have removed their names from the Equality Michigan petition calling on the Michfest to include transwomen, without having changed their opinion on inclusion. To a non-American the choice of a single (less than) week-long woman’s music event as the symbol of well being for transwoman seems odd in the context of employment discrimination and abuse.
  • Photographic Series “Happy Lesbian Couples” shows, well, happy lesbian couples. Whether you believe this is an argument for marriage equality or not, positive humanising representation in itself is important.
  • Japanese celebrity Ayaka Ichinose and her partner hope to raise awareness through publicity following their wedding ceremony, despite the effect on her career.
  •  Mad, bad or dead: why do we have the Psycho Killer Lesbian plot back again?  “The pathology linked to the lesbian is actually a displacement of the feared pathology of patriarchal culture… The very challenge to order contained in representations of lesbians is restrained by depictions that, in their evocations of nonsense or pathology, disenfranchise the out-of-the-law as the outlaw. This is why lesbians are often figured as murderers and vice-versa. The murderous lesbian characters in Paul Verhoeven’s BASIC INSTINCT (1992), as well as the association of lesbians with vampires…highlight fears that lesbians threaten the death of patriarchy.” Are male supremacy insecurities at the heart of this familiar trope mixing fear and fetish?
  • Love it or hate it – do we need another (better) L word? Are we better served by individual characters in mainstream television or entire shows about us? Perhaps we need both, and to ensure that they are more broadly representative of our diversity than the narrow range of representation we have seen before? Do we know what good representation looks like?
  • On a really trivial front, LGBT emoji have come to iOS but what do they look like? We have identical blondes in pink dresses and women in bunny ears doing synchronised dancing…
  • On a more serious note, religious organisations have shifted their positions as a Baptist college has invited married, lesbian bishop to serve as worship leader and a rabbinical group gets first-ever lesbian president. Does this represent progress, albeit slow, in lesbian acceptance in religious circles and what could the broader ramifications of it be?

Social and Health Issues:

***If I have missed an important news story, please either post a link in the comments section here or email it to me at liz@listening2lesbians.com.