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France: 2019 SOSHomophobie report documents an act of lesbophobia a day

The number of hateful acts against lesbians reported to SOS homophobia has jumped 42%, from 257 in 2017 to 365 in 2018. Lesbophobia cases thus represent 22% of all situations recorded, compared to 16% in 2017.
These figures are probably more indicative of lesbians than a reflection of an increase in lesbophobia. At the end of 2017, #MeToo and #BalanceTonPorc movements, followed by many other mobilizations, allowed the denunciation of acts of harassment and aggression towards women, revealing the extent of situations that were previously minimized. Lesbian testimonials are certainly part of this wave of demands.
Lesbophobic acts in public places go from 9% to 13%. In these spaces, cases of physical assault involve lesbians and gays alike, respectively 38% and 36% of assaults.
The testimonies collected at SOS homophobia also highlight the various forms of aggression experienced by lesbians.
(Translated)

Le nombre d’actes haineux à l’encontre des lesbiennes rapporté à SOS homophobie a bondi de 42 %, passant de 257 en 2017 à 365 en 2018. Les cas de lesbophobie représentent ainsi 22 % de l’ensemble des situations enregistrées, contre 16 % en 2017.
Ces chiffres sont probablement davantage révélateurs de la prise de parole des lesbiennes que le reflet d’une augmentation de la lesbophobie. Fin 2017, les mouvements #MeToo et #BalanceTonPorc, suivis de nombreuses autres mobilisations, ont permis la dénonciation d’actes de harcèlement et d’agression envers les femmes, révélant l’ampleur de situations jusqu’alors minimisées. Les témoignages de lesbiennes s’inscrivent donc assurément dans cette vague revendicative.
Les actes lesbophobes dans les lieux publics passent de 9 % à 13 %. Dans ces espaces, les cas d’agressions physiques concernent autant les lesbiennes que les gays, respectivement 38 % et 36 % des agressions.
Les témoignages recueillis à SOS homophobie mettent également en évidence les
diverses formes d’agressions vécues par les lesbiennes.
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Continue reading at: https://www.sos-homophobie.org/sites/default/files/rapport_homophobie_2019_interactif.pdf (Source)

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France: Women call out sexism and lesbophobia in the LGBTI movement

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Eight women are calling for an end to sexism in the LGBT community

“We are women, committed, committed to the rights, freedoms and visibility of LGBT +, especially women and lesbians, in France and Europe. For some of us, we are or have been the first women Presidents and / or spokespersons, activists involved in LGBT + organizations.We wish by this tribune to share a flush. Fed up with the ordinary sexism and misogyny of the LGBT community, as much as in our society in general. To be a woman in the LGBT community is to be faced with a double sentence. Far from us the idea of prioritizing minorities, but it is clear that our dual discrimination, woman and homosexual, does not really seem to be integrated by a number of gays, despite some speeches facade!

Women excluded from decisions
In our struggle for the rights of LGBT people, there is now a need to defend our rights as women within our community.

Refused by a physio because “too feminine” (sic), resignation of members “not wanting to be led by a woman” (re sic), bullying, speech cut, gritty jokes, we all witnessed or experienced breathtaking scenes reminding us that beyond being gay, you are men first and foremost.

As women emancipate themselves, the world seems to be aware and the extent of the phenomenon “me too”, the gay community has not, as a whole, questioned the virilist behaviors of machismo and greed power and recognition. In this sense it reproduces the conscious or unconscious behaviors of its heterosexual counterparts. It is a combination of self-esteem and endogamy, with gay activists finding themselves in their leisure and outing areas, sometimes after our meetings as well, which maintains a male fraternity, effectively excluding women from many decisions. .

Lesbians are not your enemies
Gentlemen, do not be fooled by fights, lesbians are not your enemies. Know how to make room, and for that know to even stay in your place.

For example, we are thinking of the debate on extending the PMA to all women. How many lesbians, how many people, in the media, in political meetings and hearings to talk about our pregnancies, our bodies, our families? Very, very little!
How do you think you can speak, sometimes in a contradictory way, in place of the women concerned, whose aspirations may be different and only legitimate to bring all the nuances?

In general, how are too many gay people engaged in discussions, meetings, boards of directors of LGBT associations? By monopolizing speech, sometimes by repeating words spoken by women to rephrase them, under the approval of other gays present. Many reproduce the sexist behaviors, a legacy of the education received where the man is always valued and pushed forward by the family environment and the social environment.

This statement shared by the associations that fight against inequality between women and men and sexism is ours and must be yours, acting as the founders of #jamaissanselles have been able to do.

The issue of under-representation of lesbians in the governance of mixed LGBT + associations for a number of reasons must lead CAs to question the causes and how to respond to them. ”

Catherine MICHAUD – Catherine TRIPON – Aurélie NICOLAS – Marie-Claude PICARDAT – Emmanuelle CAMPO – Emilie DURET – Flora BOLTER – Aurore FOURSY

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Huit femmes lancent un appel pour mettre fin au sexisme au sein de la communauté LGBT

 

Nous sommes des femmes, engagées, impliquées pour les droits, les libertés et la visibilité des LGBT+, particulièrement des femmes et des lesbiennes, en France et en Europe. Pour certaines d’entre nous, nous sommes ou avons été les premières femmes présidentes et/ou porte-paroles, militantes engagées au sein d’organismes LGBT+.

Nous souhaitons par cette tribune faire part d’un ras le bol. Le ras le bol du sexisme et de la misogynie ordinaires régnant dans le milieu LGBT, autant que dans notre société en général. Être une femme dans le milieu LGBT c’est être confrontée à une double peine. Loin de nous l’idée de hiérarchiser les minorités mais force est de constater que notre double discrimination, femme et homosexuelle, ne semble pas véritablement être intégrée par un certain nombre de gays, malgré quelques discours de façade !

Les femmes exclues des décisions
A notre combat pour les droits des personnes LGBT s’ajoute aujourd’hui le besoin de défendre nos droits comme femmes au sein même de notre communauté.

Refoulées par un physio car « trop féminines » (sic), démission d’adhérents « ne voulant pas être dirigés par une femme » (re sic), brimades, paroles coupées, blagues graveleuses, nous avons toutes assisté à ou vécu des scènes ahurissantes nous rappelant qu’au-delà d’être gays vous êtes des hommes avant tout.

Alors que les femmes s’émancipent, que le monde semble prendre conscience et la mesure du phénomène « me too », la communauté gay n’a pas, dans son ensemble, remis en question les comportements virilistes du machisme et de l’avidité du pouvoir et de reconnaissance. En ce sens elle reproduit les comportements conscients ou inconscients de ses homologues hétérosexuels. Cela se double d’un entre soi et d’une endogamie, les militants gays se retrouvant dans leurs espaces de loisirs et de sortie, parfois aussi après nos réunions, ce qui entretient une fraternité masculine, excluant de fait les femmes de nombres de décisions.

Les lesbiennes ne sont pas vos ennemies
Messieurs, ne vous trompez pas de combats, les lesbiennes ne sont pas vos ennemies. Sachez faire de la place, et pour cela sachez même rester à votre place.

Nous pensons par exemple au débat sur l’extension de la PMA à toutes les femmes. Combien de lesbiennes, combien de personnes concernées, dans les médias, dans des réunions et auditions politiques pour parler de nos grossesses, de nos corps, de nos familles ? Très, trop peu !
Comment pensez-vous pouvoir parler, parfois de manière contradictoire, à la place des femmes concernées, dont les aspirations peuvent être différentes et sont seules légitimes pour en apporter toutes les nuances ?

De manière générale comment se comportent trop de gays dans le cadre de discussions, réunions, conseils d’administration d’associations LGBT ? En monopolisant la parole, parfois en reprenant des propos énoncés par des femmes pour les reformuler, sous l’approbation d’autres gays présents. Beaucoup reproduisent les comportements sexistes, héritage de l’éducation reçue où l’homme est toujours valorisé et poussé en avant par l’entourage familial et l’environnement social.

Ce constat partagé par les associations qui luttent contre l’inégalité entre les femmes et les hommes et le sexisme est le nôtre et doit être le vôtre, en agissant comme les fondateurs de #jamaissanselles ont su le faire.

La question de la sous-représentation des lesbiennes dans la gouvernance des associations mixtes LGBT+ pour plusieurs raisons doit amener les CA à s’interroger sur les causes et la manière d’y répondre. »

Catherine MICHAUD – Catherine TRIPON – Aurélie NICOLAS – Marie-Claude PICARDAT – Emmanuelle CAMPO – Emilie DURET – Flora BOLTER – Aurore FOURSY

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France: Lesbian journalist threatened, harassed and told to kill herself

Emilie Lopez, former editor-in-chief of “Touche pas à mon Poste”, has been threatened with death on social networks by individuals who reproach her for being lesbian.
“In recent months, it has been ramping up with terrifying messages. I once received a video of a boy masturbating, who said to me, “You’ll see I’ll put it deep when I get to the studio.” Then last October, a guy on Instagram told me to “commit suicide” and attacked my girlfriend. This individual was speaking with his true identity, and with a real profile picture, and it really made me flip! I realised that all this was real, and I decided to file a complaint for the first time.”
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Emilie Lopez, ex-rédactrice en chef de « Touche pas à mon Poste », a été menacée de mort sur les réseaux sociaux par des individus qui lui reprochent d’être lesbienne.
“Ces derniers mois, c’est allé crescendo avec des messages terrifiants. J’ai reçu un jour une vidéo d’un garçon en train de se masturber, qui me disait « Tu vas voir je vais te la mettre profond quand je vais arriver devant le studio ». Puis en octobre dernier, un mec sur Instagram m’a conseillé « d’aller me suicider », et s’en est pris à ma compagne. Cet individu s’exprimait avec sa véritable identité, et avec une vraie photo de profil, et ça m’a vraiment fait flipper ! Je me suis rendu compte que tout ça était bien réel, et j’ai décidé d’aller porter plainte, pour la première fois.”
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France: death threats against lesbian columnist

Emilia Lopez

Sale putain de sales gouines!! = dirty fucking dirty dykes!!

On April 13, Emilie Lopez went to the police station again to file a complaint for death threats and homophobia: “Again this morning, I had to file a complaint, for death threat this time. Just because I’m in love with the most wonderful woman in the world. That’s France, today. And it does not have to last anymore, “she wrote with a screenshot of the message received, filled with insults: ” We’re going to kill you and all your family (…) your days are counted “, among others.
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Le 13 avril dernier, Emilie Lopez s’est de nouveau rendue au commissariat pour porter plainte pour menaces de mort et homophobie: “À nouveau ce matin, j’ai dû porter plainte, pour menace de mort cette fois. Simplement parce que je suis amoureuse de la plus merveilleuse femme du monde. C’est ça, la France, aujourd’hui. Et il ne faut plus que ça dure”, a-t-elle écrit avec une capture d’écran du message reçu, rempli d’insultes : “On va te crever toi et toute ta famille (…) tes jours sont comptés”, entre autres.
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Continue reading at: https://www.femmeactuelle.fr/actu/news-actu/une-chroniqueuse-de-cyril-hanouna-menacee-de-mort-2077377 (Source)

Lyon, France: 8 girls assault lesbian policewoman and her partner

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Violent alleged homophobic assault in Lyon (Rhône). A gendarme and her companion, aged 20 and 23, were attacked Friday evening [15 March 2019] in front of the shopping centre of Part-Dieu, by a gang of eight girls. One of the victims was wounded in the face with a sharp object, a cutter according to the police.  Around 7:45 pm on Saturday, the couple was walking hand-in-hand when a group of girls addressed homophobic slurs. One of the victims replies that she is a gendarme in Nancy (Meurthe-et-Moselle) and warns teenagers that their behaviour is a crime. But instead of calming the situation gets worse. The gang of girls beats up the couple and the girlfriend of the police officer is hit in the face with a sharp object. “She was scarred. The slash begins under the left eye and ends under the ear, “says a source close to the case. The girls run away in the neighbourhood.
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Violente agression présumée homophobe à Lyon (Rhône). Une gendarme et sa compagne, âgées de 20 et 23 ans, ont été agressées, vendredi soir devant le centre commercial de la Part-Dieu, par une bande de huit jeunes filles. L’une des victimes a été blessée au visage avec un objet tranchant, un cutter d’après la police. Vers 19h45 samedi le couple se promenait main dans la main lorsqu’un groupe de jeunes filles leur adresse des insultes à caractère homophobe. L’une des victimes répond qu’elle est gendarme à Nancy (Meurthe-et-Moselle) et prévient les adolescentes que leur comportement est un délit. Mais au lieu de se calmer la situation s’envenime. La bande de filles passe le couple à tabac et la petite amie de la gendarme essuie un coup au visage avec un objet tranchant. « Elle a été balafrée. L’estafilade commence sous l’œil gauche et finit sous l’oreille », précise une source proche de l’affaire. Les filles prennent la fuite dans le quartier.
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Continue reading at: http://www.leparisien.fr/faits-divers/lyon-une-gendarme-et-sa-compagne-violemment-agressees-a-la-part-dieu-17-03-2019-8033466.php (Source)

Perpignan, France: Lesbian barred from accompanying toddler in Emergency Department files complaint

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A lesbian couple went to the police of Perpignan on Sunday afternoon after a nurse barred access to the pediatric Emergency Department to one of them, who is not the biological mother of their 3 year old son, but has parental authority.

Continue reading at: https://sivtimes.com/a-lesbian-mother-forbidden-to-accompany-his-3-year-old-son-to-the-emergency-room/15076/ (Source)

Lesbophobia: France 2018

Lesbophobie France 2018 by Brillante

Guest post by Brillante on incidents of violence and discrimination against lesbians in France in 2018

Brillante is a site sharing lesbian news, history and culture in France: http://brilllante.wordpress.com and https://leblogdebrillante.tumblr.com/


Yvelines : Two young homosexual girls assaulted in a regional train, two minors in custody

The young girls told the police they had been violently shoved and got their hair and clothes pulled.

Two young homosexual girls were assaulted, without being injured, and were victims of homophobic insults by a group of young people on Friday 9th February. Two of them are in custody.

The young couple, aged 17 and 18, were assaulted on a Transilien [Parisian regional train] on line J. They told the police they had been violently shoved and got their hair and clothes pulled.

The presumed attackers allegedly said things such as “Fucking lesbians”, “Are you fucking?” It continued on their journey from Pontoise (Val-d’Oise) and Conflans-Sainte-Honorine (Yvelines) where the police, alerted by the victims, was waiting for the group. The young girls filed a complaint that evening. They were “not injured” but “shocked”, according to a police source.

Seven young people, all aged 17, most of them coming from Val-d’Oise, were arrested for “voluntary violences because of sexual orientation” and two of them were taken into custody on Friday night, according to that same source. The five others will be summoned later to be heard as witnesses. The investigation was instructed to the police station of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine.



Guimps : The mayor supports the female bakers victims of homophobia

12 February 2018

They will file a complaint for homophobic insults and slander. The two bakers of Guimps want to “be respected”.

This fall, they took over the only bakery in Guimps, town of 475 people near Barbezieux and the border with Charente-Maritime. Carole Loiseau and Martine Léonard are married, and since their arrival, they are living a “very difficult” situation. The bakers explain that they are victims of homophobic insults, intimidation and slander.
The accusations will be part of a nominative complaint, targeting identified people, on Wednesday at the police station of Barbezieux.

“This situation is physically and morally unbearable and it infringes upon our business. They want to affect us. The only thing we want is that it stops and that we are respected”, said Carole Loiseau who decided to stop hiding the situation she is enduring with her partner.

The insults were particularly heard in shops in the nearby towns. “What was reported to us or observed were comments like ‘That’s the bread made by the dykes'”, adds Carole Loiseau who says that “some villagers refuse our truck’s round.”
The town’s mayor, Pierre Ravail, chose to address a press release at the end of last week to “make this stop quickly.”

The mayor, who said he acted with the support of the town council and numerous inhabitants, reminded that homophobic insults and slander and punished by the law : “I have to denounce the baseness and idiocy of these actions that harm the private and professional life of my citizens, and give a really bad image of the countryside that I’m used to be proud of and that, because of a few idiots, would become a boorish and backward world.”

Besides the insults, the bakers had their electrical board vandalized in the laboratory of their business.

Carole Loiseau, a native of this region, who worked in a bank for ten years, admits that she thought about giving it all up : “I did a career change, we came here to be happy. But what we’re living is very hard. We want to stay but things need to change.” Besides the couple, the bakery has two employees.


Paris : A lesbian couple assaulted in a bus 

12 March 2018

They first went to the Louxor theater to watch The NeverEnding Story again, in the 18th arrondissement. Then, they walked down the Magenta boulevard, bought themselves some flowers and had lunch in a brasserie. An “idyllic Sunday” with “some springtime air”, which was cut short for Clémence and Zoé, in their twenties. Early in the afternoon, as they kissed in a bus on line 56 a few meters away from place de la République, a man and a woman violently attack the couple. “We’re leaving because of you, there are hotels for this”, they hurled before spitting on them, pulling their hair and disappearing.

No insults nor injuries, but Zoé and Clémence, for whom there is no doubt about the homophobic aspect of the assault in the story they told on Facebook, are shocked.
“What is happening to us is not normal, but people need to realize that this is still the reality that gay people live in 2018”, said Zoé this morning to Libération. Sunday evening, not to let their assault go, the couple decided to give notice to the police and also thinks of filing a complaint. Which will inflate the statistics of LGBTphobia in France : in 2016, SOS Homophobie stated in its yearly report a 20% increase of insults and violence towards lesbians, gay men, bi people and trans people, data confirmed by the minister of the Interior for the first time in 2017 with 1084 complaints for homophobic and transphobic insults filed with the police in 2016.


One-year prison sentence after homophobic assault 

12 August 2018

A young homosexual girl was assaulted on place Wilson, on August 12, as she had just kissed her girlfriend. The homophobic aspect was retained by the criminal court.
At 3.45 AM last Sunday, on place Wilson, in the town center, a young female couple had their evening ruined by a group of people. “They started with homophobic insults, because we were with an effeminate man and a crossdresser”, the victims tells in a letter to the criminal court. “He (the defendant) tried to kick me in the head twice, he hit my belly. This because I kissed my girlfriend on the lips. I can’t sleep anymore without having nightmares. I regularly have anxiety attacks.” The victim asks 950€ for psychological damage.

The defendant, a 21-year-old young man, was with three other people. He doesn’t admit the homophobic aspect of this assault : “I didn’t see them kiss. It wouldn’t have bothered me if it was the case”, he explains in front of the president of the tribunal, Romain Bonhomme.

“You told one of the men that he was a ‘faggot’, also that two girls together disgust you”, the president replied.

“Maybe I said ‘faggot’, but I don’t remember the rest.”

The security cameras alerted the local police. “We see you get hot and bothered, jump, pull your T-shirt half up your torso, adopt the on guard position like in a boxing match, what’s the point of doing that?” the president asks.

“There’s none, we were just having fun it wasn’t mean.” Curious way of having fun…
After this violent assault, the defendant rebelled against the local police. Maître Olivier Bonhoure, lawyer of the two police officers, asks for 500€ as compensation for each of the officers.

“He did that to be funny, that’s what he tells us today. I don’t see what’s funny in those insults and in that violence. Attempting to kick someone in the head twice…” analyzed the district attorney. She asks for a 10- month prison sentence, including a 2-month suspended sentence. Also to retain the homophobic aspect of this assault.

“He wanted to play the big man in front of his friends. On the video we don’t see him touching her”, claimed Maître Gil Machado Torres.

The defendant get a 12-month prison sentence including a 2-month suspended sentence. He will have to pay 250€ to each police officer and 600€ to the victim. He stays in detention.



Two Parisian women victims of a homophobic act in Ariège

16 August 2018

As they had just spent a “very nice weekend” in Mazères for the Manouch Muzik Festival, Anaïs and her partner Laurane had a bad surprise on Sunday night, when they were about to leave.

Those two Parisian women, who were preparing to go to their vacation resort in Narbonne (Aude), had indeed discovered the insult “dyke” carved on the hood of their car. They also noticed other damage on their without, however, being able to create a link with the clearly homophobic message.

“We filed a complaint to the police station in Narbonne for ‘vandalism’ and ‘discrimination’ because it’s not normal that such acts are still happening today”, Anaïs explains. However, she wants to underline the excellent atmosphere of the festival.
“With my partner, we didn’t feel any animosity from people. The only thing that surprised us is when, as we went back to the car to get something to eat, people who were in front of their house came to cling to the windows while we kissed. I admit that we were surprised that people played voyeurs while we had a simple moment of intimacy, like a normal couple”, said the young woman who, however, didn’t talk about this episode in her complaint.

On the other hand, by talking about this misfortune in public, Anaïs and Laurane want to “be representatives”. “Gay people victims of homophobic acts need to denounce them, because it’s unacceptable that it’s still happening today”, they repeat.


In 2018, homophobia is still everywhere, including in Paris, including in TÊTU

[biggest LGBT magazine in France]

22 August 2018

Homophobia, we talk about it every week on the TÊTU website, despite ourselves. Until the day it hits us directly, violently. It’s the final straw. On August 22, our journalist Marion Chatelin was victim of an assault. She decided to talk about it and we decided to support her and share her story. Her anger too : in 2018, five years after the legalization of marriage equality, LGBTphobias still haunt our daily lives, including in Paris.

For the first time in my life I was verbally and physically assaulted because of who I am : a woman, a lesbian. It didn’t happen in a street in Bordeaux, in front of a gay club in Lyon, or in the woods in Toulouse. But in Paris. In the middle of the 19th arrondissement. In a neighborhood, my neighborhood, that I visit every day. A neighborhood that’s family-friendly, young, and popular where I always felt at home. But today the situation is different.

So it was a normal evening, for Wednesday 22nd August. I’m eating dinner with my girlfriend in a restaurant near the métro station Jaurès. When we’re leaving, we kiss, when we hear a comment from a man eating outside with his wife and two children. “Don’t do that in front of the children! Go somewhere else, there are hotels for this, but not in front of the children!”, he hurls at us. Shocked, we answer that he should go somewhere else if he’s not happy with what he sees. The situation worsens, the man stands up and walks to us while copiously insulting us.

“You are disgusting! Seriously go somewhere else”, “nasty lesbians”, “get medical help”… A collection of insults, said in the outside seating area, in front of his wife and children. I must be dreaming. Several people who were “roaming” nearby arrive in front of the restaurant, probably attracted by the outpouring of insults. The father explains the situation to them and they all insult us together.

A heterosexual couple — that I could recognize on the street and that I want to thank, hoping that they’re reading this — is also sitting outside. Scandalized by what they hear, they stand up and walk to the man. They kiss first, heartily. A “French kiss”, a real one. Before hurling : “You’re a loser, you don’t understand anything about life, you don’t understand anything about love!” This punchline will stay engraved in my memory, like their attitude, which deeply moved me. A young woman passing by on her bicycle also steps forward, asking the man to shut up and leave us alone. Thanks to her, thanks to them.

We decide to cross the street, completely stunned by what we heard. We hug and we realize that we’ve just been insulted. Hate speech which resonates, upsets, paralyzes. My eyes closed, I breathe deeply. I open them and I see the man on the sidewalk across from us surrounded with the same men. He shouts and spits towards us. This time, it makes my blood boil. I give him the finger.

They all run to us, screaming, while his wife and children stay at the table. The father, in a blind rage, threatens me with rape : “You’ll see, I’m going to rape you, you’ll understand what it’s like!” he bellows. He slaps me immediately after. One of the young men tries to hold him back from hitting me, but he struggles violently and punches me in the face. I stagger. My girlfriend screams and leapt to him. I come to and try to stop her.

I wouldn’t be able to explain how they all scattered, but we ended up alone in front of the lock of Jaurès, completely in shock. The police arrived very quickly, certainly called by a witness at the restaurant. We filed a complaint the morning after.

Then comes the time to realize. To process the fact that I was almost “lucky”. Nothing broken, no hospital, no stitches. Jordan, Aurélie, Nathanaël, Damien, and everyone else got at least three stitches. Some were raped, others were sprayed with bleach, or tied up and abandoned in a forest. A transgender person died.

Since the end of June 2018 — when I arrived in TÊTU — I write about homophobic assaults at least once a week, sometimes three, sometimes four. When I’m writing those lines, it starts again : a series of homophobic attacks in Besançon. Some victims have important physical trauma. I’m tired. And deeply angry.

That’s a fact : in France in 2018, homophobia is everywhere. According to the annual report of the organization SOS Homophobia, homophobic physical assaults have increased by 15% in 2017. Homophobic acts globally increased by 4.8% compared to 2016. I would never have thought that I would tell my own story here. I would never have thought that I, too, would be a number to count.


Lille street market : homosexual couples receive bleach and paint 

3 September 2018

Several homosexual couples were targeted by spurts of paint and bleach during the weekend of the street market in Lille. There’s no doubt about the homophobic aspect of the assaults, according to the victims.

Aurélie celebrated her 32nd birthday in a very unpleasant way on Sunday, as she walked peacefully in the aisles of the street market in Lille, with her 24-year-old partner.
Late in the afternoon, around 5 PM, as the couple arrived to the crossing of rue Jeanne d’Arc and boulevard de la Liberté, the two young women were sprayed with liquids. “I was with my partner and I felt something wet a first time. A few meters further I felt that I had bleach on my arm”, Aurélie says. “Then five minutes after, my partner received black paint.”

Very quickly, Aurélie and her partner realize that they have paint and bleach on their bodies and clothes. But it was impossible for them to identify the people who sprayed them : “In the middle of the street market, it’s not easy to know where it comes from. We continued on our way and we were hit a third time. It happened in a place where there were a lot of people. It was always from the back or from the side”, Aurélie says. Without knowing at first why they had been targeted that way among the crowd, the young women understood a bit later, by noticing on social media that one or more homosexual couples suffered the same fate in the street market.

“We were in the middle of the crowd and we were really the only two people to receive paint and bleach. I have my doubts, but I saw another testimony and that’s when I thought that it wasn’t trivial”, reports Aurélie, who has no doubt anymore about the homophobic aspect of the assaults. “When we realize that it’s a homophobic assault, we are angry. We feel defenseless in the middle of the crowd and when we are specifically targeted, we feel a mix of anger, apprehension and shame. In general it’s verbal or with stares, that’s the first time that it happens to me”, she concluded.

Aurélie plans to file a complaint, however she doesn’t have “much hope” of finding the perpetrator or perpetrators of these assaults. But at least in a “symbolic” way. “As soon as they file a complaint and an investigation is launched, we will file a complaint with them and bring a civil case”, said the organization Stop Homophobie who informs that a third couple, men this time, was also sprayed with bleach and black paint on Sunday, in the same time slot.


Paris : an investigation launched after a lesbophobic assault on Halloween night 

31 October 2018

The assault was denounced on Twitter by the organization “Urgence Homophobie” who explains that a woman was beaten up in the street on Halloween night, in Paris, after kissing her partner.

An investigation was launched on charges of “violence committed because of sexual orientation in public transport” after a lesbophobic assault on Wednesday in Paris, franceinfo learned from a judiciary source. The investigation was instructed to the neighborhood police in the 9th arrondissement.

The assault was denounced on the social network Twitter by the organization “Urgence Homophobie” who explains that a women was beaten up in the street on Halloween night, near the Grands Boulevards, carrefour de Chateaudun, after kissing her partner, which caused 21 days of temporary work interruption. According to the organization, she will also need surgery for her face.

“Every time there is an attack, we feel like this is going further into ignominy, into violence”, Guillaume Mélanie, president of Urgence Homophobie, said on Thursday evening. “It’s really getting worse and worse. Now we think : ‘We’re not going to kiss anymore, we’re not going to hold hands anymore”, but it’s not normal actually, normally we shouldn’t be the ones giving ground, we shouldn’t stop living normally.”

Guillaume Mélanie said he referred to the mayor Anne Hidalgo’s cabinet who referred to the prosecutor. “This is unbearable, we need to give a strong, concrete example, we need to work on education, culture, prevention and also on applying laws and on legal means”, the president of Urgence Homophobie said. He was assaulted because of his sexual orientation two weeks ago.

Nantes, France: Lesbophobic abuse against female attendees of LGBTI centre

Nante lesbophobic abuse at LGBTI centre

Women attending a parenting meeting at Lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) center in Nantes received sexist and lesbophobic insults on Saturday. Three complaints were filed.

(Translated)

Des femmes qui participaient à une réunion sur la parentalité, au centre lesbien, gay, bi et trans (LGBT), à Nantes, ont reçu des insultes à caractère sexiste et lesbophobe, samedi. Trois plaintes ont été déposées.

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Continue reading at: https://www.ouest-france.fr/pays-de-la-loire/nantes-44000/nantes-insultees-dans-le-centre-gay-et-lesbien-6210562 (Source)

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France: Father who attacked 17 year old lesbian daughter given suspended sentence

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A 46-year-old father was sentenced to six months’ suspended imprisonment for violence against his daughter but also for threatening police officers. The man, who lives in Saint-Etienne (Loire) had in September, broken the nose of his child, on the pretext that she was homosexual . “When your daughter hides for two years that she is a lesbian, it deserves a slap,” argued the forty-year-old.

(Translated)

 

Un père de famille de 46 ans a été condamné à six mois de prison avec sursis pour des violences exercées sur sa fille mais aussi pour avoir menacé des policiers. L’homme, qui réside à Saint-Etienne (Loire) avait au mois de septembre, cassé le nez de son enfant, sous prétexte qu’elle était homosexuelle. « Quand votre fille vous cache depuis deux ans qu’elle est lesbienne, ça mérite bien une claque », a argumenté le quadragénaire.

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Continue reading at: https://www.20minutes.fr/societe/2421575-20190114-saint-etienne-six-mois-sursis-avoir-casse-nez-fille-lesbienne (Source)

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France to allow assisted reproduction for lesbian couples

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The French government says it will follow the advice of an ethics panel in favor of allowing single women and lesbian couples to have children through assisted reproduction.

Continue reading at: France to allow assisted reproduction for lesbian couples – ABC News (Source)

Lesbians in the News 18/04/2015

Lesbians in the news

12/04/2015 – 18/04/2015

Violent Crimes against Lesbians:

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Laws, Politics and Policies:

Representation:

Social and Health Issues:

Remembering our sisters:

Religion:

***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.

Lesbians in the News to 15/03/2015

Lesbians in the news

To 15/3/2015

Lesbians may have higher risk for cervical cancer?

Researchers discovered that the inaccurate assumptions by doctors about the sexual history of women in same sex relationships resulted in fewer health screenings for lesbians than straight (or bisexual?) women.

The human papillomavirus is the leading cause of cervical cancer and is most commonly transmitted during heterosexual intercourse but can also be transmitted orally and through skin-to-skin contact.

Please be aware of your risk factors and get health screenings as required.

Ghana – Fretful lesbians flee Teshie as homophobic residents vow to hunt them down 

Proud Women of Africa – Khayelitsha

Australian Politician Peter Abetz alleges militant lesbian lobby and anti-hetero propaganda. See more information and my open letter to him here

Lessons learned for LGBT people at the UN Commission on the Status of Women

Pastor Vows to Protest Lesbian Bishop Speaking at American Baptist College: ‘We Do Not Wear Our Sin as a Badge and Parade It’ 

Ireland’s only out lesbian senator has challenged an opponent to a public debate, ahead of the country’s referendum on same-sex marriage.

Oregon court to determine fate of Gresham bakery refusing lesbian couple
Judge will determine if the two women suffered damages 

The name of a lesbian lawmaker’s longtime partner doesn’t appear in a Texas legislative directory, though the publisher updated the web version after the Observer inquired about the issue. 

Taiwan Lesbian couple fights court over baby rights

Lesbian Couple Denied Job Running NZ Holiday Park

Alabama – No same sex marriage but lesbian divorce is pemitted…

2 Lesbian and Gay groups in the Boston St Patrick’s Day parade

Staten Island: Employment Discrimination, including sexual harrassment suit filed

Anti-lesbian abuse from Parisian Train Guard for kiss at Gare Du Nord

Texas Lawmaker introduces bill to ban gay conversion therapy

Catholic Church calls for itself to model love


Please send me information on any lesbian news I have missed at liz@listening2lesbians.com.