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UN submission on discrimination and violence against lesbians

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

Submissions:

Poland: lesbian volleyball champion Katarzyna Skorupa on sporting and everyday discrimination

Just a few hours after the Olympic Games’ Opening Ceremony, the volleyball champion [Katarzyna Skorupa], gave an interview to the Polish outlet Przeglad Sportowy. Katarzyna Skorupa was speaking openly about her homosexuality and how the sports world is still bigoted. “Homosexuals are often discriminated against by clubs or federations. Sometimes a lesbian is the second choice, even if her performance on the pitch indicates that she should be the first”, Skorupa declared loudly. She specified that since she openly stated that she’s a lesbian, “I made choices and I have paid for them”.

Just last March, the volleyball player clearly stated on the pages of the weekly Wprost that she was discriminated against not only on the pitch, but also in everyday life. “We live in a xenophobic, homophobic and closed society.”
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 A poche ore dalla cerimonia inaugurale dei giochi olimpici, la campionessa di pallavolo ha però rilasciato una intervista al portale polacco Przeglad Sportowy Katarzyna Skorupa parlando apertamente della sua omosessualità e di come il mondo dello sport sia ancora bigotto. “Gli omosessuali sono spesso discriminati da club o federazioni. A volte una lesbica è la seconda scelta, anche se il suo atteggiamento in campo indica che dovrebbe essere la prima” – ha detto a gran voce la Skorupa che da quando ha dichiarato apertamente di essere lesbica ha precisato “ho fatto delle scelte e le ho pagate”.

Proprio lo scorso marzo, la pallavolista dalle pagine del settimanale Wprost aveva chiaramente dichiarato di essere stata discriminata non solo in campo, ma anche nella vita di tutti i giorni. “Viviamo in una società xenofoba, omofoba e chiusa.

Continue reading at: https://www.ilsussidiario.net/news/katarzyna-skorupa-ex-paola-egonu-omosessuali-discriminati-da-club-e-federazioni/2199343/ (Source)

Poland: Man sentenced to community service for harassment of lesbian couple

The man who stuck the sticker “Stop Sexual Deviants” on the door of a lesbian couple’s apartment has been sentenced. … The District Court for Poznań – Nowe Miasto i Wilda sentenced the man to eight months of restriction of liberty and 30 hours of community service a month. The perpetrator must also apologize in writing to the women he insulted.
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Mężczyzna, który nalepił naklejkę “Stop dewiantom seksualnym” na drzwi mieszkania homoseksualnej pary – ukarany. … Sąd Rejonowy Poznań – Nowe Miasto i Wilda skazał mężczyznę na osiem miesięcy ograniczenia wolności i 30 godzin prac społecznych miesięcznie. Sprawca musi też przeprosić kobiety, które znieważył – i to na piśmie.
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Poland: journalist and her niece attacked for presumed lesbianism

There was a brutal beating in Warsaw. The journalist was walking with her niece, holding the teenager’s arm when passing man attacked the woman because he considered that those he was attacking were a couple – we read in polsatnews.pl. The case was publicized on Facebook by “Polityka” journalist, Piotr Pytlakowski. …

“About a week ago, a well-known journalist and reporter was beaten up. I found out about it recently. In the vicinity of Galeria Młociny she was walking with her probably 13-year-old niece. They were holding hands. A man started shouting: ***** ****** lesbians!”, wrote the journalist.

The man attacked the woman on a street near a shopping mall. “He hit the journalist’s face with his fist. Hard – he broke her nose and caused bruises around her eyes” – Pytlakowski reported.
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W Warszawie doszło do brutalnego pobicia. Dziennikarka spacerowała ze swoją siostrzenicą, trzymając nastolatkę pod rękę. Wtedy mężczyzna przechodzący obok zaatakował kobietę, bo uznał, że osoby, na które napada są parą – czytamy w polsatnews.pl. Sprawę nagłośnił na Facebooku dziennikarz “Polityki” Piotr Pytlakowski. …

“Ok. tygodnia temu została pobita znana dziennikarka, reportażystka. Dowiedziałem się o tym niedawno. W okolicy Galerii Młociny szła ze swoją chyba 13-letnią siostrzenicą. Trzymały się pod ręce. Jakiś mężczyzna zaczął krzyczeć: Ku* je** lesby!” – napisał dziennikarz.

Napastnik zaatakował kobietę na ulicy w okolicy galerii handlowej.

“Uderzył pięścią w twarz dziennikarki. Silnie – złamał jej nos i spowodował sińce w okolicach oczu” – poinformował Pytlakowski.
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Continue reading at: https://fakty.interia.pl/mazowieckie/news-warszawa-ktos-pobil-dziennikarke-bo-myslal-ze-jest-lesbijka,nId,4725391 (Source)

Lesbian writer scared to live in Poland after threats

The writer and activist Sylwia Chutnik came out in June this year (2020). In the pages of the magazine “Replika” she stated that she is a lesbian. Now she has given another interview in which she says that she is afraid after having publicly stated her orientation.

Sylwia Chutnik fell victim to a homophobic attack
Sylwia Chutnik is a writer, feminist and social activist. She is a 2008 laureate of the Polityka Passport in the Literature category. She was also nominated for the Nike Literary Award three times. She also graduated from Gender Studies at the University of Warsaw, and currently runs the MaMa Foundation dealing with maternal rights. As she admitted, her coming out was “so that all people who live in fear could feel better for a moment”.

Now in an interview with “Newsweek” she told about what happened right after her coming out. “I feel fear for my loved ones, even for my son. On Saturday I was traveling with a few people on the tram and there was also a big guy there. As soon as he got out and the door closed, he started screaming:” f *** f *** “. The first time I was challenged as a lesbian was by a group of kids my son’s age. There are plenty of such acts of aggression”, confirms Sylwia Chutnik.
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Pisarka i aktywistka Sylwia Chutnik w czerwcu tego roku dokonała coming outu. Na łamach magazynu “Replika” przyznała, że jest lesbijką. Teraz udzieliła kolejnego wywiadu, w którym opowiedziała o tym, czego boi się po publicznym określeniu swojej orientacji.

Sylwia Chutnik padła ofiarą homofobicznego ataku
Sylwia Chutnik to pisarka, feministka i działaczka społeczna. Jest laureatką Paszportu Polityki w kategorii Literatura za rok 2008. Była także trzykrotnie nominowana do Nagrody Literackiej Nike. Ukończyła również Gender Studies na Uniwersytecie Warszawskim, a obecnie kieruje Fundacją MaMa, zajmującą się prawami matek. Jak sama przyznała, jej coming out był po to, “aby wszystkie osoby, które żyją w strachu, mogły choć przez chwilę poczuć się lepiej”.

Teraz w wywiadzie dla “Newsweeka” opowiedziała o tym, co wydarzyło się tuż po jej coming oucie. “Czuję strach o najbliższych, chociażby o syna. W sobotę jechałam z kilkoma osobami tramwajem i był tam też rosły facet. Jak tylko wysiadł i drzwi się zamknęły, zaczął wrzeszczeć: “j**** p*****”. A pierwszy zostałam wyzwana od lesb przez grupkẹ dzieciaków w wieku mojego syna. Takich aktów agresji jest mnóstwo” – przyznała Sylwia Chutnik.
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I am Polish, I am a lesbian. I was a brave rebel, today I feel fear above all

Equality Parade

Equality Parade (photo: pexels.com)

It used to be different.
Until quite recently, I was a courageous rebel. I wanted to go out into the streets, shout, protest, write letters, petitions, manifest, and give in. I had that energy, courage, strength. I was proud of it.
Today is simply bad.
I wake up in a country where every day someone compares me to a paedophile. I turn on the internet and see an ad for a newspaper supplement in the form of stickers with the words: “LGBT free zone”. A wave of fear floods me. Just anxiety, not anger, no anger. Only fear is left in me.
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Kiedyś było inaczej.
Jeszcze całkiem niedawno byłam odważną buntowniczką. Chciałam wychodzić na ulice, krzyczeć, protestować, pisać listy, petycje, manifestować, udzielać się. Miałam w sobie tę energię, odwagę, siłę. Byłam z tego dumna.
Dziś jest po prostu źle.
Budzę się w kraju, w którym codziennie ktoś mnie porównuje do pedofila. Włączam internet i widzę reklamę dodatku do gazety w postaci naklejek z napisem: „Strefa wolna od LGBT”. Zalewa mnie fala lęku. Właśnie lęku, nie złości, nie gniewu. Został we mnie już tylko strach.
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(LVD) Jolanta Ogar’s story of coming out as a Polish lesbian

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Jola [Ogar-Hill] is a titled sailor, she was a world and European champion. She has a wife, she is happy. She came out  when she was 21 years old. “One evening I asked my mother for peace”. I said, “I’m in love, but this person is a woman. She remembers her coming out. “Mama was scared, she got scared for her own child.” 15 years have passed, Jola continues to sail and counts on Poland to finally change. “There are a lot of people in Polish sport who are afraid to come out,” she admits.
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Jola jest utytułowaną żeglarką, była mistrzynią świata i Europy. Ma żonę, jest szczęśliwa. Ujawniła się, gdy miała 21 lat. – Pewnego wieczoru poprosiłam mamę do pokoju. Powiedziałam: jestem zakochana, ale ta osoba jest kobietą – wspomina swój coming out. Mama się przeraziła, wystraszyła o własne dziecko. Minęło 15 lat, Jola dalej żegluje i liczy, że Polska w końcu się zmieni. – W polskim sporcie jest mnóstwo osób, które boją się ujawnić – przyznaje.
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Continue reading: https://www.tvn24.pl/magazyn-tvn24/jolanta-ogar-kolezance-mowie-zeby-nie-pila-z-tej-samej-butelki-bo-bedzie-lesbijka,204,3557 (source)

Discrimination against lesbians in Polish Volleyball

Znam osoby, które nie mogą powiedzieć o swoim homoseksualizmie, bo boją się, że stracą miejsca w swoich reprezentacjach narodowych. W siatkówce działa agent który zapowiadał, że przygotuje listę lesbijek i osób biseksualnych. Ja pytam w jakim celu?! Przecież to jest patologia – mówi siatkarka Katarzyna Skorupa.
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