In 2006, South Africa became the fifth country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage. So the country must be naturally progressive about LGBTQ equality, right?
The reality is that homophobia, brutal hate crimes, “corrective rape,” and other anti-LGBTQ violence persist, with profoundly heartbreaking effects. And it makes the fight for basic safety in the queer community risky and incredibly difficult.
But over the past decade, one organization has risen to the challenge. Luleki Sizwe Womyn’s Project (luleki-sizwe.com) is a non-profit devoted to delivering help and support to lesbians who are victims of homophobic attacks and rape across 10 South African township communities.
Funda of course welcomes donations — but the group has long encountered problems collecting international non-profit funds through its PayPal account. So, at present, the alternate donation method is via direct bank transfer, which this writer successfully did online in just a few minutes.
The organization’s business transaction account details are: Luleki Sizwe Womyn’s Project; Standard Bank South Africa, Cape Town; account number 071362940; branch code 024909; SWIFT code SBZAZAJJ. The Luleki Sizwe Womyn’s Project can be contacted at 071-171-9654 and firstname.lastname@example.org. These details are also listed at luleki-sizwe.com/donate.
Continue reading: https://www.gaycitynews.nyc/
Being a lesbian in South Africa can be a death sentence.
Nondi, Vee and over one hundred others came to the Isini Sam conference to meet and strategize on how to fight the hate and end the violence. They discussed how to better represent themselves and advocate as a cohesive group, how to combat stigmas and misconceptions, as well as how to better work with the police and community members.
“In South Africa we are free. But in our communities that we are living in, here in Khayelitsha, we are not free,” Jara said.
“We are trying to bring the community to also understand and to accept that we are humans and we are here and also that we are someone’s daughter or mother or sister,” Vokwana said.
They stress the similarities between all people. Many are quick to assert that while they are activists, their sexuality does not define them. They want to be seen as equals, as humans and accepted by their families, community, in the eyes of the law and by members of the police.
Those at the conference have chosen to speak out, but this choice comes with a price.
But activists still meet, organize and fight.
At the conference attendees broke into small groups to discuss plans for lobbying, greater visibility, training for police and ways to talk with their community members, family members and friends. They sang and danced and celebrated knowing they were among friends, among comrades, and for a while, they were safe.
They brought different viewpoints, had their own hopes for the movement and opinions on how to get there, but they shared a common goal.
Written on a white easel, a unanimously agreed upon goal from one of the groups said, “Look at me beyond my sexuality. Look at me as a human being.”
Continue reading: https://pulitzercenter.org/
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/
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Cape Town – Almost six months after the rape and murder of a young Gugulethu woman, community and gender activist groups are still shocked at the lack of progress in the investigation. Now they fear those who killed Thuthukile Mabasa might never be brought to justice. Community leader Nuse Mpetha said they believed Mabasa was raped and murdered because she was a lesbian. And their attempts to find answers into Mabasa’s death has only yielded more questions.
Continue reading at: https://www.iol.co.za/weekend-argus/news/lesbians-murder-still-unsolved-nearly-six-months-later-19815745?fbclid=IwAR0Zkp4OhXNs6o47pBeREhlPj07qkRDXA04EEbG-eZXoccgQkRjtmo0DwOI
Committed by neighborhood friends or close relatives – parents or siblings in the most sordid cases – who do not accept lesbianism, corrective rape pursues the idea of ”amending” the orientation of their victims through sexual assault. Different groups started the fight to make visible and fight a crime that is not yet recognized, but it seems to be more and more present.
Cometido por amigos del barrio o familiares cercanos -padres o hermanos en los casos más sórdidos- que no aceptan el lesbianismo, la violación correctiva persigue la idea de “enmendar” la orientación de sus víctimas mediante la agresión sexual. Distintos colectivos iniciaron la lucha por visibilizar y combatir un delito que aún no es reconocido, pero parece estar cada vez más presente.
Continue reading at: https://www.latercera.com/reportajes/noticia/violacion-correctiva-el-ataque-silenciado/551274/ (Source)
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Tagged compulsory heterosexuality, corrective rape, homophobia, Lesbians in Argentina, Lesbians in Chile, Lesbians in Peru, Lesbians in South Africa, Lesbophobia, Rompiendo el Silencio, sexism, sexual assault, violence against lesbians, violence against women, Zamudio Law
A lesbian has said she was raped at the age of 15 by her father in order to ‘make her straight.’ The South African woman, known only as Mubizana, also accused her uncle and his friend of raping her on the same day, when her grandmother had left home to visit relatives in Dennilton, Limpopo, in the north-east of the country.
The heartbreaking Twitter thread comes as South African LGBT people struggle to come to terms with multiple horrific attacks on the community, including the torture, rape, murder and burning of married lesbian couple Joey and Anisha van Niekerk.
Continue reading at: https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2018/07/31/lesbian-raped-father-uncle-friend-make-straight/ (Source)
A man accused of raping and assaulting a lesbian teenager in Potchefstroom in the North West is on Monday expected to make a formal bail application in the local magistrate’s court.
Continue reading at: https://www.ofm.co.za/article/local-news/263907/man-to-appear-in-court-for-rape-assault-of-lesbian (source)
A suspended Mthatha police officer has been accused of assaulting four women in his home, allegedly because they are lesbians. He is due to appear in court on July 17.
The women say that the off-duty officer and his mother hit them with sticks while they were sleeping over at his house in Kwa-Payne on June 13, after attending a party with the accused’s brother.
Continue reading at: https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/
In April 2017, Nthabiseng Mokanyane’s close childhood friend Nonkie Smous was raped and murdered because she was a lesbian.
Now Nthabiseng, 25, is calling for religious and government leaders to respond to escalating threats against the lesbian community in Kroonstad, South Africa.
Continue reading at: http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2017/12/08/a-lesbian-was-brutally-murdered-now-her-friend-is-calling-on-south-africa-to-stand-up-for-lgbt-rights/ (Source)
The Western Cape High Court on Tuesday heard evidence from the partner of a lesbian murdered in what’s believed to be a hate crime.
Noluvo Swelindawo was abducted, assaulted and murdered in December last year  in Khayelitsha.
Continue reading at: http://ewn.co.za/2017/11/21/partner-of-lesbian-woman-murdered-in-khayelitsha-testifies (Source)
The only crime Noxolo Xakeka from Strand committed was that she was a lesbian. She was stabbed to death on New Year’s Day.
During celebrations in a shack in Blaau Street, Lwandle, the 23-year-old mother was harassed, called names and assaulted before being stabbed to death by a young man. Her family claim the attack was because of her sexual orientation.
Continue reading at: https://www.iol.co.za/news/south-africa/western-cape/lesbian-23-stabbed-to-death-in-strand-shebeen-12618736 (Source)
A lesbian couple from Mooinooi in the North West province are believed to have been tortured, raped, murdered and set alight, allegedly by seven people.
Anisha (30) – a manager at an Anglo mine – and Joey van Niekerk (32) went missing on 10 December when they set out to drive to Pretoria for a family funeral.
Continue reading at: http://www.mambaonline.com/2018/01/08/seven-arrested-horror-torture-murder-lesbian-couple/ (Source)
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September 11, 2017 –Haji says that after lunch when the ceremony started she stood up and shouted that she would not be getting married because she had told her foster father already that she was attracted to women. She says other guests at the ceremony shouted at her and her foster father assaulted her. Her brothers took her to hospital. She decided not to lay a complaint with the police as her friends suggested, but rather to flee.
Continue reading at: http://www.mambaonline.com/2017/09/11/refugee-lesbian-difficult-says-somali-woman/ (Source)
October 3, 2017 –The focus of much of the messaging was around the safety of black lesbian women in particular who have borne the brunt of hate crime attacks against the LGBTQ community. A long list of names of women who lost their lives because of their identity was read out on stage.
Continue reading at: http://www.mambaonline.com/2017/10/03/soweto-pride-2017-reclaims-streets-pictures/ (Source)
A man accused of raping a lesbian woman last month appeared in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday. He was told to comply with his bail conditions and his case was transferred to the regional court, where he will be appearing on 18 October.
Continue reading at: Sunnyside lesbian “rapist’s” case postponed | Rekord East (Source)
Further reading on this case at: http://www.newnownext.com/corrective-rape-south-africa/10/2017/
A Room of Our Own
A Feminist/Womanist Network
“Lesbian sexual identity and choice is being eroded, erased and elided. This is being done by the literal obliteration of lesbians by state-sponsored violence, by the “corrective rape of lesbians” (imagine the 12 year old Pearl Mali being given the worst sort of reparative therapy by her very own mother), by the harassment and violence, by the firings (lesbians face more job discrimination than any other group within the LGBT alliance), by the enforced and compulsory heterosexuality of every society on earth. Aderonke Apata has been forced, by men, to provide not just spoken testimony and a pending marriage license, but also a sex tape of her having sexual relations with her partner to “prove” her lesbianism to the men who want to erase that aspect of her identity–the very identity that puts her and millions of other lesbians at risk of imprisonment and/or death.”
Continue reading Victoria Brownworth and other contributors to A Room of Our Own at: Erasure: The New Normal for Lesbians by @VABVOX – A Room of Our Own (Source)
AND MORE Victoria Brownworth at: https://www.victoriabrownworth.com/
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Beukes knew from her first book, Maverick, a pop history on women in the country, that there were many who could fit the bill for Femme Magnifique. “I had many to choose from, from Lilian Ngoyi to Ruth First, Krotoa Eva and Sara Baartman.
“But Brenda Fassie worked on so many levels, as a provocative pop star, as a lesbian icon [she came out on Mambaonline in 2003], as a black woman who lived through apartheid and sang about the personal and the political.”
Continue reading at: Brenda Fassie immortalised in comic book – MambaOnline – Gay South Africa online (Source)
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Tagged Anja “Nanna” Venter, Brenda Fassie, comic books, Culture, Femme Magnifique, Lauren Beukes, Lesbian history, lesbian singers, lesbian voices, Lesbians in South Africa, personal stories, representation
“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)
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Tagged Andreza Souza Dos Santos, Hate crimes, homophobia, Kandis Major, Larissa Massaroli, Lerato Moloi, Lesbian Murder Victims, Lesbians in Brazil, Lesbians in South Africa, Lesbians in the U.S., Nonkie Smous, Terri Seibeck, violence against lesbians, violence against women
As residents sang gospel songs, one woman stopped those singing and urged that more needs to be done.
“We’re dancing and clapping around while our sisters are being murdered. Our friends are being murdered, brutally so, but we’re busy singing.”
At the same time, Lerato Moloi’s cousin Seipati Tladi says she believes Moloi’s killing was a hate crime.
“And they were calling her names like Stabane (homosexual), something like that and this shows that they had a problem with her sexuality.”
Continue reading at: Lerato Moloi’s family disappointed with police handling of murder case (Source)
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Tagged corrective rape, Discrimination, Hate crimes, homophobia, Lerato Moloi, Lesbian Murder Victims, Lesbians in South Africa, Lesbophobia, Threats of violence, violence against lesbians, violence against women
On Saturday, thousands of people converged at the Naledi Community Hall to bid her farewell. After the first attack, Thabo said Moloi opened a case at Naledi Police Station. “They didn’t follow up.”
After the attack, the police issued a statement saying three suspects were to appear in court on Thursday. None appeared. An officer at the Protea Magistrate’s Court told journalists that the docket had not arrived but would be available on Friday. Again, no suspects appeared.
When contacted for comment, spokesperson for the National Prosecuting Authority Phindi Louw said a murder docket was not placed on the roll as there was no link to the arrested suspects.
“This means the docket did not meet the minimum requirements for a matter to be placed on the roll.
Continue reading at: Attacks on lesbians a hate crime | IOL (Source)