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ERASURE: THE NEW NORMAL FOR LESBIANS BY @VABVOX

A Room of Our Own
A Feminist/Womanist Network

Victoria Brownworth
Daily Disquisitions

“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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Brenda Fassie: South African lesbian icon immortalised in comic book

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)

In Memoriam: Lesbian Murder Victims (June 2017 Update)

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“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)

Lerato Moloi’s family disappointed with police handling of murder case

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)

Lerato Moloi laid to rest and still no suspects charged in her murder

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)

What we know so far about recent rapes and murders of lesbians in South Africa

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Lerato “Tambai” Moloi found stoned to death on May 14th.

South Africa is seeing a sharp rise in the rape and murder of women, including lesbians, in the last couple of months.  On April 1st, a 26-year-old lesbian was raped, beaten and stabbed by three men outside her home in Mohadin, Potchefstroom.  Three suspects were arrested, two minors and a 19-years-old, but we have no further information on the status of those charges.

On April 4th, the burned body of Nonkie Smous, an out lesbian, was found in Kroonstad, but her identity was not confirmed until 4 weeks later.  She was laid to rest on May 13th.  It is believed that Smous was raped and murdered before being set on fire.  According to Mambaonline, three men were reportedly arrested in connection with the murder, but 2 of the men were released and one was charged with robbery and is no longer in custody.

On May 14th, the body of Lerato “Tambai” Moloi, an out lesbian in Soweto, was found covered in stones by a man cutting grass by railroad tracks.  Tsotang Petros Mokgethi‚ 38‚ and Jacob Alofayo‚ 35‚ stand accused of kidnapping‚ rape and murder.  It is believed that Lerato Moloi was the victim of corrective rape before being stoned to death.  There are reports that she was also set on fire, but we are unable to confirm at this time.  The Gauteng provincial government announced on Wednesday it will assist with the burial cost and psycho-social support for Moloi’s family.  The news of Moloi’s murder comes as the Love Not Hate project launches a new campaign demanding justice for LGBTI victims of hate crimes.

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Zodwa Moloi, right, the mother of Lerato Moloi, supported by Thandi Mathanjana at her home in Protea, Soweto. Picture Credit: Sandile Ndlovu.

This same weekend, the bodies of Popi Qwabe, 24, her friend Bongeka Phungula, 28, were also found in separate, but nearby, areas of Soweto.  Owabe and Phungula were roommates living in Zola, but here is no mention of their sexuality.  Both women were raped before they were killed.  One suspect is in custody.

The burned body of Nombuyiselo Nombewu, a 15-year old, was found on May 14th and 32-year old Tshepo Seth Manyikie has been arrested for her rape and murder. This follows the rape and murder of Karabo Mokoena on April 27th, by her boyfriend, who doused her body in acid and set her on fire.  The hashtag #MenAreTrash is now being used by women in South Africa to share stories of acts of abuse and femicide by men they know personally.  While these women were not lesbian, their rape and murder do reflect the level of misogyny and violence all women in Soweto have been dealing with in recent months.

There is a fourth body of a woman found at a dumping site in Mfolo, also on Sunday.  Her body was burned beyond recognition.  There is evidence that she was also raped before her murder. Listening 2 Lesbians will be following this story closely.

25/5/2017 UPDATE: None of the suspects mentioned by police in connection with Lerato Moloi’s murder appeared in court.  As of this date there have been no arrests made.

http://www.mambaonline.com/2017/04/07/lesbian-woman-raped-stabbed-potchefstroom/

http://www.mambaonline.com/2017/04/05/burnt-body-feared-young-lesbian-woman/

http://www.mambaonline.com/2017/05/08/dna-results-confirmed-lesbian-murder-victim-nonki-smous-buried/

http://citizen.co.za/news/news-national/1514567/horrific-photo-circulates-after-murder-of-lesbian-in-soweto/

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http://www.timeslive.co.za/local/2017/05/17/EFF-leaders-at-Soweto-court-for-Lerato-Moloi-corrective-rape-trial1

http://citizen.co.za/news/1517059/details-four-women-murdered-found-dead-soweto-one-weekend/

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http://www.iol.co.za/news/crime-courts/gang-raped-joburg-woman-is-pregnant-9180269

https://www.ofm.co.za/article/local-news/243478/klerksdorp-murder-accused-stays-in-custody

http://www.sowetanlive.co.za/news/2017/05/18/lerato-was-killed-by-people-she-knew-it-was-a-hate-crime

http://www.iol.co.za/news/crime-courts/attacks-on-lesbians-a-hate-crime-9252891

 

 

Soweto lesbian, Lerato Moloi, raped and stoned to death (More information)

Additional information on Lerato Molio.  ***Warning: Graphic/disturbing image in article***

An openly lesbian woman from Soweto has been brutalised and murdered in a suspected hate crime, the day before starting her promising new job.

Continue reading at: Soweto lesbian raped and stoned to death a day before starting new job – MambaOnline – Gay South Africa online (Source)

Another murder of a lesbian, Lerato Moloi, in Soweto, South Africa 

***WARNING: Graphic/disturbing photo in article link***

A gay woman in Naledi, in Soweto, became yet another victim at the weekend of what is suspected to be a homophobic hate crime following several such attacks in the country over the past few months.  The deceased, 27, who police have identified as Lerato Moloi, known by her friends as ‘Tambai’, was found dead on Sunday, with stab wounds and big stones around her head, police said.

Continue reading at: Horrific photo circulates after murder of lesbian in Soweto | The Citizen (Source)

DNA results confirmed: Lesbian murder victim Nonkie Smous to be laid to rest

The family of lesbian murder victim Nonkie Smous can finally begin the difficult journey of coming to terms with her horrific killing. Activists in Kroonstad say that police have confirmed that the burnt out body discovered in the township of Maokeng on April 4 was that of Smous.

Continue reading at: DNA results confirmed: Lesbian murder victim Nonkie Smous to be laid to rest – MambaOnline – Gay South Africa online (Source)

No action taken against principal who outed ‘lesbian’ pupils

It appears that the principal accused of the homophobic abuse of 38 high school pupils in the Eastern Cape will not face any disciplinary action.

It was reported last month that Principal Nomampondomise Kosani of Ulwazi High School ‘outed’ the girls, aged 14 to 18, as lesbians to their parents, guardians and teachers after two female pupils were found kissing in the toilets. The humiliated girls were allegedly subjected to insults and were told to ‘stop’ being gay’.  Some of the parents reacted with anger and said they were prepared to use violence to ‘make their children straight’.

Continue reading at: No action taken against principal who outed ‘lesbian’ pupils – MambaOnline – Gay South Africa online (Source)

South Africa: Threats to decapitate lesbians as murder suspects released in death of Nonkie Smous


According to activists on the ground, three men have been arrested in connection with the murder, with two subsequently released. It is believed that one man remains in custody.

Shockingly, it appears that he has only been charged with robbery after being found in possession of items belonging to Smous.

Mambaonline has as yet been unable to communicate with the authorities in the area and officially verify these reports.pain-for-Nonkis-family-as-suspects-released

Local LGBTI activist Nthabiseng Mokanyane, who is also a relative of Smous, told Mambaonline that one of the released suspects had allegedly threatened a member of the community. “He said that they are going to kill all the lesbians and take off their heads,” she said.

Continue reading at: Lesbian South Africa Lifestyle | News | Dating (Source)

South Africa: Lesbian raped and stabbed in Potchefstroom, 3 male suspects arrested

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Potchefstroom’s lesbian community has been shaken by another possible hate crime incident after a young lesbian woman was attacked and raped.

According to reports from local activists, on the night of 31 March, the 26-year-old was talking to a friend on the phone outside her home in Mohadin, Potchefstroom.

As she was chatting, three men grabbed her and pulled her into a stretch of veld, where they assaulted her. They hit her on the head with a stone, stabbed her in the left side of her back and kicked her in the face.

Continue reading at: Lesbian Woman Raped and Stabbed in Potchefstroom| mambagirl.com (Source)

South Africa: Burnt body feared to be that of young lesbian

There are fears that a young lesbian woman has become the victim of a shocking hate crime, after a burnt body was discovered in Kroonstad.

Continue reading at: Burnt body feared to be that of young lesbian woman – MambaOnline – Gay South Africa online (Source)